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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

Tomorrow is national chocolate cake day, so in my oven is a chocolate snack cake. The recipe is from Canadian Living and I added a handful of choc chips to the batter.
My daughter was begging me to make a choc cake so I told her if I could find a quick easy recipe I would make one. She came into the kitchen 5 minutes later as I was scraping the batter into the pan and told me she was "wowed" by how quickly I had pulled that off.

about 14 hours ago
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

2 days dedicated to pie doesn't sound bad to me!

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

I haven't done much baking this month other than the odd batch of muffins for easy week day breakfasts. However, tomorrow in national Blondie day and I had yet to try out the Smitten Kitchen recipe that gets some love on this board. I made them with espresso powder and choc chips. Quick and easy recipe, I will shortly be cutting a corner out of the cooling pan.

2015 Butter Tart Debate

Don't waste your time, money or calories on the McD "butter tart pie". Had I not known what I was eating I would not have been able to identify the flavour.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

No - gingerbread is not my thing. I do like the plain Stacy's.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

I was at the Warden store this morning. They had chevre with fig logs for $3.97 (didn't get the brand) and Stacy's Gingerbread Pita Chips for $1.99

What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition!

A belated school holiday party meant DD and I made a golden chocolate chip bundt last night, we cheated and doctored up a cake mix. It was devoured today.
Today I made tea biscuits, because tonight's dinner was chicken pot pie and in our house that's really just chicken stew with biscuits as the top "crust", no bottom crust required.

Jan 07, 2015
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

I know Nevy has been a huge contributor to this thread in the past and I'm sure (hoping) she'll continue to chime in, but for anyone wishing to read her in depth reports here's a link to her new blog.
http://adventuresinnevyland.com

Homemade, OH SO TASTY sauces to accompany unadorned chicken breast, and fish

Chimichurri, pesto and variations of it

Canadian treats for delivery to the UK

I have seen CocaMira at Chapters/Indigo.

ISO quick bread recipe using bananas and sour cream

My favourite banana bread recipe uses sour cream and can be found on chow. It is very moist and flavourful.
http://www.chow.com/recipes/11387-sou...
I leave out the cinnamon and add mini choc chips.

Dec 31, 2014
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The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Hi Nevy,

I just added my e-mail to my profile, feel free to include me in your discussion.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Headed out to the Warden store this morning. They still have lots of the Thurie chocolate marbles at $4.97. They also had some (not a lot) of the Holidrizzle popcorn left, it was $2.00 off. A bit of other holiday stuff left but not much and no other really great deals.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Did you happen to notice either the chocolate marbles or organic dark chocolate that Nevy mentioned seeing on discount at Miss North. Just wondering if a trip to the Warden store would be justified tomorrow. TIA

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2014 - October to December

Nevy, I love and appreciate your detailed posts! I hope you continue to do them whenever you are able to.

Amazing and fairly easy appetizer to bring to xmas eve?

Gougeres are always popular.

Dec 23, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

So simple, they're a great recipe to have in your back pocket for last minute baking - you know, when you're kid tells you about that bake sale at school tomorrow.

Mix together 1 box crushed Ritz (broken into small pieces, but not crumbs), 1 can sweetened condensed milk and 1 cup chocolate chips (or sub in toffee bits, nuts, whatever you like).
Press into a greased and parchment lined 8 or 9 inch pan.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Dec 19, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

Someone at work today was talking about her love of Ritz crackers, so I made a pan of Ritz squares to take in to share tomorrow.

Dec 17, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

Nothing fancy - I use Alton Brown's marshmallow recipe and then add raspberry flavouring (LorAnn Oil is the brand available near me). I also added some pink food colouring to punch up the colour.

Dec 17, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition, part two! [Old]

Raspberry marshmallows and scones last night. Saltine toffee tonight.

Dec 16, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

Ours must have coloured marshmallows too. We just call them bake sale bars because they were at every church/community bake sale in the small (Ontario) town I grew up in.

Dec 14, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

I am just about to make a batch with my 9 year old. We easily go through 2-3 pans of these during the month of Dec, they are addictive.

Melt together 1 cup choc chips, 1 cup butterscotch chips and 1/2 cup peanut butter. Let it cool for a few minutes while you grease a 9 inch square pan and line it with parchment. Stir in 3 cups of mini marshmallows and pour into the prepared pan. Stick it in the fridge for a couple of hours until it is firm enough to cut. Store in the fridge in an air tight container.

Dec 14, 2014
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Easy ideas for drop in guests (for a new mom!)

I always have one or 2 nice pieces of cheese in the fridge and some crackers in the cupboard.
There are plenty of good frozen hors d'oeuvres available these days. Keeping a box or 2 of those in the freezer over the holidays can come in really handy!

Dec 14, 2014
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Thumbprint cookies - when to fill?

I have always filled mine prior to baking and never had a problem. I've done it this way with a couple of different recipes over the years.

Dec 13, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

I have started my holiday baking. So far just a batch of cream cheese spritz cookies and some whipped shortbread. My daughters had fun decorating the spritz cookies with sprinkles. Half of the whipped shortbread has a small chunk of chocolate tucked inside.
I have promised marshmallows for a Girl Guide event later this week. And I'll be making chocolate marshmallow squares and nanaimo bars sometime this week.

Dec 13, 2014
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What are you baking these days? December 2014 edition! [old]

Made a quick batch of chocolate marshmallow squares to take along on an unexpected trip to see family this week-end. They are a favourite of my father's, and they are gluten free so can be enjoyed by my brother's girlfriend.
I have over ripe bananas on the counter. If I have time tonight I'll make banana bread (the chow recipe) for breakfast on the road.

Dec 04, 2014
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Are homemade marshmallows worth the effort?

Definitely worth it, and not difficult at all. If you have kids they find in magical, even my Dad was amazed.
I did the same thing as holiday gifts last year and tied them in little cello bags.

Nov 30, 2014
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What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

A quick search came IP with these http://www.glutenfreemall.com/catalog...
In Canada most of the major grocery chains now have a line of gluten free products, maybe you'll have some luck checking out store brand offerings.

Nov 30, 2014
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2014 Best Butter Tart Discussion

I must recommend Hansen's Danish Pastry Shop (on Pape near Cosburn) for their old fashioned buttertarts.Having just enjoyed one, and doing my best not to dip back into the box for another, I would rate them my second favourite after Maid's Cottage. The crust is more tender And the filling a little on the runny side. They come in plain, raisin or pecan. Just be sure to get the old fashioned ones, not the smaller tarts in the tin cup.

What are you baking these days? November 2014 edition (part two)! [old]

Maybe some gluten free Graham crackers or digestive type cookies ground up at home. You could always freeze any extra and use them for a gluten free crust the next time you need one.

Nov 29, 2014
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