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Miso Mushroom Oven-Baked Risotto

Baked Mushroom Risotto | www.kiwiandbean.com

I’ve never been much of a risotto-maker because, well, the stirring. A traditional risotto requires its maker to stand at the stove for a half hour or so and stir. Constantly. No pausing (for, let’s say a glass of wine with a dinner guest, a conversation with spouse or an emergency diaper change) allowed. I rarely have the time or patience for such an all-consuming kitchen endeavour.

So the discovery that risotto could be—get this—baked in the oven (nary a stir required) was a bit of a game-changer for me. Risotto turned from a daunting chore to a do-able dinner. A dinner that I could pull off in a hurry on an ordinary Wednesday. Risotto on a Wednesday! Continue Reading →

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Tex-Mex Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Tex Mex Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

The other day I texted my friend (who is also a mom of two young kids) to tell her that I was feeding my kids hot dogs for dinner. And by “hot dogs,” I actually meant weiners that I had dug out of the back of my freezer, defrosted in a mixing bowl of cold water, steamed, and then cut into tiny pieces. Steamed broccoli on the side. Continue Reading →

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Three Ingredient Italian Sausage and Mushroom Bolognese

Quick Italian Sausage and Mushroom Bolognese | www.kiwiandbean.com

It feels a bit like I have spent the last month and a half in my car. Shuttling the Bean to and from school each day, nipping over to our under-renovation house to solve this or that dilemma (did we forget to vent the stove? Will we actually be able to get a washer/dryer through that door?), and driving out to various middle-of-nowhere warehouses to source hardwood, tiles, bathroom fixtures and all the other things that can apparently only be sold in the middle-of-nowhere. Continue Reading →

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Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes | www.kiwiandbean.com

Weekend breakfasts take on a new importance come autumn, don’t they? After rushing through the daily routine for five weekdays, there is no better way to unwind than rolling out of bed on a Saturday morning to a big cup of coffee, some great tunes, a newspaper, and a plate of greasier-than-usual breakfast fare.

Ok, so “rolling out of bed” is not quite accurate if I’m being honest about the Saturday morning routine in my house. The Bean usually shakes me awake at about 6:50 a.m. and drags me grudgingly out of bed (“Mama I’m huuuuuuuugry”) while Kiwi pulls the covers over his head to go back to sleep.

And there is typically no coffee or newspaper waiting for me. Strike that. There is never any coffee or newspaper waiting for me. But thanks to the brilliant folks who invented that whole Nespresso contraption, coffee is never too far off. Continue Reading →

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