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breakfast, condiment, sweet, winter

Lime and Persimmon Marmalade

 Marmalade is a creation that is both sweet and tart- and I like to make my own as I prefer it more on the tart side. Especially when heavily slathered with hot butter and toasted baguette! This recipe uses limes which add a heavy citrus note, and is paired with persimmons. If you don’t know what persimmons are, they’re a large  ...

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main dish, recipe, vegetable, year-round

Whiskey Three-Bean Chili

Are you watching the super bowl next weekend? I’m not a huge football fan, but I do love the spirit and excitement it brings. My favourite part is cooking up some delectable delights that are enjoyed by everyone! But with the many dietary restrictions cropping up among friends, it can be hard finding something that suits everyone’s  ...

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autumn, main dish, recipe, sponsored, sweet, vegetable

Apple Butter Tacos with Mango Cilantro Salsa and Cream Puff Pudding Cake

I recently partnered with M and M Meat Shops to create some fun and festive recipes for the upcoming holiday season. And what fun it was! I scouted out their nearest location and, after visiting their website and reserving my items online (which is a great feature!), I went to visit their storefront. The staff was very keen to help me out-  ...

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breakfast, condiment, recipe, spring, sweet

Honey and Orange Rhubarb Compote

I grew up with rhubarb growing in great bushels in my backyard. A childhood friend would gnaw on the raw stalks- he knew well enough not to eat the poisonous leaves- but I found it terribly acidic and sour. My face would twitch and my eyes would water and my mouth would twist and close tightly as I waited for the experience to subside. Even  ...

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recipe, sweet, year-round

Guinness Cupcakes and Bailey Cream

I believe cupcakes will never fall out of trend. They clearly took the foodie world by storm (and the homemade donut-shaped cakes followed suited), but I honestly believe there will always be room in a chef’s repertoire for a perfect no-plate-needed cupcake recipe. But cupcakes do have a juvenile element to them, don’t they? I  ...

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collaboration, recipe, snack, sweet, winter

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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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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