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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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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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.

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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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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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