• Recipes,  Stuff + Things

    Holiday Season Survival Tips and No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

    We are now full on into the holiday season, which means shopping, parties, shortbread, and, let’s face it, feeling a bit like you’re running around like a chicken with its head cut off. This is not a feeling exclusive to Christmas time, but it’s certainly amplified at this time of year. Unexpected guests, forgetting presents, hopping from event to event (I had three last Thursday!). How to survive the most wonderful time of the year – and, really, anything that comes your way? Three key things to remember:

  • Food,  Recipes

    City “Cottage” Pie

    We have officially hit comfort food season. Read: cold (and usually rainy where I am). But that means savoury, hearty foods that smell amazing. Like Shepherd’s Pie. Side note: Have you ever chosen to make a dish that happens to be someone’s favourite and is also a “national” dish from where they come from? Like said Shepherd’s Pie? It is a mildly daunting and ambitious task. But I was up for it. With some help from Google and the Brit it was being made for, I cobbled together a recipe that was easy and delicious – thank goodness! I varied a bit with some ingredients – not the peas or Worcestershire Sauce, you don’t…

  • Food,  Recipes

    Holiday Party Food and Easy Fig Dip

    In light of moving chaos, my annual open house is a no-go this year. The kitchen is a disaster. I don’t know that I’ve ever blogged about the holiday open house as Christmas time tends to get beyond busy… But we throw a good party involving BBQ’d turkey, lots of food and drink, and the apartment is stuffed to capacity with our friends. I love it. I am sad to not have that this year; but that hasn’t stopped me from thinking about party food!

  • Beverages,  Recipes,  Stuff + Things

    Flashback Friday: Sinus Clearing Raspberry Martinis

    My laptop is finally out of the Mac hospital (hooray!) and while my Europe photos were loading this evening, I was clicking through my iPhoto library. While flipping through, I landed on pictures from an epic Halloween party from many moons ago at my friend Alison’s parent’s house where entry was only given if we were a) dressed up; and b) dressed as something that started with a “P”. (I was a dead pageant queen.) It was a really fun night and one of the few times that I have dressed up since I was a kid. The photos have made me feel mildly nostalgic; so, for #FlashbackFriday, I present a “recipe” for a…

  • CityGirlBakes,  Food,  Recipes

    100 and The Scent of a Cookie

    WordPress informed me last week that I had posted my 99th post, and I went on the thought path of wondering what my 100th blog post should be about. It seemed daunting – ridiculous, I know. I had a few draft posts but they weren’t milestone worthy. After a couple days, I decided I was thinking about it too much and let the thought go. And then while I was baking cookies last night, that distinct aroma hit my nose and the lightbulb went off; this is what 100 should be about: COOKIES. A few years ago, I first posted this recipe and as it was then, it is still my go-to…

  • Recipes

    “Spicy” Chocolate Brownies

    I haven’t blogged in a while. In fact, I didn’t blog at all in April. I just didn’t have the mental capacity. Life and work have been quite busy and in my day job, I am in front of a computer screen all day. The last thing I wanted to do is get home and open up my laptop. When your outlet becomes a chore, it’s time to take a break. But it’s quieted down a bit and I’m feeling refreshed. (Which may or may not have something to do with the fact that I’ve been getting my butt out of bed slightly earlier so I can do an awesome…

  • Food,  Recipes

    Mexican Fiesta, Cilantro Salsa, Oscar Sunday

    It’s a rainy Vancouver Sunday, but it’s Oscar telecast day, so I am choosing to pretend that I am in (what I assume is) sunny California. I can’t wait to see the pretty dresses and the handsomely dressed men and to find out who wins what. (If Anne Hathaway doesn’t win for Best Supporting Actress for Les Miserables, something is wrong with the world.) I stayed in bed reading a bit longer than planned, but that’s what Sunday’s are for, right? Yesterday was actually quite nice out and we had our lovely friend Jen over for a Mexican fiesta of sorts. I absolutely LOVE Mexican food (as demonstrated by my…