Hands-down the best chocolate chip cookie recipe | Chocolate chip cookie recipe

Single cookie

There is something special about the classic chocolate chip cookie and while I’ve never met one that I wouldn’t eat, this recipe below is the definitive version.

A number of years ago my mother gave me one of those recipe books that you would totally overlook. It is a wire-bound, small book called 100 Best Holiday Cookies and the Classic Chocolate Chunk Cookie recipe is hands-down the best.

I’m not coming at this conclusion quickly or lightly. There was a lot of research done, much disappointment and many batches of sub-standard cookies. I tried every chocolate chip cookie recipe I could find but not one was worth making twice. Ever since I tried this obscure little recipe  from a book I’ve never heard of I stopped looking. I have made this recipe exclusively for years now and have shared many times. So here you are.

Chocolate chip cookies

  • 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a small bowl and set aside. Beat butter, sugars and vanilla in a mixer on medium until creamy. Add egg and mix well. Gradually add flour mixture mixing well. Stir in chocolate chips. Using a scoop drop onto a greased or non-stick cookie sheet.
  3. Bake roughly 11 minutes until light golden brown. Cool on the sheet for about one minute and move to cool on a wire rack.

Cookie sheet

stack of cookies

Indigo cross napkins | Indigo cross napkins

napkin on plate

I have a passion for table linens, actually it could be bordering on an obsession. Cloth napkins bring a touch of importance to a meal, they are ecologically friendly, they are gracious and they are easy to use. It’s simple, you just wash them and fold them right out of the dryer. Not that difficult to manage, really and you’re keeping tons of paper waste out of landfills.

So, that being said, my most recent linen project was these indigo cross napkins. There is no complicated stencil or techniques involved just some fabric paint and a water brush. I used some pre-made napkins that I had left-over from another project but you could easily use any white fabric and simply hem straight edges on a sewing machine. Or if you’re not a sewer just cut the fabric to the desired size square and fray the edges.

cross napkins

These napkins are 18 inches square which is the standard size for an informal dinner napkin.

painted cross

We’ve all seen a lot of this cross pattern recently – usually in black and white but remember, anything that black can do indigo can do better.

place setting


Kensington Market in Toronto | Kensington Market

Kensington graffiti

Kensington Market is a truly unique neighbourhood in Toronto. One of the oldest areas, it is the definition of urban multiculturalism. You’ll find Caribbean patties, Mexican tacos, spices, vegetables, fish, cheese and great cafes. Not just food, though, the area has the best vintage shopping in the city and a large selection of contemporary crafts shops. The neighbourhood is congested, noisy, smelly and lively. You’ll see great street art and people from every walk of life.

 Kensington market map

Kensington Market is located west of Spadina Avenue, east of Bathurst Street and south of College Street, north of Dundas Street West. The area is very congested especially on the weekends and there is very little-to-no street parking. There is a parking garage on Baldwin Street and a parking lot on Bellevue Ave.

Kensington market graffiti

Some of the highlights include the following:

Augusta Avenue

Longboard Living 202 Augusta Avenue Cruising on a skateboard says freedom. 416 901 7787 www.longboardliving.com

Kid Icarus 205 Augusta Avenue I found a true treasure trove of map inspired items (my obsession) among the range of really great crafts, sources are primarily Canadian. The real stand-out are the silkscreened prints and cards, the majority of which are printed by them. They also do custom design work for invitations and event posters. 416.977.7236 www.kidicarus.ca

Blue Banana Market 250 Augusta Avenue It’s a department store of interesting finds, a fantastic mix of crafts. 416 594 6600 

Good Egg 267 Augusta Avenue There are some things that are made for each other… peanut butter and jam, eggs and bacon… the food metaphor is intentional and appropriate when describing Good Egg. A quirky, lovely store dedicated to food in a quirky, lovely neighbourhood. No food just food stuff and books. 416 593 4663 www.goodegg.ca

Bungalow 273 Augusta Ave. One of the best vintage stores in an area lousy with vintage. Not just clothes but furniture and housewares. 416 598 0204 www.bungalow.to

Fresh Collective 274 Augusta Ave. Looking for a special dress that you won’t see on everyone you meet? FC is the place to go for pieces that are for the most-part locally designed and truly unique.  416 966 0123 www.freshcollective.com

Model Citizen 279 Augusta Ave. Silkscreening on-site, clothing, accessories, local designers. 416.703.7625 www.modelcitizentoronto.com 

Kensington market graffiti

Nassau Street

Lettuce Knit 86 Nassau Street  Inspiring little knitting shop with a range of supplies. Look for the yarn wrapped fence posts outside.  416·203·9970 www.lettuceknit.com

Kensington market graffiti

Baldwin Street

Tom’s Place 190 Baldwin Street One of the best kept secrets of well-heeled Bay Street types. Discounted high-end business attire in Kensington since 1958. 416 596 0297 www.toms-place.com

Hooked 206 Baldwin Street This seafood market was named in the “Best of the City” 2012 issue of Toronto Life magazine. They hold seafood prep and cooking classes including Sunny Dreams of Sushi, Summer Starters and Fish cooking. One of two locations, see the Riverside guide. 647 925 1835  www.hookedinc.ca

Army Navy Deals.ca 199 Baldwin St. Great, sliding piles and stuffed racks of camo, uniform pieces, bags etc.


Kensington Avenue

By far the best vintage shopping in the city is on Kensington Avenue. There are so many shops on this street that naming them will take us a bit longer – vintage store after vintage store lines the street. The grand old dame of vintage in Toronto Courage My Love is located here.

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