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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    Experimental Candy Bar Cookies

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    I decided to experiment.

    I had a can of sweetened, condensed milk I wanted to use, and J deserved cookies.  We were heading into an exam period, and it was going to be rough.  I had never used condensed milk to make cookies, but was particularly inspired by this Taste of Home recipe, and decided to give it a go.

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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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    Toronto Bakes for Japan

    Filed under :Baking, brownies, chocolate, Cinnamon, Desserts, Holidays, Toronto Bakes for Japan, walnuts
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    Thank you so much Heena of Tiffin Tales and Niya of Destiny, Domesticity and Dirty Secrets, who organized the fabulous Toronto Bakes for Japan Bake Sale.  As Japan was hit with several disasters in a row, Heena determined to help in any way she could.  In answer to why we should have this bake sale, she eloquently and succintly wrote:

    Because we can.  We must…. Japan had been hit by a massive 8.9 earthquake. Over the next few days, I watched as the country was hit by one disaster after another.  My heart broke a little each time I saw the images of death and destruction, of kids being scanned for signs of radiation, of rescue workers searching for the bodies of victims, of survivors trying desperately to find their loved ones.  I sent up a silent prayer each time, but I wanted to do more…. I bake almost every week, and I know so do hundreds of passionate food lovers all over Toronto. If we all put our efforts together, can we make a difference? I really believe we can.

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