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recipe, snack, summer, sweet

Lavender Eclairs

 When I was a kid, Easter was kind of a big deal. My sisters and I would lay out our woven wicker baskets in the living room before going to bed, and when we came downstairs the next morning each basket would have a chocolate bunny sitting inside. We were impressed every year, despite knowing the ritual. Like most kids, it was more about the  ...

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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, sweet, year-round

Les Canelés Bordelais

Of all the various and wonderful things that I have experienced while dating a frenchman, I think what we have enjoyed the most together is sharing each other’s cultural foods. Before meeting him, I wasn’t a huge fan of foie gras (sacrilege!), nor was I terribly interested in duck confit or veal kidneys. And I certainly  ...

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