September 29, 2015

Pitch: Hit the Farmers Market on a Tuesday

Here in Minneapolis we have a huge Farmers Market that on weekends has three blocks of vendors offering vegetables, fruit, plants, cheese, meat, eggs, flowers, olives and all kinds of crafts and local foods. It's awesome, no secret and attracts mobs of people, so many that it can be hard to walk down the aisles.

But I discovered that the market is also open during the week, albeit with fewer vendors but all the ones I really need and it's not crowded at all. In fact I can usually park right up front and get in and out quickly with a huge, groaning bag of super-fresh produce for about $10.

Plus you get to see the faces of the farmers, their children or grandchildren who grow and harvest the stuff. Just makes you feel thankful and connected.

This time of year is peak and it's really worth the trip especially if you have a little room in your freezer. Roast the tomatoes, trim and blanch the beans, rice the cauliflower and freeze all of it in those heavy plastic zip-top bags I hate (another story) or share with friends and neighbors. Mine are always happy to deal with a little fresh produce.

Minneapolis Farmers Market

September 17, 2015

8 Bananas

There they were. Waiting patiently on the counter. Perfectly ripe. Forgotten. Ignored. Thrown over for watermelon, berries and that rare bird—affordable organic grapes. 

August 25, 2015

Roasted Corn and Tomato Crostata

Roasted Corn and Tomato Crostada

Fall is time for fresh starts. Back-to-...well, not school anymore for me although that's a tempting option with its tidy structure and respectable nature. If only it were that simple.

August 15, 2015

Pitch: The Best Way to Reheat Leftover Pizza

The Best Way to Reheat Leftover Pizza

Best Way to Reheat Leftover Pizza

I don't usually use the word "best". It sounds arrogant and I'm always open to the possibility that there might be a better way to do things. I'm open-minded that way. Give me a well-reasoned explanation for your perspective and I might very well change my mind. 

August 8, 2015

Pitch: Salt Your Watermelon

Salt Your Watermelon

Last spring break we rented a house in Hawaii with some good friends and spent a week beaching and sunning and eating lots of fresh fish and shave ice. They have two sons that are roughly the same age as our daughters so it's like a family vacation but with less bickering.

June 19, 2015

Food52 Community Pick

Well, this makes my day. My favorite food site in the world, Food52, picked one of my recipes as a "Community Favorite". I'm thrilled because I love this site and the wonderful people who put it together. It's a true cooking community, stylishly presented, without the ragtag look and annoying ads and pop-up videos of some other sites. The articles and recipes are smart, inventive, real and fun. Yes, I'm a fan.

And just look at that great photo of my recipe, Puttanesca Panzanella!

June 7, 2015

Salmon with Cilantro Sauce and Cauliflower "Rice"

Grilled Salmon with Cilantro Jalapeño Sauce and Cauliflower "Rice"

I don't know what other people's experience is caring for someone with cancer but mine has been a surprise. I think I expected Mike to be pensive while the two of us have misty-eyed meaningful discussions. But our actual conversations have been kind of one-sided with Mike being, frankly, crabby, demanding and not necessarily um...linear in his thinking.

May 15, 2015

Raw Beet Salad

Raw Beet and Quinoa Salad

I don't know how it happens but sometimes a little extra sneaks up on me. OK, that's a lie. I know how it happens. Pretzel bread, raspberry pie, creamy curried pasta and my enjoyment of them have left me with a bit more around my waist. Not a big deal in the whole scheme of my life these days, but an irritation when my pants are tight and the zipper won't stay up because my stomach is fighting for a little more room. So I increase my running and consumption of things like this, a raw beet salad.

May 12, 2015

See you later, toast.

My husband Mike has cancer. Nasty MF @#$%&! esophageal cancer. Are you clear on what the initials MF stand for? Not My Favorite. Not Mon Frere. The other one. The one that feels so good to say. So appropriate. It deserves it for doing it's nasty work inside his body before announcing itself via a little fatigue, pain and weight loss. Clever bastard.

April 29, 2015

Puttanesca Panzanella—AKA Croutons with a Little Salad

Homemade croutons

Puttanesca Panzanella

Have you ever made fresh croutons? Big, fat, crispy, soft croutons fried in olive oil and made from the good bread you have to make an extra stop for? If not, this is my plug. Do it. Just do it (unless you're gluten-intolerant in which case I have made delicious croutons from cornbread too. If you're paleo, I can't help you. My ancestors are french and I'm sure they were eating something bread-like in their knuckle dragging days....maybe with flour from seeds they ground in their teeth in disgust over the visiting cave people's hideous taste in loincloths). 

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