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Back-to-Basics Butternut Squash Soup

I have previously posted a butternut squash soup recipe, but I recently made a different version, and I thought I would share it with you.

While I was flipping through the Make it Paleo cookbook that Jamie had received, I was surprised by the simplicity of their recipe for butternut squash soup. It called for only butternut squash and onions, along with some spices. When I make soup, I generally put any and all vegetables I can find into it, so I was curious to find out how this basic recipe would taste. I made it my mission to find out.

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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in Entrée, In a Pinch, Paleo, Side Dishes, Soup, Vegetables

 

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Pilgrim Pie

Earlier this week, I was faced with a familiar dilemma.  What do I do with all the turkey leftovers?  I love preparing and hosting a big turkey dinner.  The aroma of turkey baking in the oven is intoxicating, but the real advantage of hosting a big dinner, is all the leftovers 🙂

I am a huge fan of leftovers.  I like mixing all the odds and ends that are left into a pot and seeing what happens.  This is the creation that I came up with this week, and I think I might keep it my back pocket for our Christmas leftovers.

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Posted by on October 12, 2012 in Bacon, Entrée, In a Pinch, Leftovers, Vegetables

 

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Coconut-nested Eggs

The role of today’s guest food blogger will be played by Connie’s husband, Jamie.

Bill Staley and Hayley Mason over at The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate recently invited Ruby Reduction to review their cookbook Make it Paleo, a collection of over 200 grain-free recipes.

When our copy arrived in the mail, we couldn’t wait to begin.

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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Baking, Breakfast, Guest Foodie, In a Pinch, Paleo

 

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Black Bean & Corn Salsa

When Cherie gave me her guest post for Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies, it dawned on me that I haven’t shared with you my world famous Black Bean & Corn Salsa Recipe. Now I say world famous, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration. But, this salsa is quite popular among our friends and co-workers. It is a pot-luck staple that I have been making for over seven years.  Everytime I bring this to a party, people want the recipe!

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Ever since I have discovered how incredibly easy it is to make your own hummus, I have been making it on a pretty regular basis.  Store bought hummus used to be a staple in my grocery cart, but now that has changed and my new go-to grocery store item is a can of chick peas.  I have a reserve in the pantry, so I can satisfy that hummus craving any time I want!

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Tuna Pickle Salad Sandwich

This week in Ottawa has been extremely warm; temperatures have been 30°C+ with humidex readings of over 40. Needless to say, turning on the oven in our apartment isn’t really an option. If you can believe it, we fried up some bacon one night, and, as much as I love the smell of bacon, I thought it seemed too heavy in the heat. Therefore, bacon was only on the menu once this week 😦 

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Posted by on June 22, 2012 in Entrée, In a Pinch, Sandwiches

 

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Spicy Hummus

Now that the weather is nice, it is time to start to think about BBQ’s, picnics and the many types of food that go along with these outdoor events. Fresh vegetables are always a favourite of mine, but sometimes just eating raw vegetables gets a little boring. I find myself scouring the picnic table looking for something to dip my cucumber slice into. Then I see it – Hummus!

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Italian Cold Cut Sandwich

The role of today’s food blogger will be played by Jeff Clements*.

Hey everyone. When Connie offered me the opportunity to be a guest on her blog I thought “how hard can it be?” Then I remembered how difficult it was back in high school English Lit. All the punctuation, syntax and grammatical challenges; man, I really started sweating. God, I have to come up with a topic too! What was I thinking? I am not a writer. I can’t do this. I need something to eat. (You see, when I’m stressed I eat. Not because I’m particularly hungry (though I most often am) but because it lets me cook and that’s my escape) I’m getting a sandwich.

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Oven Roasted Beet Chips

I love potato chips.  It doesn’t matter what flavour they are, I will eat them.  I consciously avoid the chip aisle in the grocery store, as my will power is weak when it comes to crunchy, salty snack foods.

We have discovered a brand of root vegetable chips, called Terra Chips.  They make their chips, not just with potatoes, but with a variety of root vegetables; parsnips, sweet potatoes, taro and beets.  Because they use a variety of vegetables I feel a little less guilty about a weekend indulgence of this salty treat.

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Peppermint Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

I was looking in our junk food cupboard (admit it, you have one too!) and there I saw it, one last box of Christmas chocolates.  Hmmm, do I eat these delicious peppermint chocolates immediately, or can I turn them into a scrumptious treat?  Of course, I decided to bake with them instead of tearing open the box and devouring the chocolates in mere seconds! 🙂

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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in Baking, Candy, Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts, In a Pinch

 

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