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Sep. 20, 2010 7:39 am 
Updated: Oct. 5, 2010 6:54 pm
In my ongoing attempt to eat healthier and reduce my grocery bill, I have accumulated a bunch of recipes that are vegetarian or easily made so. I thought I’d post this on a Monday in case you need ideas for your Meatless Monday dinner tonight! What I like about these recipes is that they are… MORE
 
 
Sep. 7, 2010 12:49 pm 
Updated: Sep. 9, 2010 8:08 am
“I hate the Farmer’s Market!” ... so says my boyfriend. I love the atmosphere there, and the prepared food you can get for lunch, and the handmade craft and jewellery booths, and the buskers everywhere. But I don’t love shopping for groceries there. I’m pretty spoiled in groceries. We… MORE
 
 
Aug. 3, 2010 9:39 am 
Updated: Jan. 21, 2011 4:30 pm
I’m sure this has been done before, but I’m going to kick off another one in blog form :) I recently read Baking Nana’s blog about cooking with the rice cooker, and read several uses for leftovers and kitchen utensils in the bag of newspaper clippings my BF’s mom gave me, and I began … MORE
 
 
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Jul. 28, 2010 7:20 am 
Updated: Aug. 2, 2010 9:11 am
The BF and I have been VERY successful in cutting meat out of our diet! We eat meat if we eat out, which has also been cut back, and we’ll have the occasional chicken or fish meal at home. We don’t buy red meat to prepare at home anymore, and all of our old favourites have been converted to… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 5, 2010 6:38 pm 
Updated: Jul. 7, 2010 11:37 pm
That title is a bit of a misnomer I’m afraid. Tonight’s dinner wasn’t vegetarian because I used chicken broth, and for lunch I brought leftover chicken curry to work – so Monday wasn’t entirely meatless, but last night I made the conscious decision not to get some meat out of the freezer for… MORE
 
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Jun. 26, 2010 6:21 pm 
Updated: Jun. 27, 2010 1:00 pm
Yesterday I made my first recipe from my Vegetarian Times Cookbook! I made Summer Rice Salad as our main dish, and we had pita with hummus dip and Green Onion Pancakes on the side – kind of a hodgepodge of strange things but we had just been grocery shopping and wanted to use some produce. I… MORE
 
 
Jun. 7, 2010 9:33 am 
Updated: Jun. 7, 2010 10:06 pm
My boyfriend and our friend Stefan spend most weekends wandering around the city. They are amateur photographers and I enjoy seeing the sights, so usually every Saturday afternoon we go flâneuring – wandering a city in order to experience it. They take photos (some are amazing – I change my… MORE
 
 
May 25, 2010 8:18 am 
Updated: May 25, 2010 5:22 pm
Well, with the resounding success of last week’s menu, I have to top it somehow this week. It’s a short week since Victoria Day was yesterday, and on Wednesday the BF will be out of town for dinner again. So here goes! We borrowed a car from my parents yesterday and did a huge (and… MORE
 
 
May 21, 2010 8:38 am 
Updated: May 24, 2010 9:08 am
I had huge success with my menu planning this week! We had a couple of curveballs thrown at us (like my boyfriend was suddenly sent to Winnipeg for work for 3 days) but I managed to make most of the recipes I had eyed last week. The best one of the week was the Rosemary Ranch Chicken… MORE
Rosemary Ranch Kabobs - chicken, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, and onion.
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May 14, 2010 12:29 pm 
Updated: May 15, 2010 12:00 am
Seeing all these menus lately (actually it was MK’s in particular that inspired me – we seem to have the same obsession with organization!) I have decided that by planning my meals out on a weekly basis, I can start eating healthier and maybe more cheaply as well! My friends make fun of my… MORE
 
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PolkaDot

Home Town
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Member Since
Sep. 2009

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Mexican, Italian, Quick & Easy

Hobbies
Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music

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About Me
I'm a 22 year old novice cook - I live with my boyfriend in a small apartment with a teeny kitchen. Right now I'm trying to eat healthier and cut some meat out of my diet - I'm writing a blog about cooking my way through a vegetarian cookbook! I love trying new recipes, and adjusting them to suit my tastes.
My favorite things to cook
I love BBQing, making casseroles, and putting together any kind of soup. I'm also trying to get into baking - my kitchen is tiny so I have to use simple recipes, but I love making muffins and cookies to share.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was little my mom taught me how to make brown sugar syrup for our homemade pancakes - everytime she made pancakes at home, I would make the sauce to go with them.
My cooking triumphs
Lasagna Day - My first ever dinner party in my apartment, I made spinach salad, stuffed mushrooms, lasagna from scratch, and apple crisp. It was a hit with my friends, I got so many compliments!
My cooking tragedies
When I was in high school I decided to make some cinnamon buns, but the only recipe I could find was a huge batch, so I cut it in half. However, when I went to mix the ingredients, I found myself adding the full amount of some but only half of others, and I couldn't remember how much of each I'd already done. I tried cooking them anyways, but they were terrible!
 
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