Cajun shrimp and grits

After our trip to New Orleans and the veritable smorgasbord of delicious foods that passed our lips, we were eager to try our hand on some Southern staples. Shrimp and grits seemed like a good place to start. Grits, a dish thought to have derived from traditional Native American fare, are actually traditionally served at breakfast. We…

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Sweet potato gnocchi

While it can often feel like a chore or a necessity in order to obtain sustenance, cooking can be a pleasant evening activity, if you make into one. I love gnocchi (little pillowy morsels of heaven), but they are somewhat labour-intensive to make. However, turning it into a fun activity rather than a necessity can…

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Prosciutto-wrapped stuffed chicken breasts

Happy New Year! A combination of busyness and laziness has led to an increase in my eating-out/ordering-in over the last year–far too many Wendy’s burgers, Tim Horton’s breakfast sandwiches and rolls of sushi have been consumed. Thus, one of my goals for 2019 is to curb that tendency, and so I’ve kicked off the year with what…

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Winter fruit pie with pecan crumble

‘Tis the season for holiday parties, which provide an excellent opportunity and some captive guinea pigs to try some new winter desserts on. At the last party, someone had rather sweetly been disappointed I hadn’t made pie, so I thought I’d investigate some new pie recipes appropriate for the season. Enter: winter fruit pie, an…

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Crostata

This has been a staple dessert for my mother for as long as I can remember. A relatively simple dessert (really just jam and pastry), but makes for a stunning and impressive presentation, not to mention super delicious. A great option to bring to a holiday party! Musings 3 cups all-purpose flour ½ cup sugar 3 tsp…

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Festive cheesecake with sugared cranberries

It’s been at least 3 years since I last made cheesecake (I’ve been focusing my dessert love on pie-baking of late). However, the winter season isn’t known for its pies (though there are some good options!), and so I thought I’d change things up for a friend’s holiday party. I love a good ol’ NY-style…

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Pear and blue cheese scones

Anyone who knows me knows that my love for cheese is strong. So when I had some blue cheese in the fridge and a desire for a savoury breakfast, I investigated what I could incorporate my blue cheese into. Now, pear and blue cheese is a classic pair (pardon the pun!), but I had never seen the…

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Pumpkin waffles

For better or worse, ’tis the pumpkin spice season, permeating everything from your classic pie down to your latté. Now I love me a good pumpkin pie, but I’m often left with a half-used can of pumpkin purée afterwards. I had a bit of a craving for breakfast-for-dinner, and thought, why not put that pumpkin…

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Salmon risotto with fennel and peas

This recipe was born from a good deal on salmon, a desire to use fennel, and a hankering for risotto. It had been a good year since I’d last made risotto, but thankfully it’s like riding a bike–a creamy, stock-infused, Italian bicycle! Recipe adapted from Erren’s Kitchen 2 salmon fillets, about 6 oz each, cut into chunks ½ medium…

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