I would like to extend my very best wishes to all for a most Happy Thanksgiving! Here in Canada we celebrated our Thanksgiving in October, but I’m of the opinion that one can never have too many opportunities to give thanks.

Pics_004_1To celebrate, I decided to prepare some delicious pumpkin doughnuts. These are beyond easy. You mix the batter, let it chill and then fry up these tender, cakey doughnuts full of pumpkin flavour. A generous dab (or two) of powdered glaze and you’re good to go. This recipe comes from the ever-inspiring Epicurious. For the recipe, click here.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Canadian Blogging by Post #2

CBBP #2 was a huge success! Thanks to the efforts of my dearest Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Sensual Gourmet, we had an even larger turnout than CBBP #1. Judging by the lovely gifts that were exchanged by bloggers across this country, everyone ended up with many wonderful treats.

I had the honour of sending a CBBP package to Sarah Lou of One Whole Clove. While I’m relatively new to Sarah Lou’s blog, I’m so impressed with the variety of dishes she prepares and bakes, as well Pics_017_1 as her ability to constantly prepare whatever it is that I seem to be craving. We must be cosmically linked!

Most importantly, however, I would like to thank Mamma Tiff of Life Changes After Birth who sent me the loveliest package! It included the tenderest Apple Cookies I have ever tasted (they didn’t last very long) as well as the recipe for the cookies. Mamma Tiff also very thoughtfully included a CD with music from Glen Gould, a booklet of Sudoku puzzles and a delicious hot chocolate drink bar. I was thrilled with my goodies and am enjoying them all. Mamma Tiff, thank you so much! It’s been a pleasure to meet you!

The Tea Towel Swap

The sweet Jackie of Wren’s Nest hosted a tea towel swap in October. I don’t know about you but I have a huge thing for tea towels. Linens are of the utmost importance in my family, especially since my maternal grandmother was taught to operate a loom. She always taught us about the importance of nice linens.

My swap partner is the gracious (and patient) Raesha of My Love. Raesha sent me exquisite tea towels that are perfect for a Cream Puff like me that loves to bake. I would show you a picture of the tea towels, but I’m planning a special post about them (to be posted in the next week or two) so you’re just going to have to wait. In the meantime, though, I want to thank Raesha for her thoughtfulness. I shall always treasure these tea towels!

Onion Day!

303484714_d60decb63b_oThe ever-creative Zorra of Kochtopf has decided to host another one-off event. Her Bread Day event was so popular that it’s still going on. I unfortunately couldn’t participate in Bread Day due to oven troubles (am I glad that those are over!), but I thought I’d take a moment to let you know that Onion Day is November 27th. You can read all the details of the event by clicking here, or just head over to Zorra’s blog. Happy onion-chopping and crying!

Swedish Anyone?

I’ve mentioned this before on my blog, but in case you’re interested, the too cute Clivia of Clivia’s Cuisine has taken it upon herself to teach the world Swedish by offering a new Swedish word every time she posts. I’m you’re interested in expanding your language repertoire, check it out!

Cream Puff and Co-Workers Become Famous!

Well, maybe we’re not quite famous yet, but certainly we are being recognized for our cooking and baking abilities! Tanya Wenman Steele, the editor of Epicurious‘s epi-log blog pointed out the incredible Thanksgiving potluck that my co-workers and I enjoyed for Canadian Thanksgiving. Tanya has requested an invitation to next year’s potluck to which I reply that she is welcome anytime! Thank you to Emily of Appetitive Behavior for pointing that post out to me.

Italian Anyone?

For all the Italophiles out there, check out It’s a great new blog about all things Italian, especially food. Big surprise there!

The Holidays and Health Concerns

Last but certainly not list, I wanted to direct your attention to a wonderful resource for anyone with concerns relating to sugar intake and diabetes. My own family has been touched by diabetes so I know how challenging the holidays can be. I received an e-mail from Tom Karlya of about the wonderful recipe database available on this site. In addition to some important information about diabetes, there are a number of great recipes available to help everyone make it through the holidays.


Every time I’m tagged for a MEME, I’m thrilled! Unfortunately I don’t get to them so quickly because I Collage82 generally have so many other planned posts to get through first. But I have made a commitment to respond to all MEMEs, even if it takes me the equivalent of 100 Blog Years!

Way back in March, the brilliant Ilva of Lucullian Delights tagged me for the "Around the World MEME." If you’re not familiar with Ilva’s blog, you should visit for the incredible recipes and the even more incredible photographs. Ilva is one of those individuals that can see beauty all around her, in even the simplest of objects or scenes. Her blog is a constant reminder that the world, even with all its imperfections, is a beautiful place.

Thank you so much for tagging me, Ilva!

So here we go …

Please list 3 recipes you have recently bookmarked from food blogs to try:

  1. Raspberry and Chocolate Ganache Tarts from Rubber Slippers in Italy
  2. Fried Cardamom Cookies from Gattina
  3. Fettuccine with Fresh Figs, Chard and Gorgonzola from Albion Cooks

A food blog in your vicinity:

I had the good fortune of actually meeting the "Muffin Man" from Do You Know the Muffin Man? As it turns out the Muffin Man also lives in the Greater Toronto Area and as luck would have it, we were both enrolled in the same class at George Brown’s Culinary School. The Muffin Man is an avid and passionate baker and his blog is a journal of all that he makes. Mouth-watering!

A food blog located far from you:

There are so many blogs to choose from in this category! Every day I discover a new blog that I admire. But today I’d like to direct your attention to the delicious Foodbeam-100% Sweet. The baking talent behind this blog is the adorable Fanny. She is from the Cote d’Azur in France (jealous yet?). She bakes the most delicious things. She takes the most wonderful photographs. And I truly believe that she is 100% sweet. Go and pay her a visit!

A food blog (or several) you have discovered recently? Where did you find it (them)?

A blog that I just recently discovered (and am really enjoying) is called Grignote et Barbotine. I discovered this blog after "Grignote et Barbotine" left a comment on my blog. While my high school French isn’t what it used to be, I’m a firm believer that beautiful food transcends all languages. Check out their blog … it’s wonderful!

Any people or bloggers you want to tag with this MEME?

I’ll leave this one open for anyone that wants to try it! You’re all it!


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