lene all grown up

Starting a Sourdough Starter: The Basics

I've wanted to start making more bread for some time now. I dream of large, luxurious loaves baking on a daily basis, making the house smell like a bakery. But I don't. I even have Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, but my fridge, you see, is teeny tiny when you're trying to feed six people. Most days we have to play a few games of Tetris to … more

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Weekly Dinner Menu for 9/14/10 and the Last Days of Summer Giveaway

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. Yes, I'm a day late and … more

peaches and muffin diptych

Peaches and Coconut Cream Muffins to Warm the Soul

Back-to-school is over. My kids are officially back, and that means summer is coming to a close. The sun isn’t as warm these days, and my garden is prolific for the lack of heat, not because of it. The farmers market will start changing over their produce as the season changes, and already the winter squash is showing up more and more, and the … more

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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