Pie Crust 101

October 9, 2014

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One of the nicest aspects of getting out of town is that it afforded me a few weeks of the warm, summer weather that we never really had this year. As a result, I found myself finally ready for fall upon my return. And fall it is! Gorgeous foliage, pumpkins in every store window, and [...]

Buckwheat plum cake & early fall

October 7, 2014

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For the past three weeks, I’d been out of town, and now fall has fully settled in.  I was back at Castello di Potentino, birth site of Not Yer Granny’s Granola, Pappa al Pomodoro, and my undisputed favourite home-away-from-home. There will be plenty (and I mean plenty) of tales, recipes, and photos from the trip [...]

Preserving and Canning Resources

August 20, 2014

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A couple years ago, if you had told me that I would be spending most of my summer evenings preserving the foods in the above photo, I would have laughed you out the door. Pretty much the only thing I knew about home-canning was that you could give yourself food poisoning, and as someone who [...]

Quick balsamic strawberries

July 16, 2014

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We had a bit of a hot streak in Toronto this past weekend, and both of my bike tires burst. Both of them. Like a grown-ass woman, I decided that I’d replace the decimated inner tubes myself, which I’ve done before a couple times. I bought myself some new inner tubes, dragged my bike into [...]

Strawberry basil salad

July 15, 2014

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Despite all evidence to the contrary, I decided that it would be a good idea to try my hand at patio gardening this summer. My tender ministrations have killed a whole host of plants over the years–everything from ivy to rosemary to cacti. I even managed to kill a snake plant, and lord knows those [...]