Recipe Post: Tropical Carrot Cake with Pineapple Cream Cheese Icing

This recipe is my absolute go-to recipe for all things carrot cake; its origin comes from my little More Food That Really Schmecks baking book by Canadian home-cook heroine, Edna Staebler. I’ve fiddled around with it over the years, adding this and removing/altering that, until I developed what I consider to be the best carrot…

Recipe Post: Butter Tarts

Butter tarts are an iconic Canadian dessert, as Canadian as Nanaimo bars. They are also incredibly sweet, and oftentimes a single butter tart will be plenty enough as a treat. More than one, and you often start to get that queasy feeling in your stomach that maybe you’ve overindulged. There are tons of recipes for…

Spotlight on Spring Produce: Rhubarb

Ahhh, rhubarb. There are few other spring crops that call to me like rhubarb does, saying good weather and hot sunny days are imminent (the others being stars of their own Spotlight on Spring posts this season). Rhubarb is a weirdly named plant whose imprecise origins are somewhat confusing. It was purportedly used in Central…

Recipe Post: Homemade Pizza, Two Ways

If there was ever one thing that, if I had to, I could eat for every meal, it would be pizza. With its endless variety of toppings, this cheesy hot meltiness of awesome is one of my absolutely favourite foods, especially when I’m ordering out for dinner (or lunch, or a late breakfast after a long night,…

Recipe Post: Coconutty Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (GF, DF)

It should be pretty apparent that I enjoy developing my own recipes; one of the ways I do this is by converting tried and true “standard” recipes to accommodate certain special diets, as I did with these cookies for a friend who is gluten intolerant. I heard from her recently that she was just finishing…