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Staying In

Written on January 30, 2014 at 9:01 pm, by

It is inevitable that at this time of year, my voice joins the chorus of lamenters about the weather. To be sure, we are justified. I mean really … minus 25?! Minus 30?! Come on, Old Man Winter! Enough is enough. But I would be fibbing in a big, bad way if I didn’t admit  Continue Reading »

Don’t Forget the Bread

Written on December 15, 2013 at 8:42 pm, by

I am in my glory at this time of year. Just the thought of all the baking makes me giddy. And even though I’ve engaged in very little baking to this point (holiday baking doesn’t really start up in earnest for me until December 15th), I am in butter-egg-flour-chocolate-nuts-dried fruits-chestnuts heaven. I love it. But  Continue Reading »

Happy Easter! Buona Pasqua!

Written on April 8, 2012 at 7:03 am, by

From my family to yours, I’d like to wish everyone the happiest of Easters! Our day started with a most delicious Hot Cross Bun Loaf (from this book). I hope that wherever you are there is sunshine, family, friends and good food!

The 12 Days of Cookbooks: Day 10

Written on December 10, 2010 at 8:30 pm, by

As part of my ongoing desire to have more bread baking in my life, I’m delighted to bring you my choice for Day 10. That’s Elinor Klivans’ Fast Breads: 50 Recipes for Easy, Delicious Bread. Elinor Klivans is an accomplished baker and cookbook author. I’m happy to say I own many of her cookbooks and  Continue Reading »

The 12 Days of Cookbooks: Day 9

Written on December 9, 2010 at 7:23 pm, by

Don’t be afraid. What you see at the top of this post is not a science experiement gone wrong. Trust me. It is the beginning of what I hope will become a beautiful loaf of bread. If you have ever dreamt of baking delicious bread at home, join me. I give you Tartine Bread by  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Focaccia!

Written on August 2, 2010 at 2:21 pm, by

I picked up a copy of a special publicaton by Vegetarian Times called the Farmer’s Market Cookbook featuring some of the magazine’s best summer recipes. I immediately bookmarked the recipe for Oregano and Asiago Focaccia, which originally appeared in the April 2008 edition of the magazine. This is probably the easiest focaccia you will ever  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Bread!

Written on March 29, 2010 at 12:30 am, by

As March draws to an end I find myself slowly emerging from the last two months. I can very clearly recall the beginning of January, but everthing between that first week of 2010 to now is a blur. Work. Work. Work. It’s been challenging, fun, stressful, difficult, exciting and so very busy. As always, I  Continue Reading »

The Daring Cooks Learn Greek!

Written on February 16, 2010 at 6:39 pm, by

The 2010 February Daring Cook’s challenge was hosted by Michele of Veggie Num Nums. Michele chose to challenge everyone to make mezze based on various recipes from Claudia Roden, Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Dugid. Well I’m a few days late posting my February 2010 DC challenge but it’s not my fault. Between posting about how  Continue Reading »

Santa Lucia: Swedish Women are Awesome

Written on December 13, 2009 at 11:44 am, by

Elin Nodegren’s prowess with golf clubs aside (sorry … couldn’t resist …), ever since I was about 11 years old, I have always thought Swedish women are awesome. This is a direct result of having read about the Swedish celebration of the feast of Santa Lucia on December 13. I don’t quite remember where I  Continue Reading »

The 12 Days of Cookbooks: Day 1

Written on December 1, 2009 at 12:30 am, by

Disclaimer: Cream Puff will not be held responsible for the dramatic reduction in bookshelf space due to the purchasing of any cookbooks as a result of posts on this blog between December 1, 2009 and December 12, 2009, inclusive. I happen to believe that cookbooks make the very best Christmas gifts. Well, okay, maybe diamonds  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Bread!

Written on November 2, 2009 at 12:30 am, by

Every year, in early October, we have a Thanksgiving potluck at work. I usually try to bring two dishes (surprisingly I tend not to bring dessert …). Because I organize the potluck, I try to wait until the very end to decide what to bring and I generally try to fill in any gaps in  Continue Reading »

Bring on the Parties!

Written on December 1, 2008 at 10:56 pm, by

New month, new flavour! This month the Cream Puffs in Venice Flavour of the Month is Trish Magwood’s Dish Entertains: Everyday Simple to Special Occasions. I’ve owned this book for quite awhile now and as is the case with most of the cookbooks I own, I’ve never tried a recipe. It’s a good thing there’s  Continue Reading »

Something To Munch On

Written on October 31, 2008 at 6:44 pm, by

What attracted me to Carol Field’s Italy in Small Bites was the idea of small snacks throughout the day to sustain me. Wouldn’t that be amazing … if at any time of the day you could bite into something tasty, yet not filling? I’ve spent most of October dreaming about what I’d try from this  Continue Reading »

And She Burns her Crackers!

Written on September 27, 2008 at 1:01 am, by

Have you seen the film Stranger Than Fiction, featuring Will Ferrell and Emma Thompson, where Ferrell’s character walks around while hearing his life narrated out loud by the author played by Thompson? I’m not sure why or how, but I sort of felt like my attempt at making lavash crackers was being narrated by some  Continue Reading »

Cheesy Bread Bakers (or Baking with the Gals)

Written on May 18, 2008 at 10:23 am, by

Ladies and gentleman, today I have decided to coin a new term. That term is Bakeanista. What is a Bakeanista? Well, a Bakeanista is a member of the femal species that would happily forego shopping for shoes, getting her hair done or going for a spa treatment to stay at home watching yeast bloom and  Continue Reading »

Happy Pasquetta!

Written on March 24, 2008 at 10:05 am, by

Today is Easter Monday and in Italian, we call this day Pasquetta. For many (myself included), today is a holiday. I always enjoy having the day after a big holiday to myself as it gives me a chance to reflect. I’ve had such a lovely Easter this year. Not only did my work schedule calm  Continue Reading »

Pane Quotidiano

Written on February 29, 2008 at 1:01 am, by

Daily bread. That’s what pane quotidiano means and that’s what I kept thinking about as I had the lovely experience of making French bread thanks to Mary of The Sour Dough and Sara of i like to cook. They were the hostesses of the February 2007 Daring Bakers challenge and they chose French bread as  Continue Reading »

Lazy Days

Written on December 31, 2007 at 10:49 am, by

With all the tidying up that’s been going on lately, I decided it was time for a bit of a break. Cold winter days make for the best lazy days and in between bouts of cleaning, I’ve been luxuriating in afternoon naps. I’ve also made time for a bit of baking. These days, when I  Continue Reading »

The Daring Bakers Break Bread Together

Written on November 25, 2007 at 10:20 pm, by

As much as I’ve enjoyed all of the sweet escapades the Daring Bakers have been on, secretly, I’ve longed for something savoury. Trust the beautiful Tanna to answer my wishes! For November, she chose our first non-dessert baking challenge: Tender Potato Bread from the book Home Baking by Naomi Duguid and Jeffrey Alford. This has  Continue Reading »


Written on November 21, 2007 at 5:04 pm, by

Remember No Knead Bread? Remember when everywhere you turned, it was all you could read about? Since I’ve been blogging (December 2005), I can’t think of another food item that was so talked about and written about in both print and on-line. Unfortunately for the Cream Puff, I had to sit and watch as the  Continue Reading »

World Bread Day, 2007: Just a Little Late!

Written on October 20, 2007 at 6:18 pm, by

While I would never describe myself as being very organized, I do pride myself on doing a reasonably good job of keeping track of food blog events that I want to participate in. Well, you know what they say … pride before the fall. I was very disappointed to realize that I had missed the  Continue Reading »

A Daring Baker’s Ode to Buns (Cinnamon and Sticky, that is)

Written on September 30, 2007 at 11:57 am, by

There was once a group called The Daring Bakers, Who for a challenge were always takers. Each month they baked something new, And as a result were never blue. Marce of Pip in the City is September’s host, I’d certainly say she has the most. Cinnamon and sticky buns she chose, Because those are the  Continue Reading »

SHF #35: Today’s the Day!

Written on September 24, 2007 at 5:25 pm, by

Good evening, my friends! There are just a few hours left before the deadline for SHF #35 passes. Get your entries in by midnight tonight. For those of you that may not make the deadline, just let me know and I’ll see if I can’t give you a bit of a Cream Puff reprieve! I  Continue Reading »

Daring Bakers Do Bagels!

Written on June 27, 2007 at 2:54 pm, by

I have to be very honest with you. I’m a little nervous. As you may have noticed from the picture above and from the title, the June challenge put to the Daring Bakers by our hosts Quellia of All Things Edible and Freya of Writing at the Kitchen Table is bagels. Eeek! Why so nervous,  Continue Reading »

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Written on March 29, 2007 at 9:03 pm, by

Beth Hensperger’s Bread for Breakfast has been the gift that keeps on giving in the Cream Puff household this month. I can’t believe this lovely cookbook sat on my shelf for years without being touched! What the heck was I waiting for? Besides the Orange Bread that I made earlier in the month, I’ve made  Continue Reading »

Colour Me Orange

Written on March 12, 2007 at 11:05 pm, by

I’ve often heard people say that their least favourite months of the year are November and February. Myself, I’ve always had a challenge with March. Granted there are some highlights like my mother’s birthday and the gentle promise of spring, but overall, for me it’s always a bit of a tricky month to get through.  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes to School: Weeks 9 and 10

Written on January 11, 2007 at 8:26 pm, by

On Saturday, I will be attending the first class of the fourth course that I am taking as part of my work towards a Bakery Arts Certificate from George Brown College. I have enrolled in my third compulsory course:  Art of Pies. As with my previous baking classes, I look forward to sharing my experiences  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff Goes to School: Weeks 7 & 8

Written on January 8, 2007 at 9:32 pm, by

A new year always brings with it a sense of starting fresh. Perhaps this is the reason why I have a tendency to do my "spring cleaning" in January. Apart from recovering from the excesses of December including attempts to regain a waistline, January is the time that I like to clean, sort, organize, alphabetize,  Continue Reading »


Written on January 3, 2007 at 10:18 pm, by

On a rainy Tuesday morning in Berlin, our tour bus pulled away from the hotel and we began the long journey to Prague, "city of one hundred spires." While the thought of hours on a bus may not normally sound appealing, I think we were all looking forward to the chance to catch up on  Continue Reading »

The Month of Bread: Rich Pain au Lait

Written on November 26, 2006 at 11:22 am, by

There is nothing that Cream Puffs like more than long, slow, decadent Sunday breakfasts. Sometimes it’s pancakes, sometimes it’s waffles and sometimes, it simply has to be French Toast. Now that I have taken my first baby steps in the world of bread baking, I thought it was high time that I tried my hand  Continue Reading »

The Month of Bread: Perfect Pretzels

Written on November 19, 2006 at 11:33 pm, by

Okay. They’re not perfect, but they’re not bad for a first try either! I cannot even begin to describe to you how much I am loving all the bread-baking that I’m doing this month. It’s like the doors to the world of flour and yeast have been unlocked and I’ve passed through them, never to  Continue Reading »

The Month of Bread: Beautiful Challah

Written on November 12, 2006 at 1:25 am, by

I am seriously behind with my posts about baking class. I promise I’ll catch up soon, but I’m just having too much fun baking and blogging about bread! Several weeks ago, in bread class, we were scheduled to make challah. Unfortunately, work commitments meant that I had to miss that class and I was more  Continue Reading »

The Month of Bread: Fragrant Focaccia

Written on November 1, 2006 at 11:07 pm, by

I am officially declaring November "The Month of Bread." Now that I have one bread course under my belt and will soon be completing my second bread course at George Brown College’s Culinary School, I really have no excuses for not putting my newly learned schools to good use. In a further bit of excellent  Continue Reading »

Some News, Some Recipes and a MEME

Written on September 26, 2006 at 12:07 am, by

We’ve got a busy post ahead so I’ll just get right down to the business at hand:  some news, some recipes and a long overdue MEME response. News, News, News! Earlier this year, the first edition of Canadian Blogging by Post was launched with great success. I’m happy to announce that CBBP #2 is proceeding  Continue Reading »

Bring on the Panzanella …

Written on August 10, 2006 at 7:38 pm, by

This is a salad that I would happily call the perfect summer salad. It is one that I look forward to making every summer. As I add each beautifully ripe ingredient to a large bowl, I can’t help but feel that the very act of making panzanella is pure summer joy! Panzanella is a bread  Continue Reading »

My Mother’s Easter Bread

Written on April 16, 2006 at 1:15 am, by

It’s almost 2:30 a.m., early (very early!) on Easter Sunday morning, and here I am in front of the computer. What in the world am I doing up, you ask? Well for one thing I’m waiting for the crust that I prepared for my lemon meringue tart to chill. Another 10 minutes or so and  Continue Reading »