Quote of the Week

“A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine.”

Anne Bronte

Rhubarb Chutney

June 4th, 2013 2 Comments

  Mmm..more things to make with the rhubarb that is popping up all over. You can make almost anything into a chutney.  Chutneys are either raw or cooked, but since this one includes rhubarb it will definitely be cooked! . . . . . Last week’s post had lots of words, this week has very few! .  .   I made a version of this for a small wedding years ago, serving it alongside slices roasted pork loin.   Rhubarb

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Seasoning Basics and the Flavor Spectrum

May 28th, 2013 2 Comments

  My little mantra after each recipe is “Taste and Adjust” but people often ask me “How do you  know what to add?  How can I taste and adjust if I don’t know what will help?”.   So here are a few basics about seasoning, hopefully they will help.   Think of a dish as a painting or a picture: the palette of colors are your seasonings, the medium is food. What is the story?  What are the main colors?  Is there balance?

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Watercress Pepita Pesto

May 21st, 2013 No Comments

  Green green green—after numerous May snowfalls, finally Spring has erupted into GREEN around here!  And with it I want to eat more green.  I found watercress in a store recently and it seemed like the perfect addition to a Spring dinner.   Watercress grows in our local streams and in the past I have picked it from ones that I think (and hope) are clean (no ‘hot’ manure, no field runoff).  Commercial greens are usually grown hydroponically in alkaline

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Mini Spinach Frittatas

May 14th, 2013 No Comments

  These little buddies are great for parties (graduation season is approaching…) or you could make them as larger patties and serve them for supper.  They’re even good as leftovers and road food.  Because they have a medium-mild flavor I often serve them with a garlic aioli or a Middle Eastern lemon-garlic dip.  Vehicles for big flavor! . . . As spinach cooks it releases an enormous amount of water.  The spinach needs to be as dry as possible so

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Orange Quinoa Salad with Chicken

May 7th, 2013 1 Comment

  My sister made this dish for our sister’s weekend and we devoured it—she said that even her finicky teenage boys love it.  The chicken makes it a meal but I’ve also made it without the chicken and it was scrumptious.  When my sister started her new job she found in her office a pile of recipes that someone left behind so we have no idea where the recipe originated, we’re just grateful for this little gem that was in

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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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