Pear and blue cheese scones

Anyone who knows me knows that my love for cheese is strong. So when I had some blue cheese in the fridge and a desire for a savoury breakfast, I investigated what I could incorporate my blue cheese into. Now, pear and blue cheese is a classic pair (pardon the pun!), but I had never seen the…

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Pumpkin waffles

For better or worse, ’tis the pumpkin spice season, permeating everything from your classic pie down to your latté. Now I love me a good pumpkin pie, but I’m often left with a half-used can of pumpkin purée afterwards. I had a bit of a craving for breakfast-for-dinner, and thought, why not put that pumpkin…

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Salmon risotto with fennel and peas

This recipe was born from a good deal on salmon, a desire to use fennel, and a hankering for risotto. It had been a good year since I’d last made risotto, but thankfully it’s like riding a bike–a creamy, stock-infused, Italian bicycle! Recipe adapted from Erren’s Kitchen 2 salmon fillets, about 6 oz each, cut into chunks ½ medium…

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Salted peanut blondies

In my search for small desserts, I stumbled on this delectable-looking recipe. It looked straightforward to make, with ingredients largely on hand, and I so rarely make bars that it seemed a good time to add to my rather meager repertoire. Plus, I’m always a sucker for a tasty blond. Recipe from Sweet 2 cups…

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Chocolate mint cookies

Thin mint Girl Guide cookies were always a favourite of mind. I ran across this recipe and was instantly sold by its relative ease, along with its classic flavor combination. When I started planning my recent dessert party, I wanted to try to introduce more smaller desserts (as my usual tendency is to rock the…

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Salty peanut-pretzel ice cream cake

I admit that I’m a sucker for an ice cream pie/cake. Indeed, my favourite dessert that I’ve ever made is a lemon meringue ice cream pie. So when I came across this recipe in my Twitter feed, my ears perked up. Salty and sweet–plus ice cream? Sign me up!

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Avocado herb pesto grilled cheese

In my zeal to eat healthier fats, I bought a bunch of avocados, which all ripened simultaneously and needed to be consumed. While I have been enjoying them chopped up and in my salad, I wanted to diversify. When I came across this recipe that married avocado with one of my favourite foods (grilled cheese sandwiches),…

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Protein smoothies

Smoothies for breakfast are by no means a novel concept, even to me, but it’s a practice that had fallen by the wayside for me (in part because my blender had become a bit unwieldy and somewhat broken). With all the working out I’ve been doing, it was useful to learn about appropriate portions of macronutrients…

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Chicken with cashew nuts

As part of my year-long fitness challenge, I’ve been endeavouring to eat healthier and have been reading about the health benefits of different types of nuts. Cashew nuts, a healthy source of monounsaturated fat, immediately made me crave chicken with cashew nuts, a classic Thai dish, that was always one of my favourite meals as a…

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