Archives for April 2009

Did You See?

I just wanted to thank Jessica Chapman at the City Pages for her write-up about my blog. For those of you that had a hand in making that happen (you know who you are), you are incredible. Did you see she called me personable AND useful? I don’t know that anyone has ever called me […]

Baked Potato Salad for Your Backyard Barbecue

Nothing screams potato salad like warm weather and eating outside in the backyard. Sure, you could buy that questionable yellow stuff behind the deli case at the supermarket, but I wouldn’t recommend it. This will make you much happier than any pickle relish and mustard-laden potato salad. Yes, I know you can get variety at […]

Norwegian meets Cajun – Blackened Salmon Happens

Minnesotans take great pride in telling people where their ancestors came from and for the most part there are only three places of origin.  Norway, Sweden or Germany.  If you have relatives who came from anywhere else, say, Poland, you are considered “exotic.”  I’m a 50/50 Norwegian/German; Shaina is less pure, much less pure, which […]

The Monday Menu: April 27, 2009

Weather affected my gardening plans, and my herb garden is now sitting in pieces in the garage. It is sad and raining outside for the second weekend in a row. The long and short of it is that it’s not going to happen until sometime this week, but it’s going to happen. I bought a […]

Make-Ahead Meals: Cornbread Dressing Chicken Casserole

I have a confession to make. I do not like casseroles. I just don’t. I’ve eaten many a casserole in my day or, as they’re called here in the Midwest, “hotdish.” So, you’ll have to forgive me if I’m less than excited about this recipe. Yep, that’s right. I’m going to give you a recipe […]

7 Ways to Reuse Old Food Containers

Photo by kennymatic Food packaging can be such a waste. Everything seems to come in a plastic bottle, a tiny box, plastic clamshells and aluminum pans. All of that packaging results in a lot of garbage, but it doesn’t have to make its way directly to the garbage. Reusing that packaging is a great way […]

Arizona Asparagus – My Grill Goes Green!

  Let’s talk about meat (kind of).  I like it.  Most people do to varying degrees.  Some people try to live without it and some of them succeed.  I know a few of these people.  They occasionally attend my backyard barbeques, knowing full well that they do so at their own risk.   Don’t get […]