A few months ago, I spent some time doing volunteer work in Kenya through the volunteer agency International Volunteer HQ. I stayed with a Kenyan family and volunteered at an orphanage, Internally Displaced Persons camps, and with the Masai (warrior tribes in Kenya). It was an extremely moving experience. Read more.

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    French Friday with Dorie’s Classic and Cocoa Sables

    Filed under :Around My French Table, chocolate, Cinnamon, cocoa, Desserts, Dorie Greenspan, orange zest, sables, shortbread
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    Classic and Cocoa Sables

    Every Friday, an intrepid group of bloggers and Dorie Greenspan groupies (yeeaaaahhhhh DORIE!) blog about a recipe from her fabulous- and massive- Around My French Table.  Dorie has long been renowned for her virtuosic baking skills, and Around My French Table ventures into the realm of French cooking with recipes she developed and culled from Parisian cuisine.

    This Friday, the recipe on tap was Cocoa Sablés, a thick buttery cookie with texture akin to shortbread (indeed, a sablé is a French shortbread of sorts).  I was excited to try not only the cocoa version, but also her classic butter sablés version as well.

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    Guest Post on Frosting for the Cause

    Filed under :Cookies, Desserts, Frosting for the Cause, Sugar Cookies
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    Today I’m guest posting on Frosting for the Cause.  A big thank you to Paula for the beautiful cause and for letting me participate.  365 bloggers are baking sugar cookies or cupcakes in support of cancer research, and I’m honoured to be a part of it.

    Daring Bakers- Panna Cotta and Florentine Cookies

    Filed under :balsamic vinegar, cream, Daring Bakers, Desserts, Florentine cookies, panna cotta, Strawberries
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    panna cotta with balsamic strawberries

    The February 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mallory from A Sofa in the Kitchen. She chose to challenge everyone to make Panna Cotta from a Giada De Laurentiis recipe and Nestle Florentine Cookies.

    I recently bought Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa At Home, and decided to make the lovely Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberries on p.190 for this challenge.

    I made the Florentine Cookies three ways- one with chocolate in the middle as a sandwich cookie, one with decorative chocolate on top, and the last plain.  All three were a big hit in my office.

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