Spring 2017 Catalyst Cooks update

Hi Catalyst Cooks present and future,

As you can tell my primary love, as it turns out, is not blogging.  That is ok!  I’d rather be breaking in my new kitchen (check it out from start to finish on pinterest), starting my garden, or my favorite thing: teaching! 

In my cooking classes I find myself […]

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Pop into Spring: easy Popover Recipe

Popovers represent the hope of spring: you whip up an easy batter and prep a pan. After you’ve poured the batter and shut the oven door, you hope that when it reopens there will be rich, crusted popovers that have sprung from their humble beginnings.

Popovers are not difficult to make. Your job is to […]

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My Kitchen 8/22

Is it true I haven’t blogged for a month? Egads.

The Winery has been keeping me busy. I love serving wine to people. I found myself doing it last night again, with my new neighbors. I can’t stop even when I’m on my own time.

I’m still managing to do some fun meals every other […]

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Getting out of the Kitchen and Preparing for Paris: Money

Hello! (or bonjour as I’m now accustomed to).

Paris has a place in my heart, and has since my lovely professor Mme. Gronhovd at Gustavus basically gave me a wake up call and said, “you really can’t be a French major and not go to France!!” To which I reluctantly signed up for a semester […]

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What’s Cooking 6/27

It’s been a week… left my computer power cord out at the winery (boo), getting ready for vacation (yay!) and as a result of both things my post will be short today.

 

I asked Neighbor Dave what he is craving, and he said “Mexican” so I decided to do a study of three Latin […]

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Veggies on Ice: the best sides to freeze for later

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One week ago today, I had the honor of helping Joan of Angel in the Kitchen cater an in-home dinner buffet for 35 people. We had so much fun cutting, chopping, mixing and fixing… lots of love went into those dishes and we had a great time preparing together… I am very thankful that I […]

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Summer Breeze… keeping the kitchen cool 6/13

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Hi everybody!

Gosh was it ever HOT this past weekend. I love spending time in the 110-year-old barn out at Parley Lake Winery, but boy did I sweat. So I was inspired to do some summer-adjusted cooking in my kitchen this week~ making things that wouldn’t require oven time and minimal stovetop time, but still […]

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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.

Here are a couple […]

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