Tuesday Tidbits

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Happy Tidbits day, everyone!  I hope everyone had a fantastic Halloween and for those of us who got that extra hour of sleep on the weekend – wasn’t that just the best!?

Today’s Tidbits is a little different.  I am featuring some of my favourite bloggers’ latest recipes as well as introducing a website that I am very excited about.  I also wanted to let you know that this will be the last tidbits until January.   Cooking and even some baking will take priority over the next two busy months but I promise to be back with some fresh and fun Tuesday morning smiles in the new year.BorderUntitled

Today I’d like to introduce you to Maggie from Omnivore’s Cookbook.  I’ve been crushing on her blog for some time now and I know you will love her unique recipes.  Maggie has created some great videos and her step by step instructions will make you feel totally at ease trying any new dish.  This beautiful salmon recipe has my mouth watering every time I look at it.


 Teriyaki Salmon Sandwich  by Omnivore’s Cookbook

 I love that so many of you share my fondness for salmon and I’m sure you’ll agree that this is the ultimate sandwich.  (Mindy and Linda I can see your eyes glued to that fish!) 

You will find yourself spending a lot of time learning about different methods of cooking and experimenting with new foods on Maggie’s blog.  She will offer you some exciting adventures in your kitchen and I can hardly wait to see what she comes up with each week!


You met our next guest, Christin, here on Tidbits last May.  Since that time, Christin has come out with an incredible new blog design and more healthy, delicious recipes for us.   Blue Crab Martini is the kind of site that is so welcoming that I love to grab a glass of wine after a long day and spend the evening perusing her gorgeous dishes and read about her family fun.


Apple Curry Butternut Squash Soup by Blue Crab Martini

I like that she’s included both curry and apple in this traditional soup – what a lovely combination!  You’ll love the family friendly dishes that Christin creates along with her monthly post, ‘Moments that Matter’ where she brings us wonderful stories about life on the Chesapeake. BorderUntitled

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know Bobbi from Bam’s Kitchen who was featured here last July.  I’ve learned a lot about cooking from Bobbi and reading about her life in Hong Kong each week is always fascinating.  We both started blogging about the same time and have become good friends as we grow and find our place in the vast world of food blogging.


Easy Beef Pho with Oodles of Noodles by Bam’s Kitchen

Bobbi makes it easy for us to cook a traditional Chinese soup with tons of flavour!  This picture is so beautiful and photography is another area in which we have shared our journey.  Her photos are so vibrant and you feel as though you could just dip your spoon right into the screen and come out with a delicious mouthful of that scrumptious soup!  You’ll laugh at Bobbi’s funny stories about trying to keep up with the appetites of her hungry teenage sons!BorderUntitled

So I’m just realizing this post is consisting of salmon and soups but that’s a good thing because those two items are the most popular on the blog.  And what is another  ingredient that can turn ordinary soup into super soup?  Meatballs of course!  Enter Christine from No Gojis No Glory with a dish that will have you shopping for the ingredients tonight.  The flavours in this soup look spectacular and her turkey meatballs are nothing short of lip-smacking, healthy deliciousness!

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 Savory Albondigas (Meatball) Soup  by No Gojis No Glory

 I first came across Christine and her blog last June and I have so enjoyed visiting each week to read about her exceptional culinary feats and all the while she keeps it super healthy too!  She makes a mean pizza and a baked honey-marinated cod that I could happily eat for lunch every day.  When visiting her blog, take your sharp wits along because Christine is not only talented in the kitchen, she makes reading a pleasure as well.BorderUntitled

To finish off today, I have a new discovery to share with you. (Well, ‘The Man’ discovered it but he’s ok with me taking the credit!)  Jo Robinson is the author of the book, ‘Eating On The Wild Side:’ A Field Guide To Nutritious Food.  In my opinion, this is a book everyone should buy and keep in their kitchen as a reference.  There is so much useful information here and she will teach you how to buy, store and cook your fruits and veggies in a way that allows you to receive the maximum nutritional benefits.


I will be writing more on her book in the future but in the meantime I encourage you to check out her website here.  You can even find the best farmers’ markets in your area there.  She has thousands listed from all over the world.

In the meantime, check out this article about Jo Robinson from The Seattle Times.   Great info that can make a difference in your daily nutrition intake.

 1 Peas, please:
Use yellow peas instead of green peas when making pea soup. Robinson says they’re far higher in antioxidants.

2 Currant events:

Most raisins are made from the least nutritious variety of grapes. Nibble on dried currants instead.

3 Best broccoli bets:

Broccoli loses a lot of its benefits even a week after it’s picked, and our modern food distribution system means it’s hard to buy it fresh. Look for whole heads, rather than trimmed florets, choose dark green crowns with tightly closed buds and firm stems, and eat it raw for the best benefits. If you can shop at a farmers market, you’ll likely get fresher choices and can even look for extra-nutritious varieties like Cavolo.

4 Let(tuce)’er rip!

Tear up your lettuce before storing it in the fridge. (“The living plant responds to the insult as if it were being gnawed by an insect or eaten by an animal: it produces a burst of phytonutrient to fend off the intruders,” Robinson wrote.) Caveat: That also means they’ll spoil faster, so eat them within a day or two.

5 Beans: Cooked or canned?

When simmering dried beans, they’ll lose up to 70 percent of their antioxidants to the cooking water. If you’re not using the water as part of the recipe, Robinson recommends letting the beans soak in the cooking liquid for an extra hour after they’re cooked to reabsorb nutrients. Pressure cooking is better — and canned beans, surprisingly, are even higher in antioxidants. (There goes some of my guilt at buying canned beans over the much cheaper route of cooking my own.)

6 Plugging leeks:

The best parts of the leek, health-wise, are the parts most people discard — the green part of the stalk and the leaves. To use the green parts in a stir-fry, she advises thinly slicing them and sauteing them a few extra minutes before adding the more tender whites.

Have a great day, everyone!


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    November 4, 2014 at 3:56 am

    This was so helpful. I will be picking up Jo’s book “Eating On The Wild Side”.

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      November 4, 2014 at 9:01 am

      So glad you liked it, Susan. I am loving Jo’s book! So much to learn!
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    Anita Rivera
    November 4, 2014 at 5:42 am

    Oh what a delightful POST TODAY Robyn! Those photos (that salmon sandwich…….YES PLEASE!) and all the other colorful munches are setting my head to spin! Ideas, ideas…what to eat next! You are a bright inspiration, always introducing new people and honoring their hard work and innovations. BRAVO!

    Now to start another day….much love my friend! Anita

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      November 4, 2014 at 9:03 am

      I’m with you, Anita – I can’t decide what to eat next! All these delicious recipes I wish I was free to spend all my time in the kitchen just cooking!
      Have a great day, sweet lady. xoxo
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    Anita Rivera
    November 4, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Oh sweet friend, thank you for coming to my post! I don’t see my earlier comment here…but it seems as if you do receive my messages…so I won’t worry! Thank you again for the KINDEST WORDS on my post! HUGS AND HOPE to you! Anita

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      November 4, 2014 at 9:04 am

      It’s coming through, Anita – so odd that you don’t see it. Your post was yet another special journey, my friend. I don’t know how you do it but I’m so glad you do!
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    Bam's Kitchen
    November 4, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Robyn, I sure will miss Tuesday Tidbits as they always bring a smile to my face. I feel very honored to have been featured on the last Tuesday Tidbit of the year. Thank you for your kind words and to many more years of blogging together and learning along the way. I will be certain to be checking out Jo Robinson’s cook book and already have Maggie’s Salmon Teriyaki sandwich on the menu plan for next week. Have a super week. BAM
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      November 4, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Hi Bobbi,

      I want to be sure to bring the best to Tidbits and that takes a lot of time that I just don’t seem to have at the moment. I’ll be raring to go in the new year though.
      This week will indeed be a super week – especially Thursday! Have a wonderful day and enjoy your company!
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    Christin @ Blue Crab Martini
    November 4, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Robyn, thank you so much for including me in such an amazing post!! I’ll be sad to miss Tidbits for the next two months, but I totally understand… this time of year can get so busy! I’m loving all of these recipes! Definitely pinning them and can’t wait to try. That cookbook looks like some thing I would actually use. So many cookbooks end up sitting on the shelf and rarely get used, but this one looks like something special. I bet it would make a lovely Christmas gift too! Thank you for being so awesome and have a fantastic day my friend! 🙂
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      November 5, 2014 at 11:13 am

      My pleasure, Christin. You know how I’m crushing on your gorgeous new site! I had the same plan about Christmas gifts. I think I’m going to order a few of them today in case they run out!
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    Maggie | Omnivore's Cookbook
    November 4, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Thanks so much for sharing! Checking out other sites now and they look really nice!
    I’m seriously considering to start to publish sharing post now. Great idea 🙂
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      November 5, 2014 at 11:16 am

      It was great to have you here, Maggie. I love sharing others’ recipes – I learn so much about cooking. I hope you do something similar – the more the merrier!
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    November 4, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Lovely post as usual Robyn, sharing these amazing women and their wonderful recipes. I will look out for the cookbook. You always have the best resources. That salmon did catch my eye! I wish you luck and success with your new venture. i don’t know how you do it all and have a full time job. Lots of love from W.W.
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      November 5, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Thanks, Linda! Isn’t that salmon amazing?! Hope you’re having a great week so far, WW. xoox
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    November 4, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Wow, what excellent and very helpful tips! And I feel really funny saying this but…..I didn’t know there were yellow peas! 🙂

    Okay, that Teriyaki Salmon Sandwich looks DIVINE!! My mouth is definitely watering 🙂

    Happy Tuesday, Robyn! Hugs!
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      November 5, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Don’t feel funny, Stephanie, neither did I, lol. I’m wondering if they meant beans instead! Thanks so much for popping by!

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    November 4, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Robyn, I am going to miss Tuesday’s Tidbits for sure, can”t wait for next year. Love all these wonderful recipes and website’s. Thanks!
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      November 5, 2014 at 11:19 am

      I promise to bring it back with a bang in January, Cheri! I am loving your chili recipe this week – divine!
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    November 4, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Jo’s book sounds wonderful as does that salmon sandwich – mmm! I love your generous heart Robyn and how you feature other’s recipes here as well as your own. Enjoy your time in the kitchen friend!
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      November 5, 2014 at 11:25 am

      Awwhh, thanks, Mindy, but it’s really for my benefit as well. I love learning from all these talented foodies and so it’s great to share with everyone here.
      Your last post is so powerful and so beautifully written, Mindy. You are a writer!
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    Debbie Harris
    November 4, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    What a wonderful post filled with much information. I am going to have my husband order me Jo’s cookbook, wow! She really has some knowledge there. I can see why you said every kitchen should own one. Your” man” came across an excellent find. 🙂
    I love soups, and you shared a delicious looking one from Bam’s Kitchen,I must try that one.
    It is always a joy to visit you, Robyn.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Joy! Debbie

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      November 5, 2014 at 11:26 am

      I’m all about soups too, Debbie, and I find that I have to stop myself from posting a soup each week, lol.
      And truthfully, it’s ‘The Man’, that was a great find! lol. Thanks so much for visiting, friend. Take good care.
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    GiGi Eats
    November 5, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I LOVE to get up close and personal with salmon so that teriyaki salmon just did it for me! ha ha ah aha!
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    Christine | No Gojis No Glory
    November 7, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Robyn, Thanks for including me in this round-up of talented bloggers. The food looks so delicious and I can’t wait to go take a peek at their blogs. Such a great way of building the community Robyn! I hope you enjoy the holidays and the extra time you’ll get in the kitchen 🙂
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      November 8, 2014 at 8:02 am

      My pleasure, Christine! I’ve had such a great time meeting new people that share the same passion for healthy living. Your recipes and photography continue to inspire me 🙂
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    Aleks @ CanuckCuisine.com
    November 8, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Robyn, thank you for your lovely comment on my blog, it made me smile! I love sitting down at Oystercatcher after sunset and watching all the commotion in the boat docks, maybe we even passed each other before without knowing 🙂

    We do have a very similar taste in food, don’t we? I look forward to perusing your blog!
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