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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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Turkey Sausage and Root Vegetable Sheet-Pan Dinner

Turkey Sausage and Root Vegetable Sheet-Pan Dinner

What’s a “sheet-pan dinner,” you ask? Just about the best thing to happen to time-starved cooks everywhere. Take a big ‘ol rimmed cookie sheet, add vegetables, some flavourful meat, a dash of spice and salt, and bake it all up until the veg are soft and brown, the meat is cooked and juicy, and your house smells like you spent all day—and a pile of pots and pans—searing, roasting and braising. Are you with me?

If you needed a reason to love cool-weather cooking, this is it. A summer barbecue (RIP) may be wonderful but a sheet-pan dinner like this one is next-level, cozy, delicious comfort food that cooks while you do more important things (I recommend a glass of white wine and an episode of Olive Kitteridge—-oh mylanta!). 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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White Girl Dahl (Indian-Spiced Red Lentil, Tomato and Coconut Stew)

White Girl Dahl | www.kiwiandbean.com

For as long as I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve been meaning to share this recipe.

I even found a draft—dated October 22, 2012—that begins: “Almost as soon as the clock strikes ‘autumn’ in my neck of the woods, I drag out my biggest soup pot and make a huge batch of Indian lentil stew, or ‘Dahl’.

Three autumns later, I am finally getting around to sharing it. Continue Reading →

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