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World Nutella Day: I’m Late. I Bring Doughnuts to Make Amends.

Written on March 8, 2014 at 1:06 pm, by admin

Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe that there was a time in my life when I could be counted on for never, ever being late. In fact, I could usually be counted on to arrive early. I was always the one to get there first and buy the movie tickets or secure the table  Continue Reading »

Don’t Forget the Bread

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

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

It’s That Time of Year

Written on November 2, 2013 at 6:08 pm, by admin

Autumn is my favourite time of year for many reasons, not the least of which is the happy knowledge that the holidays, in all their baking-imbued glory, are just around the corner. But another reason that I enjoy this time of year is is that Autumn means cookbook season. While I maintain a steady diet  Continue Reading »

Happy Thanksgiving!

Written on October 14, 2013 at 9:52 am, by admin

The turkey is tucked warmly in the oven and all the other fixins’ are being made. It is a beautiful, crisp fall day. I have many blessings to count and am thankful for all of them. Happy Thanksgiving! (The cake pictured above is a Brown Butter Pumpkin Layer Cake from Fine Cooking. The Pecan Pie  Continue Reading »

What I Did on My Summer Vacation. 2013 Edition.

Written on August 31, 2013 at 7:35 pm, by admin

I am back. After three weeks basking in the glow of family and friends in Le Marche, real life begins again. Each year, I find it harder and harder to find the words to describe the joy of these vacations. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. At the beach in San Benedetto, dreaming of  Continue Reading »

Generosity.

Written on July 31, 2013 at 8:55 pm, by admin

A few weeks ago, I came across a cooking show that seemed to pit home bakers against each other in a baking competition to see who would be the ultimate baker. One of the contestants was in tears because her dessert hadn’t turned out well at all. I don’t have much of an appetite for  Continue Reading »

Lasagne. Words Unnecessary.

Written on April 21, 2013 at 5:06 pm, by admin

I Say Doughnut.

Written on April 20, 2013 at 5:08 pm, by admin

I say doughnut. Sounds just like donut. Except with three more letters. I love all things sweet but I have my favourites and doughnuts know that there is a special, happy spot in my stomach that is reserved just for them. That special, happy spot made my buy the March 2013 issue of Saveur based  Continue Reading »

Buona Pasqua!

Written on March 31, 2013 at 8:28 am, by admin

To all of you, Happy Bunny Day! Cream Puff and Mammina send Easter love and best wishes to all of you!

Be Joyful.

Written on December 25, 2012 at 7:57 am, by admin

From Cream Puff and family, we wish you joy and light. Merry Christmas. Buon Natale.

The First Day

Written on December 1, 2012 at 11:09 am, by admin

I was telling someone the other day that on my “bucket list” is to one day take the entire month of December off of work. This is so I can finally have time and space to do all the things that I dream of doing at Christmas but never quite can find the time to  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 »

Happy Thanksgiving!

Written on October 8, 2012 at 9:22 am, by admin

On this beautiful Thanksgiving Monday, I wish you all the best! I am thankful for so many things (including these delicious Pumpkin Spice Palmiers courtesy of Serious Eats) and grateful for all my loved ones. Have a wonderful day!

… and I’m off …

Written on July 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm, by admin

Hello there. I’m sending you a note to let you know that I’m flying away to the little house in the hills. As I like to say, “I’m going to 47 Rocca Street.” I’m off to visit my beautiful Italian family and will be gone for a little over three weeks. Take care of yourselves  Continue Reading »

A Few Words

Written on June 29, 2012 at 7:45 pm, by admin

I just heard the news that the beautiful Barbara of winosandfoodies.com passed away. Not long after I started blogging, Barbara was one of the first bloggers that I met and connected with. She was brave, lovely, talented, generous and kind. While I never met her in person, I feel blessed to have had the honour  Continue Reading »

Kiss Kiss

Written on June 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm, by admin

Over the course of a week, I see a lot of recipes. Whether it’s perusing the many on-line resources for recipes or flipping through a cookbook late at night, I see a lot of recipes. I do my best to keep track of the recipes I want to try. It’s hard to find a magazine  Continue Reading »

Well Hello There!

Written on March 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm, by admin

My friends, I have not forgotten you! Nor have I forgotten my blog. I’m in the midst of an exceptionally busy time right now but I had to take a moment away to show you my new look. So … what do you think? I’m a bit nervous about it all but I felt like  Continue Reading »

Me and Mr. P.

Written on February 14, 2012 at 12:30 am, by admin

Folks, I’m in love. His name is Mr. P. and next to my dear papa’, he is the man of my dreams. There’s a lot of love in this world and I’m blessed to have a lot of it in my life. I’m blessed with a beautiful family and some pretty amazing friends. One of  Continue Reading »

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year!

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

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 »

Ten Years

Written on November 28, 2011 at 12:30 am, by admin

Papa’, I think of you every single day. (Igino Mellozzi, 1944-2001)

Fortify Yourself

Written on September 3, 2011 at 11:23 am, by admin

So it’s that day again … the day Famiglia Cream Puff takes each empty mason jar and fills it with pureed tomatoes. Part fun, part insane, this is always a day that’s both special and tiring. No matter what, though, we always stop to fortify ourselves because “doing the tomatoes” takes a lot of energy.  Continue Reading »

Proud

Written on April 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm, by admin

As some of you know, my family, along with business partners, owns a shoe manufacturing company called Mellow Walk Footwear. In a time when there are very few Canadian shoe manufacturers, we remain a thriving company that produces top quality shoes proudly made in Canada. The company was started by my father and his partner  Continue Reading »

Workasaurus Lives. Send Help. Or Doughnuts.

Written on March 15, 2011 at 8:26 pm, by admin

If you’ve been around these parts before you’ll know all about Workasaurus. It’s back. And it’s angry. And it’s preventing me from baking … and blogging. All I want is to mix some dough and fry a doughnut. Is that too much to ask? Sigh. Ciao!

Take a Moment

Written on December 31, 2010 at 3:41 pm, by admin

Around this time of year, I have certain tasks I like to complete and these include cleaning out the photo file on my computer. Inevitably, I find myself looking at the pictures I’ve taken over the last year and marvelling at what I did (and didn’t) make. Naturally I think about what I liked best  Continue Reading »

11 Things I Don’t Need in 2011

Written on December 22, 2010 at 5:18 am, by admin

As the year winds down, I’ve been taking some time to actually sit and read the blogs I really enjoy. One of these is Sheena’s blog the little red house. Sheena’s site is like a breath of fresh air. It’s sweet and peaceful and funny and always such a joy. Sheena recently put up a  Continue Reading »

Don’t Forget the Brownies!!!

Written on December 21, 2010 at 3:47 pm, by admin

Before Santa arrives, there is still time to buy cookbooks, people! Do not fear!!! Here’s another one that you might be interested in: Fat Witch Brownies: Brownies, Blondies, and Bars from New York’s Legendary Fat Witch Bakery. Check out my review over at The Daring Kitchen. Ciao!

Doughnuts: The Blog Tour

Written on October 25, 2010 at 12:30 am, by admin

You may already be familiar with Lara Ferroni via her beautiful blogs Cook & Eat and Still Life With. Whether you’re just finding about Lara or already a fan, you are sure to fall in love with her first cookbook – Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home. I’ll admit, it takes very  Continue Reading »

Happy Birthday to Me!

Written on October 23, 2010 at 7:20 am, by admin

What?! Another year gone by already? It doesn’t seem possible! But it’s true. I’m a year older and hopefully a year wiser. It’s been a great year with lots of good things and lots of opportunities to learn. Today, my birthday celebration got off to a very sweet start with dougnuts (made by Mamma Cream  Continue Reading »

Hockey. An Event: The Round-Up

Written on October 13, 2010 at 6:11 pm, by admin

So I’m a little bit late with posting the round-up from my hockey event. I think I forgot about Thanksgiving and the eating which, by the way, still isn’t over. Turkey leftovers are awesome. For real. Anyway, my little hockey event did well in it’s first go-round. It’ll be back next year and here’s hoping  Continue Reading »

My Mother’s Garden

Written on July 12, 2010 at 7:30 am, by admin

My parents moved into the house we live in two weeks before I was born. For as long as I can remember, we have always had a vegetable garden. Our garden runs the length of our backyard. It’s a raised garden that, when in full bloom, crowns the backyard. When my father was alive, he  Continue Reading »

Happy Canada Day!

Written on July 1, 2010 at 6:31 am, by admin

To all my fellow Canadians, have a Happy Canada Day! Ciao!

Forza. Inter.

Written on May 22, 2010 at 2:05 pm, by admin

Today, Inter (FC Internazionale Milano) defeated FC Bayern München by a score of 2-0 to win the UEFA Cup. My papa was a huge Inter fan. Huge! I know he’s in Heaven celebrating with all the other Inter fans. Forza Inter! Ciao!

Buona Pasqua!

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

Buona Pasqua. Glad Påsk. Pask Seder. Felis Påsgua. God påske. Vesele velikonočne praznike. Joyeuses Pâques. Buine Pasche. Frohe Ostern. Prospera Pascha sit. However you say it, Cream Puff and family wish you and yours a very Happy Easter! Ciao!

What Does Christmas Smell Like?

Written on December 17, 2009 at 9:23 pm, by admin

Christmas smells like spices. And oranges. And pine trees. And cold air. And butter. And warm bread. And candy canes. And pomegranate. And stockings. And glühwein. And stars. Christmas smells like stars. It’s almost here … Ciao! Check out my article on glühwein at The Daring Kitchen!

And the winner is …

Written on November 14, 2009 at 3:30 pm, by admin

We have a winner for the trip to NYC to attend the New York Cake Convention from January 2 to January 5, 2010. Check it out! Congratulations to our winner! Ciao!

Come on, People! Get Your Cake On!

Written on November 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm, by admin

Doesn’t anyone out there want to win a trip to NYC???! Last month, Lis and I announced an exciting contest that we’re hosting thanks to the great people with at the U.S. Confection Connection. We’re offering an all-expenses paid trip for our lucky winner (and a guest) to New York City from January 2 to  Continue Reading »

I Made Them. Honest. I Did.

Written on October 27, 2009 at 12:18 pm, by admin

The 2009 October Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to us by Ami S. She chose macarons from Claudia Fleming’s The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavernas the challenge recipe. Today, in case you haven’t noticed, is Daring Bakers’ reveal day. This month’s challenge was to bake the ever-elusive and oh-so-popular macarons. I would hazard  Continue Reading »

So … Anyone want to go to NYC?

Written on October 10, 2009 at 5:25 pm, by admin

Yes, I thought that would get your attention. I mean who wouldn’t want to go to The Big Apple? All it’s going to take is some creativity and some mad cake-decorating skills … check it out! Ciao!

Farewell, Gourmet

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

I usually don’t like to talk about current events on my blog because, from the beginning, I have decreed this to be a happy place about baking, cookbooks and food, in general. But I feel compelled to break with tradition after hearing the news that Gourmet magazine will be no more as of the November  Continue Reading »

Important Information for Members of The Daring Kitchen (if you’re not a member … what are you waiting for???)

Written on June 23, 2009 at 7:41 pm, by admin

Lis and I have realized recently that there’s some confusion about reveal dates for The Daring Bakers and The Daring Cooks so we’re taking to the Internet (you can read about this at The Daring Kitchen as well – in the forums) to clear things up. It’s really very simple. If you’re a Daring Baker,  Continue Reading »

It’s the Weekend! Time to Entertain!

Written on May 1, 2009 at 6:58 pm, by admin

When I was a little girl, it seemed our weekends were always filled with visiting, going on family outings and entertaining friends and family. It was all very simple, mind you. In fact I’m not even sure if we would refer to it as “entertaining”, in today’s context. Nowadays I sometimes feel that entertaining comes  Continue Reading »

Giveaway Over at The Daring Kitchen!

Written on April 28, 2009 at 9:26 pm, by admin

If you’d like to win a copy of Giulia Melucci‘s book I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, head over to The Daring Kitchen and enter our giveaway. Melucci’s book is about her experiences living and loving in New York City. Her story is punctuated with some incredible recipes. We’re happy to offer some copies  Continue Reading »

Out With the Old! In With the New!

Written on April 21, 2009 at 11:30 am, by admin

Are your aprons looking a little ragged these days? Tired of bits of paper cluttering the kitchen sink … need some refrigerator magnets? Want to be environmentally friendly a sport a new tote bag instead of using those nasty plastic bags? Is it time for some new … ah … unmentionables? Well, I strongly recommend  Continue Reading »

Happy Pasquetta!

Written on April 13, 2009 at 3:10 pm, by admin

Today is Easter Monday, or Pasquetta, as we say in Italian. Unfortunately I don’t have time for a Magazine Mondays post today (MM will be back next week), instead I thought I’d wish everyone a Happy Pasquetta and let you know what we enjoyed for our Easter lunch. Mama Cream Puff truly outdid herself on  Continue Reading »

Dare una Mano

Written on April 10, 2009 at 4:23 pm, by admin

Dare una mano means to lend a hand. I was contacted by Joanne of Frutto della Passione today, asking if I’d post about the efforts to help the victims of this week’s devastating earthquake in Abruzzo, Italy. Joanne is asking that bloggers in Toronto share some important information with their readers in the event that  Continue Reading »

Un Abbraccio.

Written on April 6, 2009 at 5:15 pm, by admin

Cream Puff and family want to extend their support to the victims of the earthquake in Abruzzo, Italy. You are in our prayers.

When Cream Puff Dreams of Cake …

Written on March 31, 2009 at 7:10 pm, by admin

She dreams of Rahier. Cream Puff has been dreaming of cake a lot these days. Mainly because she hasn’t been able to bake one in, like, forever. (Sorry. When the Cream Puff is tired her Valley Girl persona emerges). Whatever. Anyway, soon the scents of baking shall be wafting forth from this blog once again.  Continue Reading »

Magazine Mondays: Hummus!

Written on March 16, 2009 at 1:01 am, by admin

This is another short Magazine Mondays post this week. Work has been crazy for me and I just don’t have a lot of time. I miss my blog and I miss you!!! My submission is a recipe for Israeli Hummus with Paprika and Whole Chickpeas from the May 2008 issue of Food & Wine magazone.  Continue Reading »

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due!

Written on February 12, 2009 at 8:50 pm, by admin

A few posts ago, I gushed about a recipe that I’d found on-line thinking that I’d found it on some site that I’d never visited before. Well it turns out that said site had posted the entry and recipe for Baked Oatmeal with Apples (word-for-word) originally from the lovely Kickpleat of Everybody Likes Sandwiches without  Continue Reading »

We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties…

Written on January 20, 2009 at 7:46 am, by admin

Computer woes have afflicted the Cream Puff! Okay … it’s not that bad … but I am having some issues with my home PC so I won’t be blogging over the next week or so. Just wanted to send a note to all those that submitted Magazine Mondays entries: I have received them and thank  Continue Reading »

Update

Written on December 9, 2008 at 8:43 pm, by admin

Just a quick note to update you on a few things. I can’t believe it’s already December 9th! Time to go into Christmas prep overdrive. But first, I wanted you to head over to the lovely Tina’s blog called Knitting Contessa. Tina has a wonderful feature this Christmas where each day she spotlights a blogger  Continue Reading »

Reminder … Christmas Cookies for Sale!

Written on November 28, 2008 at 6:22 am, by admin

This is just a little reminder that if you have the Christmas cookie twinkle in your eye but you can’t get around to baking any this year, I’d be happy to bake some for you! If you’re in Toronto or the Greater Toronto Area and you’d like to order cookies for Christmas, send me an  Continue Reading »

Cookies for Sale!

Written on November 12, 2008 at 7:18 pm, by admin

I just wanted to put the word out that if you’re in Toronto or the Greater Toronto Area and you’d like to order cookies for Christmas, send me an e-mail at creampuffsinvenice{@}gmail{.}com. You can also contact me by sending me an e-mail using the Contact button at the top of my blog page. I’ve been  Continue Reading »

Remember

Written on November 11, 2008 at 7:02 am, by admin

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada. I hope that wherever you are, you’ll take a moment to remember all the men and women who made the most incredible sacrifices. Ciao!

Thank You … and a Little Gift for You!

Written on November 4, 2008 at 7:58 pm, by admin

*** Update *** Wow … you guys really wanted that cookbook! Thanks for all the wonderful guesses. My favourite Christmas movie is … A Christmas Carol (the original black and white version with Alastair Sim). Wandering Coyote of Retorte was the first to guess correctly so she’ll be receiving a copy of Confetti Cakes for  Continue Reading »

Tis (Pretty Soon) The Season …

Written on November 3, 2008 at 1:01 am, by admin

… and Cream Puff has a question for you! For the second Monday in a row, I don’t have a Magazine Mondays post for you. However, I do have a little project I’d like you to help me with. I have something special planned for December and I’d like you to answer the following question  Continue Reading »

Thank you!

Written on October 27, 2008 at 1:01 am, by admin

Hi everyone, Just wanted to thank you for all the birthday wishes. I had a great birthday … and the chocolate cake was damn good, too! I don’t have a Magazine Mondays post for you this week but I do hope you have a great one! Ciao! Just because I didn’t put up a Magazine  Continue Reading »

Working with Gourmands, 2008

Written on October 9, 2008 at 7:12 pm, by admin

Be jealous. Not only are my work colleagues wonderful, funny, generous, intelligent, hard-working and decent people, they’re fabulous cooks. This year’s edition of our Thanksgiving potluck (Canadian Thanksgiving is October 13) surpassed all others by far (not that 2007 or 2006 were shabby by any means). In fact the only “problem” with this year’s potluck  Continue Reading »

Oh, Humble Carrot!

Written on September 12, 2008 at 4:47 pm, by admin

Is there a more overworked yet underappreciated vegetable in the kitchen than the Daucas Carota, otherwise known as the Carrot? How many carrots have been sacrificed in the name of sauces, soups and stews with nary a tear shed over their demise? Well no more I say! Today, here, right now, the humble Carrot gets  Continue Reading »

Grazie!

Written on May 31, 2007 at 7:25 pm, by admin

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for all of the wonderful comments in response to my post about My First Job! For me, being “hired” to bake was a big deal and I hope it’s the first footprint on the road to a little baking enterprise for the Cream Puff. Your support,  Continue Reading »

My First Job!

Written on May 29, 2007 at 7:53 pm, by admin

May has been such an incredible and busy month for me. To begin with there was the launch of my blog redesign, which I’d been planning for months. In around that event, several other things happened to me this month that I’ve been so eager to share with you. Just before the launch, I got  Continue Reading »

Pass the Onions … It’s Onion Day!

Written on November 27, 2006 at 9:06 pm, by Ivonne

When I received an e-mail from Zorra of Kochtopf about her latest one-off event, Onion Day, I required no convincing. Having missed her Bread Day event, I immediately set about thinking of a recipe I could try to showcase the onion. Is there a more versatile, important ingredient in the kitchen than the onion? I  Continue Reading »

A Postcard from T.O.

Written on July 31, 2006 at 10:27 pm, by Ivonne

Cruising the blog highway has its rewards, especially if you’re in the food lane. A few weeks ago, quite by chance, I read about an event dreamed up and hosted by the industrious and brilliant Meeta of What’s for Lunch Honey? Basically, Meeta’s idea was to host a postcard event where you buy a postcard,  Continue Reading »

Cream Puff’s In the House!

Written on June 20, 2006 at 10:02 am, by Ivonne

I just wanted to post a quick note saying hello and thanking everyone for their e-mails. I apologize for the abrupt break in posting but even Cream Puffs encounter computer difficulties every now and then. Everything should be back to normal by the weekend. Until then, I shall content my Cream Puff heart by reading  Continue Reading »

Hello? Anybody out there?

Written on December 10, 2005 at 3:14 pm, by Ivonne

Wow. I can’t believe it! I’ve finally taken the plunge and set up a blog. When I first began reading blogs, computer challenged person that I am, I never imagined that I would be able to do this. To put my food thoughts out there for the world to see! But here I am …  Continue Reading »