December 9, 2008

Oh the weather outside is frightful

But the fire of my stove is delightful. So in light of the impending transit strike in my city and the desire to cocoon at home with good food since it's all snowy and wintery out there at the moment, I thought I'd share a few of my favourite recipes with you. Maybe I'll make this a regular thing for me in this space, if Susan doesn't mind? since I'm as much a cook as she is an Etsy shopper.

And let's face it ... food is a huge part of a wedding.

MM loves to eat and is very happy about his lot in life as my future husband, since I enjoy cooking but am not fussy about it. Must be the former farm girl in me - my favourite meal is still a good rare roast beef, with mashed potatoes, green beans with butter and almonds and an apple cobbler/crisp for dessert.

Speaking of Apple Cobbler, my grandma's recipe is the one I make and I've had it up on Recipezaar for ages. It always gets good reviews and I love that darn appley-cinnamony-oatmeal goodness so darn much!

My favourite cooking blog is over at 101 What I like about this blogger is that she's vegetarian, offers vegan options, but isn't preachy about, and her recipes feel homey, almost vintage. Like this week's post about Caramelized Onion Dip. She's updated the classic dip that my mom served to people made from Lipton Soup Mix.

I could see serving this at the wedding. Heck I had originally thought about using my own recipes for the wedding. serving classic roast beef and a fancier version of my own cobbler (with vanilla bean baked in and freshly grated cinnamon). But that was back when it was a fall event. Now I'll have to think about what I want for a spring shindig. Yummy!

Rain Down On Me

I was lucky enough to receive a note from the fabulous people at .: Rainflower Company :. the other day. Mirella takes ordinary flowers and makes extraordinary pieces of art out of them ... and she's put together a contest you may be interested in!

Here are the details straight from her site:

Rainflower Company is in the spirit of giving, and has put together an amazing contest for one super lucky couple! We are giving away up to $1000 value in Fabulous Fresh Fleurs for your wedding day! Pretty Fabulous!!! What do you have to do to win? Just tell us why you should win in 150 words or less of course, and please include a picture of the happy couple. If you or someone you know is getting married in Toronto or the GTA between the months of March and December 2009, you are eligible to win! Please visit and click on the contest button and fill out the form with all of the required information to enter! Contestants will be judged on several criteria, including creativity, wedding theme, location, and overall how badly you want this. So don’t hold back, let your creativity bloom and have some fun with this!
(The lucky winning couple must be willing to have their photos published on The Blog, Newsletters and any other press/media coverage.)
*Contest closes January 30th, 2009 with the winner being announced February 2nd, 2009. Good luck to all participants and we can’t wait to see your submissions!

Check out some of her work!

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