Zwetschgenkuchen is a Plum Cake

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My dad's parents lived five blocks away from the time I was five on. My grandpa still lives there, as do my parents. There were benefits to having my grandma so close. One benefit is that she would bring me coffee from a very young age. Neither of my parents drink coffee, but I'd developed a taste for it at the age of 2, when "Mama" let me try … more

Turkey Milanese, in the style of Milan

turkey milanese

The other week we had purchased these turkey cutlets on a whim. Outside of Thanksgiving and Christmas, we don't really cook much with turkey. And a turkey cutlet at that. A breast or a whole bird I can handle, but a cutlet? Feeling uninspired, I turned to the Google to answer my cries for help and the L.A. Times answered. While all of their … more

The Monday Menu: September 28, 2009

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I was transported back to 1987 today, except I was the same age as I am today and in awe of Richard Dean Anderson, who had just saved the day and pulled a classic MacGyver by getting the car started using nothing but the power adapter wiring from the tape deck, some discarded plastic, a twist-tie and a screwdriver, just in time for us to escape … more

Texas Caviar, Hold the Fish Eggs

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I suppose I could think of and share a reason why it would be called Texas caviar, but the point is that there are no fish eggs in it. I like to think of it as salsa that has been kicked up a notch or two. In fact, it's been changed so drastically, I dare call it a salsa. My sister's friend brought this to a birthday dinner a few years ago. I … more

Fair Food, Guest Posts and Recipe Cards All At Once

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Before this becomes irrelevant – and maybe it already is – I wanted to share some of the culinary delights ate the fair this year. Reflecting back on it, we kind of decided it was a mild year for us. I mean, we didn't go for the ostrich or the alligator, bacon-on-a-stick or even deep-fried Oreos. There's always next year. From left to right, … more

Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad, a Recipe Card

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While this lemon chicken pasta salad could function as a side dish or a potluck item, we eat it on top of a bed of organic spring mix greens as a meal. It's fantastic paired with garlic bread or pesto cheese bread as well or even just a few raw vegetables for dipping. It's easy to make ahead, and it stores well in the fridge. As with any creamy … more

The Monday Menu: September 21, 2009

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We headed off to the farmer's market today again. I came back with produce for the whole week, including apples. I love fall at the farmer's market. Most of the produce in Minnesota is harvested in the fall, and the bustle and bushels and baskets of peppers, corn, tomatoes and onions make it that much more enjoyably...for me, at least. We … more