Per La Famiglia cookbook review

  In the Per La Famiglia (Memories and Recipes of Southern Italian Home Cooking) cookbook, Emily Richards captures the essence of Italian home cooking.  Per la famiglia means “for the family” and in this cookbook Emily shares family recipes and traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. Chapters In the Introduction, Emily writes about her […]



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Befana's Stars

Dolce Italiano – La Befana’s Star’s

Dolce Italiano (Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen) by Gina De Palma is one of my favourite cookbooks.  Over the years, I have made many recipes from this book with great success. I was saddened to read the news that Gina De Palma passed away a few weeks ago from ovarian cancer which she was battling for […]



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Almond Cranberry Biscotti

Almond Cranberry Biscotti

Last year I participated in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap organized by Julie of  The Little Kitchen and Lindsay of Love and Olive Oil by making Almond Cranberry Biscotti. To participate, I sent Julie and Lindsay my name and in turn I received the three names of food bloggers to send each a dozen of my […]



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Italian Style Sausage, Kale and Butternut Squash Stuffing

Guest post by Nadia Fazio of Mangia Bedda     For Canadians, Thanksgiving has come and gone and we’re headed full speed toward the Christmas holidays. So you may be wondering why I’m writing about stuffing?  That’s because I’ve decided that stuffing is great any time of year and should not only be reserved for […]



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Madeleines by Barbara Feldman Morse

Madeleines Cookbook Review

  The first time I read a Madeleine recipe was from The Good Cook: Desserts Classic which was part of the Time Life cookbook series.  The recipe was half a page long with no photograph.  Since I didn’t know what Madeleines were at that time, I bought the molds (which were not easy to find) and baked them.  They turned out quite good – little […]



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Cookbook Gift Guide

Mother’s Day Cookbook Gift Guide

    Mother’s Day is only a few days away! I always found it difficult to buy my mom a present as she was happy just to spend Mother’s Day with her family and never asked for anything. Although my mom was not a baker, she had a sweet tooth and whenever she would come and visit she would browse through […]



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Cooking with Quebec Maple Syrup

Cooking with Québec Maple Syrup cookbook give-away

    The Cooking with Québec Maple Syrup cookbook by Anne Fortin is one of the many cookbooks in my collection jammed with post-it notes.  It combines over 60 maple syrup recipes made by some of Québec’s well known chefs. Anne Fortin is the owner of the Libraire Gourmande bookshop located in Montreal’s famous Jean-Talon Market. I […]



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vanilla cupcakes baby shower

Vanilla mini-cupcakes for a #BabyFamilyBites Virtual Baby Shower

I was one on a list of bloggers that was  invited to participate in a virtual baby shower for Jan Scott of the popular blog, Family Bites.  I haven’t met Jan personally, but I did hear her speak at the 2013 Food Bloggers of Canada Conference and was impressed by her enthusiasm and warm personality. We were […]



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Simple French onion soup

Simple French Onion Soup: Gatherings cookbook blog tour

The Gatherings cookbook by Jan Scot and Julie Rosendaal is the perfect  guide to at-home entertaining. It features over 100 delicious, easy to make recipes for  gatherings such Weekend Brunch, Showers,  Pie Party, The Pantry Party, Kid’s Birthday Parties, Big Family Gatherings, Fall Harvest Dinner, Sunday Supper, Date Night for Two, Cocktail Party, Book Club, Beer […]



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Chocolate Espresso Pound Cake

Chocolate Espresso Pound Cake and Butter Baked Goods Giveaway

  Chocolate Espresso Pound Cake is one of over 100 traditional baking recipes featured  in the Butter Baked Goods cookbook by Rosie Daykin.  Rosie is the owner of the Butter Baked Goods bakery in Vancouver which is famously known for its best gourmet marshmallows in North Amercia. The nine chapters feature recipes of baking goodness for muffins, scones, […]



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