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17 Feb, 2017

Make this clam chowder!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I’ve had a hankering for clam chowder but kept putting it off. For some reason, I thought that clam chowder was a complicated dish that possibly involved shucking clams (does one shuck clams?) and loads of time spent simmering and stirring. I wanted chowder, badly, but didn’t feel like investing time in chowder, no matter […]

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18 Dec, 2016

Salted caramel pecan sticky buns? Yes please.

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I am not much of a baker but I was overwhelmed with a sudden craving for cinnamon buns so I hunted around for a recipe before I found this one for caramel sticky buns. It’s a keeper. Like many homemade things, it was a bit of work but totally worth it. Here’s something worth noting: it […]

15 Apr, 2016

Dailylunches #1357 – Bowl o’ Green

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I had a great lunch yesterday. In fact, I think I’ll make it again today: It’s essentially an asparagus salad, although now that I think about it, I think it’d make a fantastic make-ahead side dish as well. Here’s the original recipe. I followed it fairly closely but I should probably mention that I pared […]

Lunch number 1346 and 1347 was a real winner. I liked this little dish so much I made it twice in a row. And as an added bonus I got to use up some leftover quinoa that was kicking around the fridge. Woot! Spicy shrimp, quinoa, avocado bowl for one You will need: five shrimp […]

I haven’t written up a “will they eat it” post for awhile now. I was poking around my recipe archive and remembered how fun it was so I thought I’d revisit when I could. I found a new recipe to add to my repertoire. It’s fast and flavourful and made a pretty good lunch the next […]


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