Battle of the Bars

I just love it when cooks get into a scrap. According to A Century of Canadian Home Cooking (Prentice Hall, 1992), the origin of Nanaimo Bars is "a hot topic of debate". Despite their sweetness, these innocent looking squares can get culinary tempers flaring. Should...

Remembrance Day Poppy (Seed Bars)

When I was in grade five, we memorized In Flanders Field by Colonel John McCrae and held a small memorial service in our classroom on November 10th (November 11th was a civic holiday and we were expected to attend the parade.) I recall spending days...

Three Pounds of Coffee and a Hedgehog

Not your average Thanksgiving haul. But then my family is a tad unusual. It's Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and since our anniversary was only last week, we double-dipped with the celebrating. To mark the occasion, my in-laws came up from Kingston with 3 pounds of...

Anniversary Truffles

This colourful creation was my wedding cake (we were married four years ago today). Instead of a traditional three-layered cake coated in white icing, I went for a croquembouche -- but not your classic pile of caramel drizzled profiteroles. No, on my big day...

Patchwork Chicken Curry

Sometimes I end up with a pantry brimming with half-portions of ingredients left over from previous cooking endeavours - a cup of tinned tomatoes from a batch of chili, a handful of candied ginger from a cookie recipe I was developing, cashew crumbs from butter...

Pick Your Poison Spanikopita

I'm stunned. The ecoli-infected spinach has crossed the US border and is now in Canada. I didn't think anything got past security these days without a passport and a strip search. Seems green veggies are exempt from this kind of scrutiny. I bet they even...

Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rumballs

I can't believe I missed it. September 19th was international Talk Like A Pirate Day. I could have gone around annoying everyone with phrases like "Avast, Matey! Go to the bung hole and fetch me some grog!" and "Weigh anchor or I'll give you a...

Double Trouble Ginger Cookies

The tree outside my bedroom window is turning a golden red as we move past the halfway point of September. This glorious hue is often called "ginger" and reminds me of golden retrievers and freckle-faced red heads. Not actually the colour of ginger root, it...

Kiss Me Quick Hummus

Belly dance class starts again soon and I'm all set to go. I've secured the coins on my jingly hip scarf and have finally found the bumper sticker I filed away for safe keeping (okay, lost) until the start of the new session. It reads...

Zen Bread

Someone restrain me. I'm about to go to the year's biggest knitting fair and spend all my life's savings on ridiculously expensive wool and patterns I'll never have time to knit. Even if I started right now, gave up sleep and did nothing else 24...

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