Spring Vegetable Fried Rice with the Kids

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I've shared fried rice before, only that time there was chicken involved, and this time I turned to whatever the farmer's market would supply me with. I came home with a mesh bag full of sugar snap peas, baby bok choy and beautifully twisted garlic scapes. I've always been fascinated by the garlic scapes, shooting up in the spring from what will … more

Weekly Dinner Menu: 6/7/10

columbine

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. Last year I planted … more

Chicken Salad: Deconstructed Guacamole Style

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It's not a secret that I love avocados. I buy 4 or so a week on a regular basis, and then I add chunks of them to salads, I spread them on burgers and sandwiches, and I love them as guacamole and chips. It's no surprise then that when looking for a twist on chicken salad, I naturally just used all the ingredients I'd put in guacamole into the … more

Weekly Dinner Menu: 5/31/10

seashells by the seashore

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 spent part of last … more

Smoked Barbecue Ribs: The Movie

We invited our neighbors over for a "how to smoke barbecue ribs" session a while back. There's nothing like a lazy afternoon with your neighbors, sitting in the backyard as the baby back ribs smoke in the background. One of our favorite things about our neighborhood is the neighbors we share it with. We couldn't have asked for more when … more

Root Beer Floats with Vanilla Bean Gelato

the tools

When we embarked on the homemade ice cream path, the next obvious step was consumption of all the delicious gelatos and ice creams that were filling the freezer. First we ate bowls of vanilla bean gelato with mint leaves for garnish, we smooshed it between cookies, made shakes with fresh strawberries, topped it with strawberry sauce and, of … more

Vanilla Bean Gelato for Hot Summer Days

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The high today is supposed to reach 90. It makes it hard to believe that just two weeks ago I was waiting for the overnight lows to stay above freezing before I put my seedlings in the ground. I am hot and sticky, and I am dreaming of the technology that is called central air. You may have heard of it? I had it at one point. In fact, I had it … more