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Rice Porridge

February 14th, 2013 Comments Off on Rice Porridge

    One-Dish-Wonders The Art of cooking with limited cookware; or having cookware but not a great way to wash it; or just wanting to keep it simple so you don’t spend precious ski time washing dishes.  Sometimes it’s a great combination of tasty individual items that becomes a hearty meal and does NOT turn to a mucky mush.  Or sometimes it does become a mucky mush…but if you’re hungry and it tastes good, much can be forgiven.   Just

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Liver & Onions and Dog Story Part 2

February 6th, 2013 11 Comments

. How else other than combining it with the sequel to the story would I get you to look at a post about Liver and Onions?? . The final morning at the Sandstone cabin arrived so we packed up our supplies and readied them to be hauled out to the car parked about 130 feet away.  I took the first load out.  When they heard the cabin door creak the dogs came running out of the bird blind, bounding towards

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Garlic Bruschetta and Dog Story Part 1

January 31st, 2013 3 Comments

Connections and communications with a couple of canine compatriots gave us an interesting beginning to the Northwoods adventure. . Our home-base hostel-cabin was full last weekend so we were trying to decide what to do when a friend invited us to go with them to the Audubon Environmental Learning Center in northern Minnesota—it was a primitive cabin but we were geared for that.  We couldn’t ski very much because of lack of snow, but we could at least leave town on

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Risotto Cakes

January 24th, 2013 No Comments

  We’ve been preparing for our annual North Woods trip, making lists and checking them twice, scurrying around doing last minute tasks.  We’ve also been doing snow dances every day…and with this dry weather it looks like more dancing is in order if we hope to do any cross country skiing.     Even though it’s only 5 1/2 hours to get to our main home-base it takes us days to arrive.  Many people to visit along the way…since summer

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The Love of Leeks….and dairy free Mashed Potatoes

January 16th, 2013 No Comments

  This is part one of a Love Story of Leeks.   I sometimes refer to my Helpers, my crew, the band of ingredients that are my secret weapons.  Friends I can turn to when something isn’t right—if a sauce is bland, or too bright, or if it has no base flavor—I consult my arsenal of Superheroes.  I have a page with the Helpers List but they need more explanation.  Just like the DC Comics making the movies of the individual

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Caribbean Red Pea Soup

January 10th, 2013 3 Comments

. The foggy night emerged into a sunny day and left behind a Winter Wonderland.  Fern-like crystals of hoar frost on every surface, I had a difficult time keeping my eyes on the road it was so breathtaking.  There is something incredible about the reflected whiteness of snow and frost that helps increase the light and raise our spirits during this season of chill.  We may live in a quieter part of the world, but we do occasionally have frozen

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Winter Kale Salad with Feta

January 3rd, 2013 No Comments

  We rolled home after days of holiday gorging.  Rolled—- it felt literal. After unloading the car the first thing I did was to search the refrigerator for something green…and not the fuzzy varieties that might be lurking in the back.  Vibrant green was what I was aching for, and I found a few leaves of curly kale from the last of the local harvest.  Greenery!   I quickly stripped the leaves off of the stem, added a little water

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Mushroom Walnut Pâté

December 26th, 2012 1 Comment

  . Brown spreadables, they are not the brightest of treats but they pack a load of flavor.  Do not underestimate brownish mushy delights!  This Mushroom Walnut Pâté is another of my dependable and crowd pleasing appetizers for catering and would be perfect for a New Year’s Eve party.  It can be made a few days ahead, it’s tasty and vegetarian, and people love it. . . It uses a method similar to the Savory Pesto Cheesecake post, the soupy mixture cooked

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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.  

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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

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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. .

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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,

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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

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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

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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.

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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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Roasted Potatoes and Zucchini with Cinnamon

October 9th, 2012 1 Comment

  The title says it all, you don’t really need a recipe…but here I am writing anyway. This is about simplicity: quiet food that doesn’t take much thought or many ingredients but has a hint of unusual.  When I’m at home I often find myself cooking with minimal meddling—especially this time of year when the veggies are so flavorful and I don’t want to miss out by covering it up.   Last year I catered a meal in July for

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Surströmming (Swedish Sour Herring)

September 25th, 2012 6 Comments

    It isn’t often that I get to cater with rotting fish. I recently helped a friend host a dinner party, a convivial Dane who loves to bring people together, concoct authentic Scandinavian delicacies and all the while nudge the comfort-boundaries of his guests.  Some examples of dinners past: a meal which included Icelandic Moss and Seaweed; another dinner with Reindeer, Marrow Bones, Blood Dumplings and live Sahti beer; a dinner of Babette’s Feast reenacted; and this time he

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Enchilada Pie

September 17th, 2012 1 Comment

. This is an incredible time of year.  The nights are cool enough for sleeping, the mornings are crisp then give way to a warmth that does not bake my brain but makes me actually want to soak up the sun.  The Farmers Markets overflow with produce, piles of squash are beginning to make an appearance, and best of all… fall means that someday soon it will be winter! . Enchiladas are a labor of love and if you are

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Roasted Beet & Corn Salad w/ Cider Syrup Vinaigrette

September 10th, 2012 3 Comments

  . I give you more diversions with photos from the latest trip to Lincoln, NE. The Burkholder Project is an inspiring artist studio center and gallery started by Ann Burkholder—over 50 artists are involved with this building.  Wow!  More amazing art!  More amazing warehouses saved in the Haymarket District of Lincoln!   This is the mosaic sitting area in front of the Burkholder.   . One of our main goals was to visit the rock-inspired jewelry artist Pamela King and to

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