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(To-Die-For) Greek Yogurt Kale Caesar Salad

Greek Yogurt Kale Caesar Salad | www.kiwiandbean.com

Food bloggers everywhere are guilty of exaggerating and overstating the quality of their recipes. Scan Pinterest and you will find more than one “best-ever,” “life-changing” or “to-die-for” concoction.

And while I’ve generally avoided such aggrandizement of my own food, I’m going to make an exception for this salad. Continue Reading →

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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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Harvest Kale Salad with Squash, Pomegranate, Feta and a Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette

Red Kale, Butternut Squash, Pomegranate and Feta Salad with Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette |www.kiwiandbean.com

We need to talk about this whole Canadian Thanksgiving thing. It totally snuck up on me this year. I have barely packed away the kids’ summer clothes, and I’m still enjoying the last of the summer tomatoes and the occasional cob of corn and BOOM, you expect me to cook a turkey?  Really?

Yes really, Sarah. See those red leaves? Those boots on your feet? It’s October. Get with the program. Continue Reading →

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The Sideshow: Maple-Garlic Delicata Squash Oven Fries

Maple-Garlic Delicata Squash Oven Fries: www.kiwiandbean.com

When I first heard about “delicata squash,” which I did years ago reading recipes on the wonderful blog 101 Cookbooks, I assumed it was some sort of California oddity. 101 Cookbooks is written by a San Francisco woman (Heidi Swanson), and if you follow any California-based blogs you will know that the abundance of produce available in that part of the world, pretty much year round, is enviable. While we northern folk are surviving on a steady diet of potatoes and beets, Californians are plucking permissions and meyer lemons, and eating kardoons, kumquats and quince. Lucky buggers. Continue Reading →

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