28 Minute Black Bean Soup

This super quick black bean soup (28 minutes start to spoon) is for Ari.  I literally timed it. I started chopping at 11:48.  It was in the bowl at 12:14. Ari started teaching high school special  ed at an inner city school in Baltimore through the Teach for America program.  […]

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 […]

berry tart
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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 2 – Building Day

In Part 1 of How to Make a Popcorn Box Cake, we covered baking the cakes that will be used to create the popcorn box cake.  In today’s post, we will cover the process of building the popcorn box out of cake. I would estimate that the building stage took […]

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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 […]

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Lemon Buttermilk Sherbet

Lemon buttermilk sherbet may be the most popular flavour I have ever made.  I served this at a summer dinner for friends.  We had the two big tables stretched out on the patio with people lined up around either side.  I was cutting pie slices and passing plates.  The container […]

pina colada gelato in bowl

Pina Colada Gelato

Pina Colada Gelato is the featured flavour in week #7 of the Ice Cream of the Week series.  One friend asked for a pineapple sorbet recipe.  A second asked for a cocktail themed recipe, and a third asked for non-dairy. Last summer I did a non-dairy gelato recipe for Coconut […]

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Sour Cherry Pie

Sour cherry pie is the queen of pies.  Considering my chocolate obsession, that is a big statement to make.  Bright red sour cherries darken to a rich, winy ruby when they bake, with a flavour that is sharply tangy and never cloying. Don’t get me wrong, I love sweet cherries […]

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Strawberry Balsamic Frozen Buttermilk

Strawberry balsamic frozen buttermilk is the featured flavour for Week # 4 of the Ice Cream of the Week series.  Strawberries are in their full glory at the farmer’s market. When you’ve finally had your fill of eating fresh, ripe strawberries out of hand are startting to think of what […]

clear bottle with homemade vanilla extract
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The Great Homemade Vanilla Extract Experiment

Avid home bakers know that vanilla extract is the most expensive ingredient that you will commonly use in your kitchen. I bake so frequently and churn so much ice cream that cost is actually a factor.   Those tiny little bottles from the grocery store don’t last too long (46 mL […]