Eat Well, Spend Less: Entertaining in Small Spaces

This month in the Eat Well, Spend Less series we’re looking at summer entertaining, and I’ll be taking a look at how to entertain in small spaces comfortably and with ease. My husband and I enjoy entertaining and always have. We invited over 300 family members to our picnic-style reception, where we provided the food […]

Watermelon Lime Sorbet Slices


A sweet and tangy watermelon lime sorbet is a great way to cool off in the summer. As a bonus, this recipe is frozen back in the watermelon rind and cut off into slices. It’s hot. The type of heat where when you step outside the door and your skin is wet before the door […]

Red, White and Blue Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries for the Fourth of July


These red, white and blue cheesecake-stuffed strawberries come together in minutes and are perfect for festive Fourth of July treats. They’ll be the hit of your backyard barbecue or potluck picnic this weekend. Yesterday I packed up the car with the kids and headed towards the Minneapolis Farmers Market. This isn’t anything new. We can […]

Homemade Ginger Ale for Summer Evenings


Summer is here. Cool off and take refuge from the sun with some homemade ginger ale, perfect for sitting by the pool, with rum as a cocktail or with dinner on the patio. (Note to self: finish patio construction.) Most days, my mornings are hectic. I get up to the sound of Ole’s alarm going […]

Salted Maple Grilled Bananas for Big Banana Night at Caribe


A new way to utilize your grill: for dessert with salted maple grilled bananas, served up on thin ginger cookies with just the slightest bit of chocolate for a new take on the traditional s’more. Plus, an evening with fellow foodies at Caribbean restaurant Caribe in St. Paul for Big Banana Night. I have to […]

Weekly Dinner Menu: 9/26/10 and a Giveaway!

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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 […]

Saying Goodbye to Summer: Thai Red Curry Shrimp

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Fall came in this week with a burst of cool wind, bringing out our sweaters and socks, sandals packed reluctantly away as we prepare to move into the next season. Still, though, there are tomatoes and summer squash at the farmers market, hopefully for a few more weeks, sitting in wooden crates and baskets right […]