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What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

I haven't had a chance to do much baking lately - I recently started a new job and DH just returned from working out of town for 5 months. I am quite happy that life is settling down again and today I was able to spend a few hours cooking and baking!
On the baking side were banana muffins (I halved the Chow's sour cream banana bread recipe) and Quaker's vanishing oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips instead of raisins.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

Vanilla beans are considered a seasonal product at Costco and are available through the x-mas season, possibly as early as Thanksgiving.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

Nevy's latest blog post mentuons Beemster Classic on clearance for $4.97 for a 350 g piece. I think she saw it at the Etobicoke location. Has anyone seen it at Warden?

The O'Conner Station

We like it for breakfast - I stick with the typical greasy spoon breakfast.
Only been for dinner a couple of times. Fries are really good, like the burgers. I think Wed is 2 for 1 apps.
Prices have gone up a bit since it was Sammy's but still reasonable for a neighbourhood family joint.
Not worth going out of your way for but if you live in the hood definitely worth a try.

Dessert when main course is waffles?

I second pavlova, with lemon curd.

What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

That sounds awesome!

Feb 11, 2015
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Traditional curing, preserving, baking, cooking classes taught by a grandmother or grandfather?

Not led by a grandma/pa, but Farmers Pantry is hosting a Sauerkraut/Kimchi workshop led by Pyramid Farm and Ferments. Details are here http://farmerspantry.ca/workshops.php

What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

Last night I made almond butter chocolate chunk cookies which I shaped in a log and stuck in the fridge. I'll bake a few of those today and put the rest of the log in the freezer.
Later this week I'll be making cupcakes for a school bake sale - my kids will do the decorating. I also have a heart shaped log (recently learnt the triangle to heart trick) of CCC dough in the freezer to bake up for that bake sale.

Feb 07, 2015
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Best Banana Bread

Assuming they have been using the same recipe for years it's good but nothing special. It's been at least 7 years since I had it, things may have changed.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

The Avocado oil is one of their weekly specials featured in the handout. It will be on sale at all Ontario locations.

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

I love that coffee cake, and have been wondering about nothingiswrong as well.

Jan 30, 2015
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Best Banana Bread

The recipe on the chow site is great, super moist.
if you go to St John's try a scone. I haven't had one in a while but I used to love them

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

I just pulled a coffee cake out of the oven, to be enjoyed a little later with good friends who are coming for coffee and a good catch up! The recipe is from the Cafe Beajolais cookbook and a good portion of the recipe can be done the night before.
I will be making cookies or squares or something like that later today for the kids and their friends to dive into at an after school gathering tomorrow.

Jan 29, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

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.

Jan 26, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy New Year January 2015 edition! [OLD]

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

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

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! [OLD]

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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