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Magazine Mondays: Zucchini!

Written on June 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm, by admin

For me, one of the signs that summer has truly arrived is the opening of the farmer’s market at Nathan Phillips Square. The farmer’s market is part of Fresh Wednesdays, a summer event at the square every Wednesday. It’s a lovely destination for the many people who work in the nearby downtown area – it’s  Continue Reading »

Me and My Purple Potato. A Love Story.

Written on September 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm, by admin

I have been to many a social gathering that has ended in the adult version of a loot bag. While I like receiving gifts as much as the next person, do I really need another salt-and-pepper shaker set? Not really. This only makes my purple potato that much more special. Let me tell you a  Continue Reading »

The 12 Days of Cookbooks: Day 1

Written on December 1, 2010 at 12:30 am, by admin

It’s December 1st. For Cream Puff, that means Christmas is here. Christmas in all its glory, all its baking, all its music, all its cheer and all its splendor! I. LOVE. CHRISTMAS. Last year, come December, I had so many cookbooks to tell people about that I decided to talk about twelve of them in  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 »

A Dish Best Served Cold

Written on July 18, 2010 at 9:17 am, by admin

It is, perhaps, the greatest slap in the face of all. Just as Summer presents you with a dazzling array of berries and fruits, all of them inspiration for your deepest baking desires, Summer also slaps you in the face with heat and humidity. The very idea of turning the stove on makes me shudder  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 »

The End of Summer. The End of a Romance (for now).

Written on September 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm, by admin

Dear Zucchini, I’m sorry to have to do this to you in such a public manner, but you leave me no choice. I have tried to let you down gently, but you just don’t seem to be getting the message. At first, I thought that if I just ignored you, you’d understand. But you didn’t.  Continue Reading »

Keepin’ it Simple

Written on August 6, 2009 at 6:27 pm, by admin

As I’ve written previously, I’m just trying to keep it simple these days. In that vein, I must tell you, there are very few simpler menu items for me, nor more comforting, than a good burger. Add a side of onion rings and I’m pretty much in a state of bliss. This may sound odd  Continue Reading »

Friday I’m in Love

Written on June 19, 2009 at 5:02 pm, by admin

Because it’s the weekend. Because it ended up being sunny instead of rainy. Because I can stay up late tonight reading cookbooks. Because I can sleep in tomorrow. Because the beautiful Ontario asparagus have arrived. Just because. Ciao! The picture above is of a delicious asparagus and rice soup that I made. I’ll post the  Continue Reading »

Fry, Baby, Fry!

Written on May 8, 2009 at 7:34 pm, by admin

Is there anyone out there that doesn’t like the potato? Especially when said potato is deep fried and then kissed with a light sprinkling of salt? Anyone? Anyone? Honestly, I can’t think of one person I know that would turn down a french fry. Clearly, I know the right people! Going into the weekend, I’ve  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: 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 »

Cabbage Rolls 101

Written on February 10, 2009 at 6:40 pm, by admin

I like to go on and on about my coworkers because they really are wonderful people. The occasional bad day at work is always mitigated by their warmth, friendliness and humour. The fact that many of them are fabulous cooks and bakers also helps. One particular coworker is dear to my heart (for many reasons)  Continue Reading »

Italian June

Written on June 4, 2008 at 5:50 pm, by admin

I have decided that June is going to be an Italian month. So that would be Giugno. I have no particular reason for this decision other than the fact that a little over a month ago I purchased this delightful little book by Maxine Clark and fell in love with it. Seriously in love. In  Continue Reading »

Chickpea Magic

Written on January 9, 2008 at 10:24 pm, by admin

Talk about coming down from a high! I want to thank everyone for all of your incredible comments and support after my post about the cupcakes I baked for my coworker’s wedding. It was quite an experience and I’m looking forward to where it leads. As exciting as it was, it was also exhausting. I  Continue Reading »

Bakedy Beans for Peabody

Written on December 5, 2007 at 10:19 pm, by admin

When I was little, our meals did not often stray from Italian cuisine. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just that at times, my brother and I would wonder what certain foods tasted like. Shepherd’s Pie, for example, fascinated me. And I can still remember watching an episode of Little House on the Prairie and  Continue Reading »

The Month of Pumpkin

Written on October 31, 2007 at 2:50 pm, by admin

Very soon, little ghosts and ghouls will be descending upon us. Mini witches and warlocks will be flitting from house to house in search of candy (and perhaps things more sinister). It is All Hallows Eve and the winds are blowing, ready for an eerie evening of spooky things. I am preparing to chain myself  Continue Reading »

My Mother’s Peperonata

Written on August 31, 2007 at 6:39 pm, by admin

In deep summer, I go to bed at night dreaming of the dish that I know my mother will soon prepare. Once locally harvested eggplant, red peppers and tomatoes are available, it’s only a matter of time before my mother takes those simple ingredients and turns them into a creamy, colourful dish that to me  Continue Reading »

The Heartful Garden

Written on August 14, 2007 at 6:30 pm, by admin

Summer without a vegetable garden is unimagineable to me. For as far back as I can remember, my summers are dotted with memories of the garden. I can still see my beloved Papu’ (maternal grandfather) with a sprig of basil tucked behind his ear. And I can picture my paternal grandparents preparing to hike up  Continue Reading »

Hot in the City

Written on July 8, 2007 at 8:08 am, by admin

It’s hot in Toronto. And rainy. And stormy. The heat and humidity have come full on and it’s just far too hot to even contemplate turning on the oven and baking. But being closed inside begins to feel a bit like being trapped, so of course I’ve turned to my cookbooks and magazines and am  Continue Reading »

Mushrooms on the Side

Written on April 23, 2007 at 10:22 pm, by Ivonne

Jamie Oliver is driving me batty! In a totally good way. As much fun as I’ve been having reading Jamie’s Italy, I’m frustrated by the fact that there are so many recipes I won’t be able to try until the bounty of summer fruits and vegetables begins to find its way into our kitchen. My  Continue Reading »

Weekend Cookbook Challenge #10: Monsieur Mandoline Escapes!

Written on November 3, 2006 at 9:44 pm, by Ivonne

Madames et Messieurs, I bring you shocking news. Je ne suis pas Cream Puff! I am not Cream Puff! Ze girl that you know as Cream Puff has gone out of ze house. She has gone to ze … ummm … magasin??? How do you say that in English … oh yes … store. Cream  Continue Reading »

Le Patatine Fritte: Dishes of Comfort

Written on October 24, 2006 at 8:30 am, by Ivonne

I’d like to thank all of you for your birthday wishes. I had a wonderful day and was thrilled that you enjoyed the White Chocolate-Raspberry Tart. I was hesitant to post about my birthday as I felt it might be a bit over-the-top. But I couldn’t resist sharing my special tart for my special day.  Continue Reading »

La Festa al Fresco Reminder!

Written on August 27, 2006 at 1:16 pm, by Ivonne

It’s time for a quick reminder for La Festa al Fresco being hosted by yours truly and the lovely Lis of La Mia Cucina. As you may recall, Lis and I need your assistance to fill our table with as much incredible food as possible. The only stipulation is that you bring a dish that  Continue Reading »

My Mother’s Stuffed Eggplant

Written on August 20, 2006 at 2:44 pm, by Ivonne

As you can tell from the lasagna of a few posts ago and now this dish, my mother has been busy cooking of late. It’s not that we’ve got her chained to the stove or anything, it’s just that this time of year is the showcase for so many of her very best recipes. Garden  Continue Reading »

The Asparagus Files

Written on May 18, 2006 at 12:06 am, by Ivonne

I’ve been having such tremendous fun baking this month that I’ve neglected to post about my efforts with the May Eat Local Challenge. Lest you think I’ve been failing the challenge, I thought it was time to write a bit about my adventures in local eating. One of the first foods that I focused on  Continue Reading »

Some Lemony Spuds For You!

Written on April 27, 2006 at 4:12 pm, by Ivonne

I could not possibly have let April go by without sharing this lemony recipe with you. This is one that will become a classic in your repertoire. Trust me. Easy, yet so delicious, this dish is perfect for a small dinner or for a huge gathering. The recipe can be halved or doubled easily (or  Continue Reading »

An Affair to Remember: I Carciofi

Written on April 19, 2006 at 10:09 pm, by Ivonne

I wasn’t planning on posting this evening, but I had no choice. I am enjoying Lemon Zest so much and I realized that I don’t have many days left in April to post about this cookbook. Having prepared a dish that features one of the vegetable loves of my life, I just had to come  Continue Reading »