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17 steps to de-cluttering your home this spring

17 steps to de-cluttering your home this spring | www.ricottaandradishes.com

I always feel a bit antsy during the late winter/early spring time of year.  Maybe it’s the lack of vitamin D, but come March I’m a bit down in the dumps and ready for change.  It’s like, come on winter – take the hint and get lost already!  Your snowflakes aren’t quaint anymore.  They’re just annoying.

One thing I’ve found helps dampen the winter doldrums is cleaning and organizing the house.  Last month I did an intense session of spring cleaning to make room for our new floors.  It was quite the chore but I felt much better after.  More positive and optimistic, like a weight had been lifted.

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Layered lentil salad

Layered lentil salad - an easy and healthy potluck side that you can make in a snap! | www.ricottaandradishes.com

It’s a good thing I shot these photos before leaving for a business trip last week because a) I’m way overdue for a new recipe post; and b) the strange cold/chills I contracted on the trip back has made food prep and styling the least appealing thing in the world right now!

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What I Ate Wednesday #8: At a Conference

What I Ate Wednesday #8 - At a conference

It’s been a few months since I’ve done a What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) post.  Time to bring it back!

Last week I attended a conference for work focusing on food safety issues in Canada.  What better opportunity to chronicle a day’s worth of eats than at a food industry event?  This particular conference has good food too (I went last year) so I was pretty jazzed about snapping covert meal pics with my iPhone.  Multitasking at its best!

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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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