Main Dishes

Coconut Curry Shrimp

by kara on April 23, 2012

  We went to NYC last weekend and had a fantastic time.  I got to meet up with my girlfriends on Thursday night.  Jack and I toured Rockefeller Center, Central Park, 9/11 Memorial on Friday. Then on Saturday, we took a day trip to Southhampton to visit family and go to the beach. Of course we ate some seriously rich food […]


Eggs, Chocolate, and Flowers

by kara on April 5, 2012

  Happy Easter weekend!  Easter is one of my favorite holidays.  The fresh air, sunshine, and budding flowers just make me happy.   And the food.  What’s not to love about eggs and chocolate! We’re staying home for the holiday weekend and hosting brunch at our house.   This year’s menu includes a spiral cut ham from Lunds, a […]


Ginger Chicken Soup with Vegetables

by kara on April 1, 2012

Ever trade one service for another?  A friend of mine gave me a chiropractic treatment in exchange for a batch this soup.  Seriously.  Easy trade for me since I make it all of the time. This is my go-to chicken soup recipe.  I’ve been preparing it for years and think it tastes better everytime we eat it. I […]

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Mediterranean Kale Salad

by kara on March 23, 2012

Does this salad look like spring or what?!  I’m saving my soup and chili posts for rainy days.  It’s just too hot and balmy here in Minneapolis to think about anything other than light food.  I’ve mentioned before about my love affair for kale.  It’s so versatile and crazy good for you. My friend Dana introduced me […]


Sweet and Spicy Asian Pork Roast

by kara on February 2, 2012

I’m on a slow cooker kick.   My last three posts have all been slow cooker recipes. Lately, Sundays have been crazy for us with hockey, yoga, errands, and housekeeping.  My slow cooker and rice cooker ( a new favorite kitchen appliance)  have been on auto-pilot.  I just love coming home to savory smells from the kitchen.  This dish […]

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Alright.  It’s officially winter in Minnesota.  I’ve accepted it.  I’m embracing the elements, which means roasting heartier fare.  This bison roast was a winner.  Browning the roast in bacon grease before placing it in the slow cooker added an extra richness to the overall flavor.  If you don’t have bacon grease on hand, use a few tablespoons […]


Black Beans and Pork

by kara on January 10, 2012

I made this recipe before Christmas and am just now getting around to sharing it.   I got a new camera from Courtland for Christmas.   It takes much better pictures than the one above taken by my old camera.  But, I just had to share this recipe.  So good!  And easy.  I put the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning before leaving […]


Blueberry Pannekoeken

by kara on December 26, 2011

Such a lovely Christmas weekend with family!  In addition to time with extended family,  we had our own little family brunch on Christmas day after opening up presents.  Courtland recently got me a cast iron skillet, and I’ve been itching to use it to make pannekoeken (otherwise known as a German pancake or a Dutch-baby pancake).   Not […]

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Chicken Enchiladas

by kara on December 22, 2011

It has been a rough week for me. First I fell while ice skating and sprained my wrist.  Then Jack decided to share his cold/flu bug with me.  I’m on the mend, but a bit behind on blogging.  I made these Chicken Enchiladas last week.  It’s really more of a casserole than the rolled-up version […]


Grilled Cheese Party

by kara on December 12, 2011

Our friends Keith and Trycia  hosted a grilled cheese party on Saturday night.  What a brilliant idea!  Who doesn’t love melted cheese, crusty bread, beer, and wine in the company of fabulous friends? Keith has always claimed that his grilled cheese recipe is one of the best.   Keith’s “Old Fashion” Grilled Cheese was a slight variation […]