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Honey & Pink Peppercorn Brioche

Fact: writing recipes is hard. Perfecting them is even harder.

Not even the best of us kitchen people get it right the first time — I’ve read quotes from top chefs talking about how they’ve spent years developing and tweaking their signature dishes.

And recipes don’t happen in a vacuum, either — in the pastry industry, we walk a path that’s been largely paved for us, relying age-old techniques that allow us to experiment with new forms of presentation and flavours.

If you engross yourself in the work of others and you’re suddenly inspired, then that’s a gift meant to be shared and passed on, not horded and used to polish your own self image.

This issue is often on my mind, because I often see recipes online with no credit given to their original authors.

And it bothers me, because it’s ridiculously disrespectful.

I’m not going to finger-point, but I’m often disgusted by how some of the “big bloggers” out there fail to light the way for those ahead of them by dimming the lights on those behind.

You should never be ashamed to give credit or cite inspiration.

If a reader can flip through more than 5 recipes in a row on a pastry blog and not see a single “adapted from…”, then it’s likely you’ve been pilfering from somewhere (unless you’re David Lebovitz — but even he talks about his inspiration and the recipes picked up from colleagues).

In a nutshell: not giving credit — just don’t do it. Sheesh.

Anyways, with all that off my chest, I bring you an inspired recipe: honey and pink peppercorn brioche.

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Chai-Infused Vodka

Infusing your own vodka is so easy, it’s ridiculous — all you need is a few tools and a little patience!

The idea to infuse my own chai vodka struck me back when I made chai cookies. I love all things chai and I’ve always wanted to flavour my own vodka, especially since I don’t think plain old vodka tastes very good (I’m more of a beer and wine person).

This is why, when I ended up with a bottle of vodka over the holidays, I knew the day had come: the stars aligned and chai vodka totally happened!

So, when it comes to infusing vodka, it’s less about concrete rules and more about guidelines to success. For example…

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Spicy Sweet Potato Cornbread

First post of 2011! It kinda took me awhile to get around to it.

I’m sure everyone has New Years resolutions, too — except me. I can never keep them anyways, and neither can anyone else!

That’s okay, though — self-improvement shouldn’t be a promise you make to yourself just once a year anyways.

Speaking of improvement, though, I just made this awesome cornbread recipe I’ve had on the back burner for a while.

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