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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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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Cook yourself a fantastic Chinese New Year Dinner

Happy Year of the Dragon- 2012!

I love to cook Chinese New Year Dinner… where an even number of courses are good luck. This past weekend, Bartender Steve and his Heidi were the lucky winners of this year’s 6 course Chinese New Year dinner. Take a look at the video to learn how to make […]

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Make Healthy Holidays Happen!

(Great things are often a surprise. So it is with my friend Faith– we met, clicked, and wanted to collaborate right away! Here is a blog post we wrote together introducing this great collaboration…)

The holidays evoke memories of family gatherings, traditions, warm hues of orange and brown and the deep reds of the changing […]

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Pear Onion Tart

Do you celebrate National Night Out? On our block in Southwest Minneapolis, we did it up big last week. We closed off the street, hauled out tables and chairs and grills and a bonfire pit, blew up a jumper for the kids, rolled out our coolers and partied til midnight.

I wanted to bring something […]

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Appetizer Spread Number 3: Olive Tapenade

 

You remember the post about the Hummus, or the post about the Roasted Red Pepper spread… now comes their famous cousin in crime, Olive Tapenade!

If you make all three spreads, it’s a lovely trio to serve your guests over wine, beer, before dinner- or for youself as a late night snack!

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The Red Spread (aka Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade)

What happened to this week? Is it already Friday? I can’t believe it!

Parley Lake Winery will be serving delicious Catalyst Cooks food this summer… so please stop out to visit me (I’ll be managing the tasting room) and try the wine paired with homemade breads, crackers, spreads, and other bites!

I wanted to share […]

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Make Hummus (or hummous, as you like) from scratch

I love to have business meetings at my house. We get the panoramic view of what’s happening on the street, in the backyard, and at the neighbor’s from my office.

Yesterday I was lucky to host Faith, wellness coach and woman of action! We shared some stories, brainstormed some ideas (look for a Catalyst Cooks […]

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Tis the Season (for Fruit Salsa)

I’m a big fan of seasonal cooking.

Meaning: I love to cook based on what’s in season.

I think this really kicked in for me when I first joined a local farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture, see my post here.)

I noticed a correlation – the produce I got from my farmer was also the […]

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