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Basil Beef & Mushroom Rice Bowls

Basil Beef & Mushroom Rice Bowls | www.kiwiandbean.com

Well hello there, October.

I know it’s not the most original sentiment, but here it is: where the *bleep* did September disappear to? Oh, and while we’re at it, I’m kinda wondering what happened to August. And July. Continue Reading →

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Beef Kofta With Tahini Sauce (and a Cookbook Giveaway)

 

Beef Kofta With Tahini Sauce | www.kiwiandbean.comBack in the fall, a friend of mine posted this article on my Facebook page. The crux of it is that “easy cooking” is for the most part a myth, and that most recipes and cookbooks marketed as quick, foolproof and effortless aren’t actually any of those things. 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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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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