Side Dishes

It’s cold outside.   There’s no denying it.  This meal will warm your body and soul.  It’s hearty.  Turn your kitchen into a bistro without leaving your house.  It makes at least 6 servings, so invite a few people over. . .or don’t and have leftovers the next day.  Use a good wine and enjoy a glass […]

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German Potato Salad

by kara on November 3, 2010

When I was growing up, German Potato Salad was often served at family get togethers.  As a kid,  I didn’t like it as much as the average mayonnaise-mustard laden variety.   My palate has changed, and I thought I’d try and make it as a side dish with brats and sauerkraut.  I discovered a few recipes from distant […]

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We found ourselves at home on Saturday night with no babysitter, yet still wanting a nice dinner.  I had an abundance of vegetables, including turnips, from our last CSA box.  Other than using turnips in a soup, I rarely cook with them.  Court wanted to grill tuna steaks, and I decided to roast our turnips as a side dish.  […]

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I made this dinner last week after work.  It’s doable on a weeknight, if you allow yourself time to prep and can multitask.  It’s even more doable if there are two cooking; one to grill and the other to cook the squash.  I would make it again in a heartbeat-especially the fish. I am in over my […]

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Tunisian Vegetable Stew

by kara on October 14, 2010

My in-laws, Steve and Janet, just moved to Minneapolis, MN from Bismarck, ND and had us over for the first family dinner this weekend.  We have been blessed with summer-like weather and got to sit outside to enjoy our feast.  Steve grilled up some steaks and Janet made a delicious stew from  “Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home,” […]

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Easy Weeknight Meals

by kara on August 26, 2010

I’ve gotten a few requests to post meals that are easy to make during the week.  Black bean tacos and BLTAs (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado) Sandwiches are frequently on our weekly menu at home.  I came up with the bean taco recipe back when I was living by myself and living on a tight budget.  I’ve […]

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Cucumber Salad

by kara on August 12, 2010

I used to work with an Egyptian coworker/friend, who always brought her Cucumber Salad to potlucks at work (and this workplace revolved around potlucks).   Loved it. Whenever I’d ask her for the recipe, she’d say,  “I just throw cucumbers, tomatoes, cilantro, dill, salt, and vinegar together. ”  Somehow, I had forgotten this recipe until this week.  The […]

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CSA box

by kara on July 22, 2010

We are sharing a CSA box from Featherstone Farm http://www.featherstonefarm.com/ with our neighbors for the first time this year.  Like many others who join a CSA,  we are enjoying freshness at it’s best right now.  Here are a few recipes that I’ve come up with so far: Roasted Beets (recipe adapted from http://www.chow.com/) 3 medium beets-red/golden 1 Tbsp. olive […]

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Father’s Day

by kara on June 20, 2010

Father’s Day.  The last 2 years, I’ve shorted Courtland when it comes to celebrating Father’s Day by mistakenly planning girls weekends (insert selfish comment here) and coming home late by missing my planes.  . .I know. . . not one, but two years in a row.  So, this year, I marked my calendar and made sure […]

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