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Eating Sunshine – Spaghetti al Limone

spaghetti al limone

I love lemons, they taste like sunshine and wake up everything they touch – pastries, lemon curd, squirted over sauteed greens or any kind of salad, in a glass of water. Often I find lemon things are not lemony enough. At our favorite Italian restaurant, my husband’s number one pick is spaghetti al limone. They […]

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How to make people happy – Momofuku Milk Bar Compost Cookies

compost cookie

Momofuku – sounds like an Italian swear word, but actually means lucky peach in Japanese. This recipe from the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook by Christina Tosi is a chocolate chip-butterscotch chip-oat-coffee-graham crust-pretzel and potato chip cookie. I’ve made these over a dozen times; they make people very happy. The Milk Bar cookbook is so inspiring it […]

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Fingerlings & Finger Rings


Fingerling potatoes are small, narrow, finger-shaped potatoes. One of our neighborhood shops has them labeled as “finger ring” potatoes. They come in a variety of colours from yellow to purple skinned. When you cut a purple one in half it looks like an amethyst. Fingerlings are my favorite roasting potato. I usually peel potatoes because […]

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False Spring + Pumpkin Red Lentil Soup

pumpkin red lentil soup

A few weeks ago we were treated to unseasonably balmy weather with temperatures reaching the mid to high 20’s.  The cherry blossoms in High Park bloomed 3 weeks early. Yesterday it snowed, today there were mini ice pellets. I was glad to rediscover this recipe for Pumpkin and Red Lentil Soup that I must have […]

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Tabbouleh Mutation – Roasted Beet, Kale and Bulgur Salad

roasted beet kale and bulgur salad

I wanted to make something with bulgur that wasn’t tabbouleh, or at least not regular tabbouleh. Tabbouleh is the Middle Eastern salad of parsley, mint, tomato, and bulgur. The interesting thing about it is the proportions – herbs are the main body of the salad, and bulgur is used scantily, almost as a garnish. I […]

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Hotpot: a tutorial


Hotpot is a delicious and comforting brothy Asian stew. You can use all sorts of interesting and curious ingredients. This is a vegetarian recipe with bean curd, delicate egg tofu, lotus root, carrots, daikon, ginkgo nuts, and mushrooms in a seaweed broth. You can add meat or seafood if you wish. Don’t be put off […]

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Herbed Yukon Gold Potato Salad

yukon gold potato salad

Yukon Gold potatoes bring back a vivid sensory childhood memory of a family car trip and stopping roadside to try a new potato that had just been created by the University of Guelph. I remember a hot potato with yellow flesh wrapped in tin foil and the delicious smell of melting butter. That was my […]

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We are an anti-raisin household. I first started making granola because it’s hard to find granola without raisins or some kind of dried fruit in it. Once you start making your own, you’ll realize how much better it is than the store bought kind. The best part is it’s so easy.

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