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recipe, sweet, year-round

Honey Pie

 This isn’t the sort of pie that makes a grand entrance. It isn’t the kind of dessert that has you stewing away in the kitchen for hours on end, nor does it tower above your cups and saucers when presented at the table. It is somewhat of a modest looking pie, but rewards those that give it a chance.   This honey pie is incredible.  ...

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recipe, snack, sweet, year-round

Vanilla Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies

 Is it grey and rainy where you are? This weather is what I would expect London to be like- except colder. Everyone rushing around, sloshing around in the sludge accumulating at various street intersections; white knuckles from clutching their jackets closed as the wind rustles their hair. But one of the best parts about cold and rainy  ...

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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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condiment, recipe, summer

Homemade Vanilla Pear Jam

I have very fond memories of growing up eating my Grandmother’s homemade jam. She made jams and jellies in every flavour it seemed: peach, strawberry, raspberry, grape, apricot, blueberry, choke-cherry… So when I was at the local Farmer’s Market and I purchased a too-big basket of Bartlett pears, it seemed like an obvious  ...

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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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condiment, recipe, year-round

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world, which you might have guessed simply by its exorbitant cost at the grocery store. Sometimes I would try to compensate with artificial vanilla extract, but it just didn’t cut it for me. So I took it as my mission to make my own: for future gifts to friends and family (what a great  ...

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