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French Apple Tart

I attended the Food Bloggers of Canada conference last weekend for the first time. It was an incredible experience, and I met a hugely impressive group of people. They were all so passionate, so expressive, and so determined! I left that conference feeling invigorated and ready to dedicate more love to my blog. Writing a blog can be incredibly  ...

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breakfast, recipe, snack, sweet, year-round

Simple Jam Tart

Long weekends are the best. You get to do the lazy relaxing things you always seem to run out of time for on regular weekends. Things like ten or twelve hour sleeps and lazy afternoons sitting on the couch curled up with a magazine/book/movie are the simply pleasures that long weekends lend themselves to. Thank you, long weekend, for being  ...

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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

Butter tarts

Butter tarts. They even sound decadent. And they are! A flaky butter pastry encasing a caramelized sugar filling, these little pastries are most certainly a delight to any Canadian! Or, of course, a converted Frenchman. Butter tarts take me back to cottage country when I was growing up, where my family and I would stop at the Hidden Goldmine  ...

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recipe, summer, sweet

Frangipane and Nectarine Tart

I love almond paste. I love almond paste so much, I bought a tube of store-bought paste with having no idea what to do with it. So it sat in my cupboard, staring at me expectantly every time I open the cupboard door. Today I decided to tackle that paste. And I am so very glad I did. This Frangipane and Nectarine Tart is so delicious, that it  ...

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