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The other night I tweeted a plea for a new macaroni and cheese recipe. Our usual from Joy of Cooking is a household staple around here but I was in the mood for something a little different. Not TOO different, of course. The family wouldn’t tolerate the sudden inclusion of pureed squash or lentils. But […]

22 Jan, 2016

Pizza stones and a small pizza-related revelation

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

As some of you already know, I’m a big fan of making my own pizza dough. I use this recipe. It can easily be made by hand but it’s suuuuper quick with the help of a stand mixer. I usually make two batches and freeze the extra one (sometimes I cut it in two to […]

Ages ago I bookmarked a post on the Ottawa Mommy Club website aptly named: Canadian Fried Dough Pastry. I’m assuming it’s called this because it’s not associated in any way with BEAVERTAILS®, which is a registered trademark. If you’ve never experienced this delicious treat, you are seriously missing out. This hot, deep-fried, sweet pastry is […]

13 Jan, 2016

Back to lunch

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I was going to throw in the towel on my Daily Lunches project on January 1. My meals were a little bit sad and I really didn’t have the energy to pull it together. I really wasn’t feeling it anymore. I was boring myself. I was in Total Lunchtime Limbo for a while but I […]

Did you know you can make ice cream out of snow? Just make sure you use the clean white stuff for this recipe, okay? :) Now that we finally have SNOW here in Ottawa we can make a batch of this stuff. It’s not as creamy as the kind you’d find at the grocery store, but it’s […]


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  • Anne: Andrea, I've had Plantar Fasciitis twice. It hurts, doesn't it? It does eventually go away. The best thing I found was while sitting in a chair, ro
  • Laurel: I always transfer my loaded pizza to my stone:) I have the wood pizza slider and I roll on there on top of cornmeal and slide in-tricky sometimes but
  • andrea tomkins: Ohhh! Good tip Kate! Thanks!
  • Kate: Do you know what is even better than panko on mac and cheese? Crushed up homemade croutons from Parma Ravioli on Wellington St, mixed with a little pa
  • andrea tomkins: Sassy: I would love the addition of the squash. Sigh. I like the idea of the gnocchi too! binki: do try it! Let me know how it works out!
  • binki: Panko in Mac'nCheese. That is brilliant. I must try this.
  • sassymonkey: It's too bad you can't sell them on the squash because it's actually really good. The next time you want to shake things up, use gnocchi instead o

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