We All Scream for Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry's vs Häagen Dazs Not only is today the Chinese New Year; the year of the goat (my sign!), but it's also National Chocolate Mint Day, and what better way to ring in the new year than with my favorite ice cream flavor: Mint Chocolate Chunk. There isn't many flavors I don't like … Continue reading We All Scream for Ice Cream

National Cherry Pie Day

Cherry Pie If my memory serves me correctly, the year was 1988 and a twelve year old girl requested her favorite dessert for her birthday. That beloved dessert was cherry pie. And that young girl was my big sister. Not only did she wish for that pie over a traditional birthday cake, she wished that … Continue reading National Cherry Pie Day

Time to Make the Donuts

Boston Cream Donuts & Apple Fritters At the age of eighteen, I took a year off of studying to work. That post-high school moratorium of "I don't know what to do with my life!" So I decided to work in a bakery for Canada's number one coffee and doughnut chain. For one full year I … Continue reading Time to Make the Donuts

Killing Me Softly

Brownies with Toasted Coconut Caramel Frosting Let's talk about brownies for a moment. This part cake, part cookie, part fudge and fully and completely sinful dessert originated in the U.S. by the end of the 19th century. Though it's claimed that brownies were the result of a carefully crafted and intentional dessert, I don't buy … Continue reading Killing Me Softly

National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day

Lemon Chiffon Cake Just so we're clear, lemon chiffon cake has no significance for me in terms of comfort food. But because it is cake, I'll find any excuse to whip one up. And seeing as how it is National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day, then what better reason for making a cake and to really … Continue reading National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day

Happy National Waffle Day

Belgian Waffles à la Strawberry Shortcake This past weekend I celebrated my birthday and received a Belgian Waffle Iron from my wife and son. I couldn't think of a better way to commemorate national waffle day than with Belgian waffles in the manner of  strawberry shortcake. Perhaps acknowledging spring so early is a little too optimistic, … Continue reading Happy National Waffle Day

Puff The Magic Danish

Puff Pastry Of all the breads and pastries, it is puff pastry I find most intimidating. It's really not as difficult as some people say it is or tend to think, but it does require practice, patience, and strong arms. A cool kitchen to work in also helps. There are two main types of puff … Continue reading Puff The Magic Danish

Fat Tuesday!

Fluffy Pancakes Since it is Pancake Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, I thought I'd offer up my brief and simple recipe for super fluffy pancakes. Whether you're religious or not, eating these hot cakes will certainly make you want to fast for the next six weeks. After all, indulging and purging is the whole … Continue reading Fat Tuesday!

Santa’s Little Helper

World's Largest Crunchie Bar (Photo Gallery) Today I thought it'd be nice to try out a recipe I've seen pop up these last few weeks for sponge toffee or honeycomb. As I kid, I loved the Cadbury Crunchie Bar. So my son, Benjamin, and I went straight to work on building a treat that would … Continue reading Santa’s Little Helper

Nuttin’ For Christmas

Melomakaronas The melomakarona is a delicious Greek Christmas cookie comprised of an olive oil biscuit soaked in a honey syrup and sprinkled with chopped walnuts. I must admit, though I love Greek food, I had never heard of these cookies before a colleague of mine requested them. I am always up for a challenge and … Continue reading Nuttin’ For Christmas