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A Spice Affair

When we think of ginger cookies we usually think about Christmas and cute little gingerbread (wo)men standing next to candy-coated houses. But on one sunny August day, I decided to make thick, chewy, spicy ginger cookies and share them with friends. After that day, I had people who had never used an oven (literally) asking me for the recipe. The next time I made them for a different group of friends the same thing happened – I then realized that these cookies were good, better than the regular and at first I had no idea why. What made these cookies better than a buttery chocolate chip cookie or classic oatmeal raisin? It had to be the richness in flavor that came from quality spices.  After that I gained a new respect for taste and understanding of people’s appreciation for food having a deep flavor and not just a sweet flavor. Adding spices to my baking and cooking, when appropriate, elevated the meal and took it from bland and so-so to “omg, this is so good”. I’ve been experimenting ever since with spicing up my baking and I’ve been loving the results! When I first starting talking with A Spice Affair I […]

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Dark Chocolate & Marzipan Rooibos: Tea and Chocolate Pairings

I just googled what the literal definition of sommelier is and it’s a “wine steward”. I’m not sure if there is an official name for a tea steward, but if there is that title belongs to Sam from Tearrific. She’s the #bossbabe behind the YYC Tea Wagon (the wagon itself is for sale BTW!) and the entire Tearrific brand. Not only does she hand blend the teas individually, she also manages the shipping, logistics, marketing and every other job required to keep her small business running. I invited Sam to the blog to share her extensive tea steward knowledge with us and talk about food pairings with tea. She invited Jolene, the chocolate mastermind behind Old Coal, to join her in their tea/chocolate exploration. I’m confident that there was no better place in Calgary to be than with them during their afternoon of chocolate/tea tasting! BFF: Tea and Chocolate Pairings Jolene from Old Coal and I got together recently to do a tea and chocolate tasting. There are not too many things in life I love as much as tea, but chocolate is one of those things. Sam kindly invited me to write about our experiment for her blog, so I’m excited […]

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Almond Butter Squares

One of the first local food bloggers that I ever came across when I started in this crazy/wonderful blogging world is Jess from Cooking in my Genes. I was always amazed at her stunning photos, well written blog entries and seemingly endless inspiration. We finally met at a blogger meet up a few months ago and instantly hit it off. Naturally we decided that the next step in our friendship would be a baking date! Jess and I met up early in April armed with inspiration and our cameras. I was so fortunate to get to go to her house and meet her amazing husband (aka our recipe tester) and her pup Doug (aka my new BFF) and see her envy-worthy closet of flatlay and photo props. But above all else the best part of hanging with Jess is Jess herself. She is as sweet and nice as she seems on her blog and laugh-out-loud funny with a zest for creating amazing recipes and producing quality content for her followers. We could all use a Jess in our lives! Before we could get down to baking business, I had to first cuddle her dog (obviously) then we headed to the grocery […]

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Drink Well Downtown

I work for a large company in downtown Calgary with offices in three buildings that are separated by intersections. During my busiest moments at work, my lunch consists of grabbing food from whatever place along my route from one building to the next has something pre-prepared, or grabbing a salad which I would awkwardly eat in a meeting (lots of responding to questions with the one finger “wait until I finish chewing” action). When I walked into Bow Valley Square a few months ago and saw that a Well would be opening up, I was nothing but excited. Finally a place I can stop to get something healthy, quick and not-awkward to consume. You can find Well all over Canada…literally from Moncton, New Brunswick all the way up to Whitehorse, Yukon and in over 200 locations in between. It isn’t uncommon to see Well downtown already, but you don’t typically see more than one or two flavours which isn’t much considering they have 12 different flavours plus bundled cleanse options. Nut milk (mylk) is my favourite thing. Since I can’t drink regular milk, satisfying cravings for creamy beverages is tough to do. Well’s Mylk is smooth, creamy, sweet and without any dairy. Plus […]

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A Downton Abbey evening at Azuridge

Since we moved into our new home things have been busy. We’ve spent our days at work, our evenings building furniture and patching walls, and our weekends trying to find a couch within our budget with the right style. While we have been spending time together, there hasn’t really been much ‘us’ time. When we heard about Azuridge’s Downton Abbey event, we jumped at the chance to go. We had never been to Azuridge before but we had heard nothing but amazing reviews and thought it would be the perfect date night. All we really knew going into the event was that it was Downton Abbey themed, that there would be white gloved butlers, and that we would get to indulge in a five course chefs table dinner. So we got all dressed up, and headed out to Priddis for the us time that we were so overdue for. Azuridge is truly a private venue and while this makes the location perfect for a close-but-not-too-close getaway,getting there can be a struggle for those of us who are navigationally challenged. After a few mistaken turns (I would def recommend budgeting a few extra minutes your first time out there) we found the entrance and drove […]

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Easy Cinnamon Peach Jam

Making jam can be intimidating but it doesn’t have to be. This recipe is great for those last minute moments when you want some jam but you don’t want to dedicate a day to it. It will last for about two weeks in a sealed container in the refrigerator and tastes great warm too.

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone should have at least one go to recipe when you need something in a pinch. For example, if you tell me you’re coming over for dinner last minute, you’re probably going to end up eating Mac + Cheese, with an appetizer of deviled eggs and a side of cucumber salad (clearly I’m more of a baker than a cook!). But if you tell me you want a fast and easy batch of cookies then I’m going to make you these little (little in this case means fat and chewy) ones. I used to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and my Little and I would make Chocolate Chip Cookies all the time. She was new to baking and the two of us would whip these up then indulge all within an hour. We’d leave minimal mess and have lots of opportunities for chocolate chip snacking while we were (in)patiently waiting for them to bake. The bottom line is, these cookies are simple, fast, mess free and require only basic baking skills to master.    Ingredients 2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar […]

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

These Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies are the perfect example of simple, chewy and delicious gluten free cookies that compete with their glutinous cookie cousins for top spot. Plus they have peanut butter and chocolate…so what could be more perfect than that?

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Gluten Free Sweet Vanilla Donuts 

Soft, flavorful and sweet these donuts are small and mighty. They stand alone as a delicious treat and are enhanced with icing because really, what isn’t? They’re gluten free but I guarantee no one will ever know (or believe you when you tell them you used almond milk!).

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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Who says you can’t have chocolate pudding for breakfast? When I first discovered chia seed pudding I was hooked! What do you mean I can eat chocolate and call it healthy? Well except that one time that I went a little crazy and added peanut butter chips to chocolate pudding and topped it with whipped cream… Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is fool proof, insanely delicious and great for bringing to school or work. Chia seeds are mostly flavourless and act like a sponge to soak up whatever is around them. They puff into jello-like little seeds that combined make a pudding texture. Packed full of nutrients and fairly inexpensive, chia seeds are the solution to any and all breakfast woes. Ps. Even my picky, eggs and bacon loving boyfriend is hooked on this breakfast. Edit Ingredients 2 tbsp chia seeds 1/2 cup milk of your choice 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder (or 1 tbsp of you want it really, really chocolatey. Keep in mind cocoa is bitter so increasing the cocoa will force you to increase the sugar) 1/2 tbsp stevia or sugar 1/4 tsp vanilla Optional toppings such as berries or nuts Steps One – Combine all ingredients except optional […]

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Easy Cinnamon Buns (without yeast!)

  Have you ever been in a situation like this: You make cinnamon buns one random night two years ago. Several months later you attempt to find the recipe, fail, and end up making a different recipe that doesn’t turn out as good. For the following two years you keep thinking about that original recipe and what exactly you googled to find it. Then one seemingly inconspicuous day, completely by accident you find the recipe and rejoice by immediately blogging it so you never lose it again. That’s the story of this post. Despite cinnamon buns being fairly simple to make, finding a recipe that works in the high elevation I live at (3000 ft above sea level), that doesn’t require hours of rising (because I want to eat them now, not in 3 hours), and allows for lots of room for customization is challenging. These simple cinnamon buns require only ingredients you probably only have at home and bake within 15 minutes. Meaning you can eat your cinnamon buns in less than an hour…bonus! These cinnamon buns are soft, flaky and sweet with room for customization with raisins, nuts or anything else you can think of. Ingredients Buns 3 […]

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Simple Marshmallows 

Fluffy and sweet, gooey and flavourful, homemade marshmallows are worth the effort. They will impress at breakfast potlucks, spice (sweeten) up your scores, and make Christmas morning hot chocolates that much more special.

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Easy Baked Cinnamon Donuts 

A few years ago when I was just starting to experiment with baking I decided I wanted to make mini donuts. Armed with a recipe from the depths of the Internet and whatever was in my pantry, I carefully shaped the dough and attempted to deep fry each one in a frying pan. What I ended up with was crunchy, not cooked gooey messes soaked in oil and far from delicious (or healthy). I have lots of admiration for people who deep fry their donuts with excellent results, but after that day I gave up on the donut dream until I stumbled upon a donut baking pan at Bed Bath and Beyond. Since then my donut game has been much stronger and I’ve been baking them for breakfast potlucks ever since. I’m so thrilled to share this recipe because these donuts taste just like the mini donuts you get at carnivals and fairs. They’re baked and the prep work is minimal making it completely realistic to make them in the morning before a potluck or after work when you’re craving a sweet snack. Soft and cake like, these donuts will have people asking for the recipe and wondering where you […]

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