Nuts and bolts are one of my favorite holiday snacks. In a season where sugary treats are fairly ubiquitous (think: fudge, cookies, candy canes) nuts and bolts are a nice savory refuge from the tables full of dainties. Not that I don’t have a case of dainty love to boot, but nuts and bolts are … Read more Nuts and Bolts
My mom’s side of the family is Ukrainian, and so I grew up on a lot of pierogi and kielbasa. Being the good little half-Ukrainian I am, I have absorbed into my repertoire a good number of dishes that are either Ukrainian in origin, or are Ukrainian-ized dishes made by my Baba. If the recipe … Read more When in Doubt, Fry an Onion: Potato and Bacon Soup
I think a part of what I’m enjoying so much about bread making is the very tactile aspect of it. You really get to get your hands into it, get a little bit of flour in your apron (if you’re an apron wearer). And, as your bread baking skills improve, or continue to improve, your … Read more Focaccia Fun
I’m amazed at the number of times in the past week that people were surprised I was going to bake my own birthday cake: “Someone else isn’t going to bake it for you?” Nope. “Do you want me to bake a cake for you?” No, not really. “Are you sure? It’s too bad you have … Read more Grown Up Birthday Cake: Chocolate Guiness Cake
I ask approximately 100,000 questions in a day. You probably can’t tell because when I’m writing here it’s pretty much impossible to write cohesively in swaths of questions. Really though, buckets of questions. And now I have a couple of things I’ve been wondering about for you people peeking in from out there in the … Read more Gingerbeer Anyone?
It’s a matter of days until the holiday season gets into full swing, so I thought I would make a cocktail suggestion to smooth the frayed nerves that come along with preparations for the season. The Caesar is Canada’s answer to the Bloody Mary. Just about everything about the beverage is the same, but … Read more Hail Caesar!
Wee little jars of jam are really adorable, it’s true. But when you make a jam and it doesn’t set, and then you need to reprocess the whole lot, those wee little jars make for a lot of dishes and resterilizing to do. Oi vey. Luckily, after adding a little extra pectin, and bringing the … Read more Little Pots of Sunshine
Yesterday was the day he was supposed to come home. Due to a knee injury he got sent home early, so he’s been back for a while. His knees are still a little bit messed, but from the looks of it there won’t be any permanent damage and he’ll be back at 100% soon. As … Read more Returns
I was going to call this post On the 8th day of Christmas, but, fact of the day: the twelve days of Christmas start on Christmas end end on the 5th on January. You learn something every day, or at least I do. Nevertheless, 8 more days until Christmas! Is anyone else super excited for Santa … Read more Countdown: 10, 9, 8…
I feel kind of strange writing about such a lovely summery sorbet at this particular time. Sometimes things get caught on the camera, and just don’t make it up here in a timely fashion. But then, like a luscious summer day, a little bit of dawdling is to be expected from a watermelon sorbet, I … Read more Memories of Summer