Vanillekipferl, an Austrian Cookie

Although mostly associated with Christmas, you can enjoy these delicate crescent shaped Austrian Vanillekipferl cookies year round.

It’s time for the MENA (Middle Eastern & North African) Cooking Group. This monthly group has for goal to help us discover the culture and cuisine of the countries found in these parts of the world. For the month of January we did things a little different: we were asked to choose a traditional cookie from our culture. I made Austrian Vanillekipferl cookies, in honor of a big part of my cultural background but mostly in honor of my Austrian dad who is currently recovering from a successful heart surgery.

Austrian Vanillekipferl vanilla powder sugar

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Can you handle 200+ Christmas Cookies?

Nothing “smells” holidays like hundreds of Christmas cookies fresh out of the oven. I have 6 cookie recipes to share with you today to get you in the spirit of merry baking.

Have you ever spent an afternoon baking Christmas cookies for the holiday celebrations to come? Well I got together with my friends Catherine and Vitalia and we spent a good 6 hours baking our holiday butt’s off. Yes you read that right, we made at least 200 Christmas Cookies all in one afternoon, and had six balls of dough left to freeze for future ready-to-go batches.

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La Cure Gourmande: Get your Sweet on

The heavenly shop of confections and sweets, known as La Cure Gourmande, is celebrating the 1st anniversary of its Montreal location!

La Cure Gourmande is known for its savoury and sweet artisanal biscuits, but you will also find here traditional Berlandises (sweets made with fruit pulp), Choupettes (lollipops), chocolates, caramels, calissons, nougat flavoured with strawberry paste or candied orange peel, and chocolate olives (chocolate-covered roasted almonds), madeleines and cakes.

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The Chocolate Academy Montreal Turns One

It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I attended the grand opening of the Montreal head quarter of The Chocolate Academy ™. But a year has gone by already and The Chocolate Academy™ has become the ultimate place to learn everything about chocolate.

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The The Chocolate Academy ™ offers a whole slew of courses aimed at professionals and hobbyists. Here is a just a small sampling of the 2015-2016 course program.

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Chocolate & Tea Pairing

Do yourself a favor and give in to one of the latest trends: Chocolate & Tea Pairing. You will be blown away by the wonderful flavor combinations you may create.

I have been back from my vacation for a week now already and I am having the hardest time ever getting back to real life and routine, including blogging. But worry not I am getting back into the swing of it and I will soon bring you a slew of new posts; from great new recipes, the continuation of my broth series, and of course a post about my South and Central American cruise. In the mean time I would like to share with you my newest experiment of mixing teas and chocolate.

Green and Black’s Organis Chocolate

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Homemade Marshmallow: Hibiscus and Chocolate Swirl

This amazing Hibiscus and Chocolate Swirl Homemade Marshmallow recipe is so easy to make and it will blow your mind compared to the grocery store stuff.

You know how sometimes you prepare a recipe and it is so good you promise yourself to make it again soon? Well I am ashamed to say I made my first homemade marshmallows almost four years ago and swore I would make again in the near future. Granted four years earlier I may not have come up with an out-of-this world flavor combination. Plus this was the perfect recipe to try out my brand new Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Stand Mixer!

Hibiscus and Chocolate Swirl Homemade Marshmallow pyramid

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Sweet Matcha mini donuts with chocolate

These Sweet Matcha mini donuts with chocolate glaze pack a lot of lovely matcha tea flavor in a small guilt free format.

Matcha is green tea from the Camellia sinensis, with the entire leaf transformed into a very fine powder. Unlike other teas derived from Camellia sinensis, matcha has not been fermented. This is not its only particularity, as true matcha is derived from tea leaves grown in the shade so that the leaves achieve a dark green color, which gives matcha its magnificent amino acids.

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