An Ode to the Wedge Coop (or, the retraining of my Old Brain)

Last fall, I was challenged by a new client. She’d jump on the Catalyst Cooks wagon if I could commit to:

buying Organic Fruits & Veggies, especially The Dirty Dozen buying Hormone- and Antibiotic-Free Meats

Harumph.

My approach to grocery shopping was built around some corner cubicle, engineer- and process-loving corporate principles. I could stop […]

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Clean that Counter (and cutting board and table and…)

Last night I hosted a cooking lesson- one of my favorites right now- making homemade pasta. I set everyone up at the dining room table, we each took a mound of flour and after adding water, egg, and olive oil we had some beautiful ravioli and fettucine.

And some not-so-wonderful worked in, hardened flour […]

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Jenny Hot Sauce (homemade Green Tabasco)

Are you looking for a little heat in your life?

Need to spice up your long winter nights with a little kick?

Jenny Hot Sauce is your answer!

Beautiful fruit and veggies are tough to find at this time of year. But the bin of jalapenos always seems to be bright, green and shiny… […]

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Canning Tomatoes: Step by Step

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Today, I canned a few of the summer harvest tomatoes.

If you find a farm where the sun has been hot, the rain just enough to keep the tomato plants happy, and the farmer rocks (like at Deardorff Vineyards for example!) then you have some great tomatoes on your hands… the perfect time to explore […]

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Yogurt Day 2 (not all Yogurts are created equal)

I’m making yogurt. It’s a great experiment.

And, like most experiments, some things went wrong.

Because I’m stubborn, I tried again yesterday.

I learned today that I’ll be trying again some other day.

I did correct some of my REGRETS and MISTAKES.

I used a mix of half and half with my milk […]

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The Homemade Yogurt Mistake!

With some milk and a couple tablespoons of live-culture plain yogurt, you can make your own yogurt.

Apparently it’s “easy.” Yah, Right!

I’m determined to make it happen. Seems making yogurt is just like making bread but it takes longer and seems to be more detailed.

For anyone that’s not scared yet, here are […]

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At the Marin Market

Catalyst Cooks is in Marin County, California. There is a beautiful market on Sunday mornings that we went to today, in search of yummy, organic produce and cheese. I’ll be cooking up a dinner party or two, on the road!

pretty breads,

lots of people, tents, and a great skyline…

flowers flowers […]

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Make your own Dishwasher Detergent – the experiment

Here is what it takes to make your own dishwasher detergent!

Lately, since I’ve been cooking for a living, we’re running the dishwashwer two to three times a day.

Catalyst Cooks is cooking up more than just food! I’m also cooking up my own cleaning products.

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This week’s lunch theme: Sandwiches

The Lunch Bunch asked for burgers, but I am going to do a little takeoff on that and go for a sandwich theme this week!

I am very excited that it’s May- I put my April cooking magazines away and have broken out May editions. This week’s menu is adapted from May 2010 Cooking Light-

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