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Traditional Dark Fruitcake

Fruitcake is one of those treats that is both traditional and yet constantly renewing itself, thanks to the freedom the recipe offers. Don’t like nuts? Forget ’em. Not a fan of cherries? Forget them too. A big fan of candied orange peel? Add more! My dear friend Rebecca will guide us through a dark fruitcake recipe, describing the  ...

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recipe, sweet, winter

Vanilla Cardamom Shortbread

Shortbread is a classic. For many, it’s a favourite! And although delicious, it often gets overlooked during holiday parties and is often the only lonely cookie left on the plate. But I’m here to change that. You’re welcome, shortbread. We’ve revamped this buttery and crumbly treat by adding extra vanilla extract and a  ...

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Gingerbread Skor Biscotti

Gingerbread has the winter holiday season written all over it. It resides in the nooks and crannies of its bubbly texture, intermingling with the warm spices and sugar, and disperses into the air with each gentle snap of a bite. But I decided that this year I wasn’t just making gingerbread men or cake.  I was going to make gingerbread  ...

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breakfast, recipe, sweet, winter

Pink Grapefruit and Rosemary Cornmeal Cake

My friends Priscilla and Patrick are getting married in less than a month, and we had a bachelorette party for Priscilla last Saturday. There were lots of decorations (pink, pink, and more pink), dancing, drinking, and of course food. I made a lemon meringue pie (it was gone in a flash- no pictures to prove its existence unfortunately) and the  ...

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breakfast, recipe, sweet, winter

Clementine Olive Oil Cake

It’s clementine season! When I was a kid, I only ate orange foods. And clementines were at the top of the list. I refused to eat anything that came in another colour. I was a weird kid. You would think after having a diet consisting almost entirely of those small citrus fruits that I would have eventually revolted. But in fact, I love  ...

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recipe, sweet, winter

Earl Grey Chocolate Truffles

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love the decadence of homemade chocolate truffles. They are profoundly rich and inviting, sweet, and creamy. These truffles have a very simple and unique element: they are infused with Earl Grey tea. And not just any kind, but the Canadian-owned and loved Davids Tea and their wonderful Cream of Earl  ...

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autumn, recipe, sweet, winter

Cranberry Spice Upside Down Cake

 As a kid, I absolutely loved cranberry sauce with my turkey during special holiday dinners. I loved the added sweetness, and would often gobble up the red remains on my plate with a spoon. Those memories stuck with me, and later on in life when I went cranberry picking with my family in an Ontario marsh, I cheerfully popped a fresh one into  ...

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