Mar 032019
Dr. Blossom cocktail side view

A subtly spiced pomegranate liqueur that is delicious added to some soda water or in a bright cocktail – like this Dr. Blossom recipe! Alright, the last of the promised winter syrups and liqueurs (for now): pomegranate spice liqueur. For those just joining us, you can read the rest of this saga in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Part 1 has most of science notes about making liqueurs. There’s not a lot to say about this recipe, besides that it was born out of an “I have pomegranate arils in the fridge that need to be used up”…Continue Reading

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Feb 262019

Radicchio and Caramelized Onion Flatbread

Baked and cut radicchio flatebread

A chewy focaccia-like flatbread with creamy cheeses, sweet onions, and seasoned radicchio. I have a love hate relationship with radicchio. I really enjoy eating it when I am out, but every time I try to cook with it, my dish becomes intolerably bitter. Recently I came across a recipe on SugarLoveSpices for a radicchio pizza and a recipe for a caramelized onion focaccia on The Candid Appetite and thought that the combination would be great. And for once, it was. The sweetness of the caramelized onions balances out the bitter of the radicchio with creamy cheeses to cut it further.…Continue Reading

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Feb 222019

Romanesco and White Bean Pasta

Plated romanesco and white bean pasta

Delicately flavored romanesco mixed with white beans and green onions with just a hint of spice tops this pasta for a quick meal. Romanesco is one of those vegetables I really enjoy when it’s in season, since it is very hard to find out of season. Fortunately, the new CSA has been providing. I think I might be running out of innovative options for cooking with romanesco. Unlike cauliflower or broccoli, it has such a delicate flavor that I really don’t want to drown in sauce or over-cook. Also, it just looks pretty with that Fibonacci spiral – you’re eating…Continue Reading

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Feb 142019

Chocolate Dipped Orange Macaroons

Sweet, citrusy coconut macaroons dipped in dark chocolate for an everyday-is-a-special-day treat. Since everyone else is posting chocolate coated everything for Valentine’s day, so I suppose I should get on the bandwagon. But because it’s me, it definitely isn’t going to be heart shaped! I did actually make these for H (and sent them just in time for Valentine’s day), who is off in the middle of nowhere for a couple months. Since he’s lacking my cooking (and worse, I’ve been lacking someone who will eat all my random creations), I’ve been sending a few packages of treats. He really…Continue Reading

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Feb 122019

Cauliflower and Parsnip Soup

An earthy, wintery soup with cauliflower and parsnip that is rich and creamy, highlighting the subtle sweetness of parsnip as an under-appreciated vegetable. What would winter be without creamy vegetable soups? Especially when they don’t even include cream. Inspired by the ingredients I had in the fridge at the time, this parsnip and cauliflower is wonderfully warm when it gets so frosty out that the dog is refusing to go outside. Dyson really will do anything to avoid the outdoors when it is cold or rainy. We haven’t tried introducing him to snow yet, but that may have to be…Continue Reading

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Feb 062019

Kale and Goat Cheese Quiche

Lots of earthy kale and onion flavors balance with spots of bright, creamy goat cheese in this quiche. I got really into experimenting with the pictures on this one – as did the kitten. Brun kept stealing the kale. She would run off and then I couldn’t find it. I strongly suspect Dyson (our own little puppy hoover) at it. He loves kale, even raw. Go figure. Brun has also been a menace since I stopped photographing in the kitchen (where she is banned from any elevated surfaces). She keeps sitting between the light and food! This iteration was made…Continue Reading

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Feb 022019

Winter Syrups and Liqueurs: Part 3 – Mandarin Thyme Syrup

A bright and herbaceous syrup with a hint of cardamom and a vivid non-alcoholic cocktail aptly dubbed the Painted Lady to refresh yourself in a well balanced way. For those just joining us in this series, you can find the continued saga of my December syrup and liqueur making in Part 1 and Part 2. Welcome to Part 3: Mandarin Thyme Syrup. Another non-alcoholic entry that works brilliantly mixed with some soda water (perhaps add a squeeze of fresh lime or a thyme sprig garnish?) or in a cocktail. To include the non-alcohol imbibers, I’ve got a “mocktail” recipe to…Continue Reading

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Jan 302019

Winter Syrups and Liqueurs: Part 2 – Coffee Spice Syrup

A rich coffee flavored syrup with hints of cinnamon, pepper, and other spices. Plus a Citrine Coffee cocktail highlighting the amazing coexistence of coffee and citrus. I was having difficultly writing a good article for this syrup and then I got distracted by improving my photography. I took the plunge and asked for some advice from other food bloggers and I have gone a little overboard implementing the suggestions. Better backgrounds, more interesting props and dishes and most of all, better light. I even created a DIY light box that is working very well. I now have a huge backlog…Continue Reading

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Jan 282019

Mandarin Ginger Mochi

Sweet cakes with a perfectly crusty exterior, chewy center, hint of spicy ginger, and zing of fresh citrus. These butter mochi derivations are worth the wait for them to cool. Conveniently dairy and gluten free. I have an extreme fondness for chewy/gummy sweets. And since the other day I ran out and didn’t want to go to the store – it was a good time to get creative. I’ve made chocolate mochi bites in the past, but I wanted something different. I started with this butter mochi recipe from Miss Hangry Pants, but since I had some coconut milk open,…Continue Reading

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Jan 222019

Watermelon Radish and Pomelo Salad

Watermelon radish salad side view

Baby lettuces with colourful watermelon radishes and pomelo are dressed with a sweet maple balsamic vinaigrette and almonds for a light salad that works beautifully in winter to counter all those rich dishes that cold weather invites. I started getting a new CSA box recently which I have been quite pleased with. There have been some interesting finds that have shown up, like these small lettuce heads which came as part of the “stir fry mix”. They were just the sort of thing that would look amazing on a plate as part of simple salad. Within the same week we…Continue Reading

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