Summer salad with cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and homemade balsamic vinaigrette

  I was inspired to make a salad the other day when I was grocery shopping after work and realized that everything in my basket was either processed or full of starch. Potatoes, frozen chickenless nuggets, and bagels are okay but there should be something green on the dinner plate too. I immediately thought: fresh mozzarella salad! Someone had told […]

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Homemade Vanilla Extract: Part 1

A few months back, a friend of mine became very excited about vanilla beans and sent me a link with instructions for making vanilla extract. I decided immediately that I would have to make it. If you’re a fellow baker, then you already know how often vanilla extract is called for in recipes and how expensive it is to buy the […]

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Growing grocery store plants: pomegranate, sweet granadilla and lemon

It’s the end of May and stores across the city are opening up their garden centers and stocking their shelves with plants, seeds, and other gardening supplies. Threat of frost seems to be over, and the ground outside has thawed. This can only mean one thing: it’s time to get planting!  I went to the nearest Canadian Tire store last weekend and picked […]

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Cupcake #6: Rainbow

I don’t know about my fellow Ontarians, but I am sick to death of these endless grey skies and rainy days. I keep hoping to see a rainbow outside (haven’t seen one yet) and then finally I thought to myself, you know what, I am going to just make a rainbow in my kitchen. And what better way to do that […]

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Growing mushrooms at home and then eating them

I grew yellow oyster mushrooms a few weeks ago, just for fun. Not very many have grown yet, which disappoints me. I was hoping that more would grow so that I could look at how weird they are. Apparently it’s normal for the first flush to be small, so perhaps the next flush will be more to my satisfaction.   At least they tasted good. They […]

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