Shopska Salata (Bulgarian Chopped Salad)

As I write this, I’m sipping freshly brewed coffee on the couch wearing three sweaters and a blanket over my legs. Naya is cuddled up by my side, snoring a little. We’re adapting to the change of season. On any recent Saturday, I’d be enjoying this moment on our front balcony, soaking up whatever sun rays I …

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Arugula & Lentil Salad with Strawberry-Balsamic Dressing

Who’s crazy enough to turn the oven on these days? With humidex, it’s been 35C for the past couple of days and eating a hot meal feels as intuitive as eating ice cream to warm up from the blizzard. A new community centre opened up in our neighbourhood this month, so we’ve been cooling off …

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Quinoa & Asparagus Tabbouleh

I can almost hear her stupefaction. “Quinoa? And asparagus? In TABBOULEH?” (insert dramatic intonation). Oh yes, I dared. One of my nearest and dearest friends, Maroquine, is Lebanese. And more than anyone else I know, she knows good food. I hope she forgives me for adding a new twist to this classic Lebanese dish. I …

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Endive Bites with Tangy Lentil Salad

Without going into too much details, there are some changes going on in my life. It’s positive change – not to worry – and I plan on sharing more about it with you in the coming weeks. As a result, I’ve been feeding us with quick and simple recipes due to my lack of time …

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Rutabaga & Apple Gratin

  Three years ago, my mom entered the hospital for what would be the last three weeks of her life. I hope you don’t mind when I talk to you about her and what she (and we all) went through. I find it therapeutic. Cathartic.   Every year, part of me feels as though I am reliving …

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Potato Salad with Spicy Cilantro-Walnut Pesto

Celebrating today? Here’s a green dish to mark the occasion: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!  Looks like I’ve been craving heat lately because the last three recipes I shared with you are spicy. Believe it or not, that’s non-intentional. I hope you can handle the heat. Not exactly an Irish dish, this potato salad with spicy …

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Swiss Chard Wraps with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Daylight saving time began yesterday and that’s a reason to celebrate, don’t you agree? Working to this soundtrack, I can almost feel the Spring breeze on my skin and nature coming alive again. I’m grateful for every minute of additional daylight. If you’re like me, you’re craving the return of fresh salads at this time …

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Oven-Baked Rutabaga Fries with Honey-Mustard Sauce

The Olympics ended yesterday. Did you watch? I’m always amazed at the performance and determination of these athletes. Years and years of hard training for one quick, “make or break” moment. You have to be made of steel to handle that kind of pressure. Gymnastics was a major part of my life for over 10 …

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Roasted Beet & Sorghum Salad with Ginger-Lime Vinaigrette

It’s the first winter that I get the majority of my vegetables from a CSA, and it forces me to align my cooking with the seasons. I won’t lie to you: It’s been challenging. Every week, I get a new supply of root vegetables – more than I know what to do with. But I’m …

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Brown Rice & Arame Seaweed Salad

I turned 33 last week! I remember turning 25 and having a mini life crisis. A lot has happened since then. Growing up, I had a very different vision of where my life would be at this age. But it’s alright. The choices I made over the years have led me where I am today, …

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