Holiday recipe roundup

Around this time last year, I started Mr. Chuckles’ Cooking Corner on the blog and now that we’ve come full circle 12 months later, I’m going to share with you a look back at a few of our best holiday season recipes. Most of them are for dessert! Rosemary and thyme pot roast According to…

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The famous ‘divorce’ carrot cake

No worries, all is well between me and Mr. Chuckles! In fact, our relationship is probably much enhanced after he baked us this delicious and delectable carrot cake, inspired by a popular post on Reddit. Last month, a Reddit author shared their mother’s recipe for this carrot cake that earned its title when their father…

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Strawberry almond pavlova

Happy (belated) Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians out there! I was at work, while Mr. Chuckles enjoyed a nice bank holiday at home and spent the entire day cooking up our Canada Day feast. The star was the smoked brisket which he slaved over for nine hours, but I’m going to share the…

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Key lime pie for Pi Day

In preparation for upcoming Pi (π) Day this weekend, I present to you Mr. Chuckles’ recently discovered recipe for Key lime pie. This is probably my favourite pie, as its light texture and citrus flavour serves as a nice palate cleanser after a heavy meal. The classic Key lime pie originated in Florida, where it…

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Basque burnt cheesecake

Here is another Basque region inspired dessert to go along with the first recipe I posted on this blog, for Gâteau Basque. Last night, Mr. Chuckles put together this interesting variation of cheesecake, which is crustless and baked at high heat to create a ‘burnt’ exterior while maintaining a creamy interior. It tastes like something…

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Salted chocolate chip crinkled cookies

Sometimes all you need is a perfectly baked chocolate chip cookie to make your day. One of my favourite places in Toronto for pastries, particularly cookies, is Mabel’s Bakery. They make the absolute best chewy chocolate chip cookies that are crispy on the edge and soft in the middle. Mr. Chuckles found this recipe which…

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Milk Bar inspired cereal milk panna cotta

Today’s dessert recipe is inspired by one of our favourite bakeries, Milk Bar, helmed by award winning pastry chef Christina Tosi. We frequent the Toronto location attached to Momofuku and have visited the shop inside Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas, where we enjoyed their classic Birthday Cake. Milk Bar’s best known creation, however, is cereal…

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Sticky toffee pudding

Sticky toffee pudding is a classic dessert made of moist sponge cake, covered with toffee sauce and usually served with a vanilla custard or ice cream. Its origin is a little convoluted. The invention is often attributed to English chef Francis Coulson of the Sharrow Bay Country House hotel sometime in the 1970s, but Coulson…

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New Year’s Day chocolate soufflé

New Year, more eats! Soufflé is a baked egg-based dish which originated in early 18th century France, the term being derived from souffler meaning ‘to blow’, ‘to inflate’, or ‘to puff’. There are both savoury and sweet variations, one of the most popular of which is the classic chocolate soufflé. Recipe Adapted from Serious Eats.…

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Old-fashioned apple pie with gingerbread crumble

My earliest memories of apple pie were from The Big Apple, a bakery/shop that sits just off the westbound lane of Highway 401 as it passes Colborne, Ontario. My family made a point to stop here every time we were on our way home to Toronto from Ottawa to pick up a couple of their…

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