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

Broccoli Cheese Soup and Giveaway Winners as Promised

add cheddar to soup

It just so happened that I'd been dreaming of broccoli cheese soup just as my daughter was demanding I make that dream a reality. You see, along with warmer climates and water parks, Kiwi had a long list of food items she requested for over spring break. I laughed when I saw the list, not because of the food items themselves, but because when … more

When to Start Your Seedlings Indoors

seedling containers

Gardening can be difficult if you aren't familiar with it. I mean, when do you start seedlings from seeds, and when do those seedlings get put in the ground, and what is the frost date for my hardiness zone, but first, what is a hardiness zone? This year we are starting most of our plants as seedlings. Then there are still a few plants we … more

Weekly Dinner Menu Plan: 3/29/10

baby feet in puddle [640x480]

Spring has sprung, complete with puddles to splash in. 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 … more