Marinated Kohlrabi Salad

by kara on June 28, 2012

Kohlrabi is already popping up at farmer’s markets this year.   Kohlrabi (a “cabbage turnip”) was bred from a wild cabbage plant. Wondering what to do with this strange looking vegetable?  I was a bit afraid of kohlrabi until I saw Chef Stewart Woodman ( do a demo at Kingfield Farmer’s Market a few years ago.  I watched him make […]


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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Mushroom Soup

by kara on November 12, 2011

The following recipe is from my dear friend, Patrycia Miller.  She and her husband, Keith, are the owners of Pampered Pooch Playground and Bubbly Paws in St. Lous Park, MN.  Trycia brought over a bowl of this Mushroom Soup for me enjoy for lunch.  It was comforting, hearty, warm, and delicious.  I just had to have her share […]


White Chicken Chili

by kara on September 20, 2011

White Chicken Chili is my husband’s favorite kind of chili (Tex-Mex Chili and Veggie Chili are 2 that I’ve previously posted).  This recipe is ideal for this time of the year .  It can easily be made on a weeknight, particularly if you cook the chicken ahead of time.   If you like more heat, add more jalapenos and cayenne pepper.  […]


Grandma Renner’s Borscht Soup

by kara on June 25, 2011

With fresh vegetables on my mind, I’ve been craving my Grandma Renner’s borscht soup.  It brings me right back to my childhood.   This is not your typical cold Russian red beet soup.  My grandma, who’s German-Russian, always served her borscht warm.  She made it with beet tops only instead of beets, so no bright red color.  Then she would add lots […]

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Nutty Cabbage Salad

by kara on June 12, 2011

My mom is famous for bringing her Nutty Cabbage Salad to bbq parties.  This salad is light, colorful, and compliments whatever kind of meat is on the grill.  It takes just a few minutes to prep and tastes best if marinated overnight.  I brought this salad to our friends’ housewarming bbq party on Friday night. . . in the rain.  And […]


Spinach Salad with Bacon and Eggs

by kara on May 23, 2011

My very close girlfriend, Mia, is getting married in September. She and 2 other girlfriends visited over the weekend for a co-ed bachelorette celebration.  We had a fabulous time.  Very little sleep combined with lots of giggling, eating, drinking, and dancing.  We had a big BBQ bash at our house following an afternoon of Pedal Pubbing.   We made […]

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Dana’s Kale and Feta Salad

by kara on May 6, 2011

A few weeks ago, my friend, Dana, brought this glorious and refreshing Kale and Feta Salad to a party.  I fell in love with it and  had to duplicate it for our neighborhood block party tonight.  It will balance out the all-beef hot dog I’m also planning to eat.  Here’s my best guess at Dana’s measurements […]


Hot Chicken Salad

by kara on May 2, 2011

Each spring, I start to crave my mom’s recipe for Hot Chicken Salad.   Over the years, I’ve made it a little lighter and added more seasoning.  It’s the perfect main dish to make on a week night, particularly if you boil the chicken the night before.   I often serve Hot Chicken Salad with a side of green vegetables […]


Bean and Bacon Soup

by kara on March 31, 2011

The calendar says it’s spring.  The birds are chirping outside, and the snow is melting.   And yet  I’m still in search for comforting, hearty meals to warm me up.    This soup is always a winner with my guy.  I don’t know any man that doesn’t like bacon.   In an effort to use what was in my fridge, I used […]