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How to cook extra-firm tofu

How to cook with extra-firm tofu | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Tofu is one of those ingredients that can turn out pretty bad when prepared in the wrong way. Common complaints are that it’s flavourless and has an unpalatable texture (though I’ll explain later how this can be avoided!).  That doesn’t mean you should be afraid to cook it.  Tofu is actually extremely easy to do right with very tasty results! You just need to know a few basic things. 
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Shaved fennel and red cabbage salad

Shaved fennel & red cabbage salad | www.ricottaandradishes.com

It’s not exactly salad weather–the temps here in Southern Ontario have plummeted to the minus 20s this week–it’s nice to break up a week of comfort food with something light and fresh.

Freshness just might be the theme of the week around here. These past two weekends my husband and I been busy ripping out our upstairs and main level floors in preparation for new dark brown laminate. The kitchen (and other rooms too, but most importantly the kitchen!) will have a fresh new look. It’s been tough work and I haven’t had much time or space to cook and shoot new recipes, but the results will be well worth the minor inconvenience. [click to continue…]

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Homemade red wine vinaigrette

Homemade red wine vinaigrette | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Making salad dressing is one of those things I wouldn’t have bothered with if it wasn’t for this blog.  It’s quick and easy to do, but before I tried it myself it seemed like an unnecessary step standing in the way between me and lunch.  Why not just use bottled dressing? [click to continue…]

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Sunday links, comfort food edition

Sunday links, comfort food edition

Thank you whoever invented the Family Day long weekend! Monday is a stat holiday here in Ontario, which means no “Sunday dread” for us today.  Ahh.

It also happens to be really cold today. Like, -25°C (that’s -13°F for my American friends). Brrr! To keep you warm this weekend and beyond, I’ve compiled a list of warm and cozy comfort foods from some of my favourite food blogs.  Try a few if you’re feeling a little chilly (not to mention hungry)…

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Spicy roasted chickpeas

Spicy roasted chickpeas - the perfect healthy snack! | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Ok, confession time: after years of secretly making fun of people who follow, watch and generally give a crap about the Kardashians, last weekend I watched an episode of Keeping Up and–gulp–got into it.  Like, really into it.  One 30-minute episode turned into a marathon and before I knew it I was hooked.  Turns out I’m not immune to the lure of reality TV, aka candy for the brain! [click to continue…]

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Sunday links, Valentine’s Day/long weekend edition

Sunday Links, Valentine's Day/Family Day Long Weekend Edition

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away, and this year it falls on the Family Day long weekend (our newest and, might I say, much needed Ontario stat holiday!).  With this in mind, today’s edition of Sunday links is a winter long weekend/V-Day mash-up!

Whether you’ll be spending those extra downtime days with your significant other, family or friends, stay cozy and warm with some tasty recipe ideas from a few places I’ve been poking around this week:

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Root vegetable poutine

Root vegetable poutine | www.ricottaandradishes.com

This post was originally penciled in for late February, but apparently it’s La Poutine Week right now so it seemed fitting to jump on the bandwagon!

Today also happens to be my 29th birthday (yikes!!), and there’s no way I’m entering my last year as a 20-something without excessive amounts of cheese.  Healthy food blog be-damned!

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Vegetarian Middle Eastern pizzas

Vegetarian Middle Eastern pizzas | www.ricottaandradishes.com

I don’t usually specify that a recipe is vegetarian or vegan in the title, but because these Middle Eastern-style pizzas are traditionally topped with spiced lamb, this one deserves the extra descriptor.  Lately I’ve been experimenting with vegetarian ground “meat” and this recipe seemed like the perfect way to use it.

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Whole roasted spice-rubbed cauliflower

Whole roasted spice-rubbed cauliflower | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Other than the potato, can you think of a vegetable more versatile than cauliflower?  I actually thought this through for a minute and couldn’t come up with anything close, except perhaps for winter squash.

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Healthier Super Bowl recipes

Healthy Super Bowl recipes | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Confession: what I enjoy most about the Super Bowl isn’t the game, the halftime show or even the commercials.  It’s the food, hands down.  There, I said it!

Football may not be my cup of tea personally, but the party vibe and awesome snacks definitely make it bearable (that and a stack of magazines!). Chili, wings and nachos are game day necessities, and nothing pairs better with them than cold beer.  To avoid feeling weighed down by all those indulgent eats, it helps to have a few lighter options in the mix as well.

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