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Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

Whyyyy do I find it so hard to resist the IKEA cafeteria? The last time we went, there were no clean tables, no forks left in the utensil bins, and the food hovered somewhere around room temp. As I sat at my sticky table eating my cold Indian butter chicken with a spoon, I silently fumed. The dry cracker-like piece of naan bread only added insult to injury.

I probably should’ve just gone with the Swedish Meatballs, I thought. But I’d still be eating them with a spoon.

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Chocolate Easter Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Easter Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

The long awaited Easter weekend is finally here and Phil and I are lucky enough to have both the Friday and Monday off. Much as I wish I could say Friday was spent frolicking at the park with Jack, or any number of other “quality time” activities… our daycare was open on the Friday, and well…

Sometimes you need to do your taxes without tiny hands clawing at your keyboard, you know? And sometimes you want to have lunch at a restaurant, just you and another adult, and not stress about the fact that you forgot the bib, the sippy cup, and everything else that might keep your table from looking like a war zone.

Anyway, not that I’m feeling guilty or anything.

Moving on!

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Spring Leek and Bacon Quiche

Spring Leek and Bacon Quiche

The word “quiche” comes from the German word kuchen which means “cake” or “tart”. Isn’t Wikipedia great?

I sometimes think about the people who spend their valuable time writing and editing Wikipedia entries. In these dark times, it kind of gives me hope in humankind knowing that, with no monetary incentive or real recognition, there are people willing to do this work for the pure joy of contributing to peoples’ general knowledge. It is both noble and inspiring.

While I was on the quiche page, I couldn’t resist looking up Wikipedia on Wikipedia. We’re talking 40 million articles in 250 languages. Amazing.

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Indian Spiced Carrot Ginger Soup

Indian Spiced Carrot Ginger Soup

Last week my husband Phil came down with a bout of pneumonia. As a result, not much cooking happened around here, but one night I made this Indian spiced carrot ginger soup and, for a sick guy, he slurped it down pretty enthusiastically. The warm spices pair perfectly with the sweet carrots and ginger, and with a dollop of plain yoghurt, it is pure comfort.

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Chopped Salad

Chopped Salad

Salad for dinner is a  year round once-a-week staple at our house, but I have to admit that I sometimes struggle to keep it interesting. To make salad appealing and substantial enough to be a main course, I feel like there needs to be some protein. In our case this usually comes in the form of chicken, but this chopped salad I made recently reminded me that beans, yes beans, are awesome. Creamy and filling and requiring zero preparation beyond opening a can and rinsing, they are a true gift when it comes to easy weeknight meals.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

What’s a food blog without a chocolate chip cookie recipe, right? But since you probably already have a favorite, I won’t try to convince you that these are “The Best” or, as the Model Bakery claims, “The Ultimate” chocolate chip cookies.

(But they are though).

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Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad

There are so many compatibility questions to work out at the beginning of a promising relationship, aren’t there? Do you both want kids… Are your career goals aligned… Will you live in the city or the suburbs… Can you tolerate each others’ friends?

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Last night, as a monster blizzard blew through town, I thought about this soup. (Instead we had a frozen pizza but that’s neither here nor there). The truth is, for me, this chicken tortilla soup is the ultimate cold-weather comfort food. The heat from the chipotle chile warms you right up from the inside, and you can whip it up in under half an hour, so you can get back under your blanket on the couch ASAP.

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Easy Chocolate Mousse

Easy Chocolate Mousse

When I found out I would be a mother, I got a little crazy. Pregnancy and parenting books littered our living room and bedroom for months, and I was constantly planning and obsessing about sleep schedules, feeding schedules, developmental milestones and so on. And on.

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Banana Coconut Granola

Banana Coconut Granola

Granola is a nice thing to have around the house. It’s easy to make, it keeps well, it makes a healthy, hearty breakfast, and it’s great for guilt-free snacking. The grocery store variety is, health-wise, probably better than Fruity Pebbles, but I was surprised to find the sugar levels between the two are not as different as you’d think.

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