winter archive

jingle bells and chocolate shortbread cookies

I think I’m all ready for Christmas. Phew! The only thing I have left to do is our dessert for tomorrow’s family dinner and making tonight’s cozy supper for two. Every Christmas Eve, Cornelius and I relax, drink boozy cocktails,…

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delicious confections: mint melties

I’m in the throes of Christmas baking and homemade gift making. We’re heading to Ontario first thing tomorrow morning to visit family and won’t be back until a week before the holidays really kick in. I’m making/baking most of my…

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beat the clock: italian minestrone with beans, pasta and chard

I’ve been doing a lot of cooking lately, but I’ve pretty much sucked at the documentation part of things. I could tell you about the amazing chicken tortilla soup I made yesterday for lunch or the wonderful spicy pork loin…

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pull up a lusty vegan mug: peppermint hot chocolate

The other night, we cozied up on the couch and watched some TV on DVD from the library. This time around it’s season 1 of The Wire, an HBO cop show that I’m totally hooked on (despite hating the 1st…

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one bowl of comfort please: spicy chicken and rice

After reading Ximena’s post about a comforting one-bowl chicken and rice dish, I wanted something similar. But instead of picking a meal with an eastern flare, I headed south…errr, well, actually, to September’s issue of Bon Appétit and found this…

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like an old sweater, but better: baked pasta with roasted vegetables

It’s been rainy and grey for the past 2 days now and I’m totally getting back into cooking and baking again. It feels good and familiar, like wearing a comfy sweater with holes in the cuffs to poke your thumbs…

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spring and winter wrestle. winter wins: cabbage, potato & chorizo soup

I should be thinking about springtime and cherry blossoms and picnics, but instead of sunshine, today Vancouver was covered in that ol’ familiar cloud cover. Go away, grey, we’re sick of your drab! Maybe I should have searched the local…

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peasant fare: braised red cabbage

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone and normally I don’t do much for the holiday. I’m not Irish nor do I fancy to drink gut-rot green beer. However, I am a fan of cabbage and hey, isn’t that something…

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