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Tooting My Own Horn

On Wednesday morning, li’l ole me did a cooking segment on CH Morning Live in Hamilton. Their host, Brian, and I chatted about Real Women of Philadelphia and my cauliflower crème brûlée. The best part is when I call a spatula a whisk about half way through, hahahaha. I just wanted to share it with you, and give myself a pat on the back for managing to talk and cook simultaneously without chopping my fingers off. Here’s a link, for your viewing pleasure:

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Now that’s a block party!

This past Saturday, my neighbourhood hosted a street party that was too good not to share with you. The event was called Marche Nocturne, and was inspired by communal feasts held in certain regions of France. After months of planning, over 250 people gathered at one long table to celebrate the sense of community that we are so lucky to have in our neighbourhood. The festivities honoured a dear family friend who passed away this year of pancreatic cancer, and whose incredible neighbourly spirit was the inspiration for the event.

Guests brought with them salads and desserts, and roast pig was served to those who wished it. A silent auction, as well as private donations raised nearly $17,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Canada.

Almost as spectacular as the fundraising efforts, was the sight of everyone gathered at one long table (complete with red gingham table cloth), in their “summer whites”. Food and drink was passed between strangers and friends alike; it goes to show that gathering for a communal meal brings people together in a rare and inspiring way. Whether your table holds four of four hundred, it is a place where great things can happen.

These photos don’t do the event justice, but here is a glimpse at our first annual Marche Nocturne.

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Mares eat oats, and does eat oats

And little lambs eat ivy. A kid’ll eat ivy too, wouldn’t you?

Perhaps, but you would probably rather eat these delicious sheep cookies that I made over Easter weekend. Their adorable fur is just a sprinkling of sweetened coconut. Yum! Precious, and tasty.

They were inspired by a trip to visit my friend’s sheep farm to see his 3 week old lambs. I was dying of cuteness overload.

I also made some tulip cookies. They were cute too…I guess.

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Let me introduce myself

Hello everyone! My name is Elise Copps-Smith, and I love to cook, bake, craft, and do just about anything creative.  Here on my blog you’ll find some of my original recipes and projects that I think are worth sharing with the world.  Everything I post has been created in my kitchen, so feel free to ask questions about what you read. If you are interested in more photos of my concoctions, and others that I admire, check out my photoblog at Thanks for stopping by, and bon appetite!

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