Ricotta, Kale, and Spinach Stuffed Shells

Plated Ricotta, Kale, and Spinach Stuffed ShellsI saw a picture of these online and instantly knew I had to make them, possibly because the image was tagged as Food Porn and they looked worthy of the title. I used my family as guinea pigs, and my mom was happy that it was a way to get us to eat kale, which is great for you but not everyone’s favourite. They were fun to make, though a little messy to fill with spoons (I would suggest a Ziplock piping bag rig). My photos aren’t as good as the post I saw, but they tasted great! Continue reading

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Perfect Chocolate Pecan Pie

Close up of a pecan in the pieI must preface with acknowledging that I did not make this (yet). My mom made this delicious pie for dessert and I knew that I couldn’t wait until I made it myself to share it, because it’s that good. I am not a pie person, but pecan pie is one of the types I do eat. So take that pie and add chocolate, my favourite ingredient, and I am there with a fork! Continue reading

Alpine-Inspired Baked Mac and Cheese

Alpine-Inspired Mac and CheeseI made this for my family last night for Family Day, a Canadian statutory holiday created solely for the purpose of having a long weekend in February.  We normally make another kind of baked macaroni, but I wanted to try a different recipe and this one went over well. I served with roasted broccoli with garlic which complimented the cheese well. Here’s to appreciating your family! Continue reading

Veggie Cooking Cheat Sheets

For some reason, I can never remember what temperature to cook something at and for how long, so I always called my Nana for the answer, she was my kitchen Google – a resource I miss dearly (for emotional and practical reasons). I stumbled upon the second image, and, while searching for a better quality one to post here, I found the first image. While the second cheat sheet is prettier, the first has the all-important baking/roasting option Continue reading

Hone your chops: A chef’s guide to knifes

I saw this online and thought I should share it. I’m on a constant quest for knowledge and love to learn, so, since I’ve been baking and cooking since I was in diapers, food-related information is a large part of this thirst. This trait is definitely familial, as my mom and I are looking into taking a knife skills class together, so this post is quite appropriate. Hope you find at least one thing to take away from it! Continue reading

Knitter Not-So-Anonymous

After writing this blog for a couple months, I have come to the realization that my posts are definitely mainly going to consist of recipes over ‘everything else grandmother’s teach you’, which I don’t think people will mind. That being said, I’ve got to talk about my rediscovered love of knitting, because it’s awesome, not just to add one to the ‘everything else’ category. Continue reading

Why

My Nana and I at my high school graduationI lost my grandmother a couple years ago to cancer, and my life hasn’t really been the same since. She was one of my best friends, someone full of eternal wisdom for every one of my questions and problems (ranging from ‘how to bake salmon’ to ‘how to get this stain out of that fabric’ to advice when I would fight with my mom). She instilled a love of baking in me at a very young age, along with an infatuation for jewellery, a weakness for anything antique, and an inclination towards things that are, as she would say, “funky”. Continue reading