Cheater Chicken Parm |

Cheater Chicken Parm

If Kiwi and I have one more argument about bathroom fixtures or kitchen countertops, it might be the end of us. Seriously who would have thought that our views on solid surface building materials could be so darn divisive? Our last conversation ended abruptly with my plea to “stop talking about this or I’m going […]

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(Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean |

Wild Rice Salad with Cherries, Mint and Feta

This was my view last Saturday evening: the sun setting over a vineyard at the edge of the Niagara escarpment. The kiddos had been tucked into bed after a long day of sunning and swimming; wine glasses were full; and looking at the smiles on our faces, you’d never guess that just an hour earlier […]

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15 Minute Sesame Seared Salmon |

15-Minute Sesame Seared Salmon

I might get my amateur chef badge revoked for admitting this, but here goes: I’m afraid of frying fish. It’s the smell that intimidates me the most. Not so much the smell of the cooking fish, but the next-day house smell that lingers when you don’t want it to. What if a guest pops over […]

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One Bowl Oatmeal Applesauce Waffles |

One Bowl Oatmeal Applesauce Waffles

I’ve recently re-discovered the early morning run. It’s something I did regularly—every day, even—before the kids came along. Before interrupted sleep, breakfast-making and all those pesky child-rearing responsibilities made it nearly impossible to sneak out the door for a 6 a.m. sweat session. Don’t get me wrong; I do love the early morning cuddles and […]

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One Skillet Sweet 'n Salty Chicken Thighs |

One Skillet Sweet ‘n Salty Chicken Thighs

This. Chicken. I don’t even know where to begin. It has quickly become our new favourite chicken dinner recipe, narrowly edging out this One Pot Chicken Adobo. (Two pot chicken recipes need not apply, clearly.)

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Make-Ahead Enchilada Casserole |

Make-Ahead Black Bean & Spinach Enchilada Casserole

There has been a conspicuous radio silence around here the last few weeks. I blame the spring—which has given us a reason to do something other than sit inside and eat! Between working my day job, taking care of two little ‘uns, and trying to get outside as much as possible to enjoy the fresh spring air […]

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Pulled Pork Tacos with Pickled Onions and all the Fixin's |

Pulled Pork Tacos with Quick-Pickled Red Onions and all the Fixin’s

We are still very much in the midst of a taco mania here in Toronto, which you won’t find me complaining about. For every up and coming neighbourhood in the city there are several taco joints, each one promising something more awesome than the one down the street. The hispter to taqueria ratio is heading for 1:1, and […]

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Crispy Baked Homemade Granola Bars |

Crispy Baked Homemade Granola Bars

I’ve found no recipe more elusive than the granola bar. There are no shortage of granola bar recipes out here, granted, but none that did exactly what I wanted them to. First and foremost I wanted something healthy—more of a snack than a dessert—that I could pack in lunch boxes and tote on road trips without […]

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Cilantro Pumpkin Seed Pesto |

Cilantro, Ginger & Pumpkin Seed Pesto

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 […]

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Creamy White Bean & Caramelized Onion Dip

Creamy White Bean & Caramelized Onion Dip

We turned an interesting corner with my son’s food allergies this week. Last November, after uneventfully eating hummus (with sesame paste, aka tahini) for several months, he had a strange hivey reaction to a tahini-based salad dressing. I was fairly certain it wasn’t a cross-contamination issue (i.e. peanuts on the tahini-making equipment or something) because […]

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