Ambrosia Cake

  If you follow my blog or have attended my classes you know I like to give you recipes that you will actually make.  They usually don’t contain a log of ingredients and come together fairly well.  But every once in a while, you just need a cake that has that “wow” factor. It could be for a special occasion […]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Guinness Brownies

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Yes there will be much green flowing today. I think we’ll all have our fair share of food and things that are green today. Here’s a recipe to celebrate the most (well almost most) famous creation from Ireland – Guinness Brownies. Yes, there is Guinness in these brownies, along with some good dark Lindt chocolate and […]

“Caffins” – March Break Baking Activity!

    It is March break and all the kids are off – but you know that. If you didn’t go away, you probably have them all with you in the house. So keep them busy by getting them to make their own batches of these “caffins” (cake + muffins). I couldn’t think of what else to call these rich […]

International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day to every woman out there! It does make me sad that we have to designate a day to pay tribute to women. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a wonderful idea, but I think that everyday, we should celebrate the women in our lives and the women that change the world in their own way. […]

Apple Cake with Sour Cream and Honey

This is a nice recipe for those occasions when you just want cake.  You can serve it with or without icing.  It is moist and very flavorful on its own or with the icing.  I like cutting the apples into a small dice for this cake.  The firmer the apple, the better they will retain their shape and provide moisture to […]

Chocolate and Strawberries!

It’s almost here, that day when men go mad over flowers, chocolate and other things, not for themselves but to demonstrate their love for the ones they love.  Ridiculous prices loom and we (at least I) don’t usually think about prices when it comes to gifts for my wife. I’m very lucky though that my wife doesn’t believe in Valentine’s […]

Dobos Torte

I miss being in Chef school! I learned so much and almost everything was “new to me”. There was a sense of competitiveness as well as comradery built into every day. So when I saw this Dobos Torte recipe I thought of my days at George Brown. We did the most interesting cakes – ones I’d only ever tasted or […]

2016 Christmas Cookie #12 – World Peace Cookies (by Dorie Greenspan)

  Christmas Cookie #12 – World Peace Cookie by Dorie Greenspan. A perfect way to finish off the 12 cookies and think of the beauty and joy this season brings to us. This is mostly her writing of the recipe from her blog, with my comments in italics. She explains it beautifully and I could in no way come close […]

2016 Christmas Cookie #11 – Soft Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

I really have a soft spot for sugar cookies, but not the crispy kind, I like them soft and chewy. Don’t get me wrong, if they are the crispy kind, I just need some coffee to dunk them in and then I’m fine – yes, I’m a dunker. But when I get them like this, I could sit there and […]

2016 Christmas Cookie #9 – Triple Ginger Sandwich Cookies

For this cookie (and really any spice cookie) you need the freshest spices. If your spices have been sitting around for a while – lets say for one year or so, then toss them and pick up some new ones. Small quantities only, remember it’s only a bargain if it gets used. This is nice dough and I used the large […]