Monthly Archives: December 2013

Gougères (savoury cheese puffs)

There’s something quite magical about choux pastry, don’t you think? Also known as pâte à choux , this light pastry dough is used for sweet treats including cream puffs (click here for my recipe), profiteroles, croquembouches, éclairs, beignets and more; it’s also the foundation for … Continue reading

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Canadian Sleigh Ride Cocktail

Crisp nights and roaring fires are the perfect setting for warm-your-insides cocktails. While bourbon is a very popular drinks base these days, I often find Canadian or rye Whiskey to be even more beguiling. It boast a subtle yet distinctive … Continue reading

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Perfect oven-baked French fries

While I do own a very nice deep fryer, I have to confess it doesn’t leave its cozy cupboard that often. It’s a bit of a hassle to clean and when I use it, I find it somewhat vexing to … Continue reading

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Cardamom and Maple Syrup

Squash is hands-down one of my favourite winter vegetables. I love it in soup, risottos and so much more and it makes frequent appearances as a side dish in all sorts of meals I serve. The only downside, to me, … Continue reading

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Backdrop Food & Drink – a sneak peek

If I were looking for a new place to live right now, I would likely choose Centretown. There is so much going on in the core of Ottawa that this is fast becoming one of our city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. … Continue reading

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Savoury Chili-Cheese Biscuits

These savoury delights are the perfect thing for people who don’t have a sweet tooth. Not as crisp as crackers, cheddar cookies have a nice texture and delicious flavour thanks to both the cheese and cayenne; they make lovely cocktail … Continue reading

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White Chocolate Dipped Shortbread

Let’s face it, not all of us can decorate cookies to make them look like tempting works of art. It’s definitely not my strong suit, which is what prompted me to come up with a method to jazz up classic … Continue reading

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