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Penne with Sausage, Caramelized Mushrooms and Winter Greens

Penne with Sausage, Caramelized Mushrooms and Winter Greens | www.kiwiandbean.com

I hope you will forgive my lengthy radio silence. I have been mired in renovation “problems”. Ask any contractor who steps through my door and he (invariably he) will tell you “um, there is a problem”. If I had a dime for every time I heard “Sarah, we have a problem,” I’d have paid for my renovation and then some.

There were the floors (wrong colour), the glass (first time broken, second time too big), the carpet (too big to fit through the door), the wallpaper (damaged in shipping), the vent hood (too long!) and the countertops (too short). Oh, and a chronic problem with the LED dimmers. God help me. 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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Cilantro, Ginger & Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Cilantro Pumpkin Seed Pesto | www.kiwiandbean.com

When you have a kid with a nut allergy, you learn to love pumpkin seeds. Not just love them but REALLY love them and use them in quantities that would have been unimaginable in the BA (before allergy) days.

This last week alone I used pumpkin seeds in a batch of granola, a couple of salads, some granola bars, and this cilantro pumpkin seed pesto. And I’ve got a good 3 or 4 pounds down in my basement pantry waiting to be transformed into countless other delicious things.

Sure we may not be able to eat nuts around here, but we take our pepitas very very seriously. Continue Reading →

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Quick and Creamy Rotini with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Creamy Boursin Rotini with Broccoli & Mushrooms | www.kiwiandbean.com

Once you try this recipe, you will never ever again take another sideways glance at that boxed mac ‘n cheese stuff.

Oh c’mon and admit that when you stroll down the pasta aisle at the grocery store, the boxed stuff calls out to you in a little teeny tiny “buy me” kinda voice. Or is that just me? I grew up on that day-glo orange un-elbowed macaroni delight (before the days of all the spelt and white cheddar and organic and cauliflower pasta blasphemy) and I am not ashamed to admit that every once in awhile I JUST WANT A BITE. To be transported back to a simpler time when Brenda dated Dylan, the Blue Jays dominated at baseball, and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese was totally healthy as long as you made it with margarine and fat-free milk.

But when noodle nostalgia threatens to get the better of me, I put my head down and push my grocery cart on to the chia-seed aisle, remembering that (1) powdered cheese gives me a stomachache, and (2) I can make a just-as-easy, yet healthier and more delicious version from scratch. Continue Reading →

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