Quote of the Week

“The bee has a sting but honey too.”
- Biet har gadd men också honung.

Swedish saying

 

Favorites April 2013

April 30th, 2013 2 Comments

  I needed to stop and stretch my legs on a recent road trip, and stumbled upon this Miniature Museum near the Amana Colonies in Iowa.   There were more than a few moments of Twilight Zone flashbacks…   . Mini-Americana and the dream of Henry Moore, this is the largest miniature replica collection built by one man: Barn Museum  . . One inch to one foot.   . The episode ended and I was allowed to leave the Twilight Zone.  Whew.

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Hmong Market Soup

April 23rd, 2013 3 Comments

  I know I keep saying this…but this soup really truly was one of the favorites at the Deli.  The silky broth texture was such a treat.   My friend Kristen shared many a great recipe with the Deli and Hmong Market Soup was no exception.  It was adapted from a recipe she brought us from Savoring the Seasons Of the Northern Heartland. . .  Fresh ginger is available these days in most grocery stores, but unless you have creative

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Asparagus with Ginger and Cumin

April 16th, 2013 3 Comments

  I remember years ago on spring mornings my mother and some configuration of us daughters would take walks along the gravel road, making our way to the hallowed spots where asparagus grew wild along the field fencelines.  In late summer the asparagus would of course mature into the tell-tale towering green wisps making these spots NOT so secret, and if passers-by paid attention they might come back the next spring and have their own harvest party.  But in my

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

April 9th, 2013 No Comments

  In 2009 my friend Liz gave me the book The Artist’s Way.  It was the perfect moment in my life for such an undertaking and I dove into it headfirst, letting it do its magic on me. .   The Artist’s Way is a workbook by Julia Cameron (author, teacher, playwright, filmmaker, composer) about unblocking the Creative—a 12-week program of readings and art-homework to help people retrieve and nourish their inner Artist.  The backbone of her process is the practice

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Parsley—The Helper

April 2nd, 2013 7 Comments

. Let’s start with a few images from a weekend in a cabin with my sisters…as you can see it was full of hardship and suffering!  My favorite is the top photo taken by my sister. .   Girls with blow torches! .   This is a post about the Little Guys—ingredients that tirelessly support the whole, the oft Unsung Heroes of our culinary quests, the Ameliorators. I try to have near me at all times what I call The

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Beef Nihari GF Samosas

March 26th, 2013 2 Comments

  Here is the second part to the GF Samosa post I did last year after the Edible Alien Theatre performance: “In Profundus“.   The first post was the vegetarian version and here is the beef option we served on these awesome Rorschach inkblot triangular plates that were made by The Clay Studio and members of DArtCo. . Originating in Muslim kitchens for a meal after the morning prayers, Nihari is a beef stew that is slow cooked with garlic, ginger, chilis

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Good Green Soup

March 19th, 2013 No Comments

  Spring!   It’s here, complete with snow that will soon turn to muddy slush.   I don’t have anything poking through in the garden yet, but our local hoop house gardeners soon will and I’m ready for some good greenery.   This soup was another favorite in the Deli and a great one for spring.  When I started working there in the 90’s it was a tiny operation and I was making things up as I went along.  My

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Beet Feta Salad

March 12th, 2013 3 Comments

  Recovering from the trip and waiting out the minimal income of the pre-catering season, I’ve been trying to not go to the store unless absolutely necessary (coffee, cream…).   This means scrounging through cupboards, ransacking the refrigerator and rummaging through the freezer to use up whatever inventory can be found. Fortunately I still have a bag of (slightly wrinkly) beets from last fall’s farmer’s market spree, and a block of feta cheese…I wonder how well it will pair with

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Favorites February 2013

March 5th, 2013 No Comments

  We arrived home last week from our Northwoods sabbatical and the skis are now tucked away into their bags and rack, waiting patiently for the next snowfall or the next season.   The trick now is to somehow maintain those warm-fuzzies of a less complicated life and the rock-hard glutes from daily skiing as we re-enter the routines of the working life. The top photo is a pile of coals in the cabin’s woodstove, to keep our memory embers burning

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Messmör (Swedish Whey Butter) and Hyggelig

February 20th, 2013 14 Comments

  I often call myself a 1/4 Extrovert and 3/4 Introvert and being alone most of the time is fine with me.  But once in a while I love a gathering, the Exchange.   My friend Dennis recently taught me a Danish word with no direct English translation, and I think it describes what I love about little gatherings.  The word is Hyggelig (pronounced hoogly): the art of creating intimacy…that feeling after dinner with friends when you hang out for

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