Spring 2017: Garlic, eggplants, raspberries and grapes in the garden plot

It seemed like winter would never end — especially when we got snow in May — but the warm weather is finally here. And you know what that means: gardening! This is my second year with the same garden plot, so I’m off to a good start already. I created rows in the fall and amended the soil by adding compost, […]

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How to Make Your Own Raspberry Liqueur

So I’m a fan of cocktails (martinis especially), and I want to start making them at home. That may sound easy enough, but there’s a problem: Most cocktail recipes call for two or three types of liqueurs, and each bottle costs anywhere from 20 to 30 bucks. Is it really worth it to spend 100 bucks or more at 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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Cupcake #5: Berry Vanilla

Spring is here with its warm breezes, blue skies and shoots of green poking through the earth. The emergence of sunlight and shedding of winter coats has a certain abandon to it, like breathing fresh air for the first time in months. It puts me in the mood for a cupcake that is cheerful and refreshing. The berry vanilla cupcake […]

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Cupcake #4: Chocolate Raspberry

I was inspired to bake these cupcakes when I first started reading about food science in this awesome huge book which explains the basics of food chemistry. When I found the chart outlining basic ingredients necessary for cupcake baking, I immediately thought about Veganomicon’s chewy chocolate raspberry cookies recipe that I am in love with. I was curious to see how that flavour combination would taste in cupcake […]

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