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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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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Pantry Staples… Stuff I always have Part II

As you CC followers already know… I’ve been cooking from my Pantry for some time now. Like 3 weeks’ worth.

It’s important, when you would rather have fun in the sun than go to the Store, that you are ready with a Cooking-friendly pantry!

Here’s Pantry Staples Part II, continued from Part I.

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Let’s Just Get it All Out on the Table

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.

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Pantry Staples… Stuff I always Have Part I

Good morning ~ longest day of the year!

As I’m waking up in the morning, my brain kicks into gear… I start thinking.

About my grocery list.

About cooking.

About lunches.

And then I just have to get up!

One of the first things on my mind today was pantry basics… after having taught an […]

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Catalyst Cooks’ Top Must-Have Spices

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ve seen this picture before. It’s one of the best features of my small kitchen – a spice drawer!

If you have a shallow drawer in your kitchen, I must advocate for using it for your spices… you can lay them down and see them all.

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Lunches this week… the afterthought

Yes- I did take the weekend ‘off’

Yes- I did skip Tuesday’s lunch

No- I haven’t been to the grocery store since then

Yes- I did make lunches this week!

Wednesday: Apple Bratwurst with fresh corn salad

Thursday: Homemade breaded and baked Italian chicken with salad and Red wine vinaigrette

(it’s great to have a […]

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