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recipe, snack, sweet, year-round

Classic French Madeleines

Fresh, warm little madeleines are such a special treat, and they’re particularly wonderful because there is nothing quite like them. They are both delicate in texture and robust in density, and the buttery scent balances out the subtle lemon zest flavour. The classic scallop-shaped madeleine mould makes them so attractive, I truly  ...

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drink, recipe, spring, summer


What drink do you like to enjoy on a hot summer’s day? Iced tea? Iced coffee? Lemonade? Pop/Soda? Fresh-pressed juice? Icy-cold water? What if I told you I had a lemonade recipe that was so delicious, it would wash away your wanting to drink anything else? And what if I told you this wasn’t just any regular lemonade, but a  ...

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breakfast, recipe, sweet, year-round

Lemon Date Scones

For me, starting a new year always means change. In the best possible way of course. To mark 2014, I have started going back to school. Yes, my life has officially gained momentum as I narrow in on where I want to take my career. So, not only am I working full-time, but I am also studying Public Relations and Communications. This means that  ...

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recipe, sweet, year-round

Italian Polenta Cookies

These cookies are the perfect balance of sweet and buttery. And by that I mean, a hint of sugar, and lots of creamy buttery deliciousness. Don’t get me wrong, these cookies are extremely light on the tongue and they even melt in your mouth. The lemon zest adds a lightness that pairs beautifully with the slightly crispy cookie edge. They  ...

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recipe, sweet

Lemon Upside-Down Cakes

I am thrilled when asked to bring dessert to a dinner party. But, like many of us, sometimes I’m so exhausted from a long day that I don’t have the energy or desire to spend hours making a theatrical dessert. In tough times like this, I turn to recipes that require as little effort as possible, such as this self-icing cake. This  ...

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recipe, sweet, year-round

Coconut Lemon Squares

 There is nothing quite like the beautiful combination of lemon and coconut. You get the tangy ripeness from the lemons and the summery nuttiness and chewy texture from the coconut. Together, they make a magical pair! I always associate lemon squares with summertime; perhaps because they seem like picnic food. It is for this reason exactly I  ...

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