Classic Shortbread Cookies

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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...]

Crusty Bread

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I am so excited about sharing this bread recipe with you, I have not been this excited in a very long time about a recipe. You know how much I love baking, but I love simplicity as well. This bread could not get any easier, it's even easier than the artisan bread. Let me give you an introduction first. I came across this recipe on pinterest, and it took me to Simply So Good blog to this amazing bread recipe. The ingredients are the same as for the artisan bread but the way it's made, totally … [Read more...]

Deep Fried Cauliflower Pieces

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I know these aren't healthy for you but look at it this way, they're half healthy because it's cauliflower. And every once in a while you can indulge. I must tell you though, this is probably going to be the most tasty cauliflower you'll ever have. So yes, you shouldn't have this all the time, but something like this is perfect for a party like a Superbowl party, or just a get together with friends. These deep fried cauliflower pieces are nice and crispy and so yummy and the secret is that … [Read more...]

Zucchini and Corn Fritters

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It's the weekend! YAY! Weekends make me so happy. Not that I don't love my job, but weekends are personal. Weekends are for family, friends and good food. Thankfully the weather is still cooperating here in Calgary and we are still having beautiful weather full of sunshine and warmth. For today's recipe I'm featuring these zucchini and corn fritters which I really love. I love zucchini fritters of any kind, but I'm always looking for different ways to make them and to change them up a bit … [Read more...]

Parmesan Chicken Strips with Ranch Dressing

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This recipe makes me very excited. It is one of my favorites. I love any type of chicken strips, but these Parmesan chicken strips are the bomb! I'm serious. I have a hard time stopping myself from eating them all. They are to die for. They are extra crispy, and the ranch dressing, oh you cannot skip it. Like Guy Fieri says, they are ridonculous! You know why these strips are extra crispy? Because you dip them in eggs, then flour, eggs again then the Parmesan breadcrumb mixture, so double … [Read more...]

Thai Chicken Bites

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A few months ago I discovered Frank's hot sauce. Yep, I know they've been around for awhile now but I am not one that likes spicy food so that Tabasco sauce was hardly ever used. But I've been seeing the commercials on TV and thought they were cute so I bought it. To my pleasant surprise I really liked it, it taste so much better than Tabasco. I also noticed that they have many different kinds of hot sauces so we got a few different types of bottles. One of these bottles I got was this sweet red … [Read more...]

Texas Roadhouse Rolls

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You all know how much I enjoy baking. Even in the summer, I will sacrifice and suffer through some heat, if I can enjoy warm buns fresh out of the oven. There's nothing like it. I love the smell of bread baking in the oven, it's truly a therapeutic experience for me. Of course that experience is much more appreciated when I actually bake something that turns out great, when your rolls are so delicious and so good, you have to eat them hot right out of the oven. I'm not perfect either, I've … [Read more...]

Fried Dough Filled with Feta Cheese a.k.a. “Langosi cu Branza”

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You may see this as just fried dough filled with feta cheese, but for me it's so much more than that. This fried dough makes me very nostalgic. When I was a little girl, growing up in Romania, I went to a gradeschool that was a 5 minute walk from our home. My sister and I would walk to school every day. On the left side of the school there was an old movie theatre and across the street a market where they would sell this fried dough and you could smell it for miles. Even now just thinking about … [Read more...]

Congo Bars

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These Congo bars have it all. They are cookies and brownies, they are to die for. I love it when I find little gems like this in my old cookbooks. I have had this Cookies book for at least 10 years and I usually take it out around the holidays and make some cookies from it. It never let me down. The cookies always turn out wonderful and delicious. Same with these Congo bars. I had never made this recipe before but what intrigued me were the flavor combinations. If you're a fan of orange … [Read more...]

Grape Clafoutis

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About a year ago I discovered this wonderful French dessert, the clafoutis or sometimes spelled as clafouti. It is now one of my favorite desserts to bake in the summer. I have made this with cherries and apricots before. This is the first time I made it with green grapes and I believe this is my favorite version of it. It is such a beautiful and delicious dessert, just thinking about it now, makes me wish I had a slice in front of me. Normally the clafoutis is made with black cherries with … [Read more...]

Luscious Lemon Pudding

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Last year there was a new show on the Canadian foodnetwork channel. The show is called Recipe To Riches and it's about ordinary people showcasing their favorite family recipes in front of some popular judges and they battle to have their recipe become a President Choice product to win $25,000 and ultimately win the grand price of $250,000. Last year's winner for the grand prize was this cute little old lady, 80 years old, who came on the show with this delicious luscious lemon pudding that won … [Read more...]

Potato and Zucchini Fritters

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It has been such a wonderful long weekend and today is the last day of it. It always makes me sad when a long weekend or vacation ends, but hey that's life. The weather has been wonderful and it was a very relaxing weekend for me. I did not do a lot of cooking this weekend, but I did make these potato and zucchini fritters. I love fritters of any kind, the only thing I'm not crazy about is the fact that I have to fry them. I have never tried to bake fritters before, but I think I will try it … [Read more...]