Hazelnut Cake with Coffee Icing

This might be the best cake ever invented. It is crumbly and moist and absolutely scrumptious! The coffee icing enhances the hazelnut flavour of the cake, and vice versa. The combination is truly one made in heaven!

My mom baked me this cake as a welcome home greeting over my holiday break. My family demolished it within a day, but not before I snapped a hasty picture of it — isn’t its heart shape just adorable?

I heart cake!

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Christmas Mac and Cheese!

Looking for something festive to feed the kids — young and old alike — in your life?

Look no further! All you need is a box of your favourite macaroni and cheese, some frozen green peas, and red food colouring. Easy, tasty, and sure to be a hit with anyone jonesing for a bit of extra Christmas cheer at the table. Make this for lunch the day of Christmas dinner to avoid spending extra time in the kitchen.

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Gingerbread Cookies

Tiiiiis the season to bake cookies, fa la la la laaaaaa la la la LA!

Gingerbread makes me feel like Christmas has truly arrived. I’m a huge sucker for gingerbread cake (it was my birthday cake this year!) but I don’t think anything beats a nice, warm, crispy and chewy gingerbread cookie with a mug of tea.

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Spicy Chickpea, Lentil, and Kale Soup

I really get into soup once Fall and Winter set in. There’s nothing quite like sitting down to a steaming bowl of comforting soup on a chilly day.

I like my soups hearty, chunky, and filling. I also constantly tinker with my recipes to make sure that I’m hitting as many food groups as I can in one meal.

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Kale Salad

Kale is one of my favourite vegetables. It is definitely my favourite leafy green. Because, you know… I see those as two separate things.

I like my kale pretty tough, so when I make it I try to cook it for 5 minutes max — it’s usually the last thing I add to my recipes. That being said, it can become quite soft when you cook it longer, so if that’s what floats your boat, keep the heat on for as long as you want. Kale is delicious in pretty much every form. I kid you not.

However, there is another way to soften and season your kale that doesn’t involve cooking it at all, which is how this salad is made!

Gorgeous veggies just waiting to be eaten!

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Couscous Salad

Couscous is the greatest word to type.

It is also a delicious grain and I love it mixed up with lots of yummy vegetables and beans for a nice, light salad. It’s great both hot and cold and is a fantastic option when you’re pressed for time.

This salad was inspired by the random vegetables in my fridge. I have to say I’m happy with the way it turned out. It definitely has Fall written all over it: hearty, chunky, darkly coloured vegetables stud the couscous and the flavours are earthy and comforting. Yum!

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Chai Spiced Zucchini Loaf

Zucchini loaf is one of my favourite baked goods because it is positively delectable. There’s no two ways about it. Plus, I also pass it off as healthy. To be fair, I make my zucchini loaf with twice the amount of zucchini usually used in other recipes, so it is kind of healthy… right?!

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Turkey and Wild Rice Soup with Basil Pesto

I love leftover soup. You know what I mean — when you make a meal and then re-purpose the leftovers into a new, totally delicious dish?

In this particular case, I had a massive frozen turkey breast that I didn’t get to make for Thanksgiving this year… So, one Sunday afternoon, I roasted it to perfection on a bed of carrots, mushrooms, and potatoes, enjoyed a week’s worth of meals, and then used the extra turkey to make soup!

… it was a really large turkey breast.

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