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“One does not seek to see himself in running water, but in still water.”

Chuang Tau

Roasted Chicory

April 21st, 2015 8 Comments

  Coffee lover that I am, I have to secretly admit I’ve been enjoying this dark liquid lately.  That’s right, roasted chicory is carving a new spot in my heart.  It has similar components to a coffee description–acidity, body, aroma, bitterness, sweetness, aftertaste–and a deep rich satisfaction that is almost meaty.   I know there are at least a few individuals who don’t love coffee: my honey pie, his brother, my cousin Barb, and maybe three or four more people who don’t care

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Spring Pea Soup

April 14th, 2015 No Comments

  Yay, another pea soup!  I knew that was what you were going to say.  We’ve had a week of spring-emerging: from chill to rain to sunny days which means the buds and grass are finally beginning to explode in greenery.  I even saw blooming wildflowers in the woods on my walk yesterday.  And spring means green soup, yes? Green it is.   The bones of this recipe were resurrected from a 1984 Café Beaujolais cookbook by Margaret Fox.  My friend Frances passed

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Cabbage Parsnip Slaw

April 8th, 2015 2 Comments

  Many gardeners in these cold climates overwinter their parsnips in the ground, letting the back-and-forth thawing-and-cooling spring weather sweeten their starches into sugars.  So when little else is local in early April of the upper Midwest…parsnips can be found.   Related and similar to carrots (they look like an albino carrot), they’re often cooked into soups, boiled and mashed with potatoes, or roasted in the oven with other vegetables.  They do well in kimchi and can be added to your favorite juicing mix—especially with ginger, spinach and fruits.  Nutrition-wise

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Getaway

April 2nd, 2015 7 Comments

  Another sister’s weekend—lots of laughing and nobody was strangled, I would call that a great success.   We met in the Omaha area because you can’t get much more centrally located and because of the great arts and food scene that has been emerging over the last few decades.  We wandered around the Old Market District drinking tea, eating, shopping, and eventually making our way to the Artist’s Co-op Gallery on South 11th Street.  Our cousin Pam King is one of

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Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

March 25th, 2015 3 Comments

  It’s now day five after making these cookies and the one I just ate was still soft and delicious.  Who needs flour?!?  The most difficult part is that I’m trying to save some for a sister’s get-together later this week and I’m really not so sure any will be left.  Good thing nobody knows that I made them and no one will know what was missed.  Shhhh…     I did the final mixing with my hands since the egg takes

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Colcannon

March 17th, 2015 No Comments

  Though it’s likely I have at least a little Irish blood in me since my ancestors were reportedly evicted from Scotland (due to alleged horse-rustling) and transferred themselves over to Ireland, I was not introduced to colcannon until I worked at the Seward Cafe with historian and cook Frank Siegel. Frank would work tirelessly to create Irish feasts on All Hallow’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day, researching and cooking traditional dishes and writing an elaborate menu with the Gaelic terms and history of the dish.

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Congratulations

March 10th, 2015 1 Comment

    Here’s the deal…I don’t have a recipe.  We came home to a maelstrom of paperwork and whatnot and I cannot get it together to cook anything other than squash, pintos and the last of the frozen catering leftovers.  So instead here is a celebration of being outdoors in the winter…even though winter is melting before my very eyes.     You may or may not care one iota about cross country skiing…but I promised you last week to say more about the FIS

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Favorites February 2015

February 24th, 2015 1 Comment

  It was a beautiful day in northern Wisconsin last Saturday for the 42nd American Birkebeiner marathon.   We had a two day window on Friday and Saturday with temperatures in the teens —the days preceding and days after the race eked out highs of only -1 and -4 Fahrenheit…a recipe for frostbite, hypothermia and frozen corneas during a race.  I’m sure the dozens of medics and ski patrol were also relieved for the mild weather.  Having witnessed hypothermia for the first

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Chia Breakfast Drink

February 17th, 2015 5 Comments

  I’m beginning to understand why people do this.   A year ago I signed up for my first cross country ski race on a 12.5 kilometer classic-only course. Having started this sport as a not-so-young adult it was not an obvious trajectory for me to race, but hanging out with enough people whose lives are somewhat shaped by the races they sign up for, I thought I could give it a whirl. Last year the temperature was a couple

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Liptauer Cheese

February 11th, 2015 1 Comment

    I finally got a good photo of the Ukrainian jackets at the International Paralymic Championships here at Telemark, they’re beautiful.  I wish I would have had a cool jacket to trade with him…     Twenty countries! For more amazing footage check out the video of the 2014 Paralymic Winter Games in Sochi.     A much better shot of the Russian jacket.  The Russians and the Ukrainians were even hanging out part of the time….   A week after the IPC

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