Peppermint Brownies

To inaugurate my return to the US, I wasted no time in getting straight to the kitchen. Ricotta gnocchis with rosemary, nutmeg, golden raisins, toasted pine nuts and chard came courtesy of Big Joe (formerly The Bearded Chef). For dessert I rustled up some rather delicious peppermint brownies. They taste a million times better the … More Peppermint Brownies

Chocolate Spice Cake

This recipe is seriously old school. It’s from 1974. Even before I saw the copyright date on the bottom I knew it was outdated because it calls for margarine and cooking chocolate, neither of which are welcome in my kitchen. Sorry guys, you just don’t cut it. There’s a story coming up so get comfy … More Chocolate Spice Cake

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

You think you’ve had good carrot cake? Well you’ve never had THIS carrot cake. It’s a recipe that comes from a neighbour of our’s back in California in the 80s. Thanks Carol Gilbert for giving us years of ohmygod*gnom*thisissogood*gnomgnom*. There’s a can of mashed up pineapple in the base. And so, in addition to your carrots and … More Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


Don’t ask me why but I suddenly decided I wanted to make biscotti. I’ve never made it before. I don’t usually order it with coffee because it’s typically dry and crunchy, and I want something a little gooey or fudgey with my cappuccino. But I found a biscotti recipe that called for hazelnuts and cinnamon … More Biscotti