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

Chocolate Gâteau Alice for Young and Old

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I spent a week or two at my grandpa's during high school at one point. I was avoiding reality, and he needed someone to keep him company. At some point I went home to my parents and my four younger siblings, but he let me take a few things with me, the most important being my grandma's cookbooks. To this day, they are one of my favorite … more

Longer-Lasting Fresh Herbs in a Cup

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The leaves are turning on the trees here, signaling the end of summer and the return of brisk nights and even shorter days, as if school starting and the Halloween and Christmas decorations in stores weren't enough. Yes. Christmas decorations. Keep your pants on, Mr. Retail Giant. The return of cold nights also means my herb gardens are in … more

Rum-Glazed Roasted Pecans

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One of our favorite things to get at fairs, festivals and our local farmer's market is a cone of roasted nuts. Just follow your nose, allowing the cinnamon smell to guide you. They'll usually hand out a one-nut sample to entice you to buy them, too. It's love at first taste, and you're walking out of there without your $7 and with a paper cone … more