2013 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap – My Matches!

I had some DELICIOUS cookies from my three matches; so much so that I had to make a separate post about how awesome they were! I even took some beautiful pictures of my three packages and their contents, so that I could share their goodness with everyone (as well as the bloggers doing that themselves!)…

The 2013 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!!

Yay! I’m so excited!  I’ve just received the email confirming my participation in this year’s cookie swap!  I should receive the two names and addresses of the Canadian food bloggers to whom I’ll be sending a dozen of my most favourite cookies by this coming Monday. Now, to narrow down the choices for which cookie…

Out and About: Nuit Blanche 2013

An old friend once told me *cough cough Dale-I-mean-you cough*, “You know you’re too old when the music’s too loud”. Nuit Blanche 2013, billed as “an all night contemporary art thing”, has been going strong in Toronto since 2006; now spanning from the heart of downtown to deep into my neighbourhood in West Queen West…

Recipe Post: Macarons

So, let’s get this straight right up front: Macaroons (“Mah-kah-ROONS”) are homey, chewy coconut cookies containing condensed milk, and French macarons (“Mah-kah-RAWN” – the “s” is silent) are light, delicate meringue cookies sandwiched together with a luscious filling.  I try not to be a Judgy McJudgypants when people mispronounce words, even though it hurts my…

Recipe Post: Raspberry Jam

The second jam I wanted to make after the “kinda blue” blueberry-nutmeg jam was a nice, deep red, to reflect the red in my wedding colours.  I looked around for other recipes, but I really had my heart set on the gorgeous, jewel-like colours of raspberry jam. Having made it before, I knew how to…

Recipe Post: Blueberry Nutmeg Jam

Being a baker as well as a full-time administrative professional can lead to certain…expectations on the part of friends and family at times.  This was in evidence at my wedding, too!  I just *knew* that if I didn’t make my own cake and do the dessert table myself, my guests would be asking why I…

Recipe Post: Cream Cheese Berry Tarts

These tiny little tartlets are melt-in-your-mouth delicious, if I do say so myself.  I sort of cobbled together a couple of different recipes, changed a few things up, and came up with these little guys for my wedding dessert table last month.Even though the pastry is a little finicky (a light touch and not too…

Recipe Post: Pineapple-Vanilla Bean Jam

This was the third and final of my three jams I made for my wedding favours last month. I had a difficult time trying to decide which preserve I would make to follow as closely to my “yellow” wedding colour; I was originally considering: Lemon curd (rejected due to it needing refrigeration and having a short…

Recipe Post: Butter Tarts

Image courtesy of Canadian Living Magazine Butter tarts are an iconic Canadian dessert, as Canadian as Nanaimo bars, in fact (although we’ll talk about those in another post).There are tons of recipes for butter tarts out there; the simplest and easiest call for the baker to use pre-made tart shells found in the grocery store…

Recipe Post: Key Lime Bars

Another one of the items on my wedding dessert table, these key lime bars had to be hands down my favourite; the limes were so tart and floral, and they paired so well with the sweet graham crumb base, it was a definite struggle to not pick away at it after it had baked and…