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Spinach and Goat Cheese Tart with a Quinoa Crust *gluten-free 

I love this tart! It’s easy, simple and delicious.  And did I mention it’s vegetarian? I’ll be honest, I was skeptical of my 6 year old son liking this tart due to the ‘green spinach’ layer under all that goat cheese but he devoured it for dinner alongside a vegetable soup. Yay! It’s relatively easy if you follow my steps below and the pastry is … Continue reading Spinach and Goat Cheese Tart with a Quinoa Crust *gluten-free 

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Brown Butter Chocolate Krispie Squares 

Guys! I thought I’d share this quick recipe, it only takes 5 minutes!  I literally made these just before heading out the door for school pick up this afternoon and they made the best after school snacks.😋 I’ll be the first to admit I have a pet peeve – leftover cereal boxes piled up drive me crazy! My son loves buying cereal but after one … Continue reading Brown Butter Chocolate Krispie Squares 

Warm Eggplant Dip Recipe ~ Vegan and Dairy free 

​As the holiday season is fast approaching, I’ve been trying out various new recipes. One of my favourites on rotation right now is this Warm and Smoky Eggplant Dip.  It takes mere minutes to make and is truly satisfying. It’s always a hit at my dinner parties because it’s so tasty and satisfying and its the perfect appetizer to feed your hungry guests as soon … Continue reading Warm Eggplant Dip Recipe ~ Vegan and Dairy free 

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Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes (Makes 12) Ingredients: Wet Ingredients: 1 zucchini, shredded Pinch of fleur de sel (sea salt) 1 cup sugar 1 large egg 1/2 cup olive oil 1/3 cup plain 2% yogurt Dry Ingredients: 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour 1 cup cocoa 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder 1/2 tsp ground vanilla bean (or extract) 1 tsp baking powder Pinch of fleur de sel (sea … Continue reading Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

Roasted Rhubarb with Nuts + Oats

Roasted Rhubarb with Nuts + Oats Ingredients:: 7 stalks of rhubarb, cleaned and chopped 1/2 cup raw sugar 1/8 tsp fleur de del 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground vanilla bean 1/4 cup water Topping : 1 granny smith apple, sliced or chopped 1/2 cup oats 1/4 cup Hazelnuts 1/4 cup Pistachios 1/4 cup raw sugar 1/4 cup unsalted cold butter, chopped Recipe: Preheat … Continue reading Roasted Rhubarb with Nuts + Oats

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Blueberry and Lemon Muffins

  Lemon + Blueberry Muffins Recipe: Wet Ingredients: 1 large egg 3/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup olive oil 1/3 cup Greek yogurt Zest of 1 lemon or 1 clementine 1 tsp lemon extract Pinch of ground vanilla bean or 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract Dry Ingredients: 1 1/4 cup flour 1 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp fleur-de-sel (or kosher salt) Pinch of baking soda … Continue reading Blueberry and Lemon Muffins

Sweet Honeycrisp Apple Cake

Sweet Honeycrisp Apple Cake Recipe: Ingredients: 1 honeycrisp apple, shredded 1.5 cups sugar 1/2 cup olive oil 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla bean paste 3/4 cup full fat sour cream 1 2/3 cup all purpose flour 1 1/4 tsp baking powder 1 tsp fleur de sel 1 honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced with a mandolin Raw sugar for the top Method: Preheat oven to 350°F 1. … Continue reading Sweet Honeycrisp Apple Cake

Apple & Blue Cheese Fritters

Apple & Castello® Blue Cheese Fritters 1/3 cup 75 mL all-purpose flour 1 tsp 5 mL baking powder 1 large russet potato, peeled and shredded 1 granny smith apple, shredded 1 shallot, finely diced 1 green onion, thinly sliced 2 tbsp 15 mL fresh parsley, chopped 2 tbsp 15 mL fresh dill, chopped 2 egg whites, lightly whipped 1/3 cup 75 g Castello® Blue Cheese, … Continue reading Apple & Blue Cheese Fritters

Tips for Hosting a Successful Dinner Party

I recently held a backyard bbq dinner party to celebrate the changing of the seasons in partnership with Cascade Platinum #sparklingclean. I had the opportunity to put the product to the test and I must say, I’m impressed! Not only did it remove the hard, cooked on food residue, it left all of my dishes sparking clean! In order to host a successful dinner party, … Continue reading Tips for Hosting a Successful Dinner Party

Financiers (Almond Tea Cakes with Fig Jam)

Recently, I was asked to create a recipe on behalf of Bonne Maman using their Fig Jam.  Many of you may know them by their familiar jam jars with the checkered lids.  The first thing that popped into my mind was Financiers. These delicious golden gems pair filled with this delectable jam served with tea. For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed eating Bonne … Continue reading Financiers (Almond Tea Cakes with Fig Jam)

Blueberry Ricotta Waffles

Ricotta Waffles 2/3 cup All purpose flour 1/4 cup raw sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda Pinch of cinnamon powder 1/4 tsp kosher salt 1 egg 1/2 tsp vanilla 2/3 cup milk 2 tsp melted butter 3/4 cup TreStelle ricotta, crumbled Blueberries Makes approx 4-6 waffles Recipe: 1. In a small bowl whisk to combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, … Continue reading Blueberry Ricotta Waffles

Sweet Ricotta Fritters with Brie Cheese and Cara Cara Oranges

Fritters! Who doesn’t love a fresh and piping hot donut, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar on a cold day! Yum! If you have tried a version of fritters made with ricotta, then you’re in for a real decadent. I decided to up the ante and play with the flavours by adding Cara Cara oranges which are currently in season and some velvety Castello Brie cheese. It’s … Continue reading Sweet Ricotta Fritters with Brie Cheese and Cara Cara Oranges

Almond Butter

Have you always wanted to make your own Almond Butter? Well now you can with a few simple steps + ingredients. It’s so delicious your first batch won’t last long! Enjoy! 🙂 Almond Butter Recipe: 1 cup of raw almonds (preferably organic) 1/2 tsp fleur de sel or Cyprian sea salt 1 tblsp almond oil (or coconut oil) 1 tblsp honey 1/4 tsp ground vanilla … Continue reading Almond Butter

Gougères with Gruyère Cheese

Gougères Recipe Choux: 125 ml milk 125 ml water 100g room temp butter, diced 5g salt 15g sugar 150g flour 4 eggs 2 tsp fresh thyme or very finely minced fresh rosemary 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper 1/2 tsp red chili powder (you may omit) Good sea salt (to sprinkle on top) 1 cup grated Gruyère cheese (or any other hard cheese you like … Continue reading Gougères with Gruyère Cheese

Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Bûche de Noël

Are you looking for the perfect holiday dessert?  Look no more!  I created this exquisite Chocolate Bûche de Noël just in time for the Holiday season! A very simple and elegant cake to put together and you can make some of the components ahead of time.  From start to finish, if you have all the ingredients on hand; it shouldn’t take more than a few … Continue reading Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Bûche de Noël

Apple Pie

For some, Autumn is a sad reminder that summer is over, but for me it is the pleasant and sweet smell of caramelized apples oozing out of the pie crust. Just as the leaves are starting to turn colour and start to fall to the ground; the orchards are filled with ripe apples to be picked and the air becomes cool and crisp. Autumn also … Continue reading Apple Pie

Roasted Mushroom and Chèvre Tart

Roasted Mushroom and Chèvre Tart Recipe: 1 sheet of Puff pastry (you can use store bought, thawed) 1 1/2 cups white mushrooms, rinsed and bottoms trimmed, (thinly sliced) 1 cup cremini mushrooms, rinsed and bottoms trimmed, (thinly sliced) 2 garlic cloves, crushed 350g goats cheese (Chèvre) 2 tblsp Olive oil Fresh cracked pepper Maldon sea salt or fleur de sel Sprigs of fresh thyme Flat … Continue reading Roasted Mushroom and Chèvre Tart

Caramelized Coconut + Walnut Pandan French Toast

Caramelized Coconut Walnut Pandan French Toast Recipe 1 extra large egg + 3 tblsp eggwhites 3/4 cup coconut milk 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp vanilla extract 4-6 slices coconut pandan bread 2 tblsp melted butter Maple syrup Whisk the egg + eggwhites, add the sugar, coconut milk,  ground cinnamon,  and vanilla. Set aside. In a frying pan, melt 1 tsp butter … Continue reading Caramelized Coconut + Walnut Pandan French Toast

Puff Pastry Tarts

I’m holding onto summer, the best way I know how.  To eat an abundance of in-season fruits and veggies and turning them into some of the easiest desserts ever, simple and delicious. You don’t need a lot here, grab your favourite fresh fruits and some puff pastry and you’re ready to go! This is a basic recipe for in season Ontario nectarines, sweet black mission … Continue reading Puff Pastry Tarts