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Festive Hibiscus & Pineapple Infused Gin

Festive Hibiscus & Pineapple Infused Gin

This deep red infused gin is undoubtedly my favourite holiday tipple.  It makes a beautiful gift and really shines in festive cocktails. I am not much of a cocktail drinker.  However, I have to confess that I love a gorgeous cocktail during the holidays — […]

Warming Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

Warming Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and sour soup has long been one of my favourite comfort foods.  This version is easy enough for a weeknight, packed with bright flavours, and short on exotic ingredients. I have an outsized collection of cookbooks.  Personally, I blame my cookbook collection on my […]

Spicy Cocktail Nuts

Spicy Cocktail Nuts

Spicy cocktail nuts are a welcome addition to any happy hour buffet.  They’re filling, satisfying and healthy.  Best of all?  You can make them in under 15 minutes! When I was a little girl, nuts were always an integral part of holiday celebrations.  In those […]

Light and Refreshing, No-Cook, Cold Cucumber Soup

Light and Refreshing, No-Cook, Cold Cucumber Soup

Cold cucumber soup is as refreshing as it is delicious.  It makes an elegant light lunch or a cooling starter for a summer supper. As temperatures rise with the summer heat, I begin to crave cooling foods, particularly cucumbers.  It turns out, this is no […]

Lemony Sweet Potato Pie

Lemony Sweet Potato Pie

I’ve never been a huge fan of pumpkin pie.  But, having grown up in the South, I LOVE  lemony sweet potato pie.  There’s something about that citrus kick that makes it perfectly balanced and irresistible. This year, my eldest daughter, who is all grown up […]

Tangy Fennel and Orange Marinated Olives

Tangy Fennel and Orange Marinated Olives

I love to start a party with marinated olives.  They make a light and healthy finger food that doesn’t leave your guests too full to enjoy their meal. When my guests arrive, I love to have lots of small dishes of nibbles to place around […]

Velvety Pumpkin Spice Flan

Velvety Pumpkin Spice Flan

This creamy pumpkin spice flan is a great way to end the Thanksgiving feast.  The pumpkin pie flavours are beautifully complemented by the caramelised sugar, making for a special treat. Although I adore lemony sweet potato pie, I’m not a big fan of pumpkin pie. […]

Creamy Sage-Infused Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Creamy Sage-Infused Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

This light creamy, eggless, sage-infused bourbon pumpkin pie ice cream is sure to hit all the right notes on Thanksgiving.  It would be divine with a slice of warm pound cake and a drizzle of caramel sauce and its also perfect all on its own. […]

Spicy Toasted Pumpkin or Squash Seeds

Spicy Toasted Pumpkin or Squash Seeds

I’ve loved toasted pumpkin seeds since first bite.  Their crunchy, toasty goodness was a revelation the first time I ate them.  I’ll never forget that first Halloween crunch when I was a little girl.  Since then, toasted pumpkin seeds have become yet another reason to […]

Quick and Flavorful Homemade Pumpkin Purée

Quick and Flavorful Homemade Pumpkin Purée

Delicious homemade pumpkin purée is so easy to make.  It’s also a lot more flavorful than the canned variety.  Just in time for Thanksgiving desserts, including the essential pumpkin pie! To tell the truth, I’ve never been a big fan of pumpkin pie.  It’s one […]