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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    Daring Bakers’ Meringue Coffee Cake

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    Meringue Coffee Cake with Cinnamon and Chocolate

    The March 2011 Daring Baker’s Challenge was hosted by Ria of Ria’s Collection and Jamie of Life’s a Feast.  Ria and Jamie challenged the Daring Bakers to bake a yeasted meringue coffee cake.

    Right from the start this challenge looked yummy.  Yeasted coffee cakes taste a lot like fresh bread with a filling.  Give me fresh bread, butter, and a wedge of brie, and I could happily exist off that, so I knew the biggest challenge would be not eating the whole cake myself.

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    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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    Daring Kitchen Food Talk

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    Check out my article on homey Winter foods on the Daring Kitchen’s Food Talk forum.  It highlights some of my favourite bloggers including Mardi, Cristina, Robin, and more!