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comfort food recipe round-up
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Comfort Food Recipe Round-Up

Brb, currently eating my feelings. The world is facing a really tough period, and we are all experiencing and coping with it differently. In times like these, many people turn to food for comfort, including myself. Whether it’s ordering copious amounts of my guilty pleasures (hello, pizza!) or playing around with new recipes and old favourites in my kitchen, a welcome distraction these days has been food. And all I seem to be craving are rich, decadent meals! So, I thought it would be a great time to round up and share some recipes with you – specifically, comfort food…

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whole roasted cauliflower recipe
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Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini & Halloumi

For the past few years, cauliflower has been having a moment. Once considered a boring vegetable that no one could really figure out what to do with, in recent years, it’s been blossoming (and I’m not just talking about its florets 😉). We’ve seen all sorts of yummy cauliflower dishes popping up, like kung pao/Korean fried cauliflower, cauliflower gnocchi, cauliflower mac and cheese, and even pizza crust made from cauliflower. And I’m totally here for it! The inspiration for this whole roasted cauliflower with tahini & halloumi came from a local Toronto chef, Anthony Rose. The dish is on the…

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Perfect banh mi sandwich at home
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5 Tips for Making the Best Banh Mi Sandwich at Home

Savoury, spicy, tangy, crunchy, fresh – all elements of the perfect banh mi sandwich. It honestly has to be one of my favourite sandwiches out there, ever since the first moment I took a bite of one. A few months ago, my husband and I had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam – the birthplace of the banh mi. Sadly, travel all around the world is on hold for the time being due to COVID-19. But if you wanted to escape for a bit or plan for your eventual travel, I’ve written a couple guides on Vietnam that you can…

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chocolate pot de creme
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Chocolate Two Ways

We’ve officially reached the most dreadful part of the winter – when the snow, freezing rain, and bitter cold have gotten to us. When we are desperately craving spring (or at least some more hours of sunshine), but know it’s still a long way away. Like many people, I hibernate in the wintertime. I lose motivation to go places, even the gym. I know they say summer bodies are made in the winter, but I can’t help but want to stay warm and cozy inside, and eat all the comfort food! It’s been a long time since I’ve shared a…

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3 Comforting Appetizers Using Prosciutto & Grana Padano
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3 Comforting Appetizers Using Prosciutto & Grana Padano

Is it weird that the thing I get most excited for about fall is the return of comfort food?! Forget the pumpkin spiced lattes, cable knit sweaters, leaves changing colours and all that other autumnal stuff! I just care about having the kind of food that feels like a hug, about the prospects of entertaining (and being entertained) for Thanksgiving, and about cozying up under a blanket with a bowl of warm soup! During the cooler months as we hibernate, I also find myself back in the kitchen more often. Are you the same way? Since I’m always looking for…

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rose picks at the LCBO
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#CheerstoRosé! | Summer Rosé Picks at the LCBO For Under $15

It’s no secret that I adore rosé. While excellent to drink all year-round, it’s my absolute FAVE in the summertime! Since it’s meant to be served chilled, in my opinion, there’s nothing better or more refreshing to have while sitting on a patio (or a beach) in the summer than a delicious glass of rosé. This year, the LCBO actually introduced more than 17 new rosés in its stores. These are great additions to its already impressive and ever-growing rosé collection (trust me, I know – I’m what you’d call a ‘loyal customer’ 😉)! LCBO’s Rosé Cabana Lounge & Rosé…

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sunrype take 10
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The Importance of Taking a Break

How many times a week do you give yourself time to take a break? In North America, there’s such a pervasive culture of go, go, go – of “busy” and “productive” being good for us. Many people derive a sense of importance from how much work they have, and to them, taking a break may be seen as counter-productive or a luxury. I am definitely guilty of the above a lot of the time! Because I’m self-employed, the more work I take on, the more money I earn for myself and my family. When you have a mortgage, bills, and…

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metro online grocery
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Metro’s New Online Grocery Service

We all have good weeks and bad weeks. There are some weeks when I’m so completely on top of it – when my husband and I can get all our groceries, meal planning and prep done, cook a couple nights, I crush all my work goals, and somehow make it to the gym 5 days in a row. Then, there are other weeks, when I feel like I’m glued to my desk and working ‘round the clock, or am recovering from travel exhaustion, and I barely have enough time (or energy) for anything, let alone meal planning and grocery shopping….

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Moroccan citrus party
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A Moroccan-Inspired Citrus Party

Entertaining is one of my favourite things to do, especially once the weather warms up! There is nothing better than sitting outside in the backyard or on the patio with friends, enjoying good food and drink! Wouldn’t you agree? Are you more the entertaining type, or the type that prefers to be entertained? I’m definitely the former, and I’ve shared a few entertaining guides in the past. I always look at entertaining as a way to get creative and experiment with a new theme or a new recipe! It can also be a great way to collaborate with a friend…

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Valentine's Day Cheese and Charcuterie Board
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Valentine’s Day Cheese & Charcuterie Board

I can’t believe Valentine’s Day is already here! Do you know what you’re doing for dinner? Going out can be such a hassle. Lots of restaurants offer prix fixe menus for Valentine’s Day (which are usually not that different than their regular menus, and a lot more expensive, to boot). Scoring a reservation can be difficult, if you don’t book early. Plus, there’s the added complication of venturing out in the wintertime, finding parking, and walking in the snow or slush in a pair of heels! To avoid disappointment, my husband and I have been opting to stay in on…

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