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Small Cookies. Big Dreams.

Written on April 9, 2014 at 7:23 pm, by

I’m sure we have all heard the adage that good things come in little packages. I am managing to survive these still-too-cold early days of Spring by focusing on this concept. My theory is that if I think of the arrival of Spring as a series of small packages that Nature will give us, one  Continue Reading »

Love Treats

Written on February 8, 2014 at 8:51 pm, by

It is almost Love Day (that’s what I like to call Valentine’s Day). I think it’s probably one of my favourite celebrations of the year to bake for. I decided to get in the mood with one of my very favourite coookies. I have some other treats that I can’t wait to get to as  Continue Reading »

Consider The Cookie

Written on December 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm, by

I have often wondered how many thousands and thousands and thousands of cookies are baked at this time of year. I’m sure there’s some way of mapping it all out; I bet the number is mind-boggling. In my house alone, hundreds of cookies will be baked over a week or two. With just a few  Continue Reading »


Written on April 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm, by

I am continuously amazed at how many cookies there are out there that I have yet to discover. As many cookies as I’ve baked, and I’ve baked many, there are always so many more waiting in the wings. During the course of a day, when some people might stare out the window, go for a  Continue Reading »

Cookie Jar

Written on March 17, 2013 at 4:32 pm, by

When I was a kid, we had a big, ceramic cookie jar on the counter. It was shaped like a mushroom, with the jar lid being the mushroom cap and the body of the jar was being the stem of the mushroom. I have no idea where that jar ended up, or what its fate  Continue Reading »

Nutella: How Do I Love Thee?

Written on February 11, 2013 at 7:02 pm, by

I pride myself on remembering certain key dates. I remember the birthdays of loved ones, I remember special anniversaries and I remember those handful of important “dates” in my life – those days that for one reason or another I will never forget. How is it, then, that I missed World Nutella Day on February  Continue Reading »

High Five

Written on January 29, 2013 at 8:10 pm, by

Today was one of those days where keeping the oven light on, was truly a great source of comfort. I attended the funeral of a very young boy, whose father is a friend and colleague. The one and only time I ever met this sweet little angel was about two months ago and just a  Continue Reading »

On the Eve

Written on December 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm, by

Well it’s been quite the year. They usually are. At this time last year, I was in Italy about to ring in the new year in the hills outside of Ascoli Piceno. This year, I am home with family, gathered around the table eating and drinking. The comforting things. While I had my share of  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: It’s the Cookies that Put a Twinkle in My Eye

Written on December 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm, by

I think my favourite part of the Christmas holidays is the light. At the darkest time of year, there is light everywhere. Christmas tree lights, outdoor lights, candlelight, starlight – the light is comforting and warming. Amidst the many Christmas traditions that we try to uphold in my family (and happily so), I started my  Continue Reading »

Holiday Baking! It’s Here!

Written on December 13, 2012 at 8:28 pm, by

I can’t quite believe we are less than 2 weeks from Christmas … how did this happen???? If you’re like me, you’re making that mad scramble to figure out how to fit it all in: the shopping, the decorating, the baking, the visiting and most important … the ENJOYING! If you love cookies and you  Continue Reading »

The Story of Oscar

Written on December 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm, by

I love stories, especially around the holidays. A good story takes you somewhere else and makes you wish – wish for a snowy winter night, wish to see a twinkling star or wish to finally catch sight of Santa biting into a cookie you left for him. In the tradition of great stories, I’d like  Continue Reading »

Introducing …

Written on December 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm, by

… Oscar. I’d like you to meet Oscar. He’s one delicious cookie. And he’s available … for your holiday cookie platters. Details to follow … stay tuned!

One Month.

Written on September 24, 2012 at 6:49 pm, by

One month ago today, I returned from Italy. One month. We devote so much time to departing but the return is so quick. And the time after vanishes at a breathtaking pace. One. Month. I never quite know how to describe what I feel like when I return from Italy. I feel happy at the  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Have a Cookie.

Written on April 23, 2012 at 6:44 pm, by

I could bake cookies forever. Endless recipes. Endless variations. Endless yummy. Cookies, in my humble opinion, don’t require a lot of commitment. A cake is commitment. A pie is commitment. Cookies, not so much commitment. Think of those lovely cookie trays you see at parties or better yet, the mind-boggling tables and tables of cookies  Continue Reading »

My Wish For You

Written on December 20, 2011 at 8:45 am, by

Very soon, I will be boarding a plane for a flight to Rome. I will be spending my very first Christmas outside Canada. I will be spending my holidays, along with my mother and brother, in the loving company of my father’s family in Ascoli Piceno. We’ve been planning this trip for months and even  Continue Reading »

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year!

Written on December 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm, by

December 1st is probably one of my favourite days of the year. Not only does it mark the end of November (always a tough month for my family), but it marks the beginning of the holiday season. I always give people fair warning. If you’re in my presence from December 1st onward you are more  Continue Reading »

All the Sweet Things

Written on September 5, 2011 at 11:36 am, by

As I take on the task of organizing the massive number of photos I took in Italy this summer, I find it’s taking a lot longer than expected and that it’s a lot harder than I thought it would be. This is mainly because every other photo, I pause to wistfully replay the scene captured  Continue Reading »

Where I Go …

Written on August 3, 2011 at 12:10 pm, by

I am off to Italy for three weeks to visit family and friends. I leave you with cookies and with the hope that August is warm and beautiful and full of fresh peaches and tomatoes. See you in three weeks! Ciao!

Magazine Mondays: Cookies!

Written on June 20, 2011 at 7:45 pm, by

I have a little bit of the Cookie Monster in me. I can’t help it. Every once and awhile I have to stick my face in a bag of Oreos. Sue me. This would also explain why when I get that craving to bake, it’s most often cookies that I turn to. For this edition  Continue Reading »

It’s Not That Bad Being Green

Written on May 31, 2011 at 8:18 pm, by

With apologies to Kermit, being green doesn’t have to be all that bad. Especially when you’re a sweet little cookie made up of gorgeous pistachios that’s gone for a gleeful roll in icing sugar. These delicious little cookies reminded me that I have neglected the pistachio in my baking. Walnuts and pecans have top spot  Continue Reading »

Hey There, Red!

Written on February 14, 2011 at 12:30 am, by

Happy Valentine’s Day! Cream Puff is sending you lots and lots of love and I’m doing it with Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies from Better Homes & Gardens. On this very special Valentine’s Day edition of Magazine Mondays, my entry is from a holiday magazine I bought in the fall of 2010. I had bookmarked this  Continue Reading »

Nutella: The World Needs You

Written on February 5, 2011 at 11:45 am, by

There are times when I feel like an ostrich. It’s like I have my head buried so deeply in all the minutia of daily life that when I stick my head out into the world I’m shocked (and often appalled) and what’s going on. I’ll be honest. When I do stick my head out mostly  Continue Reading »

Back to our Regularly Scheduled Programming

Written on December 13, 2010 at 7:20 pm, by

Hello all! I have to apologize for the unexpected delay in completing the 12 Days of Cookbooks series. My site was down over the weekend but all has been rectified and we are back in business! I had planned a Magazine Mondays post today, however, that takes a back seat to the 12 Days of  Continue Reading »

The Daring Bakers: Falling for September

Written on September 27, 2010 at 12:30 am, by

The September 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mandy of “What the Fruitcake?!” Mandy challenged everyone to make Decorated Sugar Cookies based on recipes from Peggy Porschen and The Joy of Baking. Well, it has been a looooooooooooooooooooong time since I’ve done a Daring Bakers’ challenge. I guess I can only claim the “I-didn’t-have-time-don’t-bother-me-i’m-a-founder”  Continue Reading »


Written on August 14, 2010 at 9:29 pm, by

The Italian word for sweet is dolce. While the word is used to describe pastries and dessert, it’s also used as a form of endearment. Sei dolce means you are sweet! Blogging has many rewards including the opportunity to express a shared passion, in my case baking. But one of the rewards of blogging that  Continue Reading »

Every Kitchen Should Be So Sweet!

Written on May 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm, by

I have been fortunate enough to have a few brushes with the pastry world. I have had the tremendous honour of having lunch with Dorie Greenspan and many, many, many years ago, shortly after completing my university degree and enrolling in a publishing certificate program, I had the opportunity to talk to Regan Daley. For  Continue Reading »

Smile. Have a Cookie.

Written on April 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm, by

In the moments when baking seems most impossible, I think of cookies and I smile. That’s because I know that as soon as I can get back to baking, I will be baking cookies. Is there anything more perfect in baking then a warm cookie, fresh out of the oven? How about a heart-shaped warm  Continue Reading »

The Daring Bakers Go to the Olympics!

Written on January 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm, by

The January 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Lauren of Celiac Teen. Lauren chose Gluten-Free Graham Wafers and Nanaimo Bars as the challenge for the month. The sources she based her recipe on are 101 Cookbooks and Okay. So I’m exaggerating just a bit. The Daring Bakers aren’t actually physically going to the  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: The Last Cookies of 2009!

Written on December 28, 2009 at 3:19 pm, by

I can’t believe we’ve arrived at the last Magazine Mondays entry for 2009! Where did the time go? I have to thank everyone that has participated in Magazine Mondays over the past year. It’s been a lot of fun and I’m happy to say my magazine pile has gotten (marginally) smaller over the past year.  Continue Reading »

What Does Christmas Look Like?

Written on December 23, 2009 at 1:30 pm, by

Christmas looks like cookies. Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of cookies. All made with love and hope and warmth. Christmas looks bright and beautiful. It’s almost here … Ciao! These amazing cookies are called Buttered Rum Meltaways and they are by far the best new cookie that I’ve tried  Continue Reading »

The 12 Days of Cookbooks: Day 12

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

And on the twelfth day of the 12 Days of Cookbooks, I give you The Happy Baker by Erin Bolger. One of my frequent lunch-time treats during the workday is to walk up to Yonge and Yorkville and stop in at The Cookbook Store, Toronto’s best store. Admittedly, I try not to do this too  Continue Reading »

The 12 Days of Cookbooks: Day 10

Written on December 10, 2009 at 12:30 am, by

And on the tenth day of the 12 Days of Cookbooks I give you Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen by Gina DePalma. While it was published in 2007 and while I’ve owned it since it was published, I really only started to focus on this book during this past year. My birthday cake  Continue Reading »

The 12 Days of Cookbooks: Day 7

Written on December 7, 2009 at 12:30 am, by

And on the seventh day of the 12 Days of Cookbooks I give you Carole Bloom’sBite-Size Desserts: Creating Mini Sweet Treats, from Cupcakes and Cobblers to Custards and Cookies. Carole Bloom is yet another brilliant pastry chef and cookbook author who I am lucky enough to “know” through her books. I own several of them  Continue Reading »

The 12 Days of Cookbooks: Day 4

Written on December 4, 2009 at 12:30 am, by

And on the fourth day of the 12 Days of Cookbooks I give you Martha Stewart’s Cookies. I’ve had both success and failure with Martha Stewart recipes in the past, but this book, published in 2008, is a big success in my opinion. It made my list of top 12 cookbooks that I discovered in  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Cookies!

Written on November 23, 2009 at 12:30 am, by

Is it Monday again, already?! Yikes! It never fails that as the Christmas holidays begin to appear on the horizon, it seems that time flies by even more quickly than usual. Since Christmas is cookie season as far as I’m concerned, I had to share these amazing cookies that I first made about two months  Continue Reading »

DK, Take a Bow!

Written on November 12, 2009 at 8:39 am, by

If you haven’t already heard, it was announced that The Daring Kitchen won a Foodbuzz Blog Award for Best Group Effort. I don’t think there is a better name for an award that could perfectly capture how and why The Daring Kitchen is what it is. In every sense, it is truly the culmination of  Continue Reading »

Knock, Knock. Who’s There?

Written on November 3, 2009 at 12:30 am, by

It’s all the cookies you’ll be baking. Don’t look now but it’s already November and if you think that the holiday season is still far off, you’re wrong. Very soon cookie recipes from all over the world will be knocking on your door, begging you to bake them. Don’t fight it. Embrace the cookies. Let’s  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Almond Bar Cookies!

Written on August 10, 2009 at 12:30 am, by

Another Monday here already! It’s hard to believe that we’re almost midway through August. Just the other night I was out for a walk and noticed that night has begun to fall earlier. Soon, the days will shorten even more and we’ll start thinking about pumpkins and frost again. But that never depresses me. In  Continue Reading »

Oh, Noble Cookie!

Written on August 7, 2009 at 7:50 pm, by

When I first flipped through Urban Italian: Simple Recipes and True Stories from a Life in Food by Andrew Carmellini and Gwen Hyman, I of course started with the dessert section. And the recipe that made me stop was this one: Nero Cookies. At first I smiled because I thought “mmm … chocolate cookies …  Continue Reading »

Restoring My Faith

Written on July 27, 2009 at 12:30 am, by

The July Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Nicole at Sweet Tooth. She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of The Food Network. I wrote a post a little while ago about how things just seemed to be a bit off for me in the kitchen. Unhappily, that  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Sandwich Cookies!

Written on June 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm, by

A very quick post today, my friends. I missed Magazine Mondays last week due to a furious schedule and things haven’t let up very much. Busy bee, as they say. For my MM submission I give you Glittering Lemon Sandwich Cookies from the December 2008 issue of Gourmet. These were okay. Not bad, but not  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Jam-Filled Mezzaluna Cookies!

Written on May 11, 2009 at 12:30 am, by

Last week I mentioned in my Magazine Mondays post that the March 2008 Food & Wine issue had an excellent feature called “How to Cook Like You Own an Italian Villa”. I tried many of the recipes and loved them all. By far, however, the recipe for Jam-Filled Mezzaluna Cookies was my absolute favourite. I  Continue Reading »

A Little Something for the Weekend …

Written on April 17, 2009 at 5:49 pm, by

I cannot believe April is more than halfway over and I have yet to even mention my Flavour of the Month: Lori Longbotham’s Luscious Lemon Desserts. I adore Lori. I love her recipes and all her cookbooks are just so good. I count them among my most treasured books. The warm weather has (finally) arrived  Continue Reading »

Love, Sweet Love

Written on February 14, 2009 at 7:29 am, by

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my lovelies! (And to you too!) Ciao! Valentine’s Day Butter Hearts Note: It’s difficult to pin down the yield of these cookies as they can make anywhere from 3 or 4 dozen cookies to 5 or 6 dozen depending on the size of the cookie cutter. Either way, you’ll get  Continue Reading »

I’m A Sucker for a Good Cookie …

Written on January 14, 2009 at 8:32 pm, by

I think I’ve written this many times before on my blog but whenever people ask me what I most enjoy baking, my answer is always cookies. I love all baking, but cookies are my favourite because to me they offer a certain freedom that other baked goods don’t. You have to commit to a cake  Continue Reading »


Written on January 6, 2009 at 3:48 pm, by

Today is the Epiphany. In the Christian holiday tradition, it’s the day that the three Magi visited the Baby Jesus. In other holiday traditions it’s also referred to as the Twelfth Night, the end of the Christmas season. In Italy, the eve of the Epiphany is the day that La Befana, a wizened old woman,  Continue Reading »

Thank You

Written on December 27, 2008 at 9:36 am, by

Cookie-baking, for me, is the quintessential Christmas activity. This year, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to bake for a lot of people. Today, I’d like to thank all of you that honoured me by letting me bake for you. Without question, this was a tremendous learning experience. I learned how crucial it  Continue Reading »

A Little Stress Reliever …

Written on December 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm, by

Wow. Things have been stressful lately. There’s a lot going on and with the holidays just days away, it’s been feeling particularly heated around these parts. I’m in cookie baking heaven/hell, depending on how you look at it. I’m baking feverishly to complete my orders and while I’m having a fabulous time, it’s also opened  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff’s Coworkers can Bake, Too!

Written on December 20, 2008 at 5:48 pm, by

Is there anything my coworkers can’t do???!!! I don’t think so. I’m sorry to have to do this but it appears as though I’m going to have to make you jealous … again! This past week we held our fourth annual office cookie swap in celebration of the holidays. Prepare to be dazzled! The quality  Continue Reading »

Sweetness Ahead

Written on November 24, 2008 at 8:48 pm, by

Right about this time of year, I start to get the cookie twinkle in my eye. That’s the twinkle representing all the cookies that will be born in the month ahead as the Christmas frenzy starts. There are many family favourites when it comes to Christmas cookies; these would be the ones that we can’t  Continue Reading »

I ♥ Anita’s Cookies

Written on November 14, 2008 at 6:01 am, by

You may have noticed that a certain book has been taking over the food blogging world thanks to an exciting virtual cookbook blog tour. The book I speak of is none other than Anita Chu’s Field Guide to Cookies: How to Identify and Bake Virtually Every Cookie Imagineable. Most of you will know Anita from  Continue Reading »

Pretty Pretty Pretty

Written on November 10, 2008 at 1:01 am, by

Mine aren’t nearly as pretty as Martha’s, but they’ll do. I was asked to put together a cookie tray for a family function by my aunt and she specifically asked for madeleines. I have a favourite madeleine recipe from this book but for the cookie tray, I thought I’d finally try a recipe for Rose-Water  Continue Reading »

The Return of Magazine Mondays!

Written on September 15, 2008 at 7:20 pm, by

It’s been over a month since my last Magazine Mondays post. Hard to believe but true. While my magazine pile hasn’t exactly dwindled all that much, I must say that Magazine Mondays has helped me to put some old magazines to good use. So I guess I don’t feel so bad about my food magazine  Continue Reading »

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Heard ‘Round the World!

Written on July 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm, by

A little over a week ago, I happened to be perusing the NY Times Dining & Wine section when I came across an article by David Leite on the ubiquitous chocolate chip cookie. For me, the more chocolate chip cookie recipes I try, the more I want to try. Somehow, the chocolate chip cookie has  Continue Reading »

Amaretti, Just Different.

Written on June 27, 2008 at 7:45 pm, by

Mamma mia! What happened? June was supposed to be all Italian and then it whizzed by faster than a Roman teenager on a Vespa! Not that I can complain all that much, mind you. I’ve spent the month enjoying many wonderful meals and best of all, over the past ten days or so, I’ve also  Continue Reading »

Sssssssssssssss …

Written on June 14, 2008 at 2:31 pm, by

Makes you think of snakes doesn’t it? Creepy! But actually there’s nothing creepy about this post or the cookies pictured above for those are S Cookies made by my very own Mama Cream Puff! When I was a kid, we would either eat homemade cookies or, on occasion, Italian store-bought cookies. While my brother and  Continue Reading »

Me Love Cookies!

Written on May 26, 2008 at 1:01 am, by

Sometimes I think I must be related to the Cookie Monster. Even though he may not be as addicted to cookies as he once was. What’s up with that??? Anyway, I’m always happy to talk about a new cookie discovery and this week I simply must tell you about the Giant Chocolate-Toffee Cookies from the  Continue Reading »

Sugar High Friday #43: Lovin’ the Citrus!

Written on May 23, 2008 at 7:49 pm, by

Sugar High Friday is one of my favourite events and yet I always seem to miss the opportunity to participate. However, when I saw that my Helene was hosting this month’s edition and that the theme she’d chosen was Citrus, I just had to make time! I contemplated a number of very complicated desserts but  Continue Reading »

Apples Again

Written on May 19, 2008 at 6:40 pm, by

Lately, as I rush out of the house in the morning grabbing at the fruit basket before I go, my reaction tends to be the same, “Apples, again!” Now I love apples. But by this time of year we’ve been on a steady diet of apples as primary fruit since … oh … about September.  Continue Reading »

Now, Spring has Truly Sprung!

Written on April 22, 2008 at 8:33 pm, by

After putting up my last post, I realized that the recipe was somewhat incongruous with the theme of the post. Baked pasta is good and all, but not quite what one thinks of when one imagines the arrival of spring. I returned to the inspiration drawing board and realized that it was time to finally  Continue Reading »

My Cookie Friends

Written on March 28, 2008 at 4:22 pm, by

One cannot choose a cookbook as the Flavour of the Month and then allow the whole month to pass without saying even one thing about said cookbook. That just won’t do. Especially when one has chosen such a special, pretty little cookbook as the Flavour of the Month for March 2008. As often happens in  Continue Reading »

Cookie For You, Cookie For Me … or Not

Written on February 11, 2008 at 1:01 am, by

People will often ask me what my favourite thing is to bake and my answer is always cookies and pies. I love pies for their versatility. There’s nothing you can’t put in a pie. They’re also forgiving as no one will ever know about that rip in the bottom crust. And cookies I love because  Continue Reading »

My Little Eggy Friends …

Written on February 4, 2008 at 7:55 pm, by

I’m so happy to see that you’re with me during my month of chocolate. For those of you that haven’t read my last post, I am attempting to post food made with chocolate for the entire month of February! Today’s post, accomplishes a number of things. First of all, the little cookies you see above  Continue Reading »

A Merry Christmas to All!

Written on December 25, 2007 at 8:39 am, by

It’s here! It’s finally here! All the preparing and baking and wrapping is over and all that’s left is the eating. I don’t know even know how many pounds of butter we went through this year but it was all worth it. It’s Christmas! While there was no George Clooney in my stocking this morning,  Continue Reading »

I Hope Santa Likes Butter and Cinnamon!

Written on December 23, 2007 at 10:02 pm, by

I hope Santa likes butter and cinnamon. Because that’s what he’s getting this Christmas Eve. Not wanting to miss an edition of Magazine Mondays, I decided to prepare these Cinnamon Spritz Cookies for Mr. Claus. The recipe comes from the December 2007 issue of Martha Stewart Living. Now I have a tendency to be a  Continue Reading »

I Love Christmas!

Written on December 2, 2007 at 5:58 pm, by

I love Christmas! Only 23 days to go. Just 23 short days to Rudolph and Santa and the tree and the gifts and the food and the weight gain. I love it!!! And how will the Cream Puff be spending the next 23 days? The next few days will be spent trying to finish a  Continue Reading »

Happy Birthday Daring Bakers!

Written on November 19, 2007 at 6:22 am, by

When it comes to defining moments, it’s funny how they never seem defining as they’re happening. You don’t realize you’re in the right place at the right doing the right thing until it’s all done. When I think back to last November 19th, I could never have imagined that one simple post about pretzels would  Continue Reading »

Finding Comfort in the Kitchen

Written on November 7, 2007 at 8:19 pm, by

November is a hard month for me. Ever since I was a child I’ve also felt that November is a creepy month. Maybe it’s the lingering Halloween effect or just the fact that it’s dark so early in the day. The cheery fall weather of October begins to move determinedly towards winter. You can pretend  Continue Reading »

The Memory of Food

Written on October 25, 2007 at 7:25 pm, by

I sometimes find myself looking at the calendar in astonishment after I realize how quickly the months slip by. Is it really two months until Christmas? And is October really almost over (already) without my having written once about my Flavour of the Month, Father Giuseppe Orsini’s Italian Baking Secrets? Of course I’ve mentioned this  Continue Reading »

A Sweet Reminder

Written on September 13, 2007 at 7:31 pm, by

As we approach another weekend, I thought I’d give everyone a sweet reminder of SHF #35: The Beautiful Fig! The deadline for submissions is midnight on Monday September 24th with the round-up to be posted on Friday September 28th. I’ve had a few comments and questions from people about fresh figs so I just want  Continue Reading »

Always Time for Vanilla and Chocolate!

Written on July 11, 2007 at 10:48 pm, by

Well, it’s still very much hot in the city! I’m itching to try quite a few recipes from Lori Longbotham’s Luscious Berry Desserts (Flavour of the Month for July 2007), but I just can’t stand to turn on the oven. And when even the Cream Puff won’t turn on the oven … well … that  Continue Reading »

I Heart Yellow

Written on May 7, 2007 at 6:12 pm, by

I heart yellow. Yellow is the sun. Yellow is bright and warm and always makes me happy when I see it. Yellow is a friendly smile and blooming flowers. Yellow is everywhere a loved one is. Yellow is courage. Yellow is Barbara of and The Taste of Yellow event to celebrate LiveStrong Day. Yellow  Continue Reading »

Have a Beautiful Weekend!

Written on April 21, 2007 at 11:40 am, by

Spring has embraced Toronto in a huge way! It’s a gorgeous day outside and for a change, I’m looking forward to being out there running errands. I couldn’t help but post these adorable cookies and wish all of you a wonderful weekend. I’ll post the recipe soon, but until then, enjoy the beautiful weather. Ciao!  Continue Reading »

Cookies Make the Heart Grow Fonder

Written on March 6, 2007 at 11:49 pm, by

I miss my blog. It seems that I’ve been at work more than I’ve been anywhere else lately. In the midst of it all, time and time again I find find my thoughts turning to my blog and to blogging in general. What have my favourite bloggers been writing about? What’s new in blog world?  Continue Reading »

Thank you …

Written on February 17, 2007 at 8:00 pm, by

I owe an enourmous thank you to the talented Mari of the blog My Silly Little Thoughts. Mari baked and decorated these gorgeous cookies, packed them in a lovely tin and then sent them to me. I wish I could say that the cookies were admired by many but that is not the case. They  Continue Reading »

Best Wishes for 2007 … Buona Fine e Buon Principio!

Written on December 31, 2006 at 12:11 pm, by

It’s hard to believe, but 2007 is knocking on the door! It’s time to say goodbye to the year that was. For me, it was a year of discovery as this little thing we call blog took me on an incredible ride. I tried so many new things and met so many new people. I  Continue Reading »


Written on December 28, 2006 at 11:52 pm, by

I’m back! I have bid adieu to the jet lag and recovered (somewhat) from 48 hours of constant eating. As I look ahead to 2007, and all the plans I have for my blog, I cannot move forward without sharing some of the wonderful experiences that I enjoyed on my 11-day trip through Berlin, Prague  Continue Reading »

The Mighty Thumb

Written on December 23, 2006 at 6:48 pm, by

Now that I’ve had a few days to recover from the jet lag, I’m ready to turn my attention to the impending Christmas festivities. Berlin, Prague and Vienna are still floating around in my mind, but I’m also beginning to anticipate the eating fest that will begin very shortly. When I first posted about my  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 »

December … You’re Such a Cookie!

Written on December 1, 2006 at 11:34 pm, by

December has arrived with a vengeance here in Toronto. The relatively warm weather we’d been experiencing is gone and in its place we have the beginnings of winter. I don’t mind. I love the snow and the cold and how it makes us all want to run into the kitchen and bake. December 1st, for  Continue Reading »

Dreaming of Vienna …

Written on November 21, 2006 at 1:18 am, by

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by Vienna. My fascination began at a very young age when I fell in love with The Sound of Music. Laugh if you will, but to this day all I need to hear is one note of Edelweiss and I will instantly become teary-eyed.  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 »

“To sleep, perchance to dream …”

Written on November 5, 2006 at 12:42 pm, by

  The sweet and imaginative Clivia of Clivia’s Cuisine has taken to offering her readers a new Swedish word along with each post. In exchange for visiting her lovely site, you can learn the meaning of a new word. Now I’m not exactly sure when I developed my love of all things Swedish, but I  Continue Reading »

For Julia

Written on August 15, 2006 at 8:40 pm, by

Today is the great Julia Child’s birthday! To be honest, I probably would not have known that had it not been for Lisa of Champaign Taste who sent me an e-mail several weeks ago, inviting me to participate in an event to mark this occasion. Like countless others, I am a fan of Julia’s and  Continue Reading »

A New Dessert Category

Written on May 28, 2006 at 7:33 pm, by

Ladies and gentleman, I am here today to announce an exciting discovery in the dessert department. Up until this point in my life, I’ve defined desserts and sweets as cakes, cookies, bars, squares, custards, puddings and so on. It’s been a blissful existence investigating the possibilities of each and every one of these definitions. How  Continue Reading »

A Macadamia Kiss For You!

Written on May 19, 2006 at 1:07 am, by

This Cream Puff happens to believe that baking and love make the world go round. So on this Friday, to help get you ready for the weekend, I’ve baked a lovely cookie from the best cookie book in the world. I wish you a wonderful day and a beautiful weekend. A Macadamia Kiss from me  Continue Reading »

My Mother’s Amaretti

Written on March 15, 2006 at 8:33 pm, by

  When I was a little girl, I loved going to big Italian weddings for two reasons. The first was the chance to see the bride. I was a timid child, so I was wary of approaching the bride in her all her white tulle glory, yet the sight of her was always special. But  Continue Reading »

White Chocolate Coconut Cream Bars

Written on February 7, 2006 at 7:48 pm, by

"Is it February 4th already?" That was my first thought when I glanced at my calendar on Saturday morning. My second thought was, "What happened to January?" And my third thought was the realization that I was experiencing my very first episode of a little syndrome I like to call Food Blogitis, which I define  Continue Reading »

Sweet Revenge

Written on January 31, 2006 at 6:47 pm, by

This post is all about payback. In the ongoing Caramel War that is waged on a regular basis in my home, I have launched my latest offensive. You see a few days ago, as many of you read on my blog, I made a version of stroopwafels using pizzelle and a caramel filling. But the  Continue Reading »

An Apple a Day …

Written on January 19, 2006 at 12:21 am, by

  Butter … sour cream … apples … brandy. How can you possibly go wrong? The answer is:  you cannot! Lucky for me I noticed that we had some Granny Smith apples languishing in our fruit basket. While I love apples, especially Granny Smith apples, I knew those little gems were doomed to turn old  Continue Reading »

A New Beginning

Written on January 2, 2006 at 9:48 pm, by

A New Year … a new beginning. While I’m not one for resolutions, I do resolve to make my blog public very soon. But I’m still hanging on to a few things from 2005, mainly because I haven’t had the chance to write about them yet. For example, I cannot bid adieu to 2005 until  Continue Reading »