S’Mores Cookies

This treat was inspired by Grandma Donna’s recipe for Marshmallow Cookies. The first thing I thought was that the cookies shouldn’t have dates, instead, they needed chocolate! These non-cookies have home-roasted almonds and homemade caramel to give them bit of the smoky taste of a s’more along with the marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate. They…

Tortugas

Who doesn’t love nuts, caramel and chocolate all in one treat? These would make a really great gift or fun, inclusive snack for a party where you have folks who eat both gluten free and vegan. Of course, not-so-friendly to the nut averse. Ingredients 1 cup cashews (raw or roasted) 1/2 cup whole almonds 1/2…

Caramel Sauce

This recipe is a bit of a mash of a few different caramel sauce recipes among Grandma Donna’s collection. Who knew homemade caramel sauce was this easy! I strongly recommend a candy thermometer (though it can be done without) – I was able to pick one up for $5. Ingredients 1 cup granulated sugar 1…

Old-Fashioned Crumb Cake

This was a delightful find among Grandma Donna’s recipes. It made me think about the time, not so long ago, where housewives would be expected to have freshly baked goods in the house in case company stopped by. This would have been one of those types of recipes – easy, light, delicious. This is lovely…

PB & Fudge Chocolate Chip Bars

This is an all-out decadent, indulgent, FEED-YOUR-FEELINGS kind of treat. Craving peanut butter? Check. Craving chocolate? Check. Craving even more chocolate? Check, check, check. Fudge Ingredients 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or fine dark chocolate) 3/4 cup coconut cream (the cream only from a can of premium full-fat coconut milk) 2 tbsp Earth balance Dough…

Sourdough Scones with Chocolate Chips

I love when I find an unexpectedly exceptional recipe among the family collection. I had a lot of hopes for these sourdough scones (the recipe is in my mother’s handwriting) because my comfort food, growing up, was her (regular) scones. Alas, I did not love her sourdough scone recipe – no butter!? No sugar? yikes….

Strawberry Frosting

This is a nicely balanced and light tasting frosting that tastes incredible on sourdough chocolate cake. I based this recipe off of one found at Life Love and Sugar. Ingredients: 1.5 – 3 cups of sliced strawberries 1 cup Earth Balance 4 cups icing sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla Dash of salt Blend 1.5 cups of…

Sourdough Chocolate Cake

This is probably the most delicious cake I have ever made and now in my top ten favourite finds among Grandma Donna’s recipes. Dense, moist and chocolatey with a hint of subtle sour to balance the sweet. This is a soon-to-be staple in my cake making repertoire. Ingredients 5 squares of chocolate (1 oz each)…

Sourdough Bread (The Real Deal)

Since Grandma’s recipe for sourdough bread is a bit of a knock-off, I have gone on a 2-year adventure to learn how to make true sourdough bread. It involved buying a dutch oven (thick cast iron pot with a lid), a couple of eventual failed attempts at creating my own wild starter, and finally succeeding…

Grandma’s Sourdough(ish) Bread

This recipe does not call for a “wild” sourdough starter and includes other ingredients outside flour, water, and salt, so it’s not true sourdough – but it’s still delicious! The recipe originally called for Grandma’s quick starter but I used a wild starter for a mix of true + knock-off sourdough. Ingredients 1 cup lukewarm…