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Cornmeal Waffles

Β Sweater-weather is perhaps one of my favourite seasons. It’s when it is too cold for a summer dress, but still too warm to break out a parka. A sweater (preferably soft and fluffy) fits the bill perfectly these days, and I’m going to cherish it until the first speck of snow! Cozy up during this pre-fall time with these decadent  ...

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autumn, recipe, summer, sweet

French Almond Pear Tart

I live in a box. Rather, I live in numerous boxes. As Ben and I pack up to move (in nine days!!), I realize how temporary homes can be. I will be moving for the fifth time since I first called Montreal my home, and each time I feel like an uprooted tree… But, of course, I’m sure fresh roots will run deep in this future apartment. I  ...

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recipe, summer, sweet

Lazy Cocoa Berry Sorbet

Slowly but surely, the stack of boxes in my living room is getting higher and higher as Ben and I prepare to move. A month today we will be moving into our new apartment! Before we do that, however, Ben and I had to take care of a couple major purchases: a washer and dryer. We were constrained by size, dimensions, and they had to be stackable.  ...

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recipe, summer, sweet

Peach Grand Marnier Upside Down Bundt

Β We’ve all been there: getting a little carried away at the Farmer’s Market and leaving with more than you could possible eat. This happens to me all the time, particularly with fresh fruit. Lately, with peaches! I had managed to eat almost my entire basket of peaches, except for four small ones that I had put in the fridge. They  ...

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recipe, summer, sweet

Brandy Peach Blondies

I love adding alcohol to baking, as it adds a wonderful flavour dimension (such as in Coconut Rum Banana Bread or Brandy Berry Trifle). I find myself sometimes dreaming about wonderful recipes where I could add a splash or two. With the wonderful peach season upon us once again, I wanted to try an updated version of the classic blondie bar. By  ...

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recipe, summer, sweet

Blueberry Layer-Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

For some ailments, there is no cure other than cake. Whether the weather is off, your mood is off, or you’re just feeling down, sometimes baking a cake can add the missing sweetness back into your life. Do you ever use baking as a form of therapy? I’m not talking about eating emotionally, I simply mean the act of baking. It is so  ...

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recipe, summer, sweet

Summer Strawberry Popsicles

Strawberries: they are everywhere right now. Particularly at Jean Talon Market, where you have at least 5 different vendors, all with strawberries from a different field and with a different variety! Don’t you find it odd when you see some market stalls selling imported strawberries, all large and flavourless, in the middle of our  ...

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recipe, summer, sweet

Coconut Vanilla No-Stir Ice Cream

When I was in high school, I used my Mom’s ice cream maker for a friend’s Christmas Party. I made candy cane ice cream, and it was a hit! I remember taking the big bowl out of the freezer every couple of hours to give it a big stir. But I remember feeling it was somewhat time consuming, so I never really made it again. I  ...

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recipe, summer, sweet

Strawberry Shortcake with Honey Basil Cream

Strawberry shortcake is a classic treat and an ultimate cottage favourite for me. Growing up, we would sometimes divulge in delicious local strawberries, dressed up with biscuits and whipped cream. And for breakfast, we would drizzle the leftover biscuits and strawberries with maple syrup! You certainly can’t get much more Canadian than  ...

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