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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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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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.)

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What’s Cooking in the Kitchen this week 3/21

The kitchen (and grill, for the first time this season) has been buzzing!

Want to hear what’s been cooking in my kitchen this week? Well, I got my Cooking Light April magazine last week and decided to comb it for seasonal recipes. I never follow recipes exactly anymore- but I did choose three to modify.

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Finances and Food- the post about what cookware every home cook should have

When I think about the people that have observed my crazy adult self unfold over the past 20 years, you might be surprised when I tell you that my financial adviser Craig has just about seen it all: 20s/30s/40s, 6 jobs, 2 houses, a couple serious men in my life and a midlife career change.

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Ham & Navy Bean Soup

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Are you busy? No time to cook? Why not make it easy on yourself (and cheaper than going out, too!)

Here’s a quick recipe that take just a little bit of planning and delivers a lot of goodness to your soup bowl.

Using dried beans saves money (and they take up less space in […]

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Family Dinner

Hey! Day after the big website launch and I’m back to cooking. Am I the only one out there who scratches my head wondering what I should cook for dinner tonight?

Sister Molly called Monday wondering if I was free to have dinner with Dad Tuesday (yesterday). I paused a moment wondering if I’d be […]

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Design a Kitchen: a Cook’s Countertop

This is the first post in the “you help me design my kitchen” series — today’s installment: COUNTERTOP.

You’ve seen my countertop.

oh, that’s right, no you haven’t. Because I’m always hiding it with my cool butcher block cutting board or taking pictures in the dining room on the table or sideboard.

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Technique of the Week (be the Superhero of your Kitchen)- Knife Skills II

Now that you are getting comfortable with your knife, let’s practice!

Get your potatoes out…

First- an easy multiple choice question. Is it easier to cut something laying flat on a flat surface, or something rolling around?

Yes, that’s right. It’s easier to cut something with a flat surface. So if you’ve been trying […]

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My mom says I didn’t eat eggs from the first time they showed up on my High Chair Tray.

My food memories run deep. From the homemade apple bread I didn’t like, because it had hidden cheddar cheese …

…to the Tortilla pie I did (and so did everyone else at the table- except for my mom- so she made it at least once a week. She won’t touch the stuff now and never […]

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