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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Bûche de Noël (Yule Log)

For Christmas this year, I wanted to try something quintessentially Christmas. I’d always seen photos of “Bûche de Noël” looking so festive, sprinkled with snow and sprigged with holly, that it seemed an appropriate holiday dessert to tackle (plus it’s got Christmas right there in the name). This also happens to be a flourless cake…

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Brown butter pecan shortbread

This holiday season is, for obvious reasons, markedly different than any other holiday season in recent memory. It’s difficult to feel that festive spirit and connected to loved ones when we’re shut up in our respective homes. So I’ve tried to rekindle the holiday spirit by indulging in a little baking. Even if I’m the…

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Herb and goat cheese stuffed chicken

Long days and tumultuous times require a bit of comfort food. So multi-cheese breasts slathered in mayo and breadcrumbs seemed just the ticket. Recipe adapted from Bite Me 1 cup cream cheese, softened½ cup goat cheese, softened3 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped1 tsp minced fresh thyme1 tsp fresh lemon juice¼ tsp salt¼ tsp ground black…

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