The Makings of a Great Pairing

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I’m coming down after a blissfully exhausting week, where I split my time and energy between my own kitchen and Parley Lake Winery. What fun!

By far the most popular of the food pairings was the Mango Chutney, served on a small slice of organic white cheddar cheese and paired with the Frontenac Rosso wine. […]

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My Kitchen’s too Small! – what’s cooking 5/30/12

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This is a big week… it’s the weekend that Parley Lake Winery opens for the season!

Catalyst Cooks is making some small bites to accompany the new Parley Lake wines, for a special event we’ll be having tomorrow (Thursday 5/31).

If you’re looking for counter space, I don’t have any available. 🙂 Furthermore, being […]

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Rhubarb- it can be sweet, and it can be savory

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My rhubarb plant is going crazy, and it’s all I can do to use it or lose it! If you have a rhubarb plant in your backyard, you know that those large leaves are hiding a deliciously tangy stalk underneath that is the sure sign of the first harvest of spring.

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The week of the Salads: Catalyst Cooks’ Kitchen 5/16

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Have you been too busy in the sunshine to get busy in the kitchen? I certainly felt that way this week, so when I saw a recipe flash across my Facebook timeline for Waldorf Salad, I knew I had my inspiration for this week’s meals. Cool, naturally sweet fruit combined with crunchy celery, nutty wild […]

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Jenny’s Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

My pal Alice~ what a gift! She is full of great ideas and has an eye for the tantalizingly unusual that may spin off into a great new invention. She posted a pic of some rendered bacon fat for sale at a local eatery, packaged in a cute little tin- and solicited ideas on how […]

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What’s Cooking in the Catalyst Cooks Kitchen- week of 5/1

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Hi everybody!

What a gorgeous day~ the sunshine and brightness of the new leaves and green green grass inspire me to put some creativity into my cooking.

Whenever I’m talking to people about my passion for cooking and putting some fun into the kitchen, I always ask “What are you hungry for? What are you […]

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Easy Pico de Gallo Salsa recipe

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Was it already two years ago that I hosted my first class?

It was Cinco de Mayo and we enjoyed homemade margaritas, salsa, guacamole, and other Mexican-inspired yumminess.

Today I whipped up some pico de gallo and thought I’d share the recipe as we get closer to the weekend, May 5, and the Cinco de […]

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What’s Cooking in the Catalyst Cooks Kitchen 4/18

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Note to self: the week after Easter and Passover, you can find great deals on ham, turkey and brisket!

I indulged and purchased a whole turkey at the Wedge Coop~ raised by Larry Schultz. For those of you that host Thanksgiving, you know that $1.99/lb is not the best deal for a turkey… but I’ll […]

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Date night at Travail

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Neighbor Dave and I enjoyed a great night at Travail a couple weeks ago. We got a ten course tasting menu to share for $65 on Tuesday night (which is one of two date nights per week Travail hosts). I’d highly recommend you check out their restaurant- the food was surprising, the chefs’ skill amazing, […]

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Thai Pork Stew Recipe

I awoke to find my favorite kind of message in my inbox:

Hi darling, I’m craving that pulled pork peanut butter thai crockpot dinner thing you made for Mom and Dad once…and made for G and me at your house,too. Could you send me the recipe, please? -Amy

This means:

I made something memorable! Not […]

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