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Holiday dessert: cranberry cake
I was so thrilled to share this recipe with you!  I think this is one of the best things I have ever baked (yes, ever!) and I can’t wait for an opportunity to make it again.
I found this recipe on the Kitchn website (yes, that is spelled correctly, I promise - visit the site!), which is affiliated with Apartment Therapy.  I was searching for a dessert to make for when my in-laws were visiting over the holidays, and this recipe seemed perfect. It is festive (cranberries are very Christmas-y, don’t you think?) and simple (my in-laws don’t like fancy stuff).  It was also incredibly easy to make.  Lastly, the best part was that I could make it ahead and freeze it - yes, the recipe even told me how to do this and that this cake freezes well.  I can assure you that it does!
I made this cake exactly as indicated in the recipe, except that, after thawing it out as per the instructions, I added a simple glaze (a mixture of icing sugar, milk and a little bit of vanilla extract).  This cake was absolutely delicious!  My in-laws loved it, and so did I.  The cake is Incredibly moist and tender, with pops of sourness from the cranberries to break up the sweetness of the cake and the topping.  The whole pecans on top add fantastic texture and complement the flavour of the cake perfectly.  Make this cake!
I will make two notes - the cake does not have any sort of baking powder or baking soda in the recipe.  At first, I thought this was a mistake; however, after reading the reviews on the Kitchn’s website, it is not a mistake at all.  So do not worry!  As well, this is a dense cake - it will not rise very much (if at all) once baked.  Don’t fret: it is supposed to be like that, and I assure you, it will be delicious!
I served the cake from my brand new cake stand, which I found at Ikea for only $9.99.  I can’t find it on the Canadian Ikea website, but you can see it here on the Ikea UK site (it also comes with a beautiful dome lid - gorgeous!).  

Holiday dessert: cranberry cake

I was so thrilled to share this recipe with you!  I think this is one of the best things I have ever baked (yes, ever!) and I can’t wait for an opportunity to make it again.

I found this recipe on the Kitchn website (yes, that is spelled correctly, I promise - visit the site!), which is affiliated with Apartment Therapy.  I was searching for a dessert to make for when my in-laws were visiting over the holidays, and this recipe seemed perfect. It is festive (cranberries are very Christmas-y, don’t you think?) and simple (my in-laws don’t like fancy stuff).  It was also incredibly easy to make.  Lastly, the best part was that I could make it ahead and freeze it - yes, the recipe even told me how to do this and that this cake freezes well.  I can assure you that it does!

I made this cake exactly as indicated in the recipe, except that, after thawing it out as per the instructions, I added a simple glaze (a mixture of icing sugar, milk and a little bit of vanilla extract).  This cake was absolutely delicious!  My in-laws loved it, and so did I.  The cake is Incredibly moist and tender, with pops of sourness from the cranberries to break up the sweetness of the cake and the topping.  The whole pecans on top add fantastic texture and complement the flavour of the cake perfectly.  Make this cake!

I will make two notes - the cake does not have any sort of baking powder or baking soda in the recipe.  At first, I thought this was a mistake; however, after reading the reviews on the Kitchn’s website, it is not a mistake at all.  So do not worry!  As well, this is a dense cake - it will not rise very much (if at all) once baked.  Don’t fret: it is supposed to be like that, and I assure you, it will be delicious!

I served the cake from my brand new cake stand, which I found at Ikea for only $9.99.  I can’t find it on the Canadian Ikea website, but you can see it here on the Ikea UK site (it also comes with a beautiful dome lid - gorgeous!).  

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Sunday supper: slow cooker cranberry-orange pork roast

We have been having a gorgeous fall season in Ottawa so far; most days have been sunny, warm and even summer-like.  So I haven’t yet been craving those hearty fall dishes like chili and soup and everything else that just screams fall cuisine.

I was, however, in the mood for some sort of roast, so when I came across this recipe for a slow cooker roast in the latest issue of Kraft’s What’s Cooking magazine, I decided to make it.  Click here to link to the original recipe.

I made the roast exactly as described in the original recipe except for one small change.  The original recipe uses 1/2 cup of Kraft Calorie-Wise Catalina dressing, but, since I did not have any on hand, the husband created a half cup mixture of dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, garlic and olive oil as a substitute.  He put in quite a bit of garlic, so our roast was obviously quite garlicky, but we liked it that way as we love garlic!  

The result was a moist, delicious roast that was very easy to prepare and cook.  We served our roast with steamed broccoli and I also made some roasted acorn squash for myself.

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Partaking in Thanksgiving lunch in my cafeteria at work is seemingly becoming an annual tradition! Judge if you will, but this traditional lunch, complete with roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, mashed turnip, cranberry sauce and turkey gravy is delicious! I look forward to it every year since it is not in my family’s tradition to have turkey for big holiday meals. I’m already looking forward to next year!

Partaking in Thanksgiving lunch in my cafeteria at work is seemingly becoming an annual tradition! Judge if you will, but this traditional lunch, complete with roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, mashed turnip, cranberry sauce and turkey gravy is delicious! I look forward to it every year since it is not in my family’s tradition to have turkey for big holiday meals. I’m already looking forward to next year!

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Airport Fare: Heirloom Bakery Cafe at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport

While waiting to depart for our honeymoon, the husband and I decided to have lunch at the airport terminal.  There were so many options, we actually had trouble deciding on what to eat!  However, we were incredibly intrigued by Heirloom Bakery Cafe - the sandwiches looked fantastic (and we LOVE sandwiches), and who wouldn’t be intrigued by tables with iPads fastened to the tops?  That’s right, each table had an iPad for the same number of chairs at that table, so, if it was a four seater table, there were four iPads.  Interestingly, you also viewed the menu, ordered your meal, and paid for your meal, all using the iPad!  

We decided to split two sandwiches.  I ordered the ham, brie and apple panini on  cranberry focaccia bread, and it was amazing! I love the combination of flavours that made up the sandwich: the sweetness from the cranberry focaccia, the creaminess of the brie, and the tartness of the apple.  The husband ordered the three cheese grilled cheese sandwich, with goat’s cheese and two other cheese that I unfortunately can’t remember.  But what I do remember from the bite that I had was that it was delicious and the husband loved it, deeming it one of the best grilled cheeses he’d ever had! It was a wonderfully unexpected first meal of our honeymoon,

 

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Weekday breakfast: (my) Bircher museli
I had eaten so-called Bircher muesli a few times at restaurants before I even knew what it was; I just remember thinking it was some form of cold oatmeal that was totally delicious.  It wasn’t until I came across this blog post on Peanut Butter and Peppers that I finally figured it out.  
I was thrilled to read that making this concoction is incredibly simple and that it uses ingredients that I always have on hand like rolled oats, greek yogurt and an abundance of fresh fruit.  Here is my version, adapted from the recipe on Peanut Butter and Peppers.
My Bircher Muesli - serves 2 (small servings)
- 1/2 cup organic quick oats (I used quick cooking and it worked fine, but most recipes say to use regular rolled oats and not quick-cooking oats)
- 1/4 cup shredded apple, cored and unpeeled (use your favourite - I used a Gala)
- 1/3 cup fat-free plain greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup 1% milk
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- a small handful of dried cranberries
- a big dash of cinnamon
- dash of vanilla extract
Directions
Mix all ingredients together in a sealable container (I prefer glass). Refrigerate overnight for best results!  Top with fresh fruit (I used strawberries), nuts, seeds and more yogurt.  Perhaps even some honey or maple syrup if you like yours sweet!

Weekday breakfast: (my) Bircher museli

I had eaten so-called Bircher muesli a few times at restaurants before I even knew what it was; I just remember thinking it was some form of cold oatmeal that was totally delicious.  It wasn’t until I came across this blog post on Peanut Butter and Peppers that I finally figured it out.  

I was thrilled to read that making this concoction is incredibly simple and that it uses ingredients that I always have on hand like rolled oats, greek yogurt and an abundance of fresh fruit.  Here is my version, adapted from the recipe on Peanut Butter and Peppers.

My Bircher Muesli - serves 2 (small servings)

- 1/2 cup organic quick oats (I used quick cooking and it worked fine, but most recipes say to use regular rolled oats and not quick-cooking oats)

- 1/4 cup shredded apple, cored and unpeeled (use your favourite - I used a Gala)

- 1/3 cup fat-free plain greek yogurt

- 1/4 cup 1% milk

- 2 tablespoons orange juice

- a small handful of dried cranberries

- a big dash of cinnamon

- dash of vanilla extract

Directions

Mix all ingredients together in a sealable container (I prefer glass). Refrigerate overnight for best results!  Top with fresh fruit (I used strawberries), nuts, seeds and more yogurt.  Perhaps even some honey or maple syrup if you like yours sweet!

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Happy New Year’s Eve!!!

These two beauties come care of my sister; she made them for her Christmas party with her boyfriend’s family.  Sadly, I didn’t get to taste any of either the apple pie or chocolate cranberry tart, but I heard they were both fantastic! 

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Baby Shower Eats
I had the pleasure and honour of helping to host a baby shower for my bff this past weekend, and, knowing the food lover that she is, we wanted to make sure that there were lots of delicious eats at her fingertips!
We aimed for a mini-food theme, and I think we did pretty well!  I made three different things: mini curried chicken salad sandwiches, baby bocconcini bites, and bite-sized pieces of a bacon, shallot and roasted red pepper tart (more on the tart in a future post!).
The chicken salad sandwiches were my favourite of the three dishes that I made; they were so flavourful and looked adorable for serving.  The recipe called for chopped apple and dried cranberries, which added a lot of colour and texture. I got the recipe from a friend who served them at the bridal shower I attended earlier this summer and the sandwiches were very easy to make.  The mom-to-be loved them as did many of the other party guests-I got so many compliments!  I will definitely make them again for myself but I would swap out the mayonnaise for non-fat greek yogurt.  
What’s your favourite recipe for a baby shower lunch spread?  Or your favourite chicken salad recipe?

Baby Shower Eats

I had the pleasure and honour of helping to host a baby shower for my bff this past weekend, and, knowing the food lover that she is, we wanted to make sure that there were lots of delicious eats at her fingertips!

We aimed for a mini-food theme, and I think we did pretty well!  I made three different things: mini curried chicken salad sandwiches, baby bocconcini bites, and bite-sized pieces of a bacon, shallot and roasted red pepper tart (more on the tart in a future post!).

The chicken salad sandwiches were my favourite of the three dishes that I made; they were so flavourful and looked adorable for serving.  The recipe called for chopped apple and dried cranberries, which added a lot of colour and texture. I got the recipe from a friend who served them at the bridal shower I attended earlier this summer and the sandwiches were very easy to make.  The mom-to-be loved them as did many of the other party guests-I got so many compliments!  I will definitely make them again for myself but I would swap out the mayonnaise for non-fat greek yogurt.  

What’s your favourite recipe for a baby shower lunch spread?  Or your favourite chicken salad recipe?

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Ellie’s Honey Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

I went on a bit of a baking kick recently, which included a recipe for these cookies by Food Network Star Ellie Krieger.

Whenever I come across one of Ellie’s recipes in my Food Network Magazine, I flag it to come back to when I get a chance.  I loved her show, Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger, and her approach to healthy cooking and eating.

I have to admit, when I first looked at the recipe for these cookies, I was a bit surprised by a few of the ingredients, such as non-fat dry milk, whole wheat pastry flour, honey and unsalted almond butter.  But I decided, what the heck, and made a trip to Bulk Barn to get the dry milk and pastry flour.  I made three substitutions to this recipe, which was to swap dried cranberries for the raisins, peanut butter for the almond butter and olive oil for the canola oil. 

As you can see from the photos, the cookies come out of the oven delightfully tall and puffy, and the flavour was fantastic.  They’re so chewy, with a hint of peanut butter and the sour zing of the dried cranberries every few bites.  I will definitely make these again; next time I’d like to try them with the unsalted/unsweetened almond butter as a comparison.

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I threw together this dinner for myself one night recently when I needed something quick, and I couldn’t have done it without Farm Boy.  They have such a great selection of in-house products, especially their Chef Prepared section filled with delicious freshly made take home items.  One of my favourite items from their Chef Prepared section is this pearl barley and apricot salad with toasted almonds and a lemon vinaigrette.  There is something about the texture of the salad that I find so addictive, and it has such a light, fresh flavour.
Two of my other favourite Farm Boy products are this cranberry pumpkin seed bread (and in this case in the form of a demi-baguette) and this in-house roasted turkey breast (from the deli).  The cranberry pumpkin seed bread is so versatile - you can use it for sweet or savoury pursuits and it is incredibly tasty!  Let me be clear that Farm Boy does not give me anything to say these things; I am simply in love with their amazing products. 

I threw together this dinner for myself one night recently when I needed something quick, and I couldn’t have done it without Farm Boy.  They have such a great selection of in-house products, especially their Chef Prepared section filled with delicious freshly made take home items.  One of my favourite items from their Chef Prepared section is this pearl barley and apricot salad with toasted almonds and a lemon vinaigrette.  There is something about the texture of the salad that I find so addictive, and it has such a light, fresh flavour.

Two of my other favourite Farm Boy products are this cranberry pumpkin seed bread (and in this case in the form of a demi-baguette) and this in-house roasted turkey breast (from the deli).  The cranberry pumpkin seed bread is so versatile - you can use it for sweet or savoury pursuits and it is incredibly tasty!  Let me be clear that Farm Boy does not give me anything to say these things; I am simply in love with their amazing products. 

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Country Harvest Cranberry Muesli Bread
The boyfriend bought this bread on one of our recent grocery shopping trips.  It was the first time he’d seen it in the store (and from the packaging, it appears to be a new product) so he decided to give it a try.  As prepackaged bread goes, it’s actually quite nice and flavourful.  Studded with little bits of dried cranberry and flax seeds, and with a hint of cinnamon, it has excellent texture and taste.  It’s great when a new product comes along that is a little bit different and that is actually good!  I think this bread would make for tasty French toast or a sweet grilled sandwich of some kind. 

Country Harvest Cranberry Muesli Bread

The boyfriend bought this bread on one of our recent grocery shopping trips.  It was the first time he’d seen it in the store (and from the packaging, it appears to be a new product) so he decided to give it a try.  As prepackaged bread goes, it’s actually quite nice and flavourful.  Studded with little bits of dried cranberry and flax seeds, and with a hint of cinnamon, it has excellent texture and taste.  It’s great when a new product comes along that is a little bit different and that is actually good!  I think this bread would make for tasty French toast or a sweet grilled sandwich of some kind. 

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Yogurt Cake
I hate to admit this, but I came late to the Google Reader party.  So, so lame of me!  I can’t believe I used to follow all the wonderful food blogs that I follow by clicking on them one by one by one…so crazy.  But, the good news is that with Google Reader, I can endlessly scroll and scroll and scroll……
And all that scrolling almost always leads to the discovery of a few great recipes that I can’t wait to try, and this yogurt cake was one of them.  I came across it on the Mary Mary Culinary blog, which she had linked from Epicurious (click on the photo for a link to the recipe).
This loaf cake is delicious!  It is moist, and the flavour is fantastic - the lemon zest really stands out.  I made a few modifications: I used 0% greek yogurt in place of regular yogurt; I added a large handful of fresh cranberries; I used olive oil instead of vegetable oil; and I reduced the amount of sugar to 3/4 cup. 
I will be making this light and delicious loaf cake again very soon, and I hope to try a number of different additions - can you say fresh raspberries??  Yum!  Happy Baking!

Yogurt Cake

I hate to admit this, but I came late to the Google Reader party.  So, so lame of me!  I can’t believe I used to follow all the wonderful food blogs that I follow by clicking on them one by one by one…so crazy.  But, the good news is that with Google Reader, I can endlessly scroll and scroll and scroll……

And all that scrolling almost always leads to the discovery of a few great recipes that I can’t wait to try, and this yogurt cake was one of them.  I came across it on the Mary Mary Culinary blog, which she had linked from Epicurious (click on the photo for a link to the recipe).

This loaf cake is delicious!  It is moist, and the flavour is fantastic - the lemon zest really stands out.  I made a few modifications: I used 0% greek yogurt in place of regular yogurt; I added a large handful of fresh cranberries; I used olive oil instead of vegetable oil; and I reduced the amount of sugar to 3/4 cup. 

I will be making this light and delicious loaf cake again very soon, and I hope to try a number of different additions - can you say fresh raspberries??  Yum!  Happy Baking!

Filed under food dessert bread loaf yogurt cranberry lemon Mary Mary Culinary blog recipe

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Cranberry Apple Crumble Squares
I thought this would be a nice alternative to the classic crisp, and, as usual, Food and Drink can do no wrong!
These bars turned out delicious, and in my opinion, can be enjoyed either warm or at room temperature.  A few hints: I had to let mine refrigerate before I could slice it into squares.  As well, it was a tad sweet for me, so I’d ease off on the sugar a little bit next time.  But I’ll definitely be making these again!
Click on the photo for a link to the recipe.

Cranberry Apple Crumble Squares

I thought this would be a nice alternative to the classic crisp, and, as usual, Food and Drink can do no wrong!

These bars turned out delicious, and in my opinion, can be enjoyed either warm or at room temperature.  A few hints: I had to let mine refrigerate before I could slice it into squares.  As well, it was a tad sweet for me, so I’d ease off on the sugar a little bit next time.  But I’ll definitely be making these again!

Click on the photo for a link to the recipe.

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Happy Thanksgiving! (to my Canadian friends, that is! haha)
The boyfriend and I didn’t get to have a traditional thanksgiving meal this weekend, but we did make up for it by making this creation: thanksgiving in a grilled cheese!  I have to give the boyfriend all the credit: this was 100% his idea!
We took a ciabatta bun, layered it with a slice of swiss, deli meat turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and another slice of swiss, then pan-fried it like a grilled cheese sandwich.  It was delicious!  The boyfriend made his signature garlic and chive mashed potatoes for the side and we finished off the rest of the stuffing (I’ll admit, it was Stove Top). 
As well, I’ll be posting A LOT of pumpkin-related posts in the next few days as I’ve been doing a lot of pumpkin-based baking and cooking!

Happy Thanksgiving! (to my Canadian friends, that is! haha)

The boyfriend and I didn’t get to have a traditional thanksgiving meal this weekend, but we did make up for it by making this creation: thanksgiving in a grilled cheese!  I have to give the boyfriend all the credit: this was 100% his idea!

We took a ciabatta bun, layered it with a slice of swiss, deli meat turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and another slice of swiss, then pan-fried it like a grilled cheese sandwich.  It was delicious!  The boyfriend made his signature garlic and chive mashed potatoes for the side and we finished off the rest of the stuffing (I’ll admit, it was Stove Top). 

As well, I’ll be posting A LOT of pumpkin-related posts in the next few days as I’ve been doing a lot of pumpkin-based baking and cooking!

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Ok friends and fellow foodie tumblrers!  This is a moment for which I’ve been waiting a very LONG time!
I finally tried a French macaron!  I’ve seen so many of your postings about these amazingly beautiful little desserts, yet I’ve never had the opportunity to try them until this past weekend.  The boyfriend and I decided to check out our local farmer’s market on Saturday, and to my disbelief, there was a little stand selling these beautiful, airy and delicious treats!
There were so many flavours to choose from, but we settled on the Madagascar vanilla (the Robin’s egg blue one) and cranberry orange.  Oh my gosh.  The texture was incredible, and the filling so delicate and creamy. 
The company making these and other foodgasmic-looking desserts is called Pretty-Fours, and they seem to be hitting the farmer’s market circuit.  I will definitely be going back to try more!
I’m so happy I finally joined the club! haha

Ok friends and fellow foodie tumblrers!  This is a moment for which I’ve been waiting a very LONG time!

I finally tried a French macaron!  I’ve seen so many of your postings about these amazingly beautiful little desserts, yet I’ve never had the opportunity to try them until this past weekend.  The boyfriend and I decided to check out our local farmer’s market on Saturday, and to my disbelief, there was a little stand selling these beautiful, airy and delicious treats!

There were so many flavours to choose from, but we settled on the Madagascar vanilla (the Robin’s egg blue one) and cranberry orange.  Oh my gosh.  The texture was incredible, and the filling so delicate and creamy. 

The company making these and other foodgasmic-looking desserts is called Pretty-Fours, and they seem to be hitting the farmer’s market circuit.  I will definitely be going back to try more!

I’m so happy I finally joined the club! haha

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