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

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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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And for every Calorie in, one must be expended.

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Or in my case, a couple of calories must be expended~ and if you want to know more about Why Calories Count, check out Marion Nestle’s great work over at the Food Politics Blog.

But if you just want to know how to expend those calories, consider taking a walk and getting to know how […]

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Getting Real

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It’s easy to enjoy the creature comforts of home. It took a visit to the doctor to shake up my comfort zone.

Smiling all day, living my best life, doesn’t mean that my body is immune from the effects of age, genetics, and lifestyle. I was so disappointed to learn a few weeks back that […]

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Philly and Farro and Fennel… oh my!

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This week in the Catalyst Cooks Kitchen, we’ve got some fun food goin’ on. We’ve gone from 85 degrees in March to 55 in April, and as an homage to the bipolar seasons, my menu choices this week reflect warm comfort soup as well as hopeful and more ambitious spring flavors (carrot and kumquat.)

There […]

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