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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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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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Meals from the Farmers’ Market (Part I)

Farmers' Market Meals | www.kiwiandbean.com

Kiwi almost left me over a farmers’ market incident. He has never come out and told me straight, but I’m quite certain it’s true.

Years ago we were in Quebec City—our first trip as a couple, I think—and I casually suggested that we spend the morning at the local farmers’ market. He slowly looked up from his hotel breakfast, clearly bewildered by this idea, and shocked that he had managed to fall in love with someone whose idea of a vacation-worthy morning was a trip to a grocery store. Continue Reading →

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