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Top 10 Recipes from 2015

Top 10 Recipes of 2015

2015 was the year of sweet ‘n salty chicken thighs. This humble recipe for pan-fried chicken thighs basted in a sticky and savoury sauce was the hands-down reader favourite of the year. Trailing behind it, but not by far, were a couple of slow cooker recipes (these Slow Cooker Butter Chicken Sliders and this Healthier Slow Cooker Pulled Pork), a family favourite Make-Ahead Black Bean & Spinach Enchilada Casserole and a super-easy quick and creamy weeknight rotini. Continue Reading →

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Top 10 Recipes from 2014

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I remember long ago my mom lamenting the “stress” of the holiday season. As a kid, I could never understand how something so magical and fun and full of parties and new shiny toys could possibly be “stressful”. Of course all these years later I understand exactly how my mom felt. Creating magic and memories at Christmas is a full time job. And today I’m retiring. I’m sitting on the couch with a cup of tea, my laptop and a couple of magazines. My cooking projects are on hold (until next week) while I refuel and reflect on the year that just flew right by.

It’s trite, I realize, to talk about time flying and all that. But holy cow, where did the year go?! A year ago today I was hugely pregnant, awaiting the birth of my newborn baby. And today that newborn is greeting me with “HI” when I go into his bedroom in the morning; crawling up and down the stairs; and laughing hysterically at his big sister’s antics. In less than a year he’s become a full-blown person and a member of our family. (And I have the grocery bills to prove it!)

It was a big year in the K&B kitchen, too. We made roast chicken and gingerbread cake, pasta and more pasta, oatmeal, burgers, salmon and raspberry bars, among many other tasty treats. I was also introduced to a whole new world of “allergen-free” cooking, when my little guy was diagnosed with allergies to several staple foods (wheat, eggs and nuts among them). And while cooking “allergen free” doesn’t sound particularly sexy, it’s been eye-opening for me. I’ve discovered grains and seeds and foods that I didn’t even know existed, and in an ironic twist our diet is more varied now than it was before the food restrictions came along. Continue Reading →

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20 Healthy Holiday Treats (and some news!)

20 Healthy Holiday Treats

Ok, so before I get into the cookies and stuff, can I just drop all humility for a moment and share with you some really amazing, totally overwhelming news? The 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards announced their winners last night, and…WE WON! This seems like the perfect time for a big fat OMG! That’s right, (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean took first prize in the Food & Drink category and second prize in the Family & Parenting category. Holy wow.

Guys, I started this blog a couple of years ago having no idea how to design and build a blog or take a food photo (like honestly, my photography skills were cringe-worthy at best). I started it as a creative outlet from my long lawyering days and  to spare my poor friends the daily “Guess What I Made for Dinner!!” emails. There have been (many) days when I’ve asked myself whether it’s REALLY worth the time and soul-baring embarrassment, when I’ve shed a few (or lots) of tears over 759 spam comments, hacked files, recipe fails and accidentally-deleted photos, and when I’ve considered just packing it all in and taking up stamp-collecting.

But today is definitely not one of those days. I am honoured, chuffed and totally thrilled that two years in, I can call this (mostly) happy little corner of cyberspace my *award-winning* food blog. Squee!

And now onto the stuff you actually came here to read:  Continue Reading →

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What’s Cooking on the Web (November edition)

Miami | www.kiwiandbean.com

I considered titling this post “How to Get Drunk in 12 Minutes” or “Sleeping in until 8:30 a.m. for Beginners” or maybe “The Joy of Peeing Without an Audience”. Kiwi and I took a well-deserved little mini-break down to Miami Beach last weekend, and temporarily reconnected with our pre-children selves.

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I wish I could say that the highlight of the trip was strolling hand in hand on the white sand or sipping cold drinks next to the pool, but honestly I couldn’t get past the sleeping and solo bathrooming. Oh, and the plane ride. The PLANE RIDE. If you’ve ever flown across the country on your own with two small children one of whom inevitably has to pee as soon as the other one falls asleep (and I happen to have done this *six* times since April), you will appreciate how blissful it is to get on a plane BY. YOURSELF. With a small purse, a cappuccino and a copy of In Touch magazine. Bliss. Continue Reading →

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