Chocolate Pecan Pie

Peanut-free chocolate pecan pie sounds like a crazy idea, but it isn’t.    There are now peanut-free nuts on the market that put this Thanksgiving classic within reasonable reach. For the uninitiated, peanuts are not actually nuts.  They are legumes.  There are many of us who are allergic to peanuts but […]

Desserts, Recipes

Tarte Tatin

Pear tarte tatin is a lovely Thanksgiving twist on the classic French caramelized apple tart. Oatmeal, the Secret Ingredient I’m honestly not crazy about apple pie, but I love tarte tatin.  My favourite version comes from an old Bon Appetit magazine (Oct 1996 edition, to be exact), that uses oatmeal […]


White Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream

When I ran a poll on Facebook asking which of four cherry themed ice creams I should do next, white chocolate cherry ice cream was the winner. I started with the White Chocolate Ice Cream in David Lebovitz’ The Perfect Scoop.  This is one of my two favourite ice cream […]

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Desserts, Recipes

Red, white and blueberry tart

Red, white and blueberry tart is my favourite July 4 dessert.  It is a spectacular presentation with seasonal berries fresh from the farmer’s market on top of a sweetly tangy sour cream base and a graham cracker crust.  It is virtually no cook, which makes it perfect for a hot […]


Popcorn Box Cake, Part 1 – Baking Day

This year, Lily chose the Popcorn Box Cake from the How to Cake It website as her birthday cake.  Popcorn is Lily’s favourite food.  She likes popcorn better than cake! How to Cake It is a website and cookbook focused on novelty cakes by Toronto-based Yolanda Gampp. Her videos are […]


Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Cookie dough ice cream is the final flavour in the Ice Cream of the Week series.  It’s my daughter’s favourite.  She’s been through a number of favourites.  For a long time it was cranberry orange, and then it was mocha.  Now she turns up her nose at both of those.  […]


Espresso Granita

The 11th week of the Ice Cream of the Week series features Espresso Granita.  This is for those of you who have asked if they can have a recipe that doesn’t need an ice cream machine.  A granita is the perfect solution. Granitas are also completely dairy-free.  They are flavoured, […]

sweet corn blackberry ripple ice cream

Corn Blackberry Ripple Ice Cream

Let’s celebrate the height of harvest season with corn blackberry ripple ice cream for Week #10 of the Ice Cream of the Week series.  A gorgeous, tangy ribbon of blackberry swirled into a pale yellow, mild and creamy ice cream base makes this a very dramatic ice cream to serve […]

Desserts, Recipes

Mango Coconut Frozen Yogurt

Mango coconut frozen yogurt is the featured flavour in week #9 of the Ice Cream of the Week series.  It’s another super fast and easy recipe with lots of tangy flavour. It wasn’t as easy as it sounds to come up with the recipe.  My sister asked, “What happens if […]