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What are you baking these days? September 2014, part 2!

I made Chow's recipe for Banana Bread but baked it in a bundt pan. Oh, and I added some mini chocolate chips, because everything is better with chocolate.

Sep 14, 2014
cheesymama in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Sounds good to me!
Since you are thinking of making them, based on my experience yesterday I would suggest chopping the apples fairly small (1/2 inch dice) and mixing them into the cream cheese mixture.

Sep 10, 2014
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Apple picking suggestions please?

The past few years we have been going to Applewood Winery. If you time it right you can pick raspberries too. They have a lot of varieties available for picking. There are wagon rides and a corn maze. And there is also a small wine shop with tastings. They make a raspberry cider that I enjoy as well as a few wines including some fruit wines.

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Made these apple cream cheese bars today. I halved the recipe and baked them in a 8x8 pan, ended up with nice thick bars. I used Galas instead of Granny Smith, because that's what I had and I prefer an apple that cooks down. I had a small taste while they are still warm. I will serve them later, cooled, after dinner. Based on the warm bars next time I would add cinnamon to the topping, in addition to what is in the apples and also add another tablespoon of sugar to the cream cheese mixture.
http://therecipecritic.com/2013/10/ca...
They are very yummy and I will be making them again.

Sep 09, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Glad they were at hit at your house. They are in my kids' lunchboxes today too!

Sep 09, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Your welcome. Mine just came out of the oven. I just baked one tray and am freezing the rest of the dough. Fresh baked cookies are the best!

Sep 08, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Here is another suggestion for your unused biscoff spread. My kids aren't fans of the spread on it's own but they love these cookies. In fact I think I will make a batch today! Lovely flavours and spices for this fall day.

Oops, here's the link http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/bis...

Sep 08, 2014
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Cotton Candy Grapes?

This article was linked in a discussion on the General Topics board.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013...

Cotton Candy Grapes?

I got some around this time last year at Longo's. They were quite good and the kids went crazy for them.

The Cabbagetown is becoming the new Ossington

And don't forget Cafe Olya for their fabulous coffee and amazing baked goods.

Mashed potato recipes

I like mine made half Yukon gold and half sweet potatoes, add the usual milk and butter.
For a decadent version I add boursin cheese and cream to get it to the desired consistency.

Sep 05, 2014
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

I didn't buy them this time - too many tarts and too little will power! Maybe the next time I have friends coming over or family in town visiting.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

Very strange indeed! I can vouch for their mini tarts at the Warden location, but as far as the other locations go I'm just going by the info on their website.

Chocolate marble birthday cake for MIL recommendations?

If she would be happy with a bundt cake, this recipe from Carole Walter's Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins & More is great.
http://www.cookingbythebook.com/recip...

Sep 05, 2014
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

These were Grandmother's Bake Shoppe tarts, but they were an assortment of minis. I find the Grandmother's site a little difficult to get retail location info off of, but after a few different searches it seems that the 12 packs of full size tarts are available at a number of Costcos, among them Mississauga Central, Ajax and Oshawa.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

There was mention on the latest butter tart thread of Grandmothers tart. At Warden today I saw a pack of 24 asset mini tarts - plain, pecan, raspberry and lemon. I think the price was around $7.

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

Only if the kids aren't around!

Sep 04, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

I love this recipe http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2013...
I also love it stewed with a few strawberries thrown in, along with toast it is the perfect breakfast, also great slightly warmed and served over ice cream.

Sep 04, 2014
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

I picked up one of these sauce pans at Warden this morning for $19.97. Probably about 12-15 left in stock. I have already used it and am happy with it. Love the size (just need to figure out where I will store it) and can see it coming in very handy for "one pot" meals.

2014 Best Butter Tart Discussion

Thanks for the heads up. I have tried buttertarts from both places and while both are really good I prefer Doo Doo's. They were sweeter and had a runnier filling than Betty's. At the shop they have plain, raisin or pecan, possibly a few other tarts too. Betty's has a great crust and I would definitely stop there again, but for a pie next time.
Maid's Cottage still tops my list as best buttertart, but these are both good contenders.

What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

I am not a fan of pumpkin pie, but DH is. The first time I made this pie I was really hoping that we would both like it and I would never have to see another pumpkin pie in my life. Alas, I love it and while he certainly enjoys it it is no substitute for his beloved pumpkin pie. His b-day is on or at least close to Canadian Thanksgiving and he often requests pp over cake.
You can definitely taste the squash and I would say this pie is sweeter than any pp I have ever had and not as much pie spice flavour.

Sep 02, 2014
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What are you baking these days? September edition, part 1! (2014) [old]

While not a bread, if you are looking for baked goods utilizing squash this recipe is amazing. http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/br...
I always use butternut squash. I think I will need to make one of these next month to take to Thanksgiving at my parents place - it is a favourite for me and my mom.

Sep 02, 2014
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What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

I second these, they are fabulous. A new staple in my baking repertoire and will be a favourite with my kids in their lunch boxes this school year.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

Thanks, but that Gardner construction is really limiting my trips to the west end! I'll keep it in mind the next time I cave in on my San Remo apple fritter cravings and make the trek west.

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

Had a bunch of bananas getting really ripe, so some baking needed to be done! I have a loaf of banana choc chip bread cooling on the counter, either for breakfasts this week, or sliced and into the freezer for back to school snacks next week.
In the oven now is this recipe, I baked a bit of the batter in a small dish so I could do a taste test. http://www.crazyforcrust.com/2014/08/...
It will likely get frozen until family visits in the near future, I will frost it once it has thawed.

Aug 27, 2014
cheesymama in Home Cooking

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - July to September

Thanks for the updates Nevy, love them!
Just got back from the Warden location, cold not find the La Perla snacks on the shelves there. If anyone has seen them there please let me know where to find them. Also, the ice cream treats were not on discount (yet) at this location.
Saw a new product in the fridge section, 18 cobs of pre cooked corn individually vac packed, for $6.49

Lay's Do us a Flavour - any good?

The kids love it. I think they like the gross ones best of all - they can tell all their friends about the disgusting chip flavour they tried.

Lay's Do us a Flavour - any good?

We tried all of the flavours last year and I didn't particularly enjoy any of them. Tonight we tried the bacon poutine and I actually like them, I had to put the bag in the cupboard or we would have eaten them all! Next up for us will be the cinnamon bun.

What are you baking these days? August 2014 Edition, Part 2

I haven't done much baking this month. The cool summer has been conducive to turning on the oven, but DH, the kids and myself have all been out of town at various times leaving almost no one to consume home baking!
My MIL came in for a quick visit so I finally got to scratch that itch. I made a pan of brownies, from the Ghiradelli mix with espresso powder and caramel added.
Also made a batch of these breadsticks to have with dinner last night. http://carmelmoments.com/easy-bread-s... It was the type of breadstick I have been craving lately. I plan on using this recipe to make a type of savoury monkey bread in the future.
And today I have a few girls around the house for lunch so I have made up some dough for pitas and will get them to roll them out. I think they will be impressed when they watch the puffing in the oven. Here's the recipe I used, but am extremely low on flour, so I halved the recipe and used 1/2 c whole wheat flour in place of some of the white. http://www.thefreshloaf.com/recipes/p...

Aug 22, 2014
cheesymama in Home Cooking

anyone else visit multiple stores to complete shopping trip?

I think she is referring to the Weston Bakery Outlet on Logan at Eastern. Great deals to be had on loaves of bread, buns, bagels, etc. If you go be sure to look in the freezers - you never know what you will find!