Butternut Squash Risotto with Balsamic Drizzle & Fried Sage

November 16, 2015 Dinner
Butternut Squash Risotto with Balsamic & Sage

I made risotto for the first time back in 2011, and was so excited about it that I waited almost five years to make it again. That’s just what happens in my kitchen though. There’s always something new to make, so I forget about the things I made that I loved. Risotto also has such […]

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Cheddar Swirl Buns + A Smitten Engagement Brunch {Gastropost Mission #115}

August 9, 2014 Bread
Engagement Brunch

Our Gastropost Mission this week was The Art of Hospitality, which perfectly coincided with having my friends Nicole & Geoff over for brunch to toast their engagement. I thought this would be a perfect chance to make a bunch of recipes from the breakfast chapter of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, especially with Deb’s recent announcement […]

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Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Margarita {Gastropost Mission #112}

July 24, 2014 Cocktails
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Margarita

Last week, our Gastropost Mission was all about Perfect Pairings. Obviously you can see where this is going! Here on Planet Byn, there is no better summer pairing than Strawberry & Rhubarb. If they were a celebrity couple we’d call them Strubarb. Or Rhuberry. I can’t decide which one I like better! This was the […]

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Mango Swirl Cheesecake {Gastropost Mission #101}

May 3, 2014 Cakes, Cupcakes & Icing
Mango Swirl Cheesecake

The first time I made this cheesecake was either 2002 or 2003. I think I made it for Easter and it was an absolute disaster. I remember it leaked all over the bottom of the oven, resulting in a smoke filled kitchen. I remember the mangoes I used weren’t quite ripe enough, which I didn’t […]

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S’mores Ice Cream {Gastropost Mission #100}

April 26, 2014 Frozen

This week was Gastropost’s 100th Mission, and to celebrate, we got to create our own mission! I was thinking back to the first few Missions I did back in the summer of 2012, and of course when my thoughts turn to summer treats, that means only one thing to me: S’MORES! For my S’mores mission […]

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Chocolate Chip Pancake Mini Muffins with Brown Butter Maple Glaze {Gastropost Mission #94}

March 15, 2014 Gastropost
Mini Pancake Muffins

Our Gastropost Mission this week forced us to choose between two sweeties: Maple Syrup vs. Honey. I feel as though there’s a time and a place for honey (i.e. on peanut butter toast), but my heart belongs to maple syrup. One of my very first foodie awakenings after university was realizing that there was a […]

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Chocolate Caramel Corn Cookies {Gastropost Mission #93}

March 8, 2014 Cookies
Chocolate Caramel Corn Cookies

When I first saw our Mission for this week, Screen Snacks, there was only one thing that came to mind: POPCORN. My go-to snack when I go to the movies is always popcorn — I’ve never been a Swedish Berry or a M&Ms girl. Give me a big bag of popcorn with one of those […]

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Maple Cream Cookies {Gastropost Mission #92}

March 1, 2014 Cookies
Maple Cream Cookies

Our mission this week was to make something that showed our Canadian pride as we cheered on our Olympic athletes. Awesome! So here are some maple sugar cookies sandwiched together with maple buttercream. But here’s the thing: I hate the Winter Olympics (gasp! shock! horror!). I just can’t get excited about speed skating or bobsledding […]

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Dark Chocolate Pudding with White Chocolate Mint Whipped Cream {Gastropost Mission #91}

February 22, 2014 Gastropost
Mint Cookies & Cream Pudding

Gastropost asked us a tough question this week: Vanilla or Chocolate? I think it’s an easy answer. Do you ever find yourself with an intense craving for vanilla? No, I don’t think so. And that is why I’m on Team Chocolate. You’ll never find me taking shots of vanilla extract out of the bottle, but […]

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Sweet & Sour Brisket {Gastropost Mission #86}

January 18, 2014 Beef & Pork
Sweet & Sour Brisket - Copy

When this week’s Raw vs. Slow mission was announced, I picked my side in no time. Team Raw is fine for the summer, when there’s lots of farm fresh produce around that doesn’t need any cooking, but in the depths of January, obviously I’m Team Slow. I knew right away that I wanted to make […]

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