Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli
We’ve made the jump into the world of fresh, homemade pasta. I was a skeptic at first, but there’s nothing quite like homemade pasta with fresh marinara sauce. Divine. And! Surprisingly easy! Last night, our dear friends Keanan and Mari came over to our place for a ravioli making party. Taylor and I had made some fresh spaghetti on our own, but this was our first attempt with a...
Dutch Baby (My inglorious return to food blogging)
I know, I know. How lame am I? It’s been literally months since I last posted something on this blog. Perhaps you thought my internet had crashed. Perhaps you thought I had stopped cooking all together and ate fast food for every meal. Perhaps you thought I had been on a months long hunger strike. The answer to all of these potential scenarios is a resounding no. I’ve just been lazy. I...
Summer has been flying by here in Manitoba. We couldn’t have asked for a more glorious summer, in terms of weather. Of the three summers that I have spent in Manitoba, this is far and away the best. Sunny, hot, cloudless days for weeks. Best of all? No mosquitos. None. I haven’t put on bug spray once this summer. Even walking at dusk, there is nothing to swat at. If you have never...
Great Greens: A CSA tribute
Sometimes you need a good kick. Sometimes you need someone to motivate you. Sometimes you need your husband to walk away from the computer desk and say to you, “Well, I’m going to go play video games. You should blog about the CSA.” And, so, here I am. Last Wednesday marked the beginning of our 12 weeks of fresh, pesticide free produce. We stood back in awe as she filled our...
Seasonal Offerings: Rhubarb Crisp
Photo courtesy of Taylor Summach I would like to begin this post with an ode to my friend, Lindsay. Lindsay works at the college with me. She, along with her husband, used to live in the apartment where I currently reside. She moved out this spring as this little apartment was a bit too cozy with the arrival of their daughter. After she had moved out, she asked me, “Emily, would you like...
Seasonal Offerings: Strawberry Pie
Is there anything quite as lovely as a bite of real, fresh, in-season foods? This is the time of year when the grocery store becomes packed with the juiciest, best strawberries of the year. I wish I could say that I picked these myself, in a sundress as I sprouted freckles on my nose. Alas, a spring fruit like the strawberries won’t be ripe here in Manitoba until…August. I picked...
Mom's No-Bake Cookies
Mmm…the taste of nostalgia. This past Saturday, Taylor was working a shift at the greenhouse and I was trapped at home without a car. It was cloudy, stuffy day outside, so I didn’t want to crank up the oven, but I had the urge to do some baking. I phoned up my lovely mother and asked for the receipe for her no-bake chocolate cookies. As a kid I remember licking the chocolate goo from...
Mmmm. After a hectic month and half of moving, travelling and setting up a home, I have finally settled back into this blog. Taylor and I are renting the most lovely little two bedroom apartment near the college campus where we both work. We’ve been here two weeks now, and I can say that this move has been good for my soul. Green spaces. Fresh air. Natural light. Taylor took the photos...
The Friends Club Caramel Corn
Just about four and half years ago, I started dating a wonderful guy. Aside from all the usual lovely things that come with a new relationship (hand-holding, long walks, adrenaline), I also met some very dear friends. Taylor had a core group of people that he hung out with in Saskatoon that I was introduced to. I now affectionately refer to those people as “The Friends Club” Just...
Quinoa. The wave of the future.
Summer 2010 was the summer of weddings. So many of our nearest and dearest decided to tie the knot. One weekend in particular stands out in my memory. Wedding-palooza weekend - Cass and Jared on Saturday, Ruthie and Matt on Sunday. Cass and Jared served the best food I’ve ever had a wedding. It was also at their wedding that I had a my first taste of quinoa. It was a delicious, cold...
Exciting, new things.
By now, you have all discovered my Achilles heel of blogging. Consisting posting. My bad. I promise to do better. Scout’s honor. (I was only in girl scouts for a year…not my cup of tea. I remember cookies and cliques. Grade 6 is a hard age. Don’t deny it.) Before I get to a lovely recipe, I have two important announcements. One. I dear friend of mine from college, Joey,...
I’ll say it here first. I love a good bandwagon. And it seems that the whoopie pie is the lastest foodie bandwagon. Type “whoopie pie” into google and you’ll get pages and pages of recipes. Red velvet whoopie pie. Peanut butter. Cream cheese frosting. Shortening frosting. Dunked. Sprinkled. Dipped. The possibilities are deliciously endless. I went for the classic....
The "Carrot Cake that ruined us for a whole week"
Yum. I’ve always loved a good slice of carrot cake. I recall asking for carrot cake for my 6th birthday. The slightly spicy flavor, the moist texture, and the creamy icing all come together to make one perfect baked good, in my eyes. A couple of weeks ago, I made the carrot cake that is featured in my Flour cookbook. One thing that I have learned about this cookbook is that its philosopy...
The BEST vegan chocolate cake
I’ll be the first to admit it. I lucked out in the in-law department. I love my in-laws. (Hi Monty and Moira!) I love them for many reasons, the main one being that the raised an amazing son. Also, they give really sweet Christmas presents. Like this! I found this little beauty under the Christmas tree. I have been pouring over the pages since Christmas trying to decide which recipe to...
Samosas and some 2011 thoughts
Aaaand I’m back to blogging. I have been savouring every last moment of my Christmas and New Years Holidays. You know how even stuff that you really love doing becomes work when you have to do it? That’s why I took a hiatus from this blog. I promised myself that I was going to do nothing but relax during the break. Why? Because somedays my job sucks the life out of me. Do you know...
My Fav-or-ite Foodie Magazine
I know this isn’t a recipe per say, but this is the source for some of favorite recipe finds. I love Food Network Magazine! It’s so well designed and I’m a sucker for a glossy magazine with well photographed food on the front. It was a birthday gift from husband this past summer. I’ll confess, that I check our post office box daily around the end of each month; waiting,...
Chicken Noodle Soup
Just when you thought, “Good Grief. All this woman does is make and eat dessert. She must be 300 pounds. If I make all the food that she posts, I will be 300 pounds! I have stop reading!” Fear not. I present to you the very fresh, very yummy Chicken Noodle Soup. After a long and stressful day at my job last week, I wanted to have a big bowl of comfort. Most comforting food in the...
Pumpkin Cheesecake...and another snowstorm.
This past Thursday was American Thanksgiving. My husband and I had big plans to go visit the American side of the family, (that is, my side). But, alas, it was not meant to be. On Wednesday night another blizzard rolled in preventing us from making the trip down on Thursday. To console myself of missing out on family and turkey, I decided to try my hand at a new dessert. Hello Lover. Pumpkin...
Cranberry White Chocolate Biscotti...and a...
I have an obsession. Food Blogs. I could read food blogs for days. And so, like anyone with an obsession, I did what was only natural. No, I didn’t kidnap my favorite food blogger and then force them to cook for me so no one else could eat their food - I started my own blog! And if you have stumbled upon this page, congratulations. You have found my blog. Winter has hit hard and fast in...