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Eric Akis: Victoria writer, photographer team up on cookbook, an ideal gift for pie lovers

Eric Akis: Victoria writer, photographer team up on cookbook, an ideal gift for pie lovers

Test out one of the entries from Denise Marchessault and Deb Garlick's The Artful Pie Project: a tasty, old-world Apple Rugelach.
Eric Akis: Old-fashioned fudge a sweet and easy holiday treat

Eric Akis: Old-fashioned fudge a sweet and easy holiday treat

Easy-to-make brown sugar fudge makes a great Christmas gift
Eric Akis: Corned beef lends big flavour to hearty soup

Eric Akis: Corned beef lends big flavour to hearty soup

As the soup simmers, the corned beef imparts its flavour into the soup, seasoning it
Eric Akis: Keep things simple with this baked fish dish

Eric Akis: Keep things simple with this baked fish dish

Simple seasoned salmon fillets, baked, plated and topped with a beguiling glaze, flavoured with soy sauce, citrus juice and fresh ginger.
Eric Akis: Sharpen your knife for this spicy chicken casserole

Eric Akis: Sharpen your knife for this spicy chicken casserole

Chicken and Chickpea Casserole, baked with spices, apricots and citrus, will appeal to both light- and dark-meat lovers. Serve this North African-style chicken dish with couscous or rice pilaf.
Eric Akis: Hot and sour soup will lift your spirits

Eric Akis: Hot and sour soup will lift your spirits

With cabbage, carrots, shiitake mushrooms and tofu, this soup provides a health mix of vitamins and protein — along with a palate-awakening experience.
Eric Akis: New Orleans 'barbecue' shrimp is actually made in a skillet

Eric Akis: New Orleans 'barbecue' shrimp is actually made in a skillet

Cajun-style sauce gives shrimp a red, smoky, hot-off-the-grill look
Eric Akis: Italian meatballs, arugula add gusto to gnocchi

Eric Akis: Italian meatballs, arugula add gusto to gnocchi

When you want to dress up store-bought gnocchi, try this marinara sauce enriched with Italian sausage meatballs and peppery arugula.
Eric Akis: Hughie's stew has a little bit of everything

Eric Akis: Hughie's stew has a little bit of everything

Beef, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, stock or tomato juice, red wine, quick cooking tapioca and seasonings combine to make this tasty but simple-to-make stew.
Eric Akis: Hearty, creamy-style onion soup has a comforting taste and texture

Eric Akis: Hearty, creamy-style onion soup has a comforting taste and texture

Try this hearty, creamy-style onion soup topped with cheesy, toasted rounds of baguette.
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