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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And for every Calorie in, one must be expended.

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Or in my case, a couple of calories must be expended~ and if you want to know more about Why Calories Count, check out Marion Nestle’s great work over at the Food Politics Blog.

But if you just want to know how to expend those calories, consider taking a walk and getting to know how […]

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Getting Real

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It’s easy to enjoy the creature comforts of home. It took a visit to the doctor to shake up my comfort zone.

Smiling all day, living my best life, doesn’t mean that my body is immune from the effects of age, genetics, and lifestyle. I was so disappointed to learn a few weeks back that […]

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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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Catalysts at Christmas

 

You know it’s Holiday Season when:

You trade shoes for slippers (and out for in) You trade Steak for Soup The browns and golds of fall turn into greens and reds of Christmas (or blues and whites of Hannukah)

I love this time of year too!

Neighbor Dave and I broke out the […]

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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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Pear Onion Tart

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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Summer CSA or Farmer’s Market Essential: 7 Layer Salad

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 […]

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Grilled Shrimp Kebabs, and how to cut a Pineapple

For the Lunch Bunch today, you’ll be getting a summer special: Grilled Shrimp Kebabs with onion and fresh pineapple, served over rice with a sprig of cilantro.

I started with Soy, Rice Vinegar, and Sesame Oil.

Mixed them together (roughly 2 parts oil to 1 part vinegar and 1 part soy),

and used it […]

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