Instant Pot Apple Pear Butter

This year we were blessed with an abundance of apple pear (aka Asian pear or sand pear). This fruit is a pear that has a taste that is like pears but crispy like an apple. Since we had so many pears, I decided to make some apple pear butter to savor the taste through out…

Spiced Asian Pear

As I was searching for recipes to make with my Asian pears, I came across this recipe through my coworkers. Normally she would make spiced blueberries but suggested that I try this with some Asian pears. Well it was a hit with my family and goes great with so many dishes. Think of chutney. Slightly…

Sourdough Discard Dinner Rolls

I still have my sourdough starter from the beginning of the pandemic. Its a little sad in the back of the fridge and I tend to forget to feed it. I discovered this recipe to use up some of the sourdough starter since I don’t bake with it often. Its an easy to go to…

Watermelon Rind Pickles

Hot summer weather is always better with nice ice cold watermelon. We’ve had an especially hot summer this year with the heat dome so watermelon was always in our fridge. If you’ve ever cut your own watermelon, you would understand that there is a lot of compost that comes with it. As I was googling…

Sourdough Nutella Brownie

My love of baking is something that keeps me sane during these last couple of weeks. Some of you know that I recently had a baby (almost 3 months!). That means my creativity and spare time went down the window. Sleep deprived and constantly looking after a little one took its toll on my creative…

Shiso Furikake

I have finally grown my own shiso plant from seed. The first year I had little success. This year, I managed to grow two plants!! Unfortunately, with two plants you don’t get a lot of leaves so you can’t make a lot of things in mass quantities. I decided to preserve the leaves in salt…

Pumpkin Puree Alfredo

Leftover pumpkin puree can be hard to use especially when you don’t have a lot left. I discovered this recipe that gives alfredo sauce a new take and added nutrition. Prepare the ingredients. You will need 2 tbsp of butter, 1 clove of grated garlic, 1 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup of Parmesan…

Salted Cherry Blossoms

It was recently cherry blossom season and I had been wanting to salt them for many years. I usually end up missing the chance to forage for them and by the time I think of it, the season is over. This year I was able to get my hands on a handful of blossoms. Since…

Homemade Pasta by Hand

Making pasta isn’t as hard as you think. It does take a bit of practice and testing to get the consistency that you want. There are a ton of different flours, methods and recipes. I also wouldn’t consider myself an expert. I just love experimenting and trying things out. That’s something I encourage everyone to…

Panetonne French Toast Casserole

Every Christmas we get a Panetonne, either as a gift or buy one on our own. Every year I love it but also realize how huge the loaf is. If you have never had a Panetonne, it is an Italian cake filled with citrus and raisins. It is buttery and soft and yummy. Usually I…