Philly and Farro and Fennel… oh my!

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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.)

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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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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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Family Dinner

Hey! Day after the big website launch and I’m back to cooking. Am I the only one out there who scratches my head wondering what I should cook for dinner tonight?

Sister Molly called Monday wondering if I was free to have dinner with Dad Tuesday (yesterday). I paused a moment wondering if I’d be […]

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Now that you have that Meat Grinder, Here is a Sausage Recipe

Picture this: Weekend morning. Coffee Brewing. English Muffins ready for toasting (at my house, in Great Grandma’s cast iron skillet- ever since the toaster broke a couple years ago, it has not been replaced).

What’s missing? My favorite breakfast meat: homemade sausage!

Catalyst Cooks’ Breakfast Sausage from Scratch (can be cooked immediately, refrigerated overnight to […]

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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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Cabbage au Gratin (or, Fall is Officially Here)

What grills are to summer,

The oven is to fall.

I’ve officially started the “let’s turn on the oven so we don’t have to turn on the heat, yet” season.

Let’s begin with Cabbage au Gratin… a great way to use the late summer produce and have oven heat at the same time!

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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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Squash Soup (a pantry favorite)!

Looking for an easy lunch or dinner recipe? Squash soup is just the thing. And very flexible based on what you have in your pantry.

And a way to use my favorite tool that I never knew I had to have, the Immersion blender. (more on that later)

Working at Parley […]

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Jenny Hot Sauce (homemade Green Tabasco)

Are you looking for a little heat in your life?

Need to spice up your long winter nights with a little kick?

Jenny Hot Sauce is your answer!

Beautiful fruit and veggies are tough to find at this time of year. But the bin of jalapenos always seems to be bright, green and shiny… […]

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