Recipes: Chocolate Diablo Cookies

Um, yum. These are so much more interesting and flavorful than your regular chocolate cookies. These combine chocolatey, spicy, sweet and salty flavours. They’re not for everyone, but if you are intrigued by the sound of cayenne, ginger and sea salt served up with a fudgey chocolate treat, these may be up your alley. We like them in our household as a special treat from time to time. They’re inspired by the ones served at Tacofino, a great local place famous for their Baja-style tacos. Check out the recipe below!


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Recipes: Zucchini Loaf

I tested out this zucchini loaf recipe today from the Butter Baked Goods cookbook, which I love. My mom brought me a bunch of zucchini from her garden last week and I wanted to put it to good use. The loaf turned out nicely and I’ll be sure to make it again the next time I have zucchini laying around. Serve with a cup of tea and enjoy!

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Recipes: Beet Salad with Maple-Glazed Walnuts, Goat Cheese & Arugula

I made beet salad this week after picking up some fresh beets from our neighborhood farmers’ market. I had been craving one for awhile and this easy recipe satisfied that craving. This dish is a nice side salad that pairs well with a protein (I served it with chicken marinated in tamari, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper). It’s a simple list of ingredients, but the final product packs a good amount of flavor and texture. See my recipe below…

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Recipes: Smoked Salmon Frittata

I love hosting brunch but I hate the thought of slaving away in the kitchen once my guests arrive.  Frittatas, then, are the perfect menu item when hosting brunch because they can feed a group of people, and you can do all your prep work in advance. Plus, leftovers (if there are any) heat up great the next day.  Here’s a go-to frittata recipe that I have used time and time again when cooking for friends and family. It can easily feed about 6 to 8 people, and it’s a pretty simple dish to pull off, even if you’re not fully awake yet.

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Recipes: Chocolate Rosemary Sea Salt Cookies

I love sweet and salty treats and these cookies are good. I was inspired to test them out after recently trying one at Beaucoup Bakery, one of my favorite local bakeries. It turns out it’s not that hard to make them at home.  Try them out and see for yourself (or, if you’re not in the mood to bake your own, now you know where you can buy them)!


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Recipes: Roasted Cauliflower, Leek, and Carrot Soup

On a cold and rainy day like today, soup was on the menu.  Homemade soup tastes so much better, but I always feel like making soup is a daunting process.  In reality, it’s pretty easy and well worth it.  Tonight I made a roasted cauliflower, leek, and carrot soup – I found the recipe on Instagram (it’s courtesy of the Flourishing Foodie blog) and decided to try it out. It was yummy and easy to make, and I’ll make it again.  The roasted cauliflower is the best part, so make sure you have plenty of it. Recipe is below…


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Recipes: Classic Hummus

Did you know the proper way to say hummus is “who-mus”? Who knew? In 2013, D and I went to the Middle East and learned that not only does hummus taste a thousand times better over there, but that we had been saying it wrong the whole time.  Anyway, this post is actually about making hummus at home, and not about how to say it.  It’s quick and easy to make and it’s way tastier than the store bought stuff… not to mention free of preservatives.  And it’s healthy.  What’s not to like?  While it might not be quite as good as what we experienced on vacation, it’s still a pretty good go-to recipe.  Recipe below…


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Recipes: Soba Noodle Veggie Bowl with Thai Peanut Sauce

After all the shortbread and the other holiday treats, it’s time to lay off the baking and return to healthier meals. I really like this quick and yummy soba noodle bowl. It’s vegan and gluten free… But if you want, you can add chicken, salmon, or prawns. It’s great for dinner and leftovers are good cold the next day. As my husband likes to say, it’s “so-bad it’s good”. The recipe is based on a recipe from the Oh She Glows recipe book.

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