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Riskrem, Risalamande or Risgrynsgröt

December 20th, 2012 5 Comments

  Every year our friend Elisabeth invites us (actually these days we just show up) to her traditional Norwegian Jul dinner on December 24th.  Pork roast, boiled potatoes, cooked cabbage with caraway, meatballs, and the best part of all…the riskrem rice pudding with strawberries.  She hides a whole almond in the pudding and whoever finds it gets a gift, usually chocolate or a marzapan pig.  I adore this rice pudding—creamy and low in sugar, it’s my kind of dessert.  


Cilantro Pesto Mini Pizzas

December 12th, 2012 No Comments

  . Party treats! Tasty tidbits with the bonus of striking colors —-Red, Green and White—-these could be perfect for an end-of-December Holiday party, or for celebrating the colors of the flags from Italy, Belarus, Algeria, Burundi, Madagascar, Mexico, Lebanon, Iran, Oman, Hungary or Bulgaria! Versatility, it’s always a good thing..   . I often make these as personal pizzas (I make a batch of small crusts, par bake them, then freeze them), but it can easily be converted into


Favorites December 2012

December 5th, 2012 2 Comments

  . . My friend Frances recently introduced me to projects with handmade papers.  These prints are deliciously mesmerizing and rich with color, I could stare at them for hours.  The top photo is of a paper from Tibet and I’m having a hard time mustering up the nerve to take a pair of scissors to it! Check out this Tibetan Paper site with more incredible examples of prints and a condensed 5 step process of how the paper is made. .


Tuscan Tomato Soup

November 27th, 2012 2 Comments

  Making a soup without stock. We all hear that the best way to make a great soup is to use some kind of broth or stock.  But many of us, both professional and home cooks, are often too busy to take that extra step.   In the Deli we had to be very economical with our time so instead of making stock there were three key vegetables added to nearly every soup.  While simmering in the water these veggies


Wild Rice Pilaf or Stuffing

November 20th, 2012 4 Comments

  . Again I bring you an idea that is not new but is always worth revisiting.  This is a great fall dish and could be an alternative side at the Thanksgiving table—sweet and savory, hearty and warming, I think you’ll enjoy it.   Wild rice, an aquatic-grass seed native to the Upper Midwest and Canada, sacred to our First Nations cousins, is only distantly related to Asian rice.  It’s high in protein, lysine, fiber, B vitamins and other minerals,



November 13th, 2012 4 Comments

  Just thinking about my bubbling buddies in the next room makes the salivary glands in the back of my jaw squirt. . I realized this month, when trying unsuccessfully to figure out menus for events next summer, that I had become tired of food.  A crazy season of catering with every waking moment thinking about menus, figuring out amounts, ordering products, prepping food, storing food, serving food, cleaning up food, pricing food….that though I still loved all aspects of


Pumpkin Coconut Cardamom Custard

November 7th, 2012 2 Comments

  . I am thinking about sweet festive treats, and I’m also looking over at my massive pile of winter squash.  Hmm…. . Custards are a funny thing, some diners love them and some do not.   They say that people cannot change, but I say that occasionally they can.  Do you need a few adjectives to help you open up to new possibilities? Silky smooth, velvety, sensuous, satiny, luscious….do I have your attention yet?  Excuse me while I wipe the


Bushmills Honey-Orange Vinaigrette…and Bischoff Guitars

October 31st, 2012 3 Comments

  Time for a little celebration. Last week was the unveiling of the collaboration between Justin Vernon of the band Bon Iver, Bushmills Whiskey, and Gordy Bischoff of Bischoff Guitars.  What collaboration?  Four acoustic-electric guitars made from…you guessed it…whiskey barrels! . We’ll get to the guitar photos in a moment, but since this is a food blog I’ll show you the cake first—-a local pastry chef made a cake in the shape of the “1608” whiskey-barrel guitar for the Preview Party


Favorites October 2012

October 23rd, 2012 1 Comment

. The zombies have arrived a week early, so I jolly well better get into the Halloween spirit if I’m to survive the invasion!  I now know to beware of anyone knocking at the door asking for fresh brains—it’s a sure clue that they are not the Avon Lady.  Sometimes we just have to learn the hard way… . .. They arrived before Halloween so naturally I assumed they couldn’t read a calendar, but apparently some zombies do wear watches.


Rosemary Sage Pesto

October 16th, 2012 5 Comments

  Here are a few bubbles to lighten your day. . Recently we visited friends in Minnesota who work with a large CSA and they graciously bestowed upon us piles and PILES of fresh rosemary—I felt like I had won the lottery!   I know people in North Carolina whose rosemary grows into giant shrubbery (small trees!) around their house…but it is rarely seen in that kind of abundance in these chilly wintered lands. My friend suggested making a rosemary sage pesto which made

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