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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 »

Summer Blue.

Written on September 21, 2013 at 3:49 pm, by

As the last day of summer slips by and my very favourite of seasons is about to begin, I find myself reflecting on the summer that was. It was an interesting one, to be sure. There was a lot of change. There were a lot of “a-ha” moments and moments of doubt. There were a  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Waffles!

Written on July 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm, by

I will never get tired of waffles. Never! Sometimes I have little debates with myself about what I love more … waffles or pancakes. I love smooth, round pancakes that are fat and fluffy. I love slipping pats of butter between each pancake round and knowing that nestled in its little bed, the butter slowly  Continue Reading »


Written on April 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm, by

It is still amazing to me that there was a time when I regularly skipped breakfast. It seems almost unfathomable that there was a previous me that had so little regard for what is now such an important part of my day. The importance of breakfast is often measured in nutritional value; it’s the most  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: We Got Buns!

Written on February 6, 2012 at 8:10 pm, by

What’s better than sleeping in on a weekend morning and waking up to the smell of warm, buttery, citrusy buns just coming out of the oven? Nothing! That’s what … nothing’s better than that! If you agree with me then I have the buns for you: Saveur‘s Sweet Orange Buns. To me, this is the  Continue Reading »

Nutella, Buon Giorno!

Written on February 5, 2012 at 7:51 am, by

I find we all have different ways of measuring the passage of a year. Some people look to their children’s birthdays or particular holidays to pause and remark, “Wow. Another year gone by.” Me … I measure time according to Nutella. To be exact, I am fully aware that a whole year of life has  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Strawberries!

Written on June 6, 2011 at 12:30 am, by

Praise Mother Nature, strawberry season is almost upon us! This weekend I harvested the very first strawberries from my little strawberry patch and they were delicious. In a few weeks, Ontario strawberries will start rolling in full force and I am so excited. There is nothing like a summer strawberry! I got into the swing  Continue Reading »


Written on December 29, 2010 at 5:49 pm, by

Focus. I know. It’s hard to look at a stack of pancakes without just thinking, “Ooooooh…pancaaaaaaaaakes.” It’s made even more difficult in this case because the picture of the stack of pancakes isn’t particularly good. That’s because I couldn’t focus. But I want you to really try and focus. Avoid the pancakes. Look at the  Continue Reading »

I Poached an Egg. More Importantly, I Ate an Egg.

Written on December 14, 2010 at 7:16 pm, by

Jenn and Jill have challenged The Daring Cooks to learn to perfect the technique of poaching an egg. They chosean Eggs Benedict recipe from Alton Brown, Oeufs en Meurette from Cooking with Wine by Anne Willan, and Homemade Sundried Tomato & Pine Nut Seitan Sausages (poached) courtesy of Trudy of Veggie num num. Confession time.  Continue Reading »

The 12 Days of Cookbooks: Day 5

Written on December 5, 2010 at 9:15 am, by

While almost all of the cookbooks that you’ll see in my 12 Days of Cookbooks feature are books that are new to me in 2010, that is not the case with all of them. Case-in-point: Stonewall Kitchen Favorites: Delicious Recipes to Share with Family and Friends Every Day. This cookbook has been on my shelf  Continue Reading »

The 12 Days of Cookbooks: Day 2

Written on December 2, 2010 at 12:30 am, by

Sometimes, if my day isn’t going so well or if I just need to relax a little, I’ll visit the big, shiny bookstore that is very close to my place of work. Or I’ll go here. Both very dangerous places. But what’s a Cream Puff to do? Sometimes I just need that thrill of walking  Continue Reading »

Getting to the Fruit of the Matter

Written on May 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm, by

I always heed Cath’s call. Whenever she asks if I want to participate in a book event, I’m there. Especially when the author of the book is someone like Deborah Madison. Some people are born to write cookbooks and Deborah is one of those people. Her latest cookbook, Seasonal Fruit Desserts: From Orchard, Farm, and  Continue Reading »

I ♥ My Mommy

Written on May 9, 2010 at 6:53 am, by

I love my mommy. Even though I am fully grown, I still call her mommy. She’s the best mommy a Cream Puff could have. Happy Mother’s Day, mommy! And a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Hope it’s so sweet! Ciao! The Best French Toast Serves 3 (or 2 very hungry people)  Continue Reading »

The 12 Days of Cookbooks: Day 5

Written on December 5, 2009 at 12:30 am, by

And on the fifth day of the 12 days of cookbooks I give you The Craft of Baking by Karen DeMasco and Mindy Fox. Honestly, 2009 is a year where you could probably buy four or five baking books for the baker in your life. That’s how many high calibre baking books have been published  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Pancakes!

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

Obviously, December is all about the holidays. But in the Cream Puff household, it’s also about breakfast. Because we all tend to be off from work for a good part of the month (I take holidays and my brother is home since the factory usually closes for two weeks), it means lots of lazy mornings  Continue Reading »

A Debt Settled

Written on November 19, 2009 at 7:23 pm, by

I owe someone. Quite awhile ago, Mr. Nazca sent me a certain little book in the mail and by doing so, threw down the figurative gauntlet. My challenge, assuming that I would choose to accept it, was to read said book and at the very least attempt a recipe. The book in question: Nanny Ogg’s  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Berries!

Written on August 2, 2009 at 9:26 pm, by

I’d like to thank everyone for all of the wonderfully kind comments I received to my last post about how I’ve been experiencing a bit of a lull in the kitchen department recently. Trust bloggers to always cheer you up! As a way out of the doldrums, I’ve decided to keep things simple and to  Continue Reading »

Let’s Have Some Brunch

Written on April 25, 2009 at 3:58 pm, by

I specifically waited until Saturday to put this post up because to me, Sunday is the king of brunch days. Thanks to my dear friend Cath of A Blithe Palate and Stephanie of Dispensing Happiness, I’ve had the chance to review Gale Gand’s Brunch! as part of a cookbook spotlight that they’re co-hosting. I’m lucky  Continue Reading »

Confessions of a Reformed Breakfast Skipper (Part 3)

Written on March 4, 2009 at 8:38 pm, by

In the last instalment of my little series about the joy of having rediscovered breakfast, I bring you a breakfast item that is perhaps more nourishing to the soul than the body, but nourishing nevertheless. When people talk about “good” food or “healhy” food, I always start to squirm because I believe that something can  Continue Reading »

Happy Hockey Day in Canada!

Written on February 21, 2009 at 7:59 am, by

While I love my Italian heritage, I am first and foremost a proud Canadian girl. And as such I am addicted to hockey. My grandparents and parents, all of whom came to Canada in the 1950s and 1960s, very quickly became fans of the game and of course my aunts and uncles followed suit as  Continue Reading »

Confessions of a Reformed Breakfast Skipper (Part 2)

Written on February 5, 2009 at 9:36 pm, by

I had intended January to be a month of breakfasts. As I explained in my first post in this series, after many years of ignoring the most important meal of the day, I was looking forward to sharing my newfound love for breaking the fast, so to speak. And then January disappeared. So I’ve decided  Continue Reading »

Confessions of a Reformed Breakfast Skipper (Part 1)

Written on January 8, 2009 at 6:24 pm, by

So here’s my dirty little secret: For almost all of my 20s and part of my early 30s, I regularly skipped breakfast. And by regularly I mean, almost all the time. So there you have it. I don’t have a particularly good reason for being such a habitual offender beyond the most basic (and perhaps  Continue Reading »

It Must be Cookbook Season!

Written on November 20, 2008 at 1:01 am, by

While I would argue that every season is cookbook season, I don’t think there’s any question that that the lead-up to Christmas is probably one of the most intense times for cookbook authors and publishers. After all, cookbooks make great gifts. Ahem. Hint. Hint. Anyway, it’s usually around this time that friends will begin asking  Continue Reading »

My Kingdom for Pancakes!

Written on March 4, 2008 at 9:19 pm, by

I’m not one for swearing or cursing but I’m just going to come right out and say it, work is kicking my ass. Badly. And something very strange is happening to me. At the most inopportune moments during the day, my thoughts turn to pancakes. Tall stacks of fluffy pancakes. Blueberry pancakes. Buttermilk pancakes. Pumpkin  Continue Reading »

Buona Fine e Buon Principio!

Written on January 1, 2008 at 11:39 am, by

Buona fine e buon principio … I hope you had a happy end to 2007 and a happy beginning to 2008! From Cream Puff and family, I send you all my very best wishes for a healthy year, filled with new pursuits, lots of fun and as much delicious food as you can handle. My  Continue Reading »

Goodbye March …

Written on March 31, 2007 at 3:56 pm, by

Goodbye March! You were a busy month. You whizzed right by me with almost no opportunity for me to bake. But it’s time for you to go now. April is knocking at the door and I see she’s bringing flour and eggs and baking pans. But before you go, March, I wanted to thank you  Continue Reading »

Feasting on Nigella

Written on January 19, 2007 at 10:06 pm, by

It’s difficult not to like Nigella Lawson. You’d have to be hard-hearted indeed not to fall prey to the charms of this intelligent, witty and yes – gorgeous – woman. As a television personality, her presence is infectious. Don’t we all wish we could look so good throwing egg shells into the sink?! I own  Continue Reading »

A Book That Really Schmecks

Written on January 12, 2007 at 9:55 pm, by

What exactly is schmecks? I was pondering this very question shortly after reading an e-mail from Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Sensual Gourmet asking me if I’d be interested in reading and reviewing a cookbook by the eminent Canadian writer, Edna Staebler. The cookbook in question happens to be called Food That  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 »

A Challenge for Cream Puff

Written on August 19, 2006 at 4:01 pm, by

Ladies and gentlemen, I have been challenged! The gauntlet has been thrown down by none other than the brilliant photographer and fantastic cook Meeta of What’s For Lunch Honey?. Not only did Meeta organize an event with sixty plus participants, she took the time out of her schedule to send me a postcard. And a  Continue Reading »

A Hole in One

Written on May 22, 2006 at 10:36 am, by

The more observant among you may have noticed that I like sweets and that I like to bake. Hope I wasn’t too obvious about it! As I lazed about in true Cream Puff fashion wondering what sweet to make next, I realized that I haven’t spent any time on savory dishes from the Cream Puffs  Continue Reading »

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes for My Mommy

Written on May 14, 2006 at 10:32 am, by

When I was a very little girl, my mother would get up extra early on weekend mornings and make pancakes. Her pancakes, as with all the food she cooks, were perfect. They were golden rounds of puffed up goodness that I would happily drench in maple syrup. No matter what was happening in our household,  Continue Reading »

Mildred’s Scones

Written on May 11, 2006 at 3:30 pm, by

Mildred’s daughter Veda has a message for you. She wants you to eat her mother’s scones. And she wants you to make sure that you smother the scones in copious amounts of double cream and jam (preferably strawberry). Why should you do what Veda says? In a review of the movie Mildred Pierce on,  Continue Reading »

A Decadent Granola

Written on May 9, 2006 at 6:13 pm, by

So who exactly is Mildred Pierce? Well, imagine this. Imagine Hollywood, in the late 1940s. Imagine a woman with dark hair and fiery red lips. She’s passionate. She’s flawed. She’s gorgeous. She’s the jilted wife. The long-suffering mother. Her life is a drama fit for the silver screen. But you can’t get just anyone to  Continue Reading »

WCC #4: Lemony Bread-Pudding French Toast

Written on April 17, 2006 at 10:55 pm, by

What is that glorious scent? Something warm and eggy in the air is pulling me out of a deep sleep. It’s calling me, more and more forcefully, urging me to wake up and make my way to the kitchen. Incredibly I resist wakefulness. I’m so tired. I went to bed at 3:30 a.m. after baking  Continue Reading »