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Dinner – swell

Dinner

Marmalade and Cake!

Marmalade and Cake!

Oh, and soup! A spicy beet soup I made in the pressure cooker, then pureed and served with local pea shoots and some simple roasted tofu. It was a lovely, light spring dinner. Also, because I become a little bit crazy before going on a big trip (we’re soon headed to Arizona for a week [...]


Basil-Almond Quinoa

Basil-Almond Quinoa

For some reason, we haven’t been making quinoa as much as we used to. Until this week, that is. Armed with my trusty (and rather large) pressure cooker, no bean nor grain can escape me! I’ve gotten into the habit of cooking large quantities of a certain bean or brown rice or whatnot, and using [...]


Fruits and Veggies in Winter

Fruits and Veggies in Winter

I really dig fruits and veggies, as my love for raw foods attests to. But although I do have many examples of raw foods in this post, I don’t think eating them that way is the best idea for a typical Minnesota or northern climate winter. (Our winter has been almost anything but, though, so [...]


Summer Grain Salad with Greens and Mustard-Wine Dressing

Summer Grain Salad with Greens and Mustard-Wine Dressing

Yesterday was the first night I felt okay about turning on the stove.  Three days of triple digits due to the combination of heat and humidity — no thanks!  This is one of the major reasons why I moved away from Florida, but also miss California dry desert heat, where you can seek solace in [...]


Summer and SOS Challenge Part One

Summer and SOS Challenge Part One

Two months ago in Minneapolis, there was snow on the ground; a week ago highs were in the 50s.  Today, it got to 102F, and there was no way I was going to use even my toaster oven for dinner.  Even as I type right now, near 10pm, it’s still 96F outside and I’m blogging [...]


Beet, Yam and Kale Salad

Beet, Yam and Kale Salad

I feel like I’m finally starting to crawl out of my hole and get excited about food again, and blogging.  Winter this year has been especially tough – so so cold, and so much snow.  Only in the last month or so have I gotten back to regularly being able and willing to bike to [...]


Golden Curry Sauce

Golden Curry Sauce

Sometimes, when the city you live in has declared eight snow emergencies before the typically snowiest month even shows up (March), you need to take a vacation.  In your kitchen.  I stopped by one of the countless Asian groceries on Eat Street on my way home from work today intending just to buy some coconuts, [...]


Sweet Pea and Mushroom Soup

Sweet Pea and Mushroom Soup

Fall and winter have always been soup-making seasons to me (although I do a fair amount of soup making in spring and summer, too).  This soup, a similar version of which was made at our secret restaurant a few weeks ago, was begging to be made again.  It’s a recipe by way of my cohost’s [...]


After Europe, Inspired by Greens

After Europe, Inspired by Greens

I just got home yesterday from a rather whirlwind tag-along-with-my-girlfriend’s-band trip to Amsterdam, Antwerp, Arnhem, Berlin, and Krakow.  It took me two extra days to get home because of the weather stuff that’s been going on, but luckily in Krakow I was put up in a hotel room…once I got to the U.S. the atmosphere [...]


Hush-Hush: 5 Courses

Hush-Hush: 5 Courses

I’ve posted about another secret restaurant before; this weekend we had our fourth since beginning almost a year ago.  So many in attendance asked me to blog about the food that I’m doing it before I forget what I made! Our amazing designer friend created a beautiful dining area for 24; three tables of 8, [...]


Spicy Butternut Sunchoke Soup

Spicy Butternut Sunchoke Soup

Again, I apologize for the delay in posting.  Technical issues this time; I’m having a really frustrating time uploading photos for some reason and haven’t gotten to the bottom of it quite yet.  But before I forgot, I wanted to share this soup recipe, which I made for Thanksgiving and recently remade with a couple [...]


VeganMoFo: Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

VeganMoFo: Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

This post crosses into two territories, being both for VeganMoFo and for Kim and Ricki’s SOS Kitchen Challenge (their theme this month being sweet potatoes!).  I go with the North American definition of sweet potatoes, that is confused by and conflates several varieties of tasty root vegetables, for I actually used a few garnet yams [...]


VeganMoFo: SuperGreen Cranberry Orange Salad

VeganMoFo: SuperGreen Cranberry Orange Salad

I’ve made this salad a couple of times now, and it is So. Good.  Honestly.  It’s full of delicious greenery in the form of kale, micro greens, and avocado (not really a “green” as such, but it goes along with the color theme), tangy and tart with oranges and cranberries, and has just enough onion [...]


VeganMoFo: Zesty Lemon Quinoa with Chickpeas and Tomato

VeganMoFo: Zesty Lemon Quinoa with Chickpeas and Tomato

I was up north this weekend celebrating a special birthday with my ladyfriend, lacking internet access and even cell phone reception (but it was a nice little break from technology), hence my little break from MoFo.  My thumb is still healing and still painful at times, but much better than a couple days ago!  Thanks [...]


VeganMoFo IV: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cornbread

VeganMoFo IV: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cornbread

Welcome to VeganMoFo IV!  I’m a realistic lady and know I won’t be posting everyday (especially since I’ll be up north in a cabin this weekend), but I’m going to try my best to post three or four times a week.  This year I hope to revisit old recipes that have been lost to domain [...]


Marinated Kale Salad

Marinated Kale Salad

Before I talk about kale, I want to talk about why this kale salad happened in the first place, or why anything I make has ever been made.  If you have poked around this site a bit or read it for awhile, you might remember that I owe my love of food and cooking to [...]


Restaurants and Weekend Trips

Restaurants and Weekend Trips

Where does the time go?  Since I last blogged, I started a new job at a new coop (love it!), hosted a dinner party for 22 people in my 1+ bedroom apartment, I went to San Diego for a wedding and family/friend visits, and then fall weather happened overnight. Wait! What?  A dinner party for [...]


Heirloom Tomato, Avocado and Basil Salad

Heirloom Tomato, Avocado and Basil Salad

I hesitate posting a recipe like this, because it seems so obvious, and to tell the truth, the measurements are pretty loose and might not totally qualify as a recipe.  But I’m doing it anyway, since sometimes we just need a recipe to make something as simple as an heirloom tomato salad. Tomatoes are magical [...]


Sauteed Ramp and Wild Rice Salad

Sauteed Ramp and Wild Rice Salad

I don’t know about the rest of you, but here in Minnesota, spring has decided to be, well, a bit summer-y.  Highs around 70 confuse me and try to tempt me into planting my garden, but I know I need to hold off a bit longer or risk an April (sometimes early May!) frost.  So [...]


Leek and Amaranth Polenta

Leek and Amaranth Polenta

Welcome!  I hope you are as excited as I am about the new look and layout.  I have two very special people to thank for all of this: first, Elliot, who found me a good server and made the initial transfer of the old blog, and secondly, Peter, who found this blog template and made [...]


Sunchoke and Saffron Risotto

Sunchoke and Saffron Risotto

I totally have a recipe coming up for some amazake-sweetened teff muffins, but I thought it might be nice to go savory first.  Ever since Jes posted her recipe for Sorghum Risotto, I’ve had risotto on the brain.  Then I had an overpriced plate of sunchoke risotto at a local cafe that I knew I [...]


Cooking for Seven

Cooking for Seven

Once every month or two for a couple years now, some old college friends and I get together at one person’s house, and that one person makes dinner (and dessert!) for everybody else.  Last night was my turn, and I decided on Caribbean food, mostly because it’s awesome but also because it’s winter, so: take [...]


GF Three Pepper Red Bean and Greens Gumbo

GF Three Pepper Red Bean and Greens Gumbo

I’m determined over the next two nights to make really tasty dinners for my girlfriend before she leaves for her European tour.  Not because I imagine she’ll not get anything tasty while abroad (and Europe is so much more generous with these sorts of things than her band has ever encountered in the U.S.), nor [...]


Thanksgiving Feast!

Thanksgiving Feast!

I think my favorite thing about any big celebratory meal is getting to channel my totally unfeminist dreams of being a midcentury housewife: cleaning the house, cooking massive amounts of food, setting the table, getting to use my pretty (though very unmatched) vintage servingware, lighting candles, and playing Astrud Gilberto and Les Baxter records.  I [...]