S’mores Cupcakes

If you go camping just for the s’mores, these cupcakes are for you, any season. Save the gas,

Graham Cake

This wonderful, moist cake tastes just like honey graham crackers. I use it for my memorable

Chocolate Ganache 101

Here’s the foolproof way to make perfect ganache. A ganache is a supple chocolate glaze,

A Slice


Susan Sampson was born in Budapest and grew up in Toronto’s Little Hungary, nicknamed the “Goulash Archipelago.” Having both parents in the gruelling restaurant business sent her running in the opposite direction. She landed in the field of journalism.

The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, became her second home for 23 years. She worked as an editor and writer, eventually producing the Saturday lifestyles section before moving to the Test Kitchen in 2002. There, she stirred the pot as an editor, columnist, news and feature writer, recipe tester and developer, and product reviewer. It was a fortuitous midlife career change: Susan ended up doing what she loved best without the inconvenience of leaving the building.

Along the way, she started collecting kitchen tips and tricks – an addiction that culminated in her first book, 12,167 Kitchen and Cooking Secrets.



Smashing Pumpkins

Forget the canned stuff. Homemade pumpkin purée tastes pleasantly fresher and lighter. Use a halved pie pumpkin (for best results) or even large chunks (skin and all) from a jack-o’-lantern pumpkin. Roast the



Presto! Mayo in a Minute

How to make fuss-free, foolproof mayonnaise and aioli  . . . . What if I said you could make thick, luscious, fluffy, homemade mayonnaise in a mere minute? Yep, it’s a miracle.

Do You Believe in Miracles?

Shirataki noodles are carb-free, fat-free and full of fibre . . . . Do you believe in miracle noodles? I won’t lie. Eating shirataki can make me feel like I am consuming a science experiment.

My Gravy Train

The Fords may not approve, but I make lots, in advance . . . .  Mayor Rob Ford was always badmouthing “the gravy.” Sorry, Mr. Mayor, sometimes you just gotta have it.