Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken and Orzo

Cooking with friends is always a great opportunity to try new recipes. My friend brought over fixings to make this recipe, one he’d made many times before (though he noted each time he’s made it’s been different, experimenting with different spices or additions). It was surprisingly delicious, and so I thought I’d try my hand…

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Cajun Chicken Fettuccine

April snow flurries in Toronto called for some comfort food. I am a sucker for Fettuccine Alfredo, but it’s been a long time since I’d had or made it. When I came across this cajun twist on a classic recipe, I was sold. Recipe from Half Baked HarvestServes 2-3 ½ lb fettucini½ tbsp olive oil¾…

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Coq au Vin Meatballs

I often enjoy taking a Saturday evening to treat myself and cook up a hearty meal, and my scouring of the wealth of internet recipes led me to this intriguing selection. I love me some French food, and this twist on a traditional coq au vin seemed like the perfect Saturday night Recipe adapted from…

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Cherry-berry pie

With restrictions finally lifting in Toronto, I was excited to finally be able to host real live people again in my home. And what better way to mark the occasion than pie! I wanted to try a novel filling, and I realized I had never really worked with cherries before (unsurprisingly because they’re so pricey)….

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Thai beef salad

Salads have never been something I’ve gravitated towards, but when done well, they can be quite delightful. Refreshing and often complex and dare I say healthy! My mother’s Thai beef salad (“salat nua son”) has always been a favourite of mine–savoury and a little sweet, with a mayonnaise-based dressing (always a plus for me), so…

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Pear chai scones

Over the last few months, my condo has undergone some major renovations, including a complete gut of the kitchen. While I’m super excited about my beautiful new kitchen, the one major hiccup has been my range. Within a day or two of being installed, the stovetop starting throwing an error at me. While I wait…

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Peanut butter banana muffins

One of my favourite flavour combos: peanut butter and banana. And an overripe batch of bananas on my kitchen counter begged to be peanut buttered in muffin form. Recipe from 750 Best Muffin RecipesMakes 12 muffins 1¾ cups all-purpose flour¼ cup wheat germ1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder½ tsp salt¼ cup packed dark…

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Chicken fingers with brown sugar and rum

Some nights it’s about keeping things easy and looking through the cupboards to use what you’ve already got. I found myself with chicken that needed to be used up and thought I’d try a recipe from the hilarious parody cookbook Fifty Shades of Chicken someone had given me, riffing off of Fifty Shades of Grey…

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Mini cheesecakes

I’m a sucker for a good cheesecake, but they can be a bit of an ordeal to make. But cheesecake in miniature in only a third of the bake time was music to my ears. Plus, they would make for a nice portable dessert, easy to bring and share at a socially-distanced picnic. Recipe from…

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Butter Chicken

It may be prosaic, but my go-to dish when ordering Indian food has always been butter chicken. So I’m always on the hunt for a recipe that best approximates what I can get from a restaurant (easier said than done). I’ve tried other versions, some of which are even on Gastrofare, but it’s never been…

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