Spicy New Orleans Shrimp

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I am not a winter person, yet here I find myself in Calgary where it's winter 10 months out of the year. Granted the 2 months out of the year that we do have a summer, has got to be the best weather in the whole wide world. While it's true that I don't enjoy sweating in extreme hot weather as the hot and humid weather we used to have when we lived in Southern Ontario, the summers here are perfect. As I long for one of those perfect summer weekends to have a family barbecue where you could grill … [Read more...]

Orange Monkey Bread


I'm just wondering how much monkey bread one could eat before one goes into sugar overload? Not that I'd want you to, just wondering. I know I can eat quite a bit. Especially because this orange monkey bread it's so damn good. It's sticky just like I like it, sweet and orangey, it's perfect for all kids out there. And adults. This is not a dessert for kids only, it's for all sugar lovers out there, no matter the age. But you don't have to take my word for it, you have to try making this monkey … [Read more...]

Impossible Coconut Pie


Let's talk impossible pies and magic cakes. So many of you have commented¬†or have written to me on magic cake, so I thank you for that. Some of you have said that this magic cake is similar to an old recipe called impossible pie. So you guys intrigued me and I simply had to look into it. I love my pies and cakes so really this was no chore, I'm always up for making more cakes or pies. I would never turn down such an opportunity. So being the analyst that I am, I put my thinking cap on and … [Read more...]

Day 10: English Thumbprint Cookies

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Welcome to day 10 of 12 days of Christmas! Yes, I'm still making cookies. Only a few days left until Christmas so I am taking advantage of this. I love these cookies. They are so gorgeous and so delicious. I make them for every holiday and then some. They are so much fun to make, well if you enjoy baking, and let me not mention how much I love to taste them. These cookies are a staple at my house for the holidays and everybody just loves them. I just realized that a lot of the stuff I've … [Read more...]

Day 9: Poppy Seed Rugelach


Welcome to Day 9 of 12 Days of Christmas! Are you tired of cookies yet? Only a few more days left, but I hope I've inspired a few of you to try some of these recipes. I for one love cookies. I could probably live on cookies. I can't stop shoving cookies in my mouth. I keep saying this cookie is my favorite or this one, but the truth is, I love all cookies. I'm an equal opportunity cookie lover, if that even makes sense. I should just open a bakery and sell my cookies, at least then I … [Read more...]

Classic Shortbread Cookies


Let the baking begin! I love the month of December. I get to bake lots of cookies and share it with all my friends. Baking around the holidays is so nostalgic for me. I love to bake in my kitchen as I listen to Christmas music, sometimes the same song over and over, because I have a handful of Christmas songs that I absolutely love. But the trick to baking lots of cookies is coming up with new recipes all the time. I know there are thousands of cookie recipes out there, but I want to bake the … [Read more...]

Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms Tart with Blue Cheese

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I have a secret to share with you. I love caramelized onions, as in caramelized onion flatbread, as in this tart here. But I also love mushrooms. And blue cheese. This tart here is a win win. Are you guys scared of making tarts? They're so easy because the easiest way to make them is using puff pastry, then you can top them with anything you want, fruits, custard tarts, and savory tarts like this one. You'll find many such tarts here on Jo Cooks. So this tart here. Yum! Caramelized … [Read more...]

Chocolate Sugar Cookies


I bought this adorable cookie cutter last time I went to Canmore, there were so many cute little kitchen shops, I was in heaven. It was hard to keep me from buying everything. I had to focus and only buy the things that stood out to me, something out of the ordinary. And this little cookie cutter stood out to me so I had to buy it. I wanted to make the perfect cookies with it. I thought perhaps a shortbread cookie would be great, but then I remembered these chocolate cookies and I realized … [Read more...]

Sticky Buns

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When I was 14 years old I used to work in a bakery, probably told you this before, this was my first job ever. But one of my favorite things to eat there, because we could pretty much eat whatever we wanted, were these ooey gooey sticky buns. It was one of the most popular items there and whenever they were available they would sell pretty fast. Boy, were they ever good, your fingers would get all sticky and messy but it was so worth it. This is why I love sticky buns. I don't make them … [Read more...]

Spanakopita Bites

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Spanakopita is one of our favorite here and I love to make different variations of it. This is one of those spinach and cheese pies that we never have enough of. When my husband saw I was making this he was super excited. This version is an easier version of spanakopita and it requires very few simple ingredients. It's also easier to make the spanakopita this way versus making individual spanakopita and folding each one in a triangle, as seen here. So I'm all about easy recipes. This version … [Read more...]

Mystery Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

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I'm super excited to share this recipe with you. This recipe for mystery cake dates back to the 1930s and this cake used to be very popular. You may wonder why it's called mystery cake and the answer is simple. The special ingredient used in this cake may surprise you. It's Campbell's Tomato Soup! No lie! Not too worry though, there is no tomato taste in this cake at all. The reason tomato soup was used is because during the 1030s ingredients such as butter and eggs were precious and hard … [Read more...]

World’s Greatest Soft Pretzels

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My husband and I love our pretzels and we make them quite often. But for some reason we're not quite pleased with them, we're looking for that special soft pretzel that you get at the mall, or at the ball game. You know the one I'm talking about, eh? Those huge pretzels that you just can't stop eating, they're salty, they're buttery, they're just amazing. Well I think we finally hit the jackpot. After the hundreds of experiments and hundreds of pretzels eaten, we've finally done it. We made … [Read more...]