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Pistachio Nanaimo Bars

pistachio nanaimo bars on a white tray in a pile

Today I have a very Canadian treat to share with you. Nanaimo bars! All the Canadians reading this are licking their lips, but the rest of you are probably going, huh? Nanaimo bars are a tray dessert made up of a crust layer of crushed graham crackers, nuts, coconut and chocolate, a filling of fluffy vanilla frosting and a chocolate topping. But I wanted to do something a little more special and a little more green (after all it is St. Patrick’s Day) so here is a recipe for pistachio Nanaimo bars! Keep reading

Decadent Chocolate Coconut Swirl Pie

coconut chocolate swirl pie in dish with yellow dish cloth beside

Sometimes I really crave complex baking projects. I love dreaming up a new combination of flavors or textures and spending tons of time researching. I often don’t share the results of these little journeys because they are too complicated and specific to my weird taste to bother you guys with. But sometimes I end up with something worth sharing and that’s even more exciting. This chocolate coconut swirl pie is just that. If you make this beauty you’ll definitely want to display it with pride, it’s quite a looker.

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Carrot-Pineapple Cake for Dan

Carrot-pineapple cake with cream cheese frosting from the top with flowers

I must admit I don’t particularly care for Valentine’s day and I rarely even acknowledge it’s existence. In theory it’s a great idea. Celebrating love! Yes, I am so in! There isn’t anything more important to celebrate. But Valentine’s day is about romantic love and that means missing out on so much other love worthy of celebration. What about love in a family or between friends? Or the love we have for our communities and our fellow human beings? I want to celebrate all those kinds of love! But all that said, this year I also really wanted to celebrate my awesome partner Dan, just because he is the best, you know? So this year Valentine’s day is all about carrot-pineapple cake.

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Caramelized Bananas

small pile of caramelized bananas on a white background

This recipe is from Good and Cheap.

Good and Cheap cover 2nd edition

Good and Cheap is a gorgeous cookbook for people with limited income, particularly on a $4/day food stamps budget. The PDF is free (ahora en Español!) and has been downloaded more than 1,000,000 times. I have more cookbooks, too!

These bananas—cooked in just a bit of caramel—are crispy and gooey on the outside and almost like a soft pudding inside. Sweet, messy, and irresistible. They make a great topping for ice cream or cake or pudding, but are also lovely on their own. Caramelized bananas are a really wonderfully inexpensive, satisfying treat if you are craving something sweet, but not wanting to spend much. Keep reading

Leanne Brown

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Good and Cheap cover 2nd edition

Good and Cheap is a gorgeous cookbook for people with limited income, particularly on a $4/day food stamps budget. The PDF is free (ahora en Español!) and has been downloaded over 1,000,000 times. I have more cookbooks!

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