Canadian Thanksgiving: Vegan and Gluten Free Stuffing

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Another dish from our Canadian Thanksgiving feast.  This stuffing is a staple in all our holiday dinners. Whether it is Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter if there is a turkey being cooked this stuffing is by its side as an accompaniment.   I normally render this side with traditional, old fashioned fully glutenized bread.  However, this year we had guests with different dietary needs.  When I am hosting I want everyone to come and be able to eat to their breaking point.  So I decided to play around with a gluten free version, resulting in a stuffing that Jay and I actually both liked a whole lot more!  This stuffing is flexible in that you can use it to stuff a bird or you can cook it independently in a dutch oven or casserole dish.  We normally do the latter because it allows you to prepare the dish the day before thus freeing up valuable kitchen real estate on the day of the dinner. Continue reading “Canadian Thanksgiving: Vegan and Gluten Free Stuffing”

Vegetable and Mango Curry with Basil-Ginger Quinoa

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The new job is keeping me quite busy (and I am loving every second).  The work is challenging and stimulating and exciting all at the same time.  I am however still getting into a new life rhythm that juggles career, meal prep, exercise and cherished time with those who make my world go round.  That being said by the end of my work day I am ravenous, thus resulting in a mad rush to prep, cook and get a healthy, mindful meal on the dinner table pronto.  This curry accomplished just that.  On top of the efficiency of this dish, is the added bonus there is still enough left over after dinner to pack up for lunch the following day (even for Jay and I who are notoriously large eaters).  That being said, the hands down best aspect of this meal is it’s versatility.  So regardless of the dietary restriction you adhere to you will be able to whip up a version that will leave you satisfied (and your house smelling simply delicious).  So put away your seamless order, this curry is something you can handle yourself.

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Banana White Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Remember when this used to be a food blog and not just a chronicling of our city life? My apologies for the lack of posts (specifically food related musings) we have had a busy, full summer filled with weekends away, road trips and a new, amazing career for me. It has been such a blast. Jameson and I are both feel so recharged and refreshed after our first summer in NYC. I will get to documenting all of that soon, but for now here is some proof that I have in fact been whimsically whipping up new creations in my kitchen. Since Jameson is in Vegas at the moment celebrating the pending marriage of two very dear friends, these muffins come with the  sign of approval from three very trustworthy young men. Not only that but they are super quick to make, and only requires dirtying a single bowl (so it’s perfect for you urban readers whose kitchen real estate is less than robust). Enjoy. Continue reading “Banana White Chocolate Chip Muffins”

Quick and Easy Milk and Honey Drop Biscuits

 

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If you remember I enlightened a small but exceptional segment of the New York population to the awesomeness that are Naniamo Bars last weekend.  As a result I was left with ample cream base that I didn’t want to go to waste.  I decided to try my hand at a quick and simple batch of cream biscuits.  These sweet and savory baked goods are a lot less work than their butter laden counterparts, and make significantly less mess.  As such you don’t have to spend your time cutting in any butter which is a real win in my kitchen.  Extra bonus; everything can be accomplished in one bowl so your kitchen won’t look like a flour bomb went off.  So if you really want to wow your dinner guests with a batch of homemade biscuits these ones give the appearance of complexity when in fact they are quick, simple and painless.  Enjoy! Continue reading “Quick and Easy Milk and Honey Drop Biscuits”

Our Easter Weekend and a Nanaimo Bar Recipe

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Some moments are for life.  This weekend was one of those moments.  We filled our days with good Friday services at Hillsong, coffee dates in Greenwich Village, Easter Sunday services, bocce in Fort Green park, potlucks in Brooklyn and the most exceptional, imperfectly perfect people.  So although this was our first major holiday without family (and we missed them bundles), we consider ourselves truly blessed to be able to spend it the way we did and with whom we did.

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My contribution to our Easter potluck was Cilantro Lime Bean Salad, peanut butter cookies and Naniamo Bars (get excited fellow Canadians).  Being from Vancouver Island, Naniamo bars to me are ubiquitous with cupcakes, cookies and brownies.  So naturally upon moving to NYC I figured everyone had been enlightened to their awesomeness.  I was shocked, no, I was horrified to learn that even my fellow Torontonians had no idea what I was babbling about.  So this Easter potluck I set out to rectify that atrocity by trying my hand at what for me I had always considered a super complex dessert (I prefer simple, no fuss no muss baking that reaps rewards quickly).

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My dear friend Alyssa, filled me in on her little tip that if you place each layer in the freezer for 30 minutes it makes the processes a little more seamless.  So with that in mind I decided to stick to the basics and took the recipe right off the city of the Naniamo website (although I couldn’t help but throw in a few of my own twists), and after one batch of burnt chocolate and a forgotten egg in the first crust I alas mastered these delicious treats.  However, my sincerest apologies because in terms of food photography this post gets a below failing grade, only because we were having too much fun enjoying our company to craft a pretty picture (and Jay had to cut the bars with a spoon because I forgot a knife. Opps.).  So regardless of the aesthetic, enjoy as you soak in the amazing Canadian-ness that are Naniamo Bars.  Continue reading “Our Easter Weekend and a Nanaimo Bar Recipe”

Skillet Shrimp and Chicken Paella

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My mom makes excellent paella. It is bar none one of her unsung talents.  So last weekend when I was meal planning and missing her a little extra I decided to try my hand at it.  Now she is the master, and I the student so I do not in any capacity feign superiority in my dish.  I have watched her whip it up on several occasions, but what is tricky is that my mom happens to be a wiz in the kitchen so she never follows a recipe directly.  Thus no paella is ever rendered the same again.  It is a dish only to be enjoyed in that moment, because next time it will be equally as wonderful but slightly refined.  So as I crafted my version I tried to think back on what I seen her incorporate, and then substituted in and out a few items to suit our palates (like quinoa instead of rice, extra veggies instead of meat and turkey sausage instead of chorizo).  I am sure I missed plenty of ingredients but the result was nonetheless stellar.  Furthermore, pausing to enjoy my take on paella on this sunny New York Spring evening, whirled up all sorts of nostalgia as it left my feeling as if I was sitting on my mom’s back porch catching up over our days.  I love you mom 🙂 Continue reading “Skillet Shrimp and Chicken Paella”

Chewy, Gooey, Ginger Molasses Cookies

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I have officially worked my brain to capacity.  30+ peer reviewed articles and legal statutes later and I think I have enough knowledge to craft an adequate position paper on the martial rights of persons with disabilities (fingers crossed).  I have left a permanent impression of myself on my couch the past few afternoons as I have chipped away at my scholastic to-do list.  So what I need now is refueling, both mentally, creatively and physically.  Which is where these cookies come in. I have a basic cookie dough recipe I tend to use for the base of all my cookies and lately I have been craving ginger snap, so I decided to play around.  The result was fantastic on the first attempt.

Oh, and they’re vegan.

 

And another thing, the only real molasses in them is in the brown sugar. So they’re healthier than the traditional variation of this cookie.

Alas, in my books today was a successful day -cookies and academics included.  Continue reading “Chewy, Gooey, Ginger Molasses Cookies”

Tomato Soup

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Jay has returned to Canada (for the night)

This afternoon he set off for Montreal for work which means tonight he will spend his time snuggling Cotton (featured below. Just look at her sweet little hand on his neck. Isn’t he going to be a great Dad?!) and dineing with our friends the Stenbergs.  Whereas, I on the other hand am cooped up our apartment navigating the complex world of personal taxes, writing up educational assessment reports and reading journal article upon journal article.  It truly feels a like it has been a few days since I last came up for air.  I figured since I am miles away, in the wrong country and can’t be with Jay to relish the company tonight, I may as well still savor a good meal.  In the past I haven’t had much luck when it comes to tomato soups, as they often end up too bland or too runny.  However, this fragrant tomato soup changed all that.  No description would do this rich, flavorful soup justice. So I will merely leave it to you to test for yourself.

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Quick and Easy Snickerdoodles

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I have been feeling a touch overwhelmed with the everyday, mundane demands of life as I juggle graduate school, teaching, job hunting for the fall and figuring out what comes next; all well striving to quell a bout of homesickness that has resurfaced after having to say good bye to our two sets of wonderful family who just left NYC.  I now it is all going to turn out, and that given time I will have answers to all the questions I am seeking.  However, nonetheless in times when my nerves feel a little more frayed than usual, and my normal disposition of moderate over thinker is on overdrive I am diligent to carve out time to cook or bake. It is how I combat stress.  So today I bring to you a batch of Vegan cookies that are as simple and they are quick to whip up.  Thus allowing the baker to promptly return to their lengthy list of tasks that need accomplishing or those journal articles sitting on their desk unread.  But before you return to everything that awaits, take some times to unwind by prepping (and eating) these cookies that Jay swears may just be the best he has ever eaten.  Which is good because he’s eaten a lot of them lately as my brain has been desperately in need of multiple study and life breaks.  Enjoy! Continue reading “Quick and Easy Snickerdoodles”

Roasted Fall Veggie Quesadillas

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I am on a winning streak this week with new recipes.  This creation came after going for all you can eat quesadillas and margaritas at Amigos in Morningside heights last week with three dear friends.  Thank you Elliot for being in town and being our excuse to stuff ourselves to breaking point on Mexican food.  Come back soon.

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I for one had never had a margarita, but after last tuesday I can call myself a fan of this grown up version of a slurpee.  However, better than those frozen margaritas were the quesadillas served alongside them.  So after eating my fill (and I mean my actual fill) and still craving more I decided to try my hand at a healthy recreation and lucked out with exceptional success.  So enjoy these quick, simple and hearty variation of veggie quesadillas.  Continue reading “Roasted Fall Veggie Quesadillas”