Getting out of the Kitchen and Preparing for Paris: Money

Hello! (or bonjour as I’m now accustomed to).

Paris has a place in my heart, and has since my lovely professor Mme. Gronhovd at Gustavus basically gave me a wake up call and said, “you really can’t be a French major and not go to France!!” To which I reluctantly signed up for a semester […]

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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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Finances and Food- the post about what cookware every home cook should have

Sauce Pan with Lid

When I think about the people that have observed my crazy adult self unfold over the past 20 years, you might be surprised when I tell you that my financial adviser Craig has just about seen it all: 20s/30s/40s, 6 jobs, 2 houses, a couple serious men in my life and a midlife career change.

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Cook yourself a fantastic Chinese New Year Dinner

Happy Year of the Dragon- 2012!

I love to cook Chinese New Year Dinner… where an even number of courses are good luck. This past weekend, Bartender Steve and his Heidi were the lucky winners of this year’s 6 course Chinese New Year dinner. Take a look at the video to learn how to make […]

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Thanksgiving Tips and Tricks

Thanksgiving is here! Thanksgiving is here!

It’s my 10th anniversary hosting Thanksgiving… after ten years, I’ve learned a lot about cooking and hosting. But even better, with a bit of age and more lessons under my belt, I’ve become even more thankful for the special people in my life, the fun times we’ve had, and […]

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I have a Meat to Grind: Meat Grinding and Meat Grinders

Let me introduce you to one of my many favorite kitchen appliances… my meat grinder.

The backstory: I won a gift certificate for doing a good job at work in 2005, and coincidentally on the same day made Swedish Meatballs with my favorite meatball combination: half ground beef and half ground pork.

Wouldn’t you know […]

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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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The New Lifestyle

Musings on the changes we’ve made here at the Antila household (compared to one year ago).

Purchased > Homemade (Buy > Make)

Eat out > Eat in

Pay for it > Do it ourselves (like cleaning or shoveling or lawn mowing)

Follow someone else’s rules > Make the rules

Rote > Creative

Normal > Experiment

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Today is going to be a Great Fall Day!

It’s a great day to do this…

We’ve had just a few of those because of these.

I love the colors of fall. So pretty: Oranges, yellows, Golds, Reds-

And Purples?

Enjoy your beautiful day!

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At the Marin Market

Catalyst Cooks is in Marin County, California. There is a beautiful market on Sunday mornings that we went to today, in search of yummy, organic produce and cheese. I’ll be cooking up a dinner party or two, on the road!

pretty breads,

lots of people, tents, and a great skyline…

flowers flowers […]

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