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. […]
Keep reading The Makings of a Great Pairing
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.
Here are a couple […]
Keep reading Rhubarb- it can be sweet, and it can be savory
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… […]
Keep reading What’s Cooking in the Catalyst Cooks Kitchen 4/18
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.)
Keep reading Philly and Farro and Fennel… oh my!
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
My approach to grocery shopping was built around some corner cubicle, engineer- and process-loving corporate principles. I could stop […]
Keep reading An Ode to the Wedge Coop (or, the retraining of my Old Brain)
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 […]
Keep reading Canning Tomatoes: Step by Step
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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Ah, the CSA. I love June with the abundant greens and sweet early produce like turnips and green onions.
Perfect as a starting point for 7 layer salad (I of course take liberties with the number seven and make it 9 instead.)
I like to make sure that the ingredients in the […]
Keep reading Summer CSA or Farmer’s Market Essential: 7 Layer Salad
OK. I admit it.
This post is going to be the “Not me Friday” like MckMama’s “Not me Monday” except for that I am not the mother of many small children and we the family Antila don’t go on spur-of-the-moment vacations and I theoretically should be able to get my butt to the grocery store.
Keep reading Let’s Just Get it All Out on the Table
For those that have been hosted at my house in the spring, summer or fall- you know that for the past few years I have subscribed to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Share from a local farm. Farmers in our area sell their produce, eggs, meat, soap, or whatever they feel like raising/growing/making […]
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