Catalyst Cooks’ take on Mayslacks Roast Beef – ‘Jenstyle’

As a result of my onion cutting post, I received a lot of mail about other theories on how to cut an onion. So I decided to host an Onion Throwdown and host the world’s foremost knife wielders to demonstrate different methods of cutting an onion. OK, maybe it was the best knife wielder in […]

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The Red Spread (aka Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade)

What happened to this week? Is it already Friday? I can’t believe it!

Parley Lake Winery will be serving delicious Catalyst Cooks food this summer… so please stop out to visit me (I’ll be managing the tasting room) and try the wine paired with homemade breads, crackers, spreads, and other bites!

I wanted to share […]

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Make Hummus (or hummous, as you like) from scratch

I love to have business meetings at my house. We get the panoramic view of what’s happening on the street, in the backyard, and at the neighbor’s from my office.

Yesterday I was lucky to host Faith, wellness coach and woman of action! We shared some stories, brainstormed some ideas (look for a Catalyst Cooks […]

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A beautiful day at Parley Lake Winery

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit and begin set up at Parley Lake Winery!

I am always amazed at the feelings of peace and serenity I feel when I go out there to visit.

Maybe it has something to do with the beauty of the place.

I made sure to bring my camera […]

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Tis the Season (for Fruit Salsa)

I’m a big fan of seasonal cooking.

Meaning: I love to cook based on what’s in season.

I think this really kicked in for me when I first joined a local farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture, see my post here.)

I noticed a correlation – the produce I got from my farmer was also the […]

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The Gluten Free, Vegan Pasta Experiment

Here at Catalyst Cooks, it’s the beginning of Pasta Week! (although I reserve the right to diverge from the topic… big cooking week ahead!)

I have been doing some research to prepare for the food strategy at Parley Lake Winery this summer. I am investigating the possibility of making gluten-free, vegan pasta salads, to make […]

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Serv-Safe, Lunches, Bronze- Another typical Monday

Good morning and happy Monday to everybody! Happy belated Mother’s day to you Moms out there.

For those that missed it, there is a love letter to my mom on the Minneapolis Star Tribune website from Saturday 5/8. I responded to a tweet from Bill Ward, a reporter who covers local stories and writes […]

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Traditional Lunch is the April winner

For the month of April, which ranged from crazy Turkey sightings to Beach Visits, the Lunch Club’s favorite meal was a traditional one: Chicken Pot Pie in ramekins.

The word Ramekin is so cool, and the single-serving dishes are so cute- that must be why this dish won! Presentation is important!

Adapted from April 2007 […]

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My weekend at Parley Lake Winery, and a little Santa Claus thrown in

It’s a good week!

I’m relaxing after a great weekend at the Parley Lake Winery Tasting Room, where I’ll be managing this summer and fall. The University of Minnesota is developing grapes that can withstand our cold Minnesota winters (without special treatment). My good friends Steve & Deb Zeller, in partnership with Lin and Bonnie […]

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