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Chocolate Ganache Tart

Love is sweet. Love is salty. Love is this Chocolate Ganache Tart. If there is one thing that I must have every Valentine’s Day, it’s got to be a chocolate dessert. And when I say chocolate dessert, I mean pure chocolate. No chocolate covered fruit or anything like that– chocolate must be the star! This year, I would have to say that I hit it out of the park with this sinfully rich Chocolate Ganache Tart! This tart is so decadent (thanks to two kinds of chocolate and some whipping cream) that you only need to eat a small slice to get that chocolate fix. This is great since this tart can be shared amongst a large group of people, or enjoyed over the course of a few days by you and your loved one! 😉 Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate There are two basic elements to this Chocolate Ganache Tart. First is the chocolate tart base that gets its chocolate flavour from unsweetened cocoa powder. The second (and arguably the most impressive) is the …

Orange & Almond Biscotti

I couldn’t let the holidays pass us by without featuring an Italian cookie in my #12DaysOfChristmas series! Growing up in a part-Italian family, we always looked forward to the Italian treats and desserts. From tiramisu to cannoli we had it all! But my all-time favourite dessert recipe (which just so happens to be a cookie recipe) is Biscotti. Biscotti are a very divisive cookie; some people love them and some people really dislike them. I personally enjoy the hard, crunchy and crumbly texture of these cookies, especially when enjoyed the traditional way with a espresso or tea. They get their hard texture from being baked twice. The dough is first formed into a large log and baked whole. After that, the log is sliced into pieces and baked once again to really dry out the biscotti cookies. There are endless biscotti recipes and flavours out there, but I really love this combination of  Orange and Almond. Almond biscotti are very traditional, but the flavour of these biscotti are elevated with the addition of orange zest, …

Maple Pork Belly Bites

These Maple Pork Belly Bites make the perfect appetizer for the holiday season. They are sweet, savoury, spicy and are packed with tons of flavour. Plus the bite-sized portions really help you control this rich cut of meat! Pork belly comes from– you guessed it– the belly of the pig. The cut of meat is what is also used to make bacon. It is heavily marbled with meat and fat, meaning that it will be juicy, tender and flavourful once cooked. I prefer to roast or braise the pork belly for a few hours in the oven so that the fat renders off slowly. Plus, this makes the meat super tender! This cut of meat typically comes with a thick cap of fat and pork skin. This gets nice and crispy when roasted under the broiler. It is important to lightly score the fat with a sharp knife so that the pork cooks evenly. I buy my Pork Belly from Fairway Market in Victoria. Fairway is an Asian grocery store that has just about any …

Gluten-Free Almond Thumbprint Cookies

I didn’t forget about my Gluten-Free friends during the #12DaysOfChristmas! I have made this delicious and not-too-sweet cookie recipe using almond flour and whole almonds. These Gluten-Free Almond Thumbprint Cookies are inspired by may grandma’s almond cookie that she makes every Christmas. While hers are made with ground almonds, marzipan and flour, I am keeping my recipe 100% gluten-free. These cookies are much lighter but pack a ton of almond flavour just like my grandma’s recipe. In this recipe, I use ground almond flour, almond extract and whole almonds to give these cookies lots of flavour and texture. The ground almond flour makes the cookie crumble nicely and have a bit of a bite while the almond extract adds a deep almond flavour. The whole almond on top of the cookie adds lots of crunch and texture. These cookies have everything you are looking for! To get the full recipe for my Gluten-Free Almond Thumbprint Cookies, click here!

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Ginger Molasses cookies are the perfect cookie for the winter months. They’re soft, chewy, spicy and sweet and go great with a cup of milk or tea. They go even better as the fourth recipe that is part of my #12DaysOfChristmas series on my blog! These Ginger Molasses Cookies are inspired by the infamous Ginger Molasses cookies at Starbucks. It’s pretty basic, I know, but I love the chewy texture of these cookies…it’s almost comforting! I also adore the sparkle that these cookies have from being rolled around in granulated sugar before they are baked. That extra little glisten makes these cookies extra festive during the holiday season. My Ginger Molasses Cookie shines bright with a dusting of granulated sugar prior to baking! This recipe for Ginger Molasses Cookies is special in that it uses three types/forms of ginger: ground, fresh and crystallized. Each form of ginger gives different textures or qualities to these cookies. The ground ginger gives it a subtle spice, the fresh ginger gives it some bite, and the crystallized ginger adds …

Shortbread Cookies

The “12 Days of Christmas” series continues today on my blog! For the third day of Christmas, I have another traditional recipe—Shortbread Cookies! This Shortbread Cookie recipe has been passed down in my family for generations and was originally developed by my great-grandma. I have never met her, but I know that she would be happy with me sharing her recipe with all of my readers. However, I bet she would have never imagined that I would share it over the internet 😛 I have had many shortbread cookies before and I can definitely say that this one is, hands down, the best I have ever had. I am not just saying that because it is my family recipe, I truly mean it. Sometimes, shortbreads can be too light and crumbly. Sometimes they are overpoweringly sweet. Or sometimes, there is no flavour to them at all. That is not the case here. These Shortbread Cookies are on the firmer side and crumble perfectly in your mouth—the texture is on point! I suspect that this comes …

Chocolate Rudolph Cookies

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. But do you recall, the most famous reindeer of all? It is the second day of the #12DaysOfChristmas series and do I ever have the perfect holiday cookie for you! These chocolate and cherry cookies are named after Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the true star and hero of Christmas. In my household, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without these Chocolate Rudolph Cookies. My mom got this recipe from a Christmas Cookie magazine in the 90’s and she has been making them ever since. These fudgy chocolate cookies have a chewy, brownie-like base and are adorned with bright Maraschino cherries (to look like Rudolph’s nose). The richness of the cocoa combined with the sweetness of the Maraschino cherry is an unexpected flavor combination for the holiday season, but it works so well! Whether you make them for your friends and family, or leave them out for Santa, these cookies are sure to go down in history! 😉 To get the full …

Winter Spices

Happy December, everyone! I can’t believe how fast this year has come and gone… but I can say that this year is going to go out with a bang! Amongst all the exciting events that are coming up, I am looking forward to all the delicious treats that are to come over the holiday season! If you follow me on Instagram (@seasonserveblog) you will know that for the month of December, I am bringing back my holiday blog series called AppyHolidays! For this series, I will be posting a fabulous holiday appetizer that you can serve at a holiday party that you may be hosting or to bring to a holiday party that you are attending this season. This has to be one of my favourite series on the blog since appetizers are my favourite part of any meal! In addition to AppyHolidays, I am also working on another festive blog series for December called The 12 Days of Christmas! If you are into food blogs, you will have probably seen other food bloggers run …

Ricotta & Spinach Stuffed Shells

Ricotta cheese, spinach, pasta, and tomato sauce are four ingredients that make the best comforting Italian dishes. These four ingredients are very versatile and can be combined in numerous ways, including lasagna, ravioli, tortellini, manicotti, and in this recipe for Ricotta & Spinach Stuffed Shells. While the former dishes require a bit of time, assembly, and patience, the latter is super quick and easy. In fact, it is so easy that you could make this any night of the week! For the full recipe for Ricotta & Spinach Stuffed Shells, click here! This recipe for Ricotta & Spinach Stuffed Shells is broken out into three basic parts: the ricotta and spinach filling, the tomato sauce and the pasta. These can be prepared in advance or can easily be prepared together as other parts of the dish cook or cool down. I begin by creating the ricotta and spinach mixture as the spinach needs to be cooked and cooled down before adding it into the ricotta cheese. I also add in some sautéed onions, garlic, cayenne …

Green Smoothie

We are 25 days into the new year and I have finally found the time to get back into blogging. While it appeared like I was on a mini vacation, this past month has been a whirlwind and I have been extremely busy- with an exciting event and a not-so-exciting event. First, the exciting event. To start off the new year I did something crazy… I moved to Victoria, BC! I have to get my About Me page updated now 😛 Talk about new year, new me! I just got a new job based in Victoria so we packed up and move out to The Island. Surprisingly, the move went incredibly smooth considering that we had to travel from the mainland to Vancouver Island- only about 70 kilometres- but we (and all my stuff) had to take a ferry to get there. I have moved a lot in the past few years and even though moving kind of sucks, I really like the feeling of having a “fresh start” and a new environment around me. …