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Category Archives: Cookbooks

Rice is Nice

Written on January 15, 2007 at 9:25 pm, by

Forgive me. I know the title of this post must seem unbelievably lame. But I can’t help it. It’s all my warm, fuzzy brain can muster after eating this delicious rice dish and then sinking back onto the couch, under my favourite blanket in the world, in our cozy little living room in our cozy  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 »

Food Blog Awards and the Flavour of the Month!

Written on January 4, 2007 at 8:30 pm, by

The nominees for the 2006 Food Blog Awards have been released and to my great surprise, I have been nominated for the Best Food Blog – Writing category! When I started this blog in December 2005, I did it so that I could have a place to share my passion for baking and cooking. And  Continue Reading »

Biscotti Bliss!

Written on December 3, 2006 at 10:36 pm, by

When Lisa of La Mia Cucina and I get to talking, you just know there will be some baking happening. Ah, yes. It’s good to have blog friends! After the fun we had with our pretzel cross-posts, we decided to try another cross-post for the holidays. We wanted to bake something that was traditionally Italian  Continue Reading »

Mind Your Bananas!

Written on November 29, 2006 at 8:22 am, by

When I bid adieu to the October 2006 Flavour of the Month, I promised that you’d be seeing Tish Boyle’s book on this blog again and again. So far, I’ve tried about a third of the recipes from the book and they have all been winners. To be sure, some were more winning than others  Continue Reading »

Cookbook Spotlight: Baking with Dorie Greenspan (Part Two)

Written on November 9, 2006 at 7:18 am, by

After the success that I had with Dorie’s Buttery Jam Cookies, I decided that I would try one more recipe from her cookbook, Baking:  From My Home to Yours, for the Cookbook Spotlight that I was invited to participate in by Sara of I Like to Cook. Instead of randomly choosing a recipe, I decided  Continue Reading »

Cookbook Spotlight: From Dorie Greenspan’s Home to Ours

Written on November 6, 2006 at 9:28 pm, by

When trying to explain to people why it is that I have so many cookbooks, and in fact continue to buy cookbooks, one of the comments I make most often is that I love buying a cookbook and feeling like I’ve made a new friend. No, no. Don’t worry. My cookbooks aren’t talking to me.  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 »

Not a Happy Cream Puff

Written on September 3, 2006 at 5:42 pm, by

I am not a happy Cream Puff. As the end of August approached, I began to scan The Overburdened Bookshelf for the next gem to pluck and feature as a Cream Puffs in Venice Flavour of the Month. I remembered that earlier this year, I’d made a promise to myself (more of a challenge, rather)  Continue Reading »

A Proper Thank You

Written on August 25, 2006 at 4:40 pm, by

In addition to being my entry for the Slashfood birthday contest, my “attempt” at making a White Chocolate Raspberry Almond Cake was supposed to be a very special thank you to Tish Boyle for sending me a copy of her latest cookbook, The Cake Book. It didn’t quite work out so well! But this thank  Continue Reading »

Making Sense in the Kitchen

Written on July 11, 2006 at 8:09 pm, by

One of the main reasons why I decided to start a food blog was so that I could finally get around to cracking the spines on all those cookbooks that were weighing down the Overburdened Bookshelf. Needless to say, the burden on the bookshelf has increased significantly over the past seven months as I’ve added  Continue Reading »

Dates with Mascarpone and Walnuts

Written on January 8, 2006 at 12:12 am, by

A recent post entitled "Back from the depths and a Xmas present …" on one of my favourite blogs, Jam Faced, made me stop and smile.  I could definitely relate. While I had a pleasant enough Christmas holiday, I was brought momentarily down by some sort of stomach ailment or flu.  To those family members  Continue Reading »

Make that 99 …

Written on December 29, 2005 at 10:01 am, by

Well that family of 96 cookbooks has now grown to 99 cookbooks. Before you begin accusing me of falling prey to my cookbook habit again, I should let you know that the three new cookbooks are courtesy of my family Kris Kringle gift (thank you Aunt Carmela). You see being from a large Italian family,  Continue Reading »

Oh, the shame!

Written on December 19, 2005 at 12:20 am, by

OK, I admit it. The initial effort of actually sitting down and thinking of a blog name and picking a banner colour and deciding what font to use and … well … it was a lot to absorb all at once. So I took a few days off. With renewed enthusiasm I took up the  Continue Reading »