• Baking,  Homemaking

    The tourtiere.

    I was very recently tasked with baking a tourtiere, a French-Canadian meat pie. (And by very recently, I mean like, it’s in the oven as I am typing.) It’s been 20 years since I’ve tasted meat and cooking it always involves a lesson in trust. Because it’s been so long since I’ve eaten meat, I’ve learned to rely on my sense of smell to be a judge of how things should taste. Enter R, my partner, who grew up in French-Canadian Montreal with a Lebanese grandmother. His memories of food are steeped in the smells and tastes of food that predates recipes – the kind of recipes that are handed…

  • Baking,  Christmas,  Homemaking

    Holiday Baking.

    For the first time in perhaps my entire life, I am embracing the idea of holiday baking. I’ve always said that I’m a better cook than a baker (and it’s true – I lack that certain┬áje n’ais se quoi that most bakers seem to instinctively have) but for some unknown reason (I’ll blame Christmas), I’ve found myself whipping up cookies, bars, cupcakes, etc faster than you can call all the reindeer. Do you have any favorite holiday recipes? Please share!  

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