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 […]


Asparagus.  My favorite vegetable.  Courtland jokes that one of these days I’m going to turn into a big stalk of asparagus since I eat it so much.  The spring green vegetable is always my vegetable side of choice to pair with grilled meat, chicken, or fish this time of year. My Mom made this recipe for our Mother’s Day brunch back […]

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Roasted Rhubarb Sauce

by kara on May 20, 2012

I was so thrilled that Fulton Farmer’s Market opened on Saturday.  Each and every time I go to our neighborhood farmers market, I am reminded how incredibly lucky we are to live in our Minneapolis hood.  I stocked up on starter plants, pea shoots, pickles, and rhubarb. And then I went home and made this sauce.  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 […]


Hot and Spicy Jalapeño Crab Dip

by kara on February 9, 2012

The Super Bowl is the greatest excuse for people to get together to eat and drink. The commercials and half-time show are meant to be enjoyed in the company of others.   We were invited to our friend’s house this year.  I could have cared less about the teams playing, but it was fun to get together, laugh, and feast […]


Carrot Cashew Pâté

by kara on October 21, 2011

This recipe wowed me when I tried it at a birthday party over the summer.  I was thrilled to discover that it was from Jenny Breen, a friend I met through another friend.  If you don’t have Jenny’s cookbook, “Cooking Up The Good Life,” I suggest you purchase it.  The cookbook is full of healthy, easy, […]


Maple Walnut Apple Crisp

by kara on October 16, 2011

Of all apple desserts, apple crisp is my favorite.  I especially love this apple crisp with the addition of maple syrup and walnuts.  It’s just basic ingredients combined together that smell incredible while baking in the oven.  Serve the apple crisp with cinnamon ice cream to make it even more fall-like. Maple Walnut Apple Crisp Adapted from […]


Shrimp Pesto Pasta

by kara on September 17, 2011

Fall is approaching us in Minnesota.   There’s no denying it.  Fortunately, we still have a bunch of basil in our herb garden.  I love being able to walk outside in my yard and grab what I need to make a simple and fresh dinner.  This was the first time my 4 year old, Jack, tried this […]

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Best Ever Carrot Cake

by kara on August 30, 2011

My husband, Courtland, and his brother, Ben often celebrate their birthdays together since the dates are close.  Once again, they both requested Carrot Cake.  I made these cupcakes last year.  I think this recipe outdid the cupcakes.  In fact, I brought the leftover cake to work the next day, and my co-workers claimed it the Best […]


Bethany’s Salsa

by kara on August 28, 2011

My friend, Bethany, is a southern gal who moved to Minneapolis a few years ago.  She’s a classy lady.  She moved back to the Atlanta area this last year.  I miss her.   I found her recipe when I was asked to bring a dish to share at my girlfriend, Trycia’s, birthday party this weekend.  It is similiar to Texas Caviar and […]