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Lazy Days & a Recipe for Lemony Green Pasta

As we get closer to summer and the sun makes itself present in my life a little bit more each day, I get lazier and lazier. Well, sort of. I become a lazy cook. I don’t want to spend hours preparing dinner when I could be out riding my bike. I don’t want to stand […]


A 60’s Housewife & Slow Cooked Bolognese Sauce

I bought a slow cooker a few weeks ago, and now I’ve got mixed feelings about it. On one hand, it’s fantastic, as it does all the work for me. On the other hand, I feel like a 1960’s housewife who should be radiantly smiling while cooking instant mashed potatoes, and, of course, donning a […]


Lemony Rotini with Salmon and Tomatoes

It’s not quite autumn yet – it falls on the 23rd this year, and I’m still holding onto the last bit of summer. I know, the leaves have turned yellow, and the air has a crispness that just won’t budge – but I need that date to pass before I can break out the pumpkins […]


Hot Days, Hotter Nights, and Cold Sesame Noodle Salad

The past week or so in Calgary has been reminiscent times spent in the tropics. The hot, humid afternoons have involved relaxing on patios and boats in the mountains, and sprawling out on blankets laid out in the sunshine. The hotter, even more humid evenings have been spent enjoying cold drinks with friends and family […]


Summer Rice and White Beans

In the hot summer months it’s easy to fall back on take-out or premade meals; would you want to slave over a hot stove when you could be enjoying the sunshine outside? The problem with take-out and pre-cooked, however, is that it’s expensive and often lacks in the nutrition department. Too much salt, too much […]


Just the Basics #4: Fried Rice

Stop throwing out leftover rice; instead, make a little extra and use it up the next day for fried rice. Fried rice is best made with cold rice that has been prepared ahead of time. That’s what prevents it from becoming a soggy, mushy mess. It also cuts down on cooking time, so you have […]


A Little Italian Market and Gnocchi with Garlic Spinach

The other day, while strolling around downtown Calgary, I stumbled upon Giuseppe’s Italian Market. It’s a little café and shop with a delightful menu and a small selection of Italian food, and while I was short on time, I just had to pick up something delizioso for dinner. I scanned the shelves, ogled the cheese, […]


Spring Spelt Salad

I’m still in the midst of my love affair with spelt. So far I’ve used it primarily in salads, but I’m curious to see how else this ancient grain can be consumed… … would it hold its own in soup? Could I use it in lieu of pasta?  What would happen if I added a […]


Spaghettini with Garlic Oil and Fresh Tomatoes

I absolutely adore tomatoes. Can you think of anything that is more succulent, more flavourful than a sun-ripened tomato picked straight off the vine? … or more refreshing than the unmistakable aroma released from the hearty stalks and velvety leaves? I wish I could bottle that scent. When added to a dish, they tend to […]


Simple Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble

I’m still enjoying my rhubarb supply that I picked up last week. I just can’t get enough of it… I’m even adding it to my morning smoothies (it’s delicious in a smoothie, by the way). So, to further celebrate this delightful vegetable (and the fashionably late arrival of spring), I’m giving you this recipe for […]