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Spiced Apple Cider Recipe

I’m back in Vancouver for a week and my friends, it is cold here! I think my body has permanently acclimatized to the warm weather of Southern California. I’m not complaining though. Cold weather is the perfect excuse for extra…

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Turkey Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Shepherd’s pie was my all time ultimate favourite thing to eat growing up. More than mac and cheese, more than grilled cheese and even more than french fries, I would choose shepherd’s pie as my meal of choice. There was…

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Pumpkin Red Curry Udon

Do you have a favourite noodle? I profess to love all noodles (and I do!) but if there was ever a Asian noodle smack down, I’d be in udon’s corner. Udon is often overlooked in the noodle world. People sing…

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Tater Tot Breakfast Nacho Recipe

Do you ever wonder why tater-tots are only served by Mexican fast food joints? Why are tater-tots Mexican and French fries French? These are the kinds of deep questions that flow through my mind at 4 in the morning after…

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Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts, Apple and Dried Cranberries

Do you remember the first time you heard about quinoa? I was one of those people who totally thought it was pronounced “kwin-NO-ah.” But after a couple of confused looks, I started saying “keen-WAH.” To this day I still have…

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Pumpkin Chocolate Pancake Recipe

Halloween might be over, but pumpkins are still in fashion around my home and will be for a while. It’s hard not to fall in love with pumpkin flavoured things, especially when they’re all spiced up and studded with chocolate….

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Totoro Spam Musubi Recipe

Happy Halloween Eve! I’m not dressing up this year — every year I have big plans to paper mâché a giant bunny head, or sew myself a Totoro suit, but inevitably I just end up looking at thousands of photos…

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Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce Recipe

I am a big egg lover. There’s no denying how much I love eggs. I will eat eggs at every meal if possible. I don’t think the whole “throw an egg on it” trend is passé. No, for me, it’s…

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Chicken Congee with Crispy Chicken Skin Recipe

I’m feeling a tiny bit under the weather lately, which usually ends up in me craving the Chinese food of my childhood. I’ve never been one of those people who don’t like to eat when they’re sick. In fact, I’m…

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Mapo Tofu Waffle Recipe

I love tofu, probably because I grew up eating it. It’s fairly standard in Chinese cuisine and when I was a kid, we ate it at least twice a week for dinner. I know a lot of people who don’t…

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Turkey Parmesan Meatball Recipe

Meatballs have always held a certain allure for me. It’s probably all due to that childhood song, “On Top of Spaghetti.” I remember singing rousing versions of that song in Kindergarten but having no idea what the song was about….

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Mini Burgers with Smoked Mozzarella and Arugula Recipe

I’m obsessed with Trader Joe’s. I love how friendly they are, how they have samples all the time and their large variety of cheeses. The other day I even found tiny brie wheels! I’m not quite sure what it is…

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Chicka-rones: Deep-Fried Chicken Skin Recipe

Do you ever have a bunch of random chicken skins hanging out in the fridge/freezer? I always buy skin-on chicken but a lot of the time I’ll end up using the chicken and having leftover chicken skins. I’ll either pan-fry…

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Pumpkin Mac and Cheese Recipe

If there were no consequences, like possibly turning orange or becoming orange-shaped, I think I would eat mac and cheese every day of my life. Stove-topped or baked, with breadcrumbs or without, with add-ins or plain, mac and cheese is…

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Peach Pistachio Galette Recipe

I had a pretty epic Saturday and it all started out with A Cozy Kitchen’s Peach Pistachio Galette. I got up bright and early and had myself a little treat while the house was asleep. Galettes are not technically a…

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Baked Pumpkin Cat Doughnut Recipe

I’ve been seeing these Japanese cat doughnuts all over the internet and I knew I just had to make them, especially since one of my besties is a cat and doughnut lover. These cutie-pie doughnuts are a birthday treat for…

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Nutella Stuffed Pumpkin French Toast Recipe

Once September rolls around I become obsessed with pumpkins. I’m not quite sure why I love pumpkin so much – I didn’t grow up eating it and to this day mom tells me that she’d rather die than eat pumpkin…

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Endless Summer Sangria Recipe

I have to warn you, this sangria is dangerous. It’s so delicious that you’ll find yourself drinking glass after glass without realizing just how much alcohol you’ve consumed. It’s also dangerous because you can pretty much make it with all…

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Best Ever Cinnamon Toast Recipe

Now that cooler weather is rolling in, I’m on a toast kick. I feel like toast is on a completely different level than plain old bread. I almost feel bad for bread and it’s lack of crispy edges. Whenever I…

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Hainanese Chicken Summer Roll Recipe

Hainanese chicken rice is one of my all time favourite meals. For those of you who haven’t had it, it’s a simple chicken and rice dish that is deceptively full of flavour. I say it’s deceptive because it’s literally just…

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Sriracha Beef Nacho Recipe

I love nachos and I’m pretty sure the whole world loves nachos too. Case in point: my dad, who makes it a point to only consume Asian food, loves nachos. I introduced them to him many, many years ago on…

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Baked Banana Donuts with Nutella Glaze Recipe

I’m on a doughnut binge! First I came down with a midnight craving for doughnuts that resulted in some deep-fry action, then I saw a doughnut pan on sale at Crate and Barrel. I just had to buy it. Anything…

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Fifteen Minute Doughnut Hole Recipe

Do you ever get hit by a random craving in the middle of the night? The other day it happened to me and it was doughnuts, of course. Delicious, hot, sweet and fluffy doughnuts. I could have left the house…

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Banh Mi Taco Recipe

These banh mi tacos combine two of my favourite things: banh mi and tacos. Sometimes it not so easy finding fresh Vietnamese baguettes (I’m quite picky about the bread my banh mi is made on) and for some reason, using…

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Roast Beef Sandwich with Wasabi Mayo Recipe

I feel like sandwiches are one of those polarizing foods. Maybe not so much like foie gras or durian, but there are definitely two camps: sandwich lovers and sandwich take-it-or-leavers. I’m a sandwich lover: I love their portability and how…

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Bourbon Peach Julep Fizz Recipe

It’s still Peach Week, and it’s Friday so it’s time to get your drink on! I’m not much of a drinker (mostly because I’m a complete lightweight) but I do love a well balanced alcoholic treat. My favourite drinks tend…

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Bourbon Peach French Toast Recipe

It’s peach week! I love peaches and I love french toast, so it was inevitable that I would combine the two. Peaches and French toast go together so perfectly. Add some bourbon sauce in the mix and you have a…

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Peach Panzanella Salad with Mozzarella and Mint

Have you ever gone fruit picking? Every summer, when I was young, my parents would take us on a fruit picking road trip. We’d all pile in our maroon minivan, me in the middle seat and my brother in the…

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Triple Fried Chips Recipe

Most people fall into either the french fry category (thin and crispy) or the chip category (thick and potatoey). I happen to love both. I’m an equal opportunist when it comes to golden, delicious deep-fried potatoes. Thin, thick, crunchy, crispy,…

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Spicy Carrot and Chicken Pasta Recipe

Maybe I don’t know where to look for spicy food in Europe, or maybe my idea of spicy differs from the palate here, but I’ve noticed that there’s a decided lack of spicy heat on this side of the pond….

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Mushroom and Pea Orzo Risotto Recipe

San Sebastian is where I’ve had the best food I’ve had in all of Spain, maybe even all of Europe. It was delicious, innovative, accessible, and best of all, in small plate format. How can you not love a tiny…

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Brown Sugar Bacon Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

Like most kids, I lived for sweet treats. Not so much anymore, but I still like to throw it back sometimes and relive my childhood. A perfect evening back in the day was a bike ride at dusk with my…

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Oxtail Pho Recipe

If you’ve never had pho, you’re missing out. Slippery, thin rice noodles, flavourful meat, savoury stock and a bunch of fresh herbs make a bowl of pho something to covet when you’re looking for something filling, yet light. It’s simple…

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Mini Scotch Quail Eggs Recipe

I can’t remember my first Scotch egg or even why I decided to try one, but after the first bite I was hooked. How could I not fall in love a perfectly boiled egg wrapped up in a sausage coat?…

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Best Banana Bread Recipe

I’m a purist when it comes to banana bread: no nuts, no chocolate, no dried banana chips. I like my banana bread to taste like bananas. I love how something magical happens when bananas are baked; the sugars caramelize and…

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Parsley Pesto Pasta with Broccoli and Salmon Recipe

Do you ever just wander around the grocery store until inspiration strikes? Sometimes that means I’m in and out of the store in five minutes, but sometimes it means I’ll wander aimlessly for hours.

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Sweet Potato and Carrot Curry Soup Recipe

State Bird Provisions in San Francisco has been on my radar for a while. I’ve been meaning to try it even before Bon Appetit named it 2012′s Restaurant of the Year. My first attempt at eating at State Bird last…

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Heart-Shaped Pizza Recipe

Seems to me like there are a lot of Valentine’s Day haters out there, but I will confess right now, I’m not one of them. I’m not the hugest fan – I don’t go all out and decorate my house…

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Ranger Cookie Recipe

Mike and I love going on long rambling walks that go nowhere in particular. More often than not, we’ll end up in a grocery or kitchen goods store. The other week we stopped into Williams Sonoma where they were sampling…

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Paella Recipe

I haven’t had paella in Spain, but if I ever hit up Valencia I know paella will be on my must eat list. Paella has bits of everything I love: rice, seafood, and most importantly, crispy burnt parts. Not everyone…

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