In the late Winter months in Calgary, I like to break up the comfort food cycle at least once a week with something a little more exotic. Dishes with bright flavors and colors mean so much more when you can see the promise of Spring. These recipes are like flavorful foreshadowings of summer. The flavors and spices provide a bit of tasty bliss!
I love these recipes because they can be made by all ages (even wee little ones - especially the Reindeer Cookies). The Chocolate Oat Drop Cookies need some supervision when melting the butter and dropping the cookies. Both recipes are fast, easy and can really help you out in a holiday pinch when your child or significant other comes home and remembers they need 50 cookies first thing tomorrow morning for a cookie exchange at school or work. We’ve all been there, and now I have recipes for just such occasions!
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to visit the Academia Barilla in Parma, a centre dedicated to the preservation of Italian food culture with cooking classes, research and development projects, events and an epic Gastronomic Library that houses over 11,000 cookbooks dating back to the 16th century.
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