Guides

    We’re 1 Year Old: Our 10 Best Recipes of 2016

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    One year ago today we launched this little ol’ blog. Whaaaat?! Originally our goal was to perfect all of our Grandma’s recipes. However, throughout this short year YCEN has also become a place to experiment with our own recipe development. Now we’ve got a pretty balanced mix of our grandma’s recipes and our own! So, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to look back on some of our favourite and most popular recipes to date. We also want to take…

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    Guides

    A Gift Guide for Soup Lovers

    I’m in full comfort food mode over here in Vancouver. I can’t get enough soup, chili, bread, anything that will warm me up from the constant rain. And constant is not…

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    Breakfast Desserts

    Apricot Walnut Quick Bread

    Hi, hi, hi! The last two weeks have been a – excuse the clichΓ© – roller coaster of emotions. First I went to Montreal to catch up with my co-workers and…

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    Sides

    How to perfectly roast acorn squash

    Every time I’ve gone grocery shopping this fall I’ve left the store with at least three squashes in my bag. Ian has dubbed me the crazy squash lady, and I have…

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    Breakfast Entrees

    Carrot Potato Fritters

    Three weeks ago we discovered the Ottawa Farmer’s Market and every Sunday morning since then has been devoted to buying vegetables/sampling pierogi. Oh, and eating chocolate chip cookies. You guys! I found the best…

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    Breakfast

    Sweet Potato and Spinach Skillet

    I used to be just like you, waiting in line for 45 minutes on a late Saturday morning to get my fix at the newest neighbourhood brunch spot. Then I became a student…

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    Breakfast

    Apple cheddar caraway scones

    Yesterday was the coldest day of fall so far. Even though it was a balmy 4 degrees by Ottawa standards, A and I immediately went toque shopping after work to protect our…

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    Desserts

    Chocolate Chili Zucchini Cake

    Hello from Ottawa! We are not quite moved in yet, but all of our stuff from Vancouver FINALLY arrived (on Thanksgiving day, appropriately). After 10 days of sleeping on air mattresses…

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    Guides

    10 healthy groceries to buy in bulk

    I like grocery shopping quite a lot. If I had to pick a chore to do around the house all the time, it would be “the groceries”. Thankfully, because of my…