Homemade Vanilla Extract: UPDATE (part 2 of 2)

Some of you may remember my first post about homemade vanilla extract from June in which I split 2 vanilla beans down the middle, added them to 3/4 cup of vodka, and set the mixture aside. It has been a little over two months since then, which means it is time for a check in. Comparing my experiment to pure vanilla extract from the store seems the […]

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Cupcake #11: Raspberry Lemonaide

A couple of weeks ago I decided to celebrate the last of summer by making a drinks inspired cupcake recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens Cupcake magazine,. The magazine has been resting on my coffee table since the middle of June, taunting me with its glossy photos of cupcakes covered with swirly coloured icing and fancy long-stemmed cherry garnishes. From the moment I picked the magazine […]

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Bits of summer: basil flowers, growing eddoes and harvesting jalapeno peppers

It’s hard to believe that summer is over. Even though it’s still warm enough to wear shorts and sandles most days, that doesn’t change the fact that the days are getting shorter, kids and teachers are getting ready for school to start, and my calender screams “hey you, it’s September!!” whenever I glance at it. When I look back on […]

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Fettuccine with Spicy raw Tomato, Herb, and Caper Sauce

I’ve had this cookbook for years called The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein. It has really fantastic looking recipes that use fresh herbs and vegetables. Being a student at the time this book was given to me, I felt taunted by the pages of delicious homemade pasta sauces (calling for 3 cups worth of fresh herbs) and side dishes that […]

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Cupcakes # 8, 9, 10: Almond-Apricot, Coconut-Lychee, Pineapple-Rightside-Up

Almond-Apricot Cupcake Filling

So I haven’t been baking as much as usual lately, probably due to the heat of summer, being busy with work and maybe just a bit of general laziness. When I do manage to open the bottom drawer of the stove to take out my dull and rusting cupcake pan, I find myself drawn towards fruit. I love fruit, yet I haven’t tried […]

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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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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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Savory Caramelized Onion Vinegar and Tangy Sweet Mango Vinegar

I was inspired to make my own specialized vinegars over the Christmas holidays when I volunteered at a local arts and books fair. There were people selling books, herbal tea blends, artwork, and homemade jams. Most of the people there knew each other and everything was locally produced. There was a real sense of community and personal accomplishment amongst the vendors. I myself was only […]

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