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Month: April 2017

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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