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worthwhile food experiments

Pistachio Cake with Lemon Buttercream and Chocolate Ganache (22)

This was my 22nd birthday, can you believe it? I can't. It took me a while to get into the spirit of it, but a few days before the big day, I realized that I hadn't even thought of what... Continue Reading →


Whoopie Pies

I found this recipe in Butter last year, but in the cookbook it's called the "homemade you know what". I took a cursory glance over the recipe and assumed that I did know what: homemade oreos. Clearly I was wrong.... Continue Reading →

Wookiee Cookies, aka the World’s Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

My family takes May the fourth seriously; it is a holiday to us just like Thanksgiving or Christmas or a birthday. Star Wars is important to us, and, as people do, we celebrate with food. On the menu this year?... Continue Reading →

Homemade Drinking Chocolate

Have you ever had European hot chocolate? If the answer to that question is yes, you should be getting very excited right now. If the answer is no, this recipe is going to blow your mind. Instead of the steaming... Continue Reading →

Homemade Kombucha

Yes, kombucha is a little strange and intimidating to start. I had never heard of it before my first year at McGill, but after my West Coast friends convinced me to try it three or four times, it suddenly started... Continue Reading →

The Final Brownie Battle

Good day humans of Earth! This is (sadly) the final of my brownie battle posts. Today's brownies? The King Arthur Flour and America's Test Kitchen recipes. Both came highly praised and were solid contenders for the title of best brownie.... Continue Reading →

Battle of the Brownies, Part Five

With just four types of brownies left, it seems that I am coming to the end of my great brownie experiment, and, I must be honest, I am excited to try out some recipes for a different category of baked... Continue Reading →

Battle of the Brownies, Part Four

On the fourth day of Brownie month (and beyond), I tested out Ina Garten's Outrageous brownies and the Baked brownie. Both of these have been held up as some of the best recipes out there, but it was pretty clear... Continue Reading →

Battle of the Brownies, Part Three

It is the third glorious day of brownie making! This time I tried out two recipes that weren't on the┬ábest-loved lists, but looked irresistible (yes I judged the recipes by their covers, and I have no regrets). The first, David... Continue Reading →

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