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“If you are going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance.”

Inuit Saying

 

 

Frittata with Spring Greens, Feta and Caramelized Onions

March 13th, 2012 No Comments

  If you live in an area where winters are chilly and you have access to local produce, then you know that Spring = Eggs and Greens.      (In some circles Spring also means Maibock Beer, but that’s another story…) . So if Spring = Eggs and Greens, and Eggs and Greens = Frittata, then Spring = Frittata. My 7th grade geometry teacher Mr. Gerhart would be so proud! . . A Frittata could be called a crustless quiche, or an open-faced

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Harira

March 5th, 2012 2 Comments

  “Fragrant” would be the word for this hearty North African soup. As we continue with the idea of mixing ‘sweet’ spices (like nutmeg) with savory dishes, Harira is a perfect example to try.  Cinnamon and ginger play important roles in this stew, providing a warm spice that earns it a spot on the list of comfort foods even if you’ve had no history with it. . Harira is traditionally served to break the fast at Ramadan and at other

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Nutmeg

February 28th, 2012 2 Comments

We now begin the trip home.  The American Birkebeiner ski marathon is over, the car is packed to the gills and we are pointed south heading towards brown grass and re-entry into the world. After leaving the home-base cabin we stopped in at the “00” trails near Seeley for one last ski.  With the new snow it was slow but it didn’t matter, it was achingly sweet as we said farewell for another year to that sweetheart of a trail, and to

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GF Chocolate Cake with Port, Craisins and Lime Zest

February 20th, 2012 2 Comments

    First, the confessions: There is cheating involved with this cake recipe…but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.   The second confession is that there is a reason why this site is named “Awesome Cookery” and not “Awesome Bakery”.  Though I can maneuver well with taste and texture and visuals of cooking, I seem to be unable to count past two when measuring!  When I baked this cake I accidentally used only two eggs

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Elixirs, Snacks and More Cabin Notes

February 13th, 2012 2 Comments

    Clutter |ˈklətər| noun—a collection of things lying about in an untidy mass. De-clutter—to remove the untidy mass.   When given a chance to rest, the brain runs a defragmenting program that de-clutters itself from the constant internal chatter, giving some deliciously blank space between the ears.  Those pesky excess thoughts are shed like the melting of snow dissolving into thirsty ground, and sometimes huge chunks of distraction crack off and float away from the main iceberg.   This

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Remote Cabin Menu Plan

February 6th, 2012 3 Comments

  We all seek bliss.  We spend much of our lives looking for activities that have given it in the past, or new ones that we hope will produce those lovely waves of endorphins.  Out here the magic combination of bliss-ingredients is Awesome Fatigue, a plateful of Good Food, and Bed. Awesome Fatigue enhances any experience—and I am not in shape so this fatigue comes easily!  Nothing like that deep relaxation of tired muscles combined with a pile of enchiladas

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Favorites—and Why I Love Winter

January 30th, 2012 1 Comment

  I have learned that adults don’t like to do things that make them feel like an idiot.  Kids don’t care, and they learn so fast, but adults generally try to avoid looking like a baboon.  So why, as an adult, would I choose to flop and fall and flail with skis sticking every which way in the snow while others sail by, giving me a look of involuntary pity mingled with annoyance that I had ruined the groomed cross-country

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White Bean Soup with Pesto

January 23rd, 2012 1 Comment

    For a few months now I have now been hoarding my summer goodies that were processed and stored in the freezer.  Those tastes-of-sun treats—the green beans and strawberries and pesto—I keep thinking that I need to wait for that special moment to bring them out.  It’s a small freezer and I did no canning, so the bounty is not endless. But it’s time to stop the saving and begin the archeological dig into the frozen depths to see

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Squash Porridge

January 16th, 2012 1 Comment

    I’m so hungry! What can I make to eat? What’s in the Fridge? How many times do we ask this of ourselves each week…not having the brain power left to plan ahead, but desperately needing a quick meal because we forgot to eat breakfast?  Too many. Fortunately I have been cooking off the squash that is laying around from my fall binge at the farmer’s market. I roast a pile of it on one day and use it for

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Three Chile Enchilada Sauce

January 9th, 2012 3 Comments

  Perhaps part of the purpose of a food blog is not just to give recipes that you have never tried before (which is getting more difficult to do), but to remind you of things you have not thought about in a while.  Maybe there is an unconscious appetite that we tap into, and the reason I was thinking of enchiladas is because you wanted them for dinner, but had not yet come to that realization. . . This is

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Pinto Fuul

January 2nd, 2012 1 Comment

  If there is a highway that links Gluttony and Hunger, and if on that highway there is a small cafe that occupies the space halfway between Gluttony and Hunger, then on their handwritten menu would be Fuul. As we journey out of the holiday season and the heavy eating that goes with it, the butter and cheese and paté and dips and stuffing and gravy…. not unlike the bacchanalia and feasting of Mardi Gras or Carnival and waking up

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Curry Chutney Dip

December 26th, 2011 No Comments

As the Frost-Season parties continue, we search for yet another surprising flavor to serve that causes people to freeze in their tracks, forget whatever they were blathering about, and relish the moment whilst savoring the symphony on their tongues.  That isn’t too much to ask, is it? . .. I have used this dip at countless parties and weddings, both winter and summer, and even the anti-curry-ites cannot stop themselves from eating more! This can be made with a pre-made

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Caldo de Pollo, or Hearty Chicken Soup

December 19th, 2011 No Comments

. Frost on the windows leaves a new masterpiece every night, and the chilly weather makes me want to eat. Poultry sounds good, but I have no specific plan!  The words Brothy and Hearty come to mind. This process of pondering what to cook raises the question “How is a dish created?“.   For me there are often three elements: 1) A memory or an idea 2) Assessment of my ingredient availability 3) Research. Then taste as I go. Sometimes

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Sweet Potato Rutabaga Latkes

December 12th, 2011 1 Comment

Pancakes aren’t just for potatoes anymore.   I love potatoes, don’t get me wrong…but there is something endearing about the Underdog.  The humble rutabaga, or ‘Swede’ as the Brits call it, it has become a forgotten vegetable in our culture, looking huge and weird in the produce section like an ugly duckling. Rediscover those Roots, that’s what I say!  Taste the Tubers.. . . “…Prior to the introduction of the potato to the Old World, latkes were, and in some places

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Roasted Tofu Skewers with Spicy Peanut Sauce

December 5th, 2011 2 Comments

Chewy tasty tidbits on a stick….everyone loves them!  Perhaps it harkens back to our cave days, we do seem to love the food-delivery system that is a skewer.   Especially when it is accompanied by a flavor bomb of a dip.  For many people, Thanksgiving marked the beginning of The Indoor Party Season.  Whether you’re hosting or just bringing a dish, it’s handy to have something that is exciting to taste, yet can be done in advance and sit patiently.

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Pear Apple Chutney

November 29th, 2011 1 Comment

Chutneys—pungent enough to raise your eyebrows, but sweet and savory enough that you close your eyes and let out an involuntary groan of pleasure.  Eaten alone it should be almost too much flavor, and eaten as a condiment to chicken or beans or rice…it should make you glad to be alive.   There are SO many versions of a small side dish of ground-up-somethings, eaten in small amounts, to either complement or contrast the main dishes.  Salsas, relishes, chutneys, sambals,

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Roasted Vegetables…and Fruit

November 20th, 2011 2 Comments

      That’s right, fruit. Here is one of my Rules of Thumb: If there is a technique that works for one thing, it might work on other things.  If you can roast wedges of potato you can probably roast beets, yams, celery, carrots, rutabagas, brussel sprouts, or onions.  If you can roast a mushroom you can also roast tomatoes, pears, apples, persimmons, a pineapple, blueberries, eggplant, or fennel bulb.   This rule of thumb doesn’t always work, but

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Apple Cider Syrup and Vinaigrette

November 16th, 2011 4 Comments

…or “How the North Got Its Own Balsamic Flavor” . . This is about those ideas, the little tidbits that you hear in passing, those half-overheard conversations on a bus, that can change your way of thinking.  A small suggestion riding the radio waves when you’re barely listening, lightly washes ashore, letting you see that it can become one of your mainstays, one of your staples.   Gotta love those sneaky little ideas.   I was driving home from work

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And so it begins…

November 12th, 2011 8 Comments

. I ask the question that is the elephant in the clouds…. “Why do it?  AM I CRAZY?” . Why start a website about cooking when there are a bazillion other sites with recipes and advice and videos and reviews?  I ask myself that question all the time.  Why the site? Why should there be a bazillion and one? It began with the menu plans.  I can cook, and I can organize.  Many of my friends are going through life

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Welcome to AWEsome Cookery!

January 20th, 2011 No Comments

Site is currently under construction, please visit us again later. As we follow the seasons, I will look at recipes, cooking techniques, food facts, and ways to enjoy your time in the kitchen.  “Cook with wine? Of course I do!  And sometimes I even put it in my food!”  Just kidding. Stay tuned for updates every week…and cooking videos once in a while! cnn

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