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Tomato Basil Spinach Risotto

I won’t be able to write out this recipe as well as the original author, so I won’t try. But I made this for dinner and it was amazing.




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Rhubarb Cake

Make this when you have friends coming over, or else you will eat almost the whole thing yourself and feel sick to your stomach and to your soul.

Lunar Rhubarb Cake

As for all cakes, let the butter, egg and buttermilk come to room temperature before making the batter. Set the oven rack is in the centre of the oven, and preheat just in time to put the cake in the oven.

1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, softened

1-1/2 cups (375 mL) granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla

2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour

1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda

1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

1 cup (250 mL) buttermilk

2 cups (500 mL) chopped rhubarb (1/2-inch/1.25 cm pieces)

Lunar Topping

1 cup (250 mL) firmly packed light brown sugar

2 tsp (10 mL)  ground cinnamon

1/4 cup (50 mL) butter, softened

. Line 13- x-9-inch (3.5 L) metal cake pan with parchment paper or butter thoroughly but lightly. Set aside.

. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until well mixed and fairly smooth. Add the egg and vanilla; beat until smooth.

. Set aside 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the flour. In a separate large bowl, whisk together remaining flour, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, making 3 additions of these dry ingredients and 2 of buttermilk.

. Toss rhubarb with remaining flour. Spoon over the batter and fold in. Scrape into the prepared pan, smoothing the top.

Lunar Topping: In bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon. With a fork or pastry blender, work butter into the sugar mixture until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over the batter.

. Bake in the centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until the lunar topping is pitted and crusty and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cool on rack.

. Makes about 16 servings.

Tip: While you can cover and store the cake for up to 2 days at room temperature, it is best made and served the same day.


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Fresh Southwest-ish Salad

Calling this salad Southwest is probably a lie, but it IS fresh, and I love it.



red onions

yellow pepper

jalapeno peppers (optional)


black beans



lettuce (butter lettuce is best, but iceberg also works)

cheddar cheese (optional)


Dice tomatoes, onions, peppers. Add black beans and cilantro leaves (to taste). Squeeze lime juice over top; refrigerate this mix for about an hour to let the flavours blend.

Wash and tear lettuce, make a bed of it on your plate.

Spoon tomato mix over lettuce.

Slice up avocado, put on top. Same with cheese.



Seriously, this is delicious. I ate it every day last week. The cheese is probably the least necessary thing, but if you have to do without the avocado that also works (but it might be sad, because avocado is the best). Enjoy!

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Variations on Water: Make-At-Home Iced Tea

Hey, guys, thanks for inviting me to this blog!

Maybe you are already doing this all the time, but if you’re not, you should be. Your life will be better.

Make-At-Home Iced Tea:


tea, water, lemon, sugar, ice

1. Get the biggest pot you have, fill it with water, and bring the water to a boil.

2. Turn off the heat, add two to three tea bags to the water. (This is otherwise known as “making tea.”) I use orange pekoe. When the tea is as dark/strong as you like, remove the tea bags.

3. Add about a quarter cup of sugar, or more to taste. It’s important that you add the sugar while the water is hot. Add two slices of lemon, or more to taste. This you can wait to do later if you don’t like the lemon taste to be too strong. Stir until sugar is dissolved.

4. Cool down the tea! You can either let it sit until it’s cool enough to put in a pitcher in the fridge, or you can ladle it over a glass full of ice.

5. Enjoy!

I know this is a really simple recipe, but it’s seriously SO much better than iced tea from powder or iced tea from Starbucks, and it costs almost nothing. You can also add fresh mint to the tea instead of lemon, or you can use different kinds of tea and experiment with whatever you want to add to it.

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