Recipe Review: Orange Sesame Biscotti

Confession: I baked up these little gems some time ago, but I came across an old photo of the finished product recently, and was transported back into the heady days of culinary school, when my roommate and I decided it would be a great idea to take a baking cookbook and work our way through…

Recipe Post: Tex-Mex Cheesy Mac Casserole

Everyone has guilty pleasures, whether they be a favourite song, movie, book, or piece of clothing. This is never more true for me than when it comes to food; even though my palate has evolved and I’d like to say matured since I was young, there are certain foods, the scent or taste of which…

Recipe Post: Scottish Shortbread

Shortbread, especially Scottish Shortbread, is one of those “simple to learn, but a lifetime to master” recipes. There are modern shortbread recipes (and in fact I posted one just the other day, for my Meyer Lemon-Cardamom Shortbread Bars), and there is whipped shortbread, which is light and airy and melts in your mouth; it’s a…

Back to Basics: Herbs, Spices, and Seasonings

Anyone who has ever cooked or baked a recipe (let’s hope that’s everyone who is reading this blog) has used an herb, spice or seasoning in its construction. These additions add aroma, colour, flavour, and sometimes even texture to a meal, and can elevate the ho-hum to something divine. In this Back to Basics post,…

Recipe Post: Meyer Lemon-Cardamom Shortbread Bars

It’s January, and this means for those north of the 49th parallel, it’s Meyer lemon season! Anyone who has read my blog for any amount of time should know how much I adore Meyer Lemons, from posts such as Meyer Lemons: Summer’s Promise in Winter, Meyer Lemons!!! Yaaaaay!!!!!, and Meyer Lemon Tarts. This recipe is…

Recipe Post: DIY Mix-N-Match Ultimate Cookie Bars

The recipe below was based off Kraft Canada’s recipe for Rocky Road Bars and has been around for some time. However, if anyone has been reading my posts for a while, you will know I’m an inveterate, incorrigible, and unapologetic recipe tinkerer. I’ve made the original recipe many times for others over the years, so…