May 2012

Sundried Tomato Basil Pesto

May 30, 2012 Sauces, Dressings, Dips & Salsas

Homemade pesto with fresh basil is one of the simple foodie joys of summer, in my humble opinion. I’ve jumped the gun a little this year, because I found a huge bag of bright green, beautiful basil leaves at my grocery store last month. Still a little early for local basil, but this did the […]

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Top Chef Canada Season 2: Episode 12 Recap

May 29, 2012 Top Chef Canada

Straight to the Quickfire this week everyone, and I have to say I’m pretty excited there’s only one more episode left after this. Lisa’s in the Top Chef Kitchen with Mark Thuet and his business/life partner Biana. They own Petit Thuet (Real Talk: the macarons I bought there ages ago were stale). Anyway, cheftestants have […]

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Quarterly Report: Joy the Baker Cookbook {Q1}

May 28, 2012 Uncategorized

Over on this page, my west-coast BFF Danielle and I have been busy baking our way through the Joy the Baker cookbook! We just hit our 25th recipe (out of 100) so we thought it was time for a little quarterly report.   Recipes Baked Total – 25 (Danielle – 14 / Robyn – 11) […]

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Tofu Banh Mi

May 24, 2012 Vegetarian

We now present a dinner six months in the making. Here’s my personal history with Banh Mi: 1. October 24, 2011: Mindy Kaling’s website. This was my first time hearing about Banh Mi. Mindy is basically my life role model (love her humour, fashion, style), so I was intrigued by her love of Banh Mi, but not yet […]

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Top Chef Canada Season 2: Episode 11 Recap

May 22, 2012 Top Chef Canada

Back-back-back up, reverse-reverse Cause I – I liked you the way you were Keisha Chante in the house! Drake’s ex-girlfriend is here because she loves mac and cheese and today’s Quickfire Challenge is cooking with Kraft Dinner. Seriously. I’ll never understand why they save these sponsored challenges for the end of the show. Why are […]

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Baked Sunday Mornings: Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie

May 20, 2012 Baked Sunday Mornings

Right off the top, I feel the need to disclose that I’m not a huge fan of Banana Cream Pie in general. I still wanted to make this for two reasons. One, I love a good peanut butter and banana sandwich, so I thought I could get on board with this pie. Two, this is […]

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Strawberry Upside-Down Cake + Mother’s Day Dinner

May 19, 2012 Cakes, Cupcakes & Icing

The #1 spot on my Rhubarb to-do list for 2012 is this Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake, and I had planned for it to debut on my dining room table for Mother’s Day dessert. I had been hyping up this cake to my parents for like three weeks, so you can imagine my rage disappointment when I found myself […]

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Tiramisu Cupcakes

May 17, 2012 Cakes, Cupcakes & Icing

After stuffing myself full of carby deliciousness, we still had many many treats to get through at Hsien & Katie’s party last weekend. We had: Freshly made crepes with dulce de leche gelato (so a French/South American/Italian hybrid) Homemade Panettone Chocolate and Cherry Biscotti Homemade Grappa & Limoncello

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Caesar Salad Dressing

May 16, 2012 Sauces, Dressings, Dips & Salsas

Here’s the reason why I was celebrating Cuatro de Mayo last weekend instead of Cinco de Mayo. My friends Hsien & Katie threw their first dinner party at their house last Saturday; it was a potluck, and the theme was Italy. I’ve had a lot of experience throwing potlucks in my office, so I know that […]

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Top Chef Canana Season 2: Episode 10 Recap

May 15, 2012 Top Chef Canada

We’re in the home stretch everyone! Only six chefs left! Shout outs to Flemingdon Park! Go Trista! DALE is back! In a DEEP V! Whoop whoop! I so have a new appreciation for Dale, even though I wasn’t a fan when watching last year. He definitely brought an intensity that’s missing this year. Dale’s loving life since he […]

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