The Best Pina Colada Recipe

Pina Colada’s have a bad rap. They are not the overly sweet, frivolous concoction that history and the Pina Colada Song from the ‘70s made them out to be. A proper pina colada is perfect and amazing. They can be sweet but not cloying; they are also refreshing, delicious and just plain fun. There is a reason it’s the national drink of Puerto Rico.


Reese’s Puffs Cereal Bars

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Rice Krispie squares are one of the easiest, most tasty snacks out there. I mean, who can resist the buttery, marshmallowy, soft and chewy delicacy of a homemade Rice Krispie square? No one, that’s who.

But it’s time to level up. I realized last week that all cereal has the potential to become a cereal bar, and what better way to prove than with Reese’s Puffs cereal. The result? A crunchy, chocolatey square that is light with a satisfying marshmallow pull.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread

We’ve all done it: spotted that great-looking bunch of bananas at the grocery store, perfectly ripe and ready to eat. So you bring them home, make a smoothie or two, add one to your morning granola, and before you know it, you have a few extra ripe bananas on your countertop, destined to be made into banana bread.

Unfortunately, this happens in our house more than I care to admit. Fortunately, banana bread is delicious and, for the most part, easy to make. To keep from getting into that “oh no, not banana bread AGAIN” slump, I like to keep a couple of recipes in rotation, including this Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread.


Piri Piri Shrimp Recipe

I like to think that my first time having Piri Piri sauce was similar to how most people outside of Portugal and Southern Africa discover it: at the restaurant chain, Nando’s, in an Edmonton strip mall.

Piri Piri peppers are an African birdseye, a hot-but-not-nuclear pepper. Piri Piri sauce brings plenty of fire, with a hint of sweetness and some earthiness. (everything I love in a hot sauce). As you can imagine, it can be challenging to find Piri Piri peppers in certain parts of the world, but if you’re craving this vibrant sauce and don’t want to buy the pre-made bottled stuff, this recipe comes pretty close (for the record, I have nothing against the bottled stuff from time to time). Here is the recipe.


Vegetarian Ramen with Miso Shiitake Broth

Pre-pandemic, there were a few dishes that I would never attempt to make at home. For example, sushi or ramen, or mashed potatoes. There was no reason for this, other than those dishes being out of the culinary comfort (or patience) zone. But it’s a new world, folks. Despite 2020 seeming like a dumpster fire sometimes, one good thing that came about from social distancing and stay-at-home orders was having more time to learn new things (in my experience, anyway). So, I set out to create a ramen recipe. I’ll leave sushi up to the professionals a little while longer. I’m proud of how this recipe turned out and am excited to share it with you.


Guru Kitchen + Bar: Restaurant Review

I love Indian food. In fact, when I die, you can bury me in a vat of paneer masala. Indian food is categorically delicious: the flavors oscillate between sweet, spicy, and savory, and it melds creamy sauces with soft bread, tender meat, and vegetables to make something incredible. It’s a divine synthesis that is aromatic and sophisticated without being bougie, yet has something for every dietary inclination.

Recently, we were invited to the new Guru Kitchen + Bar downtown for their Date Night Experience. Almost equivocal to my love for Indian food is my adoration for date nights so you can imagine my excitement. Walking into Guru, you are instantly hit with that enticing aroma we all know and love, and you know you’re in for a treat. We did not leave disappointed.


Toffee Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Do you know that saying “on good days, work out, on bad days, work out harder”? Replace “work out” with “bake cookies”, and you have an accurate reflection of my life. Baking cookies is a slight obsession of mine. I am always trying to make the next batch better than the last. In an alternate life, I’d have a sweet (pun intended) job as a Cookie Developer – that exists, right?

My latest iteration is in the form of a chocolate chip cookie- a cookie that tastes like sunshine and happiness. Yes, that’s some high praise, I know. But aside from a ton of chocolate chips, there are also toasted hazelnuts, Skor bits, and oats – that’s right, it even has healthy things. Here are other reasons why you’ll love this recipe.