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

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

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 »

Magazine Mondays: The Magazines are Taking Over

Written on November 26, 2012 at 11:18 am, by admin

I am in the midst of a magazine war and the magazines are winning. They’re everywhere. EVERYWHERE. I’ve tried to keep them in check but I’ll be honest, there are days when I think, “Why not just surrender?” I mean, they’re harmless, right? In fact, not only are they harm-LESS, I would I argue that  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Waffles!

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

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 »

Magazine Mondays: Pie. Chocolate Pie.

Written on June 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm, by admin

Wow. It has been a long time between Magazine Mondays! Whilst I try not to chew off my nails during the Italy-Ireland game at the 2012 Euros, I thought putting up a new MM post might be a good way to relax. What better way to take your mind of hot, sweaty men in shorts  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Paris in the Spring

Written on April 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm, by admin

Something is going on. While I have a deep fondness for Paris ever since my trip there in 2010, the past few weeks have been filled with an almost unbearable longing to go back. Maybe it’s the cover of the latest issue of Bon Appétit. Maybe it’s the promise of spring. Maybe it’s all the  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Have a Cookie.

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

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 »

Magazine Mondays: St. Joseph’s Day Fritters!

Written on April 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm, by admin

March 19th marks the observation of St. Joseph’s Day in the Roman Catholic faith. Growing up in an Italian family, marking saints’ days was a very big deal – especially if you were named after a saint. My brother and I remember well the annual parade through the streets around our church on St. Anthony’s  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: We Got Buns!

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

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 »

Magazine Mondays: Citrus!

Written on January 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm, by admin

Welcome to the first edition of Magazine Mondays for 2012! I have slowly been easing my way back into my work schedule as I’m still trying to come down from the tremendous high of my holiday trip to Italy. As always, the highlight of that trip was the food. When I’m in Italy and I’m  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Where did 2011 Go?

Written on December 19, 2011 at 12:30 am, by admin

Wowza! What exactly happened to 2011? I feel like it was just yesterday that I was making all sorts of plans for 2011, imagining what the year ahead would hold. Well … here we are. Once again I find myself staring out at the horizon as a new year slowly starts to make itself known.  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Lentils!

Written on November 21, 2011 at 8:20 pm, by admin

Back for another edition of Magazine Mondays. It seems that these days the only blogging I can barely muster is for MM – it’s been a busy time to say the least. I am, however, looking forward to having some more free time in the coming weeks before the holidays. In the meantime, though, I  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Back with Pie

Written on October 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm, by admin

My goodness it has been a long time! It’s been far too long between Magazine Mondays posts and for that I apologize. What can I say? I’ve had a lot of busy Mondays since the last one! I’m back, though, and not a moment too soon. While my efforts to curtail magazine purchases in 2011  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Strawberries … And Family …

Written on July 4, 2011 at 7:25 pm, by admin

I hope everyone is enjoying a tremendous holiday season. I certainly had a great Canada Day and as often happens in life, my family got a reminder of what’s important: your loved ones. This is a short Magazine Mondays post and it’s all about the simple and good things: pastry, hand-picked strawberries, pie and lots  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Cookies!

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

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 »

Magazine Mondays: Strawberries!

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

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 »

Magazine Mondays: Waffles!

Written on May 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm, by admin

When it comes to the choice of pancakes vs. waffles, I will always be a pancake girl. Having said that, every once and awhile I get a hankering for a serving of light, fluffy, deep-pocketed waffles. Blessed with a Belgian waffle maker, half the joy is making the waffles and the other half is pouring  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Tortelloni!

Written on May 16, 2011 at 7:45 pm, by admin

Wow. It’s been a long time between regular posts here at my little corner of the food blog world. Many apologies – between work and life in general, there just hasn’t been a lot of time for much blogging. But that’s the beauty of a food blog – it’s always here waiting whenever you decide  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Tapioca!

Written on April 18, 2011 at 5:46 pm, by admin

Have you ever looked at a dish of lovely sweetness and known, beyond a doubt, that you would love it even before it touched your lips? This is how I feel about tapioca pudding. I only recently had it for the first time despite knowing for eons that I would love it. And I did.  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Coffee Cake!

Written on April 4, 2011 at 5:48 pm, by admin

Whoosh! That’s the sound that February and March made as they whizzed right by. They were good months, but also difficult ones as a big work project took up a good chunk of my time. More than once I caught myself staring longingly at my baking pans and my long-neglected mixer, but with no real  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Chocolate!

Written on February 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm, by admin

When it came time to bake for Valentine’s Day, I had a tough choice between Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies and this luscios tart from Food & Wine. Ever the diplomat, I made both! For last week’s edition of Magazine Mondays, I featured the cookies but for this week I’m sharing with you a most delicious  Continue Reading »

Hey There, Red!

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

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 »

Magazine Mondays: Banana! And an Apology!

Written on January 31, 2011 at 9:13 pm, by admin

Let me begin with the painful part and end with the banana part because the banana part is sweet and will make the pain go away. Painful part: I lost all my e-mail. All of it. Don’t know how. But last week, on Thursday evening to be exact, my e-mail went kaput. Everything. Gone. So  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Going to The Taste Space!

Written on January 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm, by admin

My apologies for the silence on my end. I started in a new position at work this month and it’s been amazing but hasn’t left a lot of time for baking. Thankfully for Magazine Mondays, I have a lot of folks out there willing to help host. The lovely Janet of The Taste Space is  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: The Last One for 2010!

Written on December 27, 2010 at 7:03 pm, by admin

Every year, at about this time, I always ask, “Where in the world did this year go?” 2010 is no different. While I continue to marvel at how time passes by, I also find myself looking back and wondering at the year that was and the year that will be. For Magazine Mondays, 2010 was  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Nigella Lawson

Written on December 20, 2010 at 12:30 am, by admin

I love Nigella. Like I really really love her. I love her food and her attitude and her eyebrows. I love her eyebrows. I wish she would publish a new cookbook every week because I would totally buy it. And I wish she would be on television more, not less. More. Just sayin’. Naturally I  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Gnocchi!

Written on November 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm, by admin

Whew! The past four weeks have been tough, to say the least. I had a big work assignment that pretty much meant almost no baking or cooking for me and that of course translates to almost no blogging. Now that the project is done, I am slowly readying myself for the greatest baking time of  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Life’s a Feast!

Written on November 15, 2010 at 7:02 pm, by admin

I will post again. I will bake again. Soon. Very soon. I will return to my blog. Soon. Very soon. Promise. One more week and my work project is done and I can throw myself headlong into baking. I have literally been itching to bake. Seriously. In the meantime, I am eternally grateful to the  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays … On the Road Again!

Written on November 7, 2010 at 5:48 am, by admin

Wow. Feels like forever since I posted! I have to apologize for my absence but I am in the middle of a big work project and by the time I get home at night there’s not much left in the tank for blogging (or baking). Just wanted to drop you a note to say that  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays is on the Road Tomorrow!

Written on October 24, 2010 at 3:10 pm, by admin

Just a quick note to let you know that tomorrow’s edition of Magazine Mondays is being hosted by Wandering Coyote of ReTorte. For those of you that have already sent me entries, I’ve passed them along to my buddy Wandering Coyote. For those of you that want to enter, there’s still time! E-mail your entries  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Bulgur!

Written on October 18, 2010 at 12:30 am, by admin

Before I went to Italy, I bought a special issue of Vegetarian Times dedicated to taking advantage of all the incredible produce at farmers’ markets. While I am not a vegetarian, I would say that probably about 70 per cent of what I eat is vegetable, legume or grain. That’s just the way that we  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Apricots!

Written on October 4, 2010 at 12:30 am, by admin

If you live somewhere where apricots are still in season that I am insanely jealous of you. I adore apricots, and yet, I find it more and more difficult to find really good apricots in the summer time. Some of our family members have apricot trees so I try to be extra nice to them  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Ricotta!

Written on September 20, 2010 at 12:30 am, by admin

I would like to thank Tia of Buttercream Barbie; Tina of Life in the Slow Lane at Squirrel Head Manor and Janie of Panini Girl for guest-hosting Magazine Mondays while I was away. Thank you, ladies! While I was in Italy, I was fortunate enough to enjoy some really delicious and fresh ricotta. For my  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: On the Move!

Written on August 9, 2010 at 7:49 pm, by admin

Before I get to these week’s edition of Magazine Mondays, I have some big news about MM for the next few weeks. I’m going on vacation soon and while I’m gone, MM will be hosted by three long-time contributors: Tia of Buttercream Barbie, Tina of Life in the Slow Lane at Squirrel Head Manor and  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Focaccia!

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

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: Cake!

Written on July 26, 2010 at 6:47 pm, by admin

This is a very quick Magazine Mondays post. But it’s a goodie! If you’re like me and have a tonne of jam jars in the fridge, all half full, this is the perfect recipe: Jam Crumb Cake from the December 2007 issue of Bon Appétit. I think it takes a total of 15 minutes to  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Chickpeas!

Written on July 12, 2010 at 12:30 am, by admin

Growing up, chickpeas were a big part of our diet. While my mom would often make dishes with dried chickpeas that had been soaked overnight and reconstituted, she would just as often open up a can of chickpeas and use them in salads and soups, in particular. I was going through a pile of magazine  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Cherries!

Written on June 21, 2010 at 7:08 pm, by admin

Cherries. How I love thee, let me count the ways! Of all the stone fruits, cherries are my absolute favourite. One of my dreams is to have a house with a beautiful cherry tree (or two) in the backyard. Growing up, we had a beautiful cherry tree but eventually my father had to take it  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Happy Victoria Day!

Written on May 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm, by admin

Happy Victoria Day to all my fellow Canadians! Even though the first day of summer is still roughly a month away, for me, Victoria Day has always been the unofficial beginning of summer. Barbecue season is underway, my strawberry plants are on the verge of yielding some sweet berries and I can now officially wear  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: More Rhubarb!

Written on May 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm, by admin

Hot on the heels of my delicious baked rhubarb, I bring you Rhubarb Tartlets from Issue 9 of Jamie Oliver’s magazine. I am a huge fan of tartlets. This is mainly due to the fact that I can pretend that I am eating a pie all by myself (a dream of mine) and I don’t  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Pasta!

Written on May 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm, by admin

Sometimes I’m convinced that I have some sort of internal navigation system that activates as soon as I see a recipe I simply must try. The navigation system kicks in and directs me home, as fast as possible, to try said recipe. This can be a problem when you’re … say … at work. Thus  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Fresh Produce!

Written on April 26, 2010 at 12:30 am, by admin

Or lack therof … I had to smile when I read a post on Smitten Kitchen about how some bloggers in parts-not-here are enjoying all sorts of beautiful and fresh spring delights from the garden. I feel her pain. While here in Toronto we are still dealing with cold and windy weather, it’s hard not  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Salad!

Written on April 12, 2010 at 4:55 pm, by admin

Every since my trip to New York City in January, I’ve been on the losing end of the weight gain battle. Just as fast as you can say City Bakery’s pretzel croissant I’m suddenly about 10 pounds heavier. Eeek! I’m as vain as the next cream puff and with bathing suit season on the horizon,  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Bread!

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

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 »

Magazine Mondays: Where in the World Have I Been?

Written on March 15, 2010 at 12:30 am, by admin

My goodness I don’t even know how long it’s been since I’ve updated my blog! Two weeks? A year? I no longer remember. I’ve been a busy bee thanks to a work project and some other events. However, I could no longer bear to hear my blog weeping in the corner as the days of  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Coconut!

Written on February 22, 2010 at 12:30 am, by admin

For Valentine’s Day, I made a really nice lunch for Mamma Cream Puff and Brother Cream Puff and instead of ending with a chocolate dessert, I ended with a coconut one. I’d had my eye on this pretty little thing for awhile and decided to finally try it: Coconut Rice Puddings with Crispy Coconut. Needless  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Dip! Or Spread!

Written on February 8, 2010 at 6:37 pm, by admin

And Magazine Mondays is back! I missed last week’s edition and I have a lot of entries this week so I’m anxious to get at it! But before I do, I want to share my own entry for MM: Eggplant Dip … or spread … depending on how you look at it! We had the  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: I Got Nothin’!

Written on January 25, 2010 at 5:39 pm, by admin

For the first time in Magazine Mondays history, I got nothin’ for ya! The cupcakes pictured above are actually a variation on a recipe that I presented in an older MM post. It’s been pretty busy since the new year and I haven’t had a lot of time to hit that magazine pile. Happily, though,  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Apples!

Written on January 18, 2010 at 7:08 pm, by admin

In October, Mama Cream Puff and I bought a bushel of the most beautiful Jonagold apples we’d seen in a long time. Locally grown, their gorgeous colour was enough to tempt us, nevermind how delicious they were! For the first month or so we ate so many out of hand that I didn’t give much  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Pizza!

Written on January 11, 2010 at 5:29 pm, by admin

I would have to say that pizza is in my top three favourite foods. Rare is the time when I have uttered, much less thought, the words “Don’t really feel like pizza right now.” And it’s unlikely that you’ll be hearing me say that anytime soon. In fact, probably never. I don’t know if it’s  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: The Last Cookies of 2009!

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

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 »

Magazine Mondays … in the Middle of the Week!

Written on December 16, 2009 at 10:52 am, by admin

I’ve missed Magazine Mondays the past few weeks for various reasons, but I wanted to make sure that I got this one in because I have a lot of MM posts to share with you. It seems everyone is really getting into the MM spirit. I find that during holiday season, everyone is always looking  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Pancakes!

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

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 »

Magazine Mondays: Cookies!

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

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 »

Magazine Mondays: Potatoes!

Written on November 16, 2009 at 8:59 pm, by admin

From about September to March, I could pretty much each potatoes every day. In fact, I could probably eat them two or three times and day and be perfectly happy. Spud, I adore you! It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since I first made this recipe, but that is in fact  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Bread!

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

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 »

Magazine Mondays: Pansotti (or Pansoti)!

Written on October 19, 2009 at 8:25 pm, by admin

It has been a jam-packed couple of weeks for the Cream Puff. Work has been incredibly busy and there’s been lots going on with family and friends between the Thanksgiving holiday and other events. This is going to be a quick Magazine Mondays post but I definitely wanted to take the time to share with  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Plan Ahead!

Written on October 5, 2009 at 12:30 am, by admin

So I know that summer is over in many parts of the world but for those of us that are beginning the long trek through fall and winter, it’s never too early to start planning ahead! My Magazine Mondays submission for this week is actually a dish that I prepared before I left for vacation  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Nutella!

Written on September 21, 2009 at 12:30 am, by admin

Hello, blog! Hello, food world! I’ve missed you ever so much! I had a spectacular vacation in Italy but now I am ready to get back to baking, blogging and all my cookbooks (it seems someone has come into my house and brought more cookbooks for me to look at … I hate it when  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Just Not Here …

Written on August 17, 2009 at 7:51 pm, by admin

Hey! It’s Magazine Mondays but starting this week, until September 14th, MM is being hosted by the gracious Wandering Coyote of ReTorte. Check out her site for all the MM results and remember, if you want to participate, just send her a link to a magazine recipe that you’ve posted about. You can e-mail her  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Almond Bar Cookies!

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

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 »

Magazine Mondays: Berries!

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

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 »

Magazine Mondays: Hello, Big Boy!

Written on July 20, 2009 at 7:15 pm, by admin

Vegetarians, look away. In several Magazine Mondays posts I’ve mentioned what a wonderful article that appeared in the March 2009 Food & Wine issue called “How to Cook Like you Own an Italian Villa“. I’ve tried pretty much all the recipes from that article and loved them all. I would have to say that by  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Coconut Cupcakes!

Written on July 13, 2009 at 12:30 am, by admin

I once wrote an ode to coconut on my blog because what’s not to love about coconut. Unbelievably, for every person that I know who loves coconut, I know one more that hates it. I don’t get it. How can you not love coconut? I have a theory that much of the coconut-dislike relates to  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Tartlets!

Written on July 6, 2009 at 12:30 am, by admin

Oh, people! Get thee to Food & Wine and print thee a copy of this recipe now! (Don’t forget the Vanilla-Caramel Sauce and the Mocha Fudge Sauce). This is a winner by every standard that I use to judge recipes. Delicious. Beautiful to look at. Easy. The only warning I give you is that you  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Got Peas?

Written on June 22, 2009 at 12:30 am, by admin

Magazine Mondays returns with a perfect recipe for this time of year. If you’re lucky enough to have fresh asparagus and peas available, I urge you to consider this pasta from the April 2009 issue ofFood & Wine: Penne with Asparagus, Sage and Peas. Not much to say about the recipe beyond that it was  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Sandwich Cookies!

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

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: Buttercream!

Written on May 25, 2009 at 4:21 pm, by admin

In early May, a coworker asked me if I’d be willing to make a birthday cake for her sweet, little daughter, who would be turning nine. Of course I said yes. I was particularly excited by this request because my coworker wanted a tiered cake. This represented a new baking frontier for me because I  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Halibut and Fava Beans!

Written on May 18, 2009 at 12:36 pm, by admin

Halibut and fava beans. Two foods I don’t eat nearly enough of. While fava beans, obviously, are not in season for long, whenever I do eat halibut I always ask myself: why don’t I eat this lovely fish more often? The opportunity arose to enjoy both of these lovely foods when I saw a recipe  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Jam-Filled Mezzaluna Cookies!

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

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 »

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Written on May 5, 2009 at 12:30 am, by admin

I didn’t know very much about Cinco de Mayo until my Aunt D and Uncle M moved to San Jose, California more than ten years ago. The holiday became a bit more significant to me because my Aunt D would often mention it in conversations. When Uncle N and I visited my aunt in May  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Cipollini (well, sort of)!

Written on May 3, 2009 at 9:01 pm, by admin

The March 2008 issue of Food & Wine magazine is probably one of the best issues in a long time. I bookmarked numerous recipes, in particular a series of recipes in one of the issue’s features called “How to Cook Like You Own an Italian Villa.” For this edition of Magazine Mondays, I decided to  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Tarts!

Written on April 20, 2009 at 12:30 am, by admin

I’m back with one of my favourite Magazine Mondays post in a long time. This recipe hasn’t been bookmarked for very long. I was sitting on the subway a few weeks ago, on the ride home, trying not to nod off. I pulled out the April 2009 issue of Bon Appétit and on page 23,  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Chocolate Chip Muffins!

Written on April 6, 2009 at 12:30 am, by admin

I’m back with a Magazine Mondays post! For me, muffin recipes are a lot like banana bread or pancake recipes, I could try a thousand of them, constantly in search of the perfect one. I have a general muffin recipe that I’m pretty happy with but I thought I’d give the chocolate chip muffin recipe  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Torrone!

Written on March 23, 2009 at 1:01 am, by admin

Do you know what torrone is? Torrone is the Italian name for a candy confection that we would refer to in English as nougat. It’s a chewy sweet that is most commonly enjoyed at Christmas time. Growing up, our holiday cookie trays always had pieces of torrone added to them both for decoration and for  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Shortcakes!

Written on March 9, 2009 at 1:01 am, by admin

I missed my Magazine Mondays post last week but couldn’t miss this week because I’ve received so many amazing contributions! I’m really happy to see this event taking off. Sharp-eyed readers will notice that the MM logo has been added to my sidebar. It still needs a little work but I’m getting there. By clicking  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Go Green!

Written on February 23, 2009 at 8:09 pm, by admin

This isn’t going to be a very lengthy Magazine Mondays post as the Cream Puff is tuckered out! Work is nutty again and I’m beginning to feel like I’m bouncing straight from my bed to my desk and back. For today’s MM submission, I give you the glorious brussels sprout. I didn’t grow up eating  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Fluff!

Written on February 16, 2009 at 9:19 am, by admin

I will never forget the first time that I saw a container of Marshmallow Fluff in a grocery store! I was taken aback with mixture of fascination, excitement and disbelief with a little revulsion thrown in. So this is the stuff that goes in Twinkies!!! Now I’ve eaten my fair share of Twinkies over the  Continue Reading »

Honey, Sorry I Missed Your Anniversary!

Written on February 9, 2009 at 1:01 am, by admin

It seems I missed the anniversary of one of my life’s great loves: Nutella. I don’t know when exactly I became so clueless when it comes to blog events, but it seems I find out about them usually anywhere from two days to four months after they’ve happened. I realied that I missed World Nutella  Continue Reading »

Well, They Can’t All Be Good!

Written on January 26, 2009 at 5:08 pm, by admin

Thankfully, I’m back to blogging. While I don’t mind taking planned breaks from my little bloggy, forced breaks never go over very well. My PC decided to be very naughty last week and caused me some grief. Happily, that is over. My PC decided to misbehave right after announcing the new Magazine Mondays logo. And  Continue Reading »

New Year. New Magazine Mondays.

Written on January 12, 2009 at 1:01 am, by admin

Welcome to the first edition of Magazine Mondays for 2009! Before I start attacking my magazine pile in this newly minted year, I must tie up a few loose ends left over from 2008. To begin with, I owe enourmous thanks to Wandering Coyote of the blog ReTorte. She has been a huge supporter of  Continue Reading »

Hello, 2009!

Written on January 5, 2009 at 8:52 pm, by admin

Happy 2009, everyone! Thanks so much for all your well wishes over the holidays. December flew by and it’s hard to believe that we’re already a week into January 2009! I’ve taken a bit of extra time off over the holidays but I have lots of posts and projects planned for the months ahead. Starting  Continue Reading »

Sweetness Ahead

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

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 »

For My Zia Don

Written on November 17, 2008 at 1:01 am, by admin

As some of you may know, the word for aunt in Italian is “zia“. In late October, my wonderful Zia C turned 50 and believe me she makes 50 look smashing! She honoured me by asking that I bake her birthday cake. When I asked her what flavour of cake she wanted, she said something  Continue Reading »

Pretty Pretty Pretty

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

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 »

Give Me Soup and I Shall Be Happy!

Written on October 20, 2008 at 1:01 am, by admin

I had a fabulous weekend. Let me say that again. I HAD A FABULOUS WEEKEND! On Saturday I enjoyed an amazing dinner at Far Niente with my brother and one of my dearest friends. The dinner was followed by the consummation of an adolescent dream: I saw Madonna in concert. The 13-year-old within was overjoyed.  Continue Reading »

Apple Days and Chilly Nights

Written on October 6, 2008 at 1:01 am, by admin

You’ll have to forgive me but the fall brings out both the best and the corniest in me. I just love this time of year and I’m not afraid to get all mushy about it. Go ahead. Mock me if you must. But this is MY time of year and I’m going to enjoy every  Continue Reading »

I will miss you, little tomatoes!

Written on September 29, 2008 at 7:27 pm, by admin

For as long as I can remember, we have always had a garden. My grandparents always had a garden. My aunts and uncle always had a garden. My cousins alway had a garden. My friends and neighbours always had a garden. Now that the time has come to say goodbye to the garden for another  Continue Reading »

Hello, Autumn!

Written on September 22, 2008 at 7:01 pm, by admin

While I’m still trying to hold on to a bit of summer, I’m also happily welcoming my favourite season of the year, Autumn. What can I say? I’m a sucker for leaves changing colour, frosty mornings, cool but sunny days and that feeling of winter, just around the corner. Oh yes … and HOCKEY!!! Just  Continue Reading »

The Return of Magazine Mondays!

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

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 »

Go Figure!

Written on July 28, 2008 at 6:15 pm, by admin

Go figure! For this week’s edition of Magazine Mondays, I’m featuring a recipe that I came this close to dumping in the food waste bin. When I bought the 2007 April/May issue of Taste Italia, I immediately bookmarked a recipe for Apricot Almond Shortbread (Frollino di albicocca e mandorla). For starters, the title is slightly  Continue Reading »

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Heard ‘Round the World!

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

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 »

Peachy Keen

Written on July 14, 2008 at 7:49 pm, by admin

I love peaches. Love ‘em. And any time I can find a dessert that showcases them I’m always game. I’ve said before and I’ll say it again that one of my very favourite summer experiences is the chance to eat a sun-warmed peach and have all those sweet juices running down your hand. It’s truly  Continue Reading »

Strawberry Monday!

Written on July 7, 2008 at 4:27 pm, by admin

For this Monday’s edition of Magazine Mondays, I bring you not one but two desserts with strawberries! Is there anything better than a locally grown, perfectly ripe strawberry? I would argue that among all the gifts that the garden gives us, the strawberry ranks as one of the very best. We’ve been indulging in fresh  Continue Reading »

Can You Say Tortoni?

Written on June 15, 2008 at 6:08 pm, by admin

A few weeks ago, as I began hearing about people’s plans for Father’s Day, it occurred to me that ever since my father passed away in 2001, we’ve been spending Father’s Day in our own special way. Now neither Father’s Day nor Mother’s Day were ever huge days in my family. My father always said  Continue Reading »

Me Love Cookies!

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

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 »

Apples Again

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

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 »

It’s a Salad Monday!

Written on May 5, 2008 at 6:30 pm, by admin

For this week’s edition of Magazine Mondays, I bestowed the honour of “Chosen Recipe” on one that actually hasn’t been laying around my house for all that long. Contrary to my culinary penchant for oohing and aahing over recipes in magazines and then letting them sit there for years before trying them, I actually decided  Continue Reading »

Leave the Cannoli. Take the Cake.

Written on April 14, 2008 at 3:45 pm, by admin

If you haven’t seen The Godfather, then you are missing a classic cinematic experience filled with many a memorable scene including one where one mobster instructs another to leave behind a weapon used in a crime, but to make sure to not forget the box of cannoli. While I don’t count myself among the diehard  Continue Reading »

Yes, It Can Be Done!

Written on February 25, 2008 at 6:54 pm, by admin

When I announced at the beginning of February that I would attempt to make every post this month about chocolate, a number of people left comments asking if I would attempt a savoury chocolate recipe. Well here you have it! For today’s Magazine Mondays post, I decided to finally try a recipe for Braised Short  Continue Reading »

Cookie For You, Cookie For Me … or Not

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

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 »