All posts tagged: #summer

Double Coconut Bars

Coconut is one of my favorite summer time (ahem..year round) flavors. I’m instantly transported to that pool side pina colada that is synonymous with Caribbean vacations. Why not bring that feeling to every day living? Tri-layer bars are a great weapon to have in your dessert arsenal. Without straying too far away from a standard bar, you can create so many different desserts that you’ll be a Advertisements

Spiced-Up Caesars

HAPPY LONG WEEKEND!  What better way to celebrate the last long weekend of summer that with Canada’s Official Cocktail?  I can just see you now – setting off on a long weekend get-away, piling into a car and heading to cottage country with friends and family, waiting in a half hour line at Weber’s to get their famous burgers (ahem, milkshakes), and cracking open a few cocktails while enjoying the starry night. For you non-Ontarian’s, Weber’s is a famous burger joint right off the highway on the drive to cottage country. There is always a MASSIVE line for their triple patty cheeseburgers on the softest buns, rich chocolate milkshakes, and addicting fries sprinkled in a secret spice. Let’s just say, if it’s not on the way to your cottage, you’ll be making a detour.   This was me a few weekends ago, heading North with a friend visiting from NYC. While we didn’t mind sitting in a bit of traffic as we caught up and I masterfully DJ’d some tunes, we had a few hours to …

Key Lime Frozen Yogurt Dots

I’m back from 5 days in Atlanta, sweating it out in 95F (ahem, 35C) weather. Somehow, the warm weathered followed me home and it’s been just as humid back here in Toronto! This calls for easy summertime snacks that are healthy, tasty, and cooling. In comes frozen yogurt. Frozen yogurt? Isn’t that stuff packed with sugar? Yes. Yes it is. Instead of walking to your nearest self-serve froyo shop, try your own with this dippin’ dots inspired version. You can create any flavour starting with plain yogurt, or use a pre-made flavour from the store shelves. My personal favourite is key lime, but I love the taste of fresh vanilla bean so I had to make my own! This is one of my favourite summer time snacks, let us know some of yours! We’d love to hear from you and maybe try your favourites out for ourselves 🙂 RECIPE Ingredients: 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt 1/2 vanilla bean (or 3/4 tbsp vanilla) Juice of 1 lime 1/4 cup sugar (white or brown) Method: In a …

Black Cherry Galette

Where is the summer going? I was COLD walking to work this morning without a sweater. As much as I hate the humidity, bring back the heat!  Even though it may be cooling down, this summer staple we introduced back in June hasn’t gone anywhere. Strawberry picking days are history, but cherries and peaches are in their prime.  If only I lived in the Okanogan and had BC cherries growing in my backyard….give me five years and all be calling myself a West-Coast-er.  Summer nights call for easy barbecue dinners and this dessert is no different. Nothing better than a flakey pasty crust, under a mountain of juicy berries and a dollop of whipped coconut cream.  Remember, this is totally customizable, so swap out the cherries for the fruit of your choice. Also feel free to use whipped cream or icing sugar instead of coconut cream.  Enjoy! -AS   Ingredients For the dough: 1c all-purpose flour ¼ c almond flour 1 tbsp sugar ½ tsp of salt 6 tbsp butter 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 tbsp …

Strawberry Galette

June, is probably my favourite month of the year. As a kid, nothing was more exciting than when June rolled around because it marked the start of summer, and a two month break from school. Days are longer, the sun is stronger, farmers’ markets are in full swing, and best of all: the end of June marks the beginning of strawberry season. Before heading up to our family cottage for the July long weekend, a day of strawberry picking is in order. It probably takes twice as long as it should since I end up sitting in the fields eating two berries for every one I put in the basket. Eventually we head home with stained fingers and a bounty of berries.