Balsamic mushroom chicken marsala

One of my goals (I daren’t say resolutions) for this year is to stop ordering so much take-out and get back to what I really enjoy: cooking. I’ve never actually made chicken marsala before, so this seemed the perfect recipe to kick-off my new year plans! Recipe from Half Baked Harvest 2 boneless chicken breasts,…

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Bûche de Noël (Yule Log)

For Christmas this year, I wanted to try something quintessentially Christmas. I’d always seen photos of “Bûche de Noël” looking so festive, sprinkled with snow and sprigged with holly, that it seemed an appropriate holiday dessert to tackle (plus it’s got Christmas right there in the name). This also happens to be a flourless cake…

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Brown butter pecan shortbread

This holiday season is, for obvious reasons, markedly different than any other holiday season in recent memory. It’s difficult to feel that festive spirit and connected to loved ones when we’re shut up in our respective homes. So I’ve tried to rekindle the holiday spirit by indulging in a little baking. Even if I’m the…

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Herb and goat cheese stuffed chicken

Long days and tumultuous times require a bit of comfort food. So multi-cheese breasts slathered in mayo and breadcrumbs seemed just the ticket. Recipe adapted from Bite Me 1 cup cream cheese, softened½ cup goat cheese, softened3 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped1 tsp minced fresh thyme1 tsp fresh lemon juice¼ tsp salt¼ tsp ground black…

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Saag paneer with homemade naan

After several weeks of long days and late work nights, I was eager to spend a relaxing Sunday evening trying out new recipes in a virtual cooking night with my friend. Cooking with friends has always been one of my favourites activities, and as we hit 60 days in quarantine, it’s a wonderful way to…

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Red beet risotto

I am a big fan of risotto. It’s so incredibly versatile; you can put any manner of meat or vegetable in it, and it’s delicious. However, it can often look rather visually underwhelming, a sea of light beige grains punctuated by the odd light beige piece of chicken. So when I came across this visually…

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French yogurt cake

With the onset of COVID-19, necessitating everyone shelter in their homes, there’s been a somewhat amusing surge in baking. I absolutely understand it–part of what I enjoy about baking is the methodical and often time-consuming nature of it all. And for those finding themselves with a lot of time on their hands, baking is a…

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Mint chocolate brownies

Baking has become a kind of solace for me–a way to focus the mind and lift the spirits. So having a little friends gathering gave me the perfect excuse to spend the day tinkering in the kitchen. I had a hankering for something chocolatey but that would be easy for people to serve themselves. I…

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Leek and potato soup

Leek and potato have their own delicious merits as separate vegetables, but put them together and blend them up in a soup, and you have culinary kismet. Another cool, lingering winter day afforded us a nice opportunity to whip up this quick and easy soup. Recipe from Once Upon a Chef Serves 6 3 tbsp butter 4…

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Southern Style Corn Chowder

In keeping with our recent theme of Southern-style cooking, we had a hankering to try our hand at some tasty corn chowder. We had to exploit the last vestiges of winter and do some cold-weather cooking and make some warm, hearty soup. Recipe adapted from Spicy Southern Kitchen 5 cups corn kernels 5 cups vegetable stock…

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