Guest Post: Boozy White Hot Chocolate

by strawberryginger on December 4, 2013

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Hello Strawberry Ginger fans!  My name is Samantha and I blog over at The Little Ferraro Kitchen ( My food blog focuses on cultural cuisine, based on my diverse background and you’ll find everything from Mediterranean dishes to French, Italian and even a few Hawaiian recipes thrown in as well!

I am so thrilled to be helping out and guest-posting for Kim while she has a few things to take care of, because frankly….I totally owe it to her! Kim made these awesome Buttered Popcorn Cookies  for my blog recently while I was away in Europe and I am still going ga-ga for them!

Because we’re all getting into the sweet Holiday spirit, I thought a sweet and boozy nightcap sounded deliciously festive! So therefore, Boozy White Hot Chocolate was born and let me tell you, this is a lover! Confession: I can’t eat regular dark or milk chocolate, so I have to succumb to the sweet white chocolate and sometimes it’s not exactly my favorite. So my advice is to get the best quality white chocolate you can find. I used Ghirardelli, which is delicious! It’s sweet and melts perfectly but doesn’t offer that odd chalky aftertaste that the cheaper brands do.

Thank you so much for inviting me to guest post for you, Kim! And if you’d like to follow me, you can follow me on Facebook    Twitter  and Pinterest  Happy Holidays everyone!

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Two-bite Trail Mix Cookies (Gluten Free, Vegan, Low Sugar)

by strawberryginger on November 15, 2013

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First of all, I have to tell you about a food blog that I have been obsessing over for the last month: I’m not vegan, but I am trying to eat more vegan dishes these days. The creator, Angela, does an amazing job at developing delicious and delightful vegan recipes and so far, every dish that I have made has been outstanding – even Ryan likes loves them!

Second of all, let’s tackle the elephant in the room – the ingredient list for this cookie. It’s long. But don’t let it hinder you from baking these delicious little things. Most of the ingredients can be found at the Bulk Barn (in Canada) and the odd one you might have to find at a whole foods store. If you are in the US, the ingredients are available at Whole Foods. I am here to tell you that these cookies are worth every single ingredient. Not only is it worth the time, but each ingredient adds up to make the most divine little bite that won’t make you feel guilty.

P.S. I made one small tweak to the recipe – I used raw pumpkin seeds instead of sesame seeds.

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Pecan Almond Butter

October 31, 2013
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Warning: If you make this, they will come. In droves. Lock your doors. This nut butter is…. GOOD. The recipe came from my friend Connie, over at Ruby Reduction. She brought us a couple of jars one day, and Ryan and I couldn’t get enough. We were gluttonous. We wanted to ask for more. And […]

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Sweet Potato Cake

October 16, 2013
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I love making baked goods with veggies hidden inside. Ok, Ok, I know, the name of this recipe doesn’t make you want to eat it. It seems weird. But, trust me. This cake is incredibly moist and (deceptively) delicious. I swear the sweet potatoes cause something magical to happen in the oven!  I guess there is a […]

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Easy Lemon Cookies

September 24, 2013
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My good friend Connie, who happens to be a fellow foodie and food blogger, lives one floor below me in our condo building. She is one of the best cookie bakers I have ever met. Every batch of cookies she bakes is sheer perfection. Connie has an amazing gift of creating the perfect batch of […]

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Broccoli Ramen Crunch Salad

September 19, 2013
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Last Friday, my good friend Sara invited me over for dinner. Our night had the perfect recipe:  a jug of  beer from Beyond the Pale (it’s local and fabulous); a loaf of bread from Art is In (one of Ottawa’s yummiest places to eat); belly-laughs (Sara’s pretty funny); and great conversation. Oh, and this amazing salad. P.S. Perfect […]

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Grilled Halibut with Tomato Basil Salsa

September 15, 2013
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It’s been 5 months since my last blog post. And I’m proud of it. I’d like to say that I’ve been travelling the world….but I did something WAY better – I had a baby! A little boy came into our life on June 18th – keeping my husband and I entertained but very busy!  But […]

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S’mores Squares

April 15, 2013
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Just last week, I confidently packed away my winter jacket, dusted off my cute flats and even bought a pair of maternity shorts. Patios were packed and spring was in full effect. That is, until I woke up to this lovely sight on Friday – 20cm of snow…are you kidding me? Ugh. Forget the pickles […]

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