In most parts of Canada (at least in my experience), if you ask for an apple cider in any bar or restaurant, you’re going to get a carbonated alcoholic beverage. Possibly in a bottle, possibly on tap, possibly with a wedge of lime (mmmm). That’s the default “cider” here (what does that say about us?). So imagine my surprise when I was in Minnesota years ago, went into a bar with some friends, and received a steaming hot mug of cider with a cinnamon stick. Um, what? I mean, it was delicious and all, but I was not expecting a “hot apple cider”. Especially since it wasn’t even winter at the time. (more…)
As part of my new “bake more muffins” initiative, this week I have yet another recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours. This is a recipe that I’ve made several times already, so it’s not new-to-me, but it is new to the blog. So it totally counts as “new”.
While I have tweaked the ingredients of this muffin over the years, the flavour is essentially the same. And oh-so-chocolatey. So, so chocolatey. (more…)
If you haven’t guessed from the logo I’ve had in my sidebar for a few weeks now, I’m doing the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap this year! And I’m ridiculously excited about it! I’m such a nerd when it comes to baking, I know. It’s their 4th year running, but my first participating. It’s only my second xmas season blogging, and I didn’t even know this exchange existed until it was too late for me to join last year. So I kept an eye on it, determined to not miss out again. And I think I was one of the first to sign up this year. They have 566 bloggers participating this time around, from 7 different countries. That’s a lot of cookies! Kudos to the organizers, Lindsay at Love & Olive Oil and Julie at The Little Kitchen, for all their hard work on this; and especially for coming up with the idea in the first place and opening it up to the whole community. (more…)
During the summer, I love having a fruit smoothie every day for breakfast. It’s so cool and refreshing, and to be honest it’s about the only time I get fruit in my diet (I’m not a big fan – sorry, I’d much rather have vegetables). I don’t always have the same combination of fruits and juices, but they all start with a base of frozen bananas – that’s how you get that great thick milkshake-y texture. But sometimes my kitchen gets a bit… messy. Cluttered. I usually have baking ingredients all over the place, and if I’m going to be using my cookie sheets again right away, I won’t bother putting them away. And sometimes the bananas get… misplaced. Forgotten. When this happens, I usually don’t find them until they’re ripened beyond belief. But that’s just fine. It just means that instead of being used in a smoothie, they’ll get used in some baking. Trust me, I’m never truly upset by this development. Not in the least. (more…)
I’m still on the pumpkin love train, and since I needed to bake some muffins this week, I decided to turn to pumpkin yet again. I’ve done two recipes now that combine pumpkin and chocolate (delicious!), so I wanted to switch it up and try something else this week. What else works with pumpkin? If you’ve ever had pumpkin cheesecake, the answer is obvious. (more…)
As I mentioned last week, it is officially apple season, and the farmer’s market is absolutely bursting with so many different varieties of apples. Most fruit I can take or leave, but I really enjoy a nice tart juicy apple. They’re great on their own, but I also love them with peanut butter or cheese. And of course they’re perfect with caramel too (mmmmm, caramel apples). One day some lovely person sent us a fruit bouquet, including some green apples dipped in dark chocolate – I’d never had apples with chocolate before, but they were amazingly good! Who knew? Sometimes I’ll just have an apple and some cheese and call it lunch. And while I’ve personally never tried it, I hear that apple pie is great with a piece of cheddar cheese too. (more…)