Pumpkin Tequila Chili

I love chili. While it’s easy enough to make at home with the basics—tomatoes, onion, beans, broth—I often find I can’t reduce it down to the level of thickness I really want. That’s why when I saw this recipe, I got excited right away. It’s described as a “hearty spoon-stands-up-on-its-own” chili. Hungry yet? My favourite…

Lentil “Meatballs” in Lemon Pesto Sauce

Ever since I was a kid, I was pretty picky with the meats I would eat. Ground beef was always “meh” in my books at best (leading a strict diet of burger buns and soda at summer barbecues). Meatballs were good because they were loaded up with sauce and surrounded by pasta, but I probably…

A Guide to French Macarons

French macarons are known to be one of the trickiest cookies to master at home. They are often described as finicky, delicate, and down-right rage-inducing. First and foremost, I watched this video from Entertaining with Beth on how to get a flawless batch of macarons. I used her recipe for the cookie element and used…

Seven(ish) Layer Taco Dip

Taco night will never be the same. Picture the perfect taco. In my mind, it’s got guacamole (obviously), cheese, sour cream, beans, tomatoes and something to give it a kick. This dip blends all the best toppings for vegetarian tacos and makes it easier than ever to O.D. on Mexican food. This is great to…

Deep Dish Whisky Cream Cheese Brownies

I know, the title is a bit of a mouthful. But when you have whisky, cream cheese and rich walnut brownies all swirled into one enormous mess, you want to make sure people know what they’re in for. My boyfriend gave me a “brownie in a mason jar” kit for Christmas, which is basically all…

Japanese Cold Noodle Salad (Hiyashi Chuka)

Put down everything and pick up your forks because you’re not going to want to miss out on this one. I made two versions of this dish: one with soba noodles and one with flat rice noodles. For whatever reason, the rice noodles clumped together and remained hardened in certain spots even though they were…

Extreme Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce

Sometimes you just have to learn lessons the hard way, which is exactly what I did for this recipe. I grew a decent amount of scotch bonnet peppers in my backyard this year. I wasn’t expecting to have so many (about 20 picked) so I figured hot sauce was the best way to go. If…

Crisped Rice Cheese Wafers

As I’m sure many of you did over the holidays, I over-indulged. Chocolate, cheese, bread, booze…almost every single day to the point where I feel I could live off smoothies and soup forever. Of course that only lasts a day until I rediscover my love for pizza, but still, I try. These wafers are honestly…

Gluten-Free Cream Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin isn’t just for fall. Sure, you may have overdosed on pumpkin spice lattes this year. And sure, it was probably sickening yet amazing. But once you move past the withdrawal, you can get into the real pumpkin flavours of the winter season. Baking with gluten-free flours is always risky. I was pretty confident in this…