Tray of lemon madeleines with a bowl of lemon glaze.

Lemon Madeleines

Madeleines remains one of my favourite French “snack cakes” (for want of a better term). Small and light, they are the perfect accompaniment to your morning or afternoon espresso and the perfect “goûter” (after school snack) for small hands. Mostly I enjoy them plain – a light, buttery sponge cake doesn’t need much more than … Read more

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Tuesdays with Dorie (Dorie’s Cookies): Every-Way Shortbread Fans The Lemon Poppy Seed Version

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Dorie’s Cookies was a riff on a classic shortbread and one I made when the recipe originally appeared in Dorie’s now defunct “Everyday Dorie” column in The Washington Post). It’s so good it got included in Dorie’s Cookies Dorie says: There are so many reasons to love shortbread … Read more

National Cupcake Day Easy Blueberry lemon financier recipe on

Lemon blueberry financiers for National Cupcake Day

Remember earlier this month when I announced that today, February 24th, is Canada’s eighth National Cupcake Day – raising money for SPCAs and Humane Societies across the country? That’s right –  today is all about cupcakes – and raising money to help animals in need all around Canada. This is my eighth year participating and … Read more

Pasta with Shrimp, Squash, Lemon and Lots of Herbs from Everyday Dorie on

Cook the Book Fridays: Pasta with Shrimp, Squash, Lemon and Lots of Herbs from Everyday Dorie

This week’s recipe for Cook the Book Fridays comes from Dorie Greenspan’s latest cookbook, Everyday Dorie and was the first meal I made after getting back from vacation. After a week in hotels, I was desperate to cook again (don’t get me wrong, I love a good hotel but I do miss cooking!) and this … Read more

Sprinkling icing sugar on pancakes working with Mairlyn Smith on

Les Petits Chefs make lemon ricotta pancakes from Peace Love & Fibre with Mairlyn Smith

We were thrilled to welcome Mairlyn Smith back to the school this week to cook from her latest book, Peace, Love & Fibre. The boys have worked with Mairlyn a few times before – they’ve made butter tarts, Grab n Go cookies, and did a little improv in the kitchen too (did you know Mairlyn … Read more