Round-up of 10 favourite cookbooks and cookbook give-away

There’s a stack of wonderful cookbooks in my bookshelf that I will be reviewing in the New Year. Some of them are included in a round-up of some of my favourite 2013 cookbooks.  I am in the midst of happily trying out a recipe or two from these cookbooks and will soon be posting cookbook reviews and cookbook give-aways. In the meantime, […]

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Honey Spiced Biscotti and Siciian Fig cookies

Seventh Canadian Food Experience Project challenge – Honey Spiced Biscotti and Sicilian Fig Cookies

For the seventh Canadian Food Experience Project challenge (Canadian Christmas tradition), I am going to share two traditional Christmas cookie recipes that are part of our Christmas sweet table:  Honey Spiced Biscotti (Susamielli) and Sicilian Fig Cookies (Cucidati). Honey Spiced Biscotti I first ate Honey Spiced Biscotti the first year I was married.  My husband’s family all gathered at his […]

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pear tree

Canadian Food Experience Project Challenge Six – The Pear Harvest

The topic for the sixth Canadian Food Experience Project challenge is ‘The Harvest’.   This year, our more than 30 year old pear tree, produced an abundance of Bartlett pears. It was one of the best harvests yet.  There were enough pears to share with family and friends, make some amazing desserts, and for the first time […]

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Individual Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pies – Daring Bakers’ October Challenge – Savory Pot Pies

Hannah of Rise and Shine was our October 2013 Daring Bakers’ hostess and she challenged us to bake our own double crusted savory pot pies.  Using any from-scratch crust and filling we choose, we were allowed to get completely creative with our recipe, showing off the savory flavors and fillings from our own home or […]

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tomato preserves

Canadian Food Experience Project Challenge: Preserving

Valerie from A Canadian Foodie founded the Canadian Food Experience Project which began June 7 2013. The participants share their collective stories across the vastness of our Canadian landscape through our regional food experiences. We hope to bring global clarity to our Canadian culinary identity through the cadence of our concerted Canadian voice. Our topic […]

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Fluffy Sponge Cake

The Canadian Food Experience Project – Fluffy Sponge Cake with Orange Glaze

 I am a first generation Canadian born to Italian parents. My Mom only cooked Italian food at home, so I have many cherished Italian recipes that I now cook for my family, but living in Quebec has given me the opportunity to embrace not only the Quebec cuisine but also that of many different ethnic […]

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Minted Trophy Apothecary Jar

Minted – stationery designs and more

  I discovered Minted through the Food Bloggers of Canada website.  Since I enjoy collecting stationery and am always looking for unique greeting  cards, I browsed though the Minted website and was very impressed with their statement on the About Us page:  “Minted is a global community of independent graphic designers and an online store that prints and sells […]

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Meleto Castle

Roasted Pepper Eggplant and Cheese Terrine – Cooking in a Chianti castle

  The Rustico Cooking Chianti Culinary Tour was the ultimate cooking experience.  For five days, our tour group attended hands-on culinary courses in the kitchen of the enchanting Castello di Meleto (Meleto Castle).    This magnificent castle, surrounded with cypress trees and junipers, is located in the town of  Gaiole, in the central Chianti region of Tuscany, Italy.  Roasted Pepper Eggplant and Cheese Terrine was […]

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