• Kenafeh cheesecake Kenafeh cheesecake

    Kenafeh cheesecake

Kenafeh cheesecake

I still get asked why I have a food blog. Or why I take pictures of the things I make. Because I want to remember. I want to look back and find joy in the things I was able to create with my own two hands. It’s that simple. When I take a hiatus from baking, it’s usually because I’ve lost my mojo temporarily: I don’t feel like creating anything. And I did take an extended hiatus this year. It’s not unusual. Usually the rest of my life has emotionally exhausted me. I have too many things to think about and even the thought of bringing out my mixer or staring at a pile of dirty dishes is enough to stress me out. But when I finally get going in the kitchen, mixing and pouring and stirring, it’s not because I’ve suddenly come into extra hours in my day. It’s because I […]

  • The Pioneer Woman’s Halloween bark The Pioneer Woman’s Halloween bark

    The Pioneer Woman’s Halloween bark

The Pioneer Woman’s Halloween bark

I made this bark last year, but by the time I got around to uploading the pics, Halloween was well over. But now that September is officially here, and Pumpkin Spice Latte is on the menu at Starbucks, I thought to myself, it’s time to look to the fall and all the glorious things the season brings. In any case, I really made this because I loved the colours. I made two batches – one with white chocolate and one with semi-sweet. Truth be told, I probably preferred the semi-sweet version but the white showcases the colours of the ingredients better. Really, it’s hard to get this wrong. This recipe has that much going for it. That, and the fact you can customize it based on your tastes. But other than that, put this one under the list of things you can make with your kids. No matter how you feel […]

  • No-bake funfetti cheesecake No-bake funfetti cheesecake

    No-bake funfetti cheesecake

No-bake funfetti cheesecake

I’ve been holding on to this blog post for months. Many many months. Has it been more than a year? Perhaps. The reason why I’m torn is because while I was making this for a dinner for my mom I was convinced it would be a huge hit. Sprinkles, cheesecake, funfetti! Plus, we wouldn’t feel guilty eating it. What could go wrong? But instead, it was kind of… meh. Even now, looking at the recipe, I’m surprised to remember just how underwhelmed I was. I should have either served the real thing, or served a fruit salad. I’m an all or nothing kind of gal. Here’s the thing: if you are going to make this, you can’t really think of it as cheesecake. If you are on a diet, and have a serious hankering for cheesecake, this recipe may help nip that in the bud for you. But if it […]

  • Bonnie’s holiday tart Bonnie’s holiday tart

    Bonnie’s holiday tart

Bonnie’s holiday tart

I’ve known Bonnie Mo since our Ryerson University days, back when she was Bonnie Malott and we were journalism school undergrads. We kind of fell out of touch after tying the knot and having children, as one does, but I always kept with her career on social media – with increasing attention when she began writing for Food Network Canada and developing recipes. She’s the real deal.  You can check out her website here. So when I saw her Instagram post for her holiday tart, I knew it was going to have to be a last-minute addition  to my holiday menu. 🎄 Caramelized onion, hot pepper raspberry jam, pancetta & brie. The Holiday Tart makes its annual appearance. A photo posted by 🐝Bonnie (@bonniemo) on Nov 20, 2015 at 4:12pm PST And even though I was near-crazed, like I always am at that time of year, with the amount of food I […]

  • Butterscotch Fluffernutter Krispy Bars Butterscotch Fluffernutter Krispy Bars

    Butterscotch Fluffernutter Krispy Bars

Butterscotch Fluffernutter Krispy Bars

It’s been ages – like months – since I’ve felt comfortable sitting down doing nothing. But my dishwasher is whirring, the kids have been fed, I have leftovers for dinner, tomorrow’s lunches are packed, my work clothes picked. I really don’t have any excuse not to sit down and enjoy my Fortnum & Mason Earl Grey tea while it’s still hot. That’s a lie. I have a basket of laundry waiting to be folded. But I always have a laundry basket waiting to be folded. So I deserve this break, right? In any case, I made this ages ago. And I forgot what the recipe was so I hemmed and I hawed and I delayed blogging about anything. But after doing some online sleuthing, I realized I found it. Here it is if you decide to make it, and I think you will.  I also realized that I had some residual […]

  • Alton Brown’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Alton Brown’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

    Alton Brown’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Alton Brown’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

  I went through a phase a few years ago where I was trying to find the recipe for the perfect chocolate chip cookie, I think I came pretty close with a few great recipes from my experiments, five years ago, but my appetite has not waned. I’m a sucker for a good cookie. And a good cookie will tempt me to stray from my diet, every time. When I saw Alton Brown post his recipe for ‘ The Chewy,’ my curiosity was piqued since his approach is quite scientific. This recipe, unlike the others I’ve tried, holds true to its promise. It is truly chewy, on the day it’s first baked, even the day after, and the day after that. It also looks almost like it came out of a bag or straight off the cookie sheet at your neighbourhood bakery. It doesn’t quite live up to the promise […]

  • Dulce de leche thumbprint cookies with sea salt Dulce de leche thumbprint cookies with sea salt

    Dulce de leche thumbprint cookies with sea salt

Dulce de leche thumbprint cookies with sea salt

If I had to summarize my last 12 months of baking with two ingredients, I’d have to say they were: dulce de leche and sea salt. So, despite the fact I’d already picked my contributions for the annual cookie exchange I love to attend, I simply couldn’t resist adding this to my roster at the last minute when it popped up online. To be honest, I thought I would be mixing Nutella and dulce de leche somehow but the recipe calls for Nutella to be used in half the batch and dulce de leche to be used in the other half. Since I had so much dulce de leche, however, I simply used it on all the cookies. As I mentioned this was one of my three types of cookies I took to my friend’s annual cookie swap: The others were the pecan pie cookie, and a chocolate chip cookie I’d never tried before. […]

  • Bon Appetit’s holiday party mix Bon Appetit’s holiday party mix

    Bon Appetit’s holiday party mix

Bon Appetit’s holiday party mix

I’ve been making David Lebovitz’ sweet and spicy party mix every year since I first discovered it in 2011. This year, I thought I’d try something new, something that looked a bit more festive. So I painstakingly tracked down all the ingredients listed in the recipe to make Bon Appetit’s Party Mix.  No, Bugles and roasted peas (not the wasabi variety) are not that easy to find. As for Terra Stix, forget it. I think they may actually be discontinued because the high-end grocer that can usually source everything told me the supplier hadn’t been bringing it for a while. Truth be told, I don’t really know why I made this, I barely touched it. But it seemed to go down well at work, if you like savoury, crunchy, salty party mixes, this will go down well. The garlic, Dijon, Worcestershire sauce mixture adds an unexpected kick, and it was welcome, […]

  • Pecan Pie cookies Pecan Pie cookies

    Pecan Pie cookies

Pecan Pie cookies

This is a bit of an odd recipe. At first glance I thought it would be the easiest out of my three contributions to the cookie exchange this year. It turned out to be the biggest disaster, in fact, but I was able to save it. I tried to double the recipe as you don’t exactly get enough of cookies out of one pie crust, and maybe that’s where things went wrong. Still, I decided to blog about it for two reasons: One; using ready pie crust as the base for a cookie is a game-changer; two; because I was able to dial it back when it went so spectacularly wrong. You can find the recipe here but be sure to read my notes below before you embark on this one… Substitutions: I used Tenderflake frozen pie crust instead of making my own pie crust. The trick is to take it out […]

  • Homemade Samoa cookies Homemade Samoa cookies

    Homemade Samoa cookies

Homemade Samoa cookies

I’m tired, way too tired, to get creative here so I’ll cut to the chase: Shortbread crust, caramel, coconut, chocolate. Need to know more? I didn’t think so. These are Samoa cookies, also known as the cookies I will never make again. While the idea of rolling out cookies and letting your kids use cookie cutters sounds wonderful in theory, it is anything but. By the time their sticky little hands cut out the cookies with the 1,543rd cookie cutter they settled on, the dough is too warm. So, you end up throwing it out. But I digress. This was a several day, multi-hour process. Worth it? Yes, they turned out extremely well. But I will never take so many hours to make them again. If you have children who are grabbing at you demanding milk, no cold water, no freezing water! Or need you to moderate an argument, or make […]