Peanut butter banana muffins

One of my favourite flavour combos: peanut butter and banana. And an overripe batch of bananas on my kitchen counter begged to be peanut buttered in muffin form. Recipe from 750 Best Muffin RecipesMakes 12 muffins 1¾ cups all-purpose flour¼ cup wheat germ1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder½ tsp salt¼ cup packed dark…

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Chicken fingers with brown sugar and rum

Some nights it’s about keeping things easy and looking through the cupboards to use what you’ve already got. I found myself with chicken that needed to be used up and thought I’d try a recipe from the hilarious parody cookbook Fifty Shades of Chicken someone had given me, riffing off of Fifty Shades of Grey…

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Mini cheesecakes

I’m a sucker for a good cheesecake, but they can be a bit of an ordeal to make. But cheesecake in miniature in only a third of the bake time was music to my ears. Plus, they would make for a nice portable dessert, easy to bring and share at a socially-distanced picnic. Recipe from…

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Butter Chicken

It may be prosaic, but my go-to dish when ordering Indian food has always been butter chicken. So I’m always on the hunt for a recipe that best approximates what I can get from a restaurant (easier said than done). I’ve tried other versions, some of which are even on Gastrofare, but it’s never been…

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Chocolate date caramel cups

My go-to dessert for many years has been pie. I love pie–it is versatile and delicious, and there’s one for any occasion really. But I find myself wanting to diversify my dessert repertoire and branch out to new formats. One of my other great pleasures, beyond pie-baking, is perusing new recipes. It’s fun to think…

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Moussaka

This is one of my absolute favourite Greek dishes–my go-to order any time I’m at a Greek restaurant. I’ve only ever tried to make moussaka once before, and while a serviceable freshman attempt, I was struck by the desire to try for an even better sophomore effort. Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit6 garlic cloves, finely…

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Orange cardamom scones with orange glaze

I’m always eager to be finished with a long work week to finally be able to have time to do a little bit of weekend baking. I haven’t made a scone in many moons, and I liked the look of this flavour combination. Recipe adapted from Pinch Me I’m Eating2 cups flour⅓ cup sugar, plus…

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Sticky toffee pudding

A Valentine’s long weekend means showing myself a little self-love, and what better way than baking a delicious dessert! My meal had a bit of a British theme going, so my cursory Googling of “British desserts” brought me to this classic. Recipe from Food & Wine6 oz pitted dates (preferably Medjool)¾ cup water¾ cup 2…

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Vanilla chai lemon ricotta muffins

With renewed lockdown restrictions in place in Ontario to kick-off the New Year, I have definitely been feeling the strain of isolation. One of the best pick-me-ups I’ve found is baking (it’s no wonder everyone took to their baking pans during COVID quarantining to turn out loaf upon loaf of sourdough). There is a kind…

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Balsamic mushroom chicken marsala

One of my goals (I daren’t say resolutions) for this year is to stop ordering so much take-out and get back to what I really enjoy: cooking. I’ve never actually made chicken marsala before, so this seemed the perfect recipe to kick-off my new year plans! Recipe from Half Baked Harvest 2 boneless chicken breasts,…

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