Glazed Blood Orange and Chocolate Chip Muffins

blood orange in hands

A few weeks ago I purchased blood oranges. They aren't all that common here in Minnesota, so I wanted to take advantage of the rare sighting. Then came the process of determining what I was going to make with them. Eventually, I settled on blood orange and chocolate chip muffins with a citrus glaze, but the process of getting there was a bit … more

Weekly Dinner Menu: 4/19/10

girl at the edge of the water

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 weekend we took the … more

Asparagus, Bacon and Feta Pizza on Garlic Flatbread

prebaked crust

One of the good things about having sick kids is that I came nowhere near using all the pizza dough for Friday night's dinner of prosciutto and artichoke pizza, and there was plenty left stored in the fridge for an impromptu Sunday lunch by tossing a few leftover ingredients (bacon, Alfredo sauce and fresh mozzarella) from the fridge together with … more

Prosciutto and Artichoke Pizza on Garlic Flatbread

pour in the water

I've been drooling watching everyone talk about their spring artichokes. Alas, here in MN there are none, and the fresh ones there are tend to be exceedingly pricey. In an attempt to put off my cravings until some California artichokes land in my lap, I made a pizza. One with artichokes of the marinated and canned variety. There happens to be a … more

Weekly Dinner Menu Plan: 4/12/10

we were happy once

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. Little did I know that … more

Caring for Seedlings Indoors

labeled seedling tray

You've put the seeds in small dirt cups, watered and given them a home to grow. Now that there are tiny plants, how do you care for those seedlings until it's time to place them in the ground? Here in Chez Olmanson, our first batch of seedlings is coming along nicely. Nearly all the seeds have sprouted into tiny plants or are beginning to … more

The Weekly Dinner Menu Plan: 4/4/10

four on the rail

The required Easter snapshot. 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 … more