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08 Feb, 2019

Copycat recipe for Ikea’s mustard & dill sauce

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

Confession: sometimes when I need to pick something up at Ikea I time my visit to coincide with lunch. Last time I was there I tried their new vegetarian hot dog, but usually I order their Swedish Gravadlax. I know it’s always ALL ABOUT THE MEATBALLS at Ikea, but at $5.99 this cold salmon plate […]

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The other day I was strolling by Starbucks and I treated myself to a frothy iced coffee beverage. I was happy with my purchase for about 10 seconds. It tasted fine, but the price tag left a bitter taste in my mouth. The plastic cup and straw I brought home to recycle didn’t make me […]

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20 Feb, 2018

My new favourite broccoli cheddar soup recipe

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

My family is not exactly a soup-loving family, a fact which makes me a little sad because SOUP IS THE BEST THING. It’s healthy, hearty, and can be a great way of using up leftovers. I made this broccoli cheddar soup recipe from Chatelaine twice in the last week, that’s how good it is. I’ve […]

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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 […]


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