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Weekly Dinner Menu: 9/6/10

One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we're benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked pantry. The sun is setting on … more

ginger lemongrass and thai pepper

Lemongrass Scallops and a Nakano Giveaway

We eat quite a bit of food with a Southeast Asian flare around here. Sometimes I make it; other times I seek it out and purchase it, but either way, we're no stranger to the flavors or the fantastic smells that cooking with rice wines and vinegars, teeny, tiny chili peppers or lemongrass and ginger bring. I was recently asked to try out Nakano's … more

caprese skewers

Weekly Dinner Menu: 8/30/10

One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we're benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked pantry. School is almost here, … more

chicken empanadas and jen

Chicken Empanadas for a Long Goodbye

I made chicken empanadas this weekend because it seemed like a good idea and like a good way to say goodbye, even if it's only a temporary goodbye. A chicken filling full of love, hugged by a flaky crust. Tears optional. Lime juice recommended. Our friends are moving. To Scotland. Scotland seems awfully far away from Minnesota. So, as I sat … more

farmers market tomatoes

Weekly Dinner Menu: 8/23/10

One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we're benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked pantry. I have been loving my … more

frozen yogurt of the gods

Lemon Frozen Yogurt: Frozen Yogurt of the Gods

Maybe I named this recipe for lemon frozen yogurt the "Yogurt of the Gods" because it has Greek yogurt in it, which instantly makes me think of Greek mythology, or perhaps it was birthed out of how heavenly it tastes. Still, though, there's a chance that I named it that because my kids have been watching The Lightning Thief, reading the Percy … more

lonely mushroom

Weekly Dinner Menu: 8/16/10

One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we're benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked pantry. This week's menu is … more