REAL OILFIELD WIVES The Oilfield Cafe: Pineapple Chicken
One day a few weeks ago, my husband came home from his two-week hitch raving about some pineapple chicken a friend's wife had made for them and carrying a bowl for of leftovers for me. Pineapple? And... Posted on 3/29/13 at 11:01 AM
ARLENE COCO'S PRAIRIE KITCHEN Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner Makeover
Local Registered Dietitian and Certified Culinary Professional Paula Tsufis gave me this recipe for Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner made a little lighter. It's a perfect way to celebrate St... Posted on 3/14/13 at 1:58 PM
THE DIRT Pumpkin Coconut Curry Soup with Black Beans
Well, that title just about says it all--I probably don't need to write any more. All the ingredients are pretty much listed in the title of the recipe. ;)
You guessed it--I tried a new soup this wee... Posted on 1/28/13 at 8:44 AM
STAFF BLOG SUE DOEDEN'S ALL ABOUT FOOD Got Vegetables? Make Soup
It can be a challenge cooking for two. When I made a big batch of Baked Garden Vegetable Stack the other day, I had a lot of tender vegetables left over. I turned them into creamy soup in 30 minutes... Posted on 8/22/12 at 6:00 AM
CHEF JEFF Orange Beef
September is just around the corner, and that means National Rice Month. And people who are familiar with this know that it's also time for the Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice Council's "Get Wild with ... Posted on 8/20/12 at 4:41 PM
The fresh fragrance of fall has greeted my nose as my golden retriever, Gracie, and I have been out for our brisk morning walks together. It’s that exhilarating smell that signals the transition of summer to autumn. It prompts me to say good-bye to the comfort I’ve settled into during one season and get ready to embrace new experiences of the days ahead.
For Midwesterners who love to eat food fresh from the garden, this is the best time of year. Local gardens are teaming with bright heavy tomatoes, slender green beans, colossal cabbages, a variety of peppers, zucchini almost as long as my arms – all kinds of vegetables – fresh and full of flavor.
Last summer when I was spending time with my young granddaughter, the ice cream truck rolled down the street. We could hear the lilting, clearly recognizable music coming from the truck when it was a block or two away. Suddenly, I was a child again.
When my husband and I travel, we find our stops seem to be all about food. One of our favorite activities when we get out of town is exploring restaurants that are new to us. Ethnic restaurants are a favorite.
I’ve been to wine tasting parties, cheese tastings and olive oil tastings, but a garlic tasting party? Never. When veteran gardener Carol Schmidt invited me to her farm near Pelican Rapids, Minn., to sample some of the 20 varieties of garlic she grows, I immediately said yes.
Fresh long, seedless cucumbers are showing up at the farmers market and some grocery stores that carry produce from local growers. I buy cucumbers just as I buy fresh tomatoes – only in the summer when I can get them from local farmers or pluck them from the two plants I have in my little garden. To me, it’s the only way to get the true clean, refreshing flavor and crisp texture that cucumbers are supposed to have.
Hot summer weekend afternoons are meant for lounging with friends on a pontoon boat floating down the Mississippi River. Preferably with a cooler full of ice and beverages. It’s best followed with a dinner made by friends.
I had my eye on an old ice cream maker at an antique shop a couple of weeks ago. I found it when I was crouching on the floor digging through a cardboard box filled with an array of treasures someone must have dropped off at the shop. It was an old hand-cranked model with a deep narrow tin inside of a round wooden container, with room for packing in plenty of salt and ice.
It’s time to pull those boxes of old canning jars out of storage. I’m suggesting this not just because it is the season for pickling asparagus, making jams of fresh berries and rosy rhubarb, and canning fresh produce. These days there are many more uses for those sturdy glass Mason jars.
I headed straight to my recipe file when I heard a recent news report that Minnesota strawberries are ripening earlier this year. Growers are expecting a sensational strawberry season, with predictions in some parts of the state that picking could begin as early as, well, right now.
Eating an artichoke for the first time is an experience one remembers forever. Years ago, maybe 15 or so, my friend Cathy taught me how to eat the beautifully shaped green vegetable I’d often stopped to admire in the grocery store.
As I used a wooden spoon to mix up a big bowl full of bright-colored ingredients for bean salad, I thought of what my mom would say if she was with me. “This is the cat’s meow.” She would say that when something impressed her with its ease and convenience.
When you’re on the phone with Brenda Langton, owner of Spoonriver restaurant in Minneapolis, you can hear the smile in her voice; you can sense the sparkle in her eyes and feel the passion in her words.
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