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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oreo cupcakes

Today I will share my secret weapon: the Oreo cupcake! It is sure to impress, yet deceptively simple to make. Several people have specifically requested that I bake this as a cake for their birthday. If I don’t know what to bring to a potluck, oreo cupcakes come to the rescue! While I provide a cake and icing recipe here, […]