• Breakfast

    Chia Seed Montreal Bagels

    Imagine a world without bagels. You’re picturing a sad, sad world aren’t you? This is the world that Shannon and I lived in as young children in rural Alberta, a place…

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    Hole-in-the-Middle Grilled Cheese

    A and I spent Christmas in Toronto with the Rostads (blog reunion!!) and had a super lovely, super chill time. We met the littlest Rostad (Eleanor) for the first time and…

  • mom's chili

    Mom’s Beef and Veggie Chili

    People often ask me how I have time to make from-scratch meals like this Beef and Veggie Chili, and I have quite a few ways I like to answer that question. Sometimes…

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    Butter Substitutes Guide

    Have you started baking cookies for your office holiday party only to discover that you don’t have enough butter in the fridge? Or maybe you’re avoiding dairy, but still want to…

  • Guides

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

    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…

  • soup guide

    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…