Commission Tales: The Cutest Little Hallowe’en Cake

This past weekend was my beloved little nephew’s first birthday party, and I was asked to bring the cake and some decorated sugar cookies.  I’m so there!  I also was tasked with making a little smash cake for him so that he could enjoy his first taste of cake too.  Done and done! As he…

Recipe and Tutorial: Chocolate Hazelnut Toffee Biscotti

Hoo boy! I am giving you the recipe for one of the most delicious cookies in my arsenal! …hmmm, arsenal….why does that word look so RUDE?  I don’t want to talk about cookies in my arsenal….I think I need food. My mind wanders when it’s hungry. Back to the point!  Yes, these biscotti are frelling…

Recipe and Tutorial: Gingerbread Biscotti

I have a regular customer who loves loves LOVES my gingerbread biscotti! While he is Croatian, he has a poker party nearly every weekend, and his fellow players are mostly Italian…and Italians know good biscotti, letmetellyou. I am constantly informed of how GOOD these are, and that no matter how many dozen he buys, there…

Recipe: Meyer Lemon Tarts

I had soooo hoped to find the time (and the lemons!!!) to make these Pierre Hermé Meyer Lemon Tarts for my own wedding dessert table back in August of this year, but events conspired against me (damn you, Whole Foods!), and now I am awaiting for Meyer Lemon season to come back around to make…

Tips for Better Baking: Sugar and Other Natural Sweeteners

Sugar, and its cousins, performs many important roles in baking.   Sugar: provides moisture and tenderness increases the shelf-life of finished products caramelizes at high temperatures, and adds sweetness All refined sugars (granulated white sugar, confectioner’s/icing sugar, brown or golden yellow sugar, and “raw” sugars such as Demerara and turbinado), are equal when it comes to their…

Contests: It’s That Time Again!

It’s hard for me to believe it’s been a whole year since the last/first time I participated in this, but it’s time again for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, hosted by The Little Kitchen and Love and Olive Oil, two fantastic food blogs hosted by some amazing people! Last year, I participated in this…

Scouts Canada: Making Finger Puppets!

As I posted in a previous blog, I’m a Scouts Canada Beaver Leader.  Tic Tac is my name, and making learning fun for kids is my game! *cue wide manic grin and creepy giggling* …sorry, it’s been a loooong-ass week. Our amazing and fearless Section Leader, the previously mentioned Erinith, has been ensuring our new…

Cooking Post: Making your own pasta

My stepfather is a big fan of pasta; however, he’s been watching his food intake for the last year for health reasons. But, like any gourmet foodaholic, he’ll sneak in little indulgences here and there! His most famous way seems to be to wait until I come over for a visit, and then we end…

Tips for Better Baking: Dairy Products and Other Liquids

In Part 2 of my continuing saga series of tips for better baking, today I’m going to focus on dairy products and other liquids in your baking; how to substitute, when to substitute, and most importantly, when NOT to!  And with this post and forwards, I’ve decided that, as a “prize” for my readers making…

Commission Tales: United Way Rocks!

Just finished up a large-ish commission last week for one of my corporate clients, making 225 hand-decorated sugar cookies for their 2013 United Way campaign kick-off. Considering the original order request was for 1500 cookies, a “mere” 20 dozen was far easier! This much, doubled….ay yay yay….! I made a classic rolled sugar cookie recipe…

Recipe and Tutorial: Apple Sauce

Segments reposted from my previous blog, Chronic Masterbakers: ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Commercial apple sauce is usually chock full of sugar and preservatives; I don’t like the taste, and I’m not overly excited about the possibility that I’m ingesting a Health Canada-approved “legally allowed amount” of bug parts and worms in every spoonful.  As a vegetarian city girl,…

Recipe and Tutorial: Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie

The hubster’s side of the family hosted our Canadian Thanksgiving celebration this past weekend, which means tons of traditions!  As we do every year that we celebrate Thanksgiving with them (which admittedly is most of them), we swanned up to his hometown to enjoy a day of dawdling through a county fair with the whole…