The Monday Menu: September 21, 2009

brown eyes

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


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


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


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

The Monday Menu: September 14, 2009


We made it through the first week of school! We're off to a great start so far. I have to say I kind of liked the quiet after I sent all but Kidney Bean off to school or preschool, even if it is just in the morning. I was so much more productive for that small amount of time. We tried something new tonight and walked to the grocery store. … more

Banana Rum Cake from the Caribbean


I let my bananas go bad again. Then I let them sit there a little bit longer because...well, I was busy. I had things to do. Then when I went in search of a banana rum cake I couldn't really decide what I wanted. I kind of liked the idea of a sheet cake, but most of the recipes I found were either more of a pound cake or more of a spice cake … more

Pesto Cheese Bread to Eat with Everything


Sometimes the best things in life are simple. This is one of those times. There is nothing frilly or fancy about this recipe. It's easy. If you make a good patch of pesto and stash it in your freezer, it is effortless. And the payoff is incredible. Who doesn't love bread smothered in cheese? Every year our kids are in a Christmas program in … more