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White Bean Chicken Chili with Kale

March 11, 2013
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I’ll admit, I’m envious of those of you in warmer climates!  Here in Quebec, it’s still a winter wonderland.  I find that this cold weather just begs for hearty, warming meals; the perfect distraction until winter finally acquiesces to springtime’s welcome thaw! Not only is this a healthier chili than those beefy varieties, but it’s also a […]

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Black Garlic Sauce with Spicy Beef and Tofu Stir-Fry

March 7, 2013
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Recently, I got my hands on some black garlic.  Isn’t it beautiful? I’d seen it listed in Asian recipes before, but never had the pleasure of meeting it face to…er…bulb.  When I first picked it up, I thought something was wrong.  Have you ever had garlic that’s gone bad, and it’s all soft and mushy?  […]

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Arugula, Blood Orange, and Avocado Salad

February 14, 2013
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Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Here’s a recipe for a beautiful, healthy salad that will impress your sweetheart… and counteract some of that chocolate and culinary decadence!  Plus, avocado is supposed to be an aphrodisiac… ooh, la la! Enjoy! Arugula, Blood Orange, and Avocado Salad adapted from Epicurious Print Arugula, Blood Orange, and Avocado Salad Author: Megg (adapted […]

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Amazing Brownie Sugar Cookies

December 21, 2012
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Christmas is just a few days away. It’s hectic, I know.  The shopping, the wrapping, the decorating… it’s just overwhelming after a while!  And then there’s the food… This holiday season, I find myself in a teensy, tiny kitchen with almost no counter space.  Most of the cooking stuff I’ve acquired over the years is […]

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Pasta Puttanesca and The Dean & DeLuca Cookbook

October 15, 2012
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When I recently saw The Dean and DeLuca Cookbook in the window of a local used bookstore, I just had to have it. You see, it’s one of those cookbooks I’ve always loved but never actually owned. Jesse was kind enough to donate some store credit to the cause, and within minutes I finally owned […]

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Roasted Root Vegetables with Apples and Walnuts

October 8, 2012
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It’s Thanksgiving Day here in Canada. That means, for the first time ever, my American self gets to enjoy the traditional fall feast in mid-October.  We had our big dinner last night, and my new Canadian friends did a wonderful job at making my inaugural Canadian Thanksgiving a fun and delicious occasion! For our contribution to the […]

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Italian Polenta with Chicken Sausage, Mushrooms & Kale

January 16, 2012
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The best way to plan for Chicago weather is to plan for just about anything.  Last week it was 45ºF, which is incredible for this time of year.  On Thursday, the first real snowfall of the season came along, and now, well, it’s just freezing.  I hope to be on another continent by this time […]

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Rosemary Raisin Almond Crisps

December 24, 2011
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It all started when I discovered Trader Joe’s Rosemary Raisin Crisps. Almost instantly, I was hooked. Problem was, like any addiction, it was starting to get expensive. Not that they’re really that pricey, but still more than I wanted to spend on crackers. Plus, they have sunflower seeds in them, which I’m not particularly fond […]

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Greek Green Bean Salad (and my Grand Return!)

October 24, 2011
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I’m baaack!  Sorry for the long blogging hiatus; I’ve missed you all so much!  It’s been a rough couple of months: a tough breakup, a long search for a new place to live, moving, problems with the electricity at the new place… well, let’s hope things go smoother from now on!  I have managed to […]

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Ginger-Mirin Shrimp

August 8, 2011
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Here’s another recipe I came up with for my opera-themed party for my sister.  I made these delicious shrimp for the “Madame Butterfly” dish.  Although I butterfly-cut the shrimp, they did not flatten as I expected them too (I’ve read since that sometimes you need to pound them a bit to keep them from curling). […]

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