Chickie Dough

When the owner’s of Chickie Dough dropped me off samples of their product, I was excited. As a lover of all things farmer’s market, I knew who they were but had never tried it. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to make of the product. Being Lebanese, hummus is a staple in almost every meal, so the idea of a hummus/cookie dough hybrid made me a little anxious. After sampling, I was pleasantly surprised. Here are the eight you need to know about Chickie Dough:

1. You can find them at 10310 83 Avenue, in the Strathcona Farmer’s Market on Saturday’s from 8 am to 3 pm or contact them via their website.


Duchess Hot Chocolate Mix Brownies

My boyfriend received Duchess hot chocolate for Christmas from his boss.  Unfortunately, neither him or I are big hot chocolate fans.  Now, if you have ever been to Duchess Bake Shop (10718 124 St NW), you know that everything that comes out of that place is magical.  And not wanting to waste such a great ingredient, I decided to re-purpose it. After searching Pinterest for the better part of an hour, without any luck, I decided to adapt my grandma’s brownie recipe.  To be honest, I was not sure how this little experiment would turn out but was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. With that, I give you my Duchess Hot Chocolate Mix Brownies Duchess Hot Chocolate Mix Brownies   Ingredients 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1 cup sugar 3 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup flour 1/2 cup Duchess hot chocolate mix 1 tsp salt ½ tsp…


C’mon Get HAPPY

I had the chance to try Happy Water for the first time last week.  Happy Water is new bottled water product containing lithium (lithia salts).  For those of you that don’t know, lithium is a mineral with chemical salt properties that has been used since the 1940’s for the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder.  So, in theory, if you drink the naturally occurring substance in the water, you will feel happier – hence the name. When I first noticed that the product contained 0.1 parts per million of lithia salts, my curiosity peaked (to say the least).  In my quest to understand the science behind it all, I learned that in certain studies, trace concentrations of lithium in drinking water actually resulted in lower rates of suicide and violence. In fact, 7-Up originally contained lithium as medicinal, mood-boosting ingredient until 1948 when it was removed from the lemon-lime soda….