The Messy Baker Cookbook: Welsh Griddle Cakes

Charmian Christie Welsh Griddle Cake Recipe

Charmian Christie will have you laughing via her new The Messy Baker cookbook! I have sat with Charmian's cookbook, grinning and tearing, as her authentic voice and unexpected wit charmed me into submission. I already knew I was baking one recipe from the book, but I have several ear-marked. It will be the same for you. Cookbooks often inspire me. This one motivates. The old fashioned charm of this Classic Welsh Griddle Cake recipe will never lose it appeal over time. It certainly hasn't … [Read more...]

Support Manning Canning in her Kick Starter Campaign

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To earn a minimum of 35 000 by October 24 2014 for a Certified Commercial Kitchen Space in Toronto Christine Manning from Manning Canning was a vibrant and consistant participant in The Canadian Food Experience Project. I have yet to meet her in person, but feel one step closer after seeing her work to get a commercial kitchen for small business people like her in Toronto up and running. We need the same kind of initiative in Edmonton. I know these spaces in our cities are very hard to … [Read more...]

Valerie’s Freezer Raspberry Jam: I am going to be Gramsey!

1 Raspberry Freezer Jam

This Freezer Raspberry Jam has less sugar and a gorgeous consistency Growing up, I didn't eat jams or jellies. Still rarely do, unless on vacation. The exception: mom's freezer jams. Oh, my. I have altered her recipe to tighten up the consistency and tone down the sweetness. I rarely mess with perfection, but this time, expectations were exceeded. And, I made it with my gorgeous daughter, Lauren, who recently announced that I am going to be Gramsey! Vanja surprised me with a trip to … [Read more...]

Les Madeleines Kouign Amann in Salt Lake City

1 Kouign-Amann at Les Madeleines SLC

Go for the Kouign-Amann. Period. Les Madelieines in Salt Lake City is famous for the Kouign-Amann which is a French regional specialty from Normandy. It is scrumpdillyicious and you will not regret this crunchy, buttery, flaky pastry tasting experience. I promise you. Anyway, Salt Lake City is quite small and this patisserie is quite easy to find. Small. Popular. Closes at 4 pm, so go early! In town visiting my youngest daughter, Lauren, and her husband, Aaron, we were toured around … [Read more...]

Red Iguana: Classic Mexican Restaurant in Salt Lake City

1 Red Iguana Enchiladas Potisinas

"Killer Mexican Food" that is definitely worth the wait! Do you see what I see? Does the above plate look a little familiar? They are Enchiladas Potosinas! I was charmed by them the first time while in Mexico in February 2014 in the Yucutan Peninsula when I took a day long cooking class in Cancun at Mi Cocina es Tu Cocina with Chef Claudia Garcia Ramos and she served Enchiladas Potosinas in a non traditional fashion; however, they were really delicious. Even more delicious when made in the … [Read more...]

Pucker Up Series 2014: Sour Cherry Pesto

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Sour Cherry Pesto Two Ways: Delicious on pasta or on bruschetta! Sweet + salty + spicy = sensational! Let me tell you, kiddies, this is a spoonful of Pucker Power! There is no doubt about it. This is a lip-smackin' toe-tappin' little taste o' somethin' somethin' that you will not be able to put your finger on until the jar is empty, and maybe not even then. But, you will be motivated to try. What is this? What is in it? Mmmm! Salty. Sweet. A hint of spice. Sticky, yet smooth. A punch of … [Read more...]

Basic Garlic Bruschetta

4c Basic Garlic Bruschetta

Garlic bruschetta is the foundation for a myriad of delectable toppings, or delicious on its own! In Italy with Vanja in 2011, the Umbria and Tuscan regions had this bruschetta on their menus as an option. I ordered it every time. Could not get enough. Delicious extra virgin olive oil saturated crusty Italian bread toasted crisp on both sides, then slathered with fresh garlic. Heaven. I was stunned that such simplicity could create such a powerful taste memory. I was addicted. Though I … [Read more...]

Bartlett Pear Upside Down Gingerbread Cake

1 Pear Upside Down Gingerbread Cake

Bartlett Pear Upside Down Gingerbread Cake Gingerbread cake. It's been a loooong time. Home from the hospital with my first child, Ragan, 36 years ago now, I arrived to a lovely home cooked meal thanks to my neighbours that included a square tin of deep, dark, spicy gingerbread cake with the classic pairing: apple sauce and whipped cream. My husband (at that time) enjoyed the meal, immensely. I don't even remember what it was. But, I do remember the gingerbread cake. And the … [Read more...]

The Canadian Food Experience Project: Round Up Twelve

The Canadian Food Experienc Project: Round Up Twelve

The Canadian Garden The Canadian summer and growing season is short in most regions of our country. There are two regions blessed with incredible micro-climates that have longer growing seasons and higher summer temperatures: the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia and the Niagara Region in Ontario. Both are blessed with the ability to grow orchards and grapes so most Canadian wines come from these two regions. The third region is the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia along the Bay of Fundy. … [Read more...]

Hannah’s Comparison: Thermomix TM5 vs Thermomix TM31

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Thermomix TM5 vs Thermomix TM31 side by side on video Thank you to Hannah from the Thermoments (Facebook Page) and "babe" for this video, and to Helene at for always having her finger on the pulse of all things Thermomix and posting this Thermomix TM5 vs Thermomix TM31 on video, today. This excellent comparison reiterates what I said Friday after the announcement was made: Bottom Line: the new machine is not adding another component into the cooking abilities. The … [Read more...]

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