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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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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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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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… […]

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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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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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And What to Do with that Homemade Pasta? (a Quick Recipe)

If you’ve experimented with the Homemade Pasta Recipe I posted yesterday, you probably want a quick sauce to go with it.

I got up this morning and prepared my lunch for this afternoon:

I took some bacon out of my freezer and ran it under cool water. While it quickly defrosted, I put a […]

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Homemade Pasta Recipe – it’s Therapeutic!

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Extra Extra, read all about it!

Catalyst Cooks is in the Star Tribune today!

To make the best homemade pasta at your house, here is the recipe I use:

1 part Semolina (durum wheat) flour

1 part whole wheat flour

2 parts unbleached All purpose flour

1 part water (give or take)

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Hanging with Friends, Making Pasta

I’ve been on a pasta kick.

It’s no wonder the Italians have it so good. Their food can unite just about anyone.

I wanted to share some of my pasta stories of late… pasta is love.

In spring, I visited my friend Rachel, her hubby Paul and their kids Grace, Vera and Peter in […]

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Pasta Week: Kid Cooks Part III- Finale

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In yesterday’s post, we covered the kneading of the pasta dough (and how kids will tackle anything without fear!)

Today’s final installment is about taking it home… from a tube of pasta dough to a bowl of yummy pasta, ready to eat.

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