Blueberry Raspberry Tart

by kara on July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!  What a lovely, sun-filled weekend!  My Mom and Tom visited us in Minneapolis for the 4th of July weekend.  We hit up Brasa on Friday night, and Cocina del Barrio and  Sebastian Joes on Saturday night.  By Sunday, we were ready to BBQ and chill out at home for the evening.  Courtland grilled up some tasty Gouda […]


Roasted Cauliflower

by kara on June 29, 2011

When we were kids, my mom had a way of getting my brother and I to eat cauliflower by topping it with loads of cheese.  Nowadays,  I like to roast cauliflower and think it tastes even more delicious.  Go wild and choose an orange or purple variety of cauliflower if you’re feeling adventuresome.  And if you must. . .top […]

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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 […]


Green Smoothie

by kara on March 6, 2011

Kale I have grown to love kale.   I thought it was a bit bitter when I first started cooking with it a few years ago, .  I’ve found that the moment lemon juice is added, that bitterness isn’t so dramatic.  Kale is full of all things good for your body. . .water, vitamins, fiber.  I prefer the ”Dino” […]


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 […]


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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Veggie Chili

by kara on September 9, 2010

Fall is in the air.  The Minnesota State Fair is over, the leaves are starting to turn,  and the air is crisp.  Most people who know me are well aware that I love the heat and dislike colder weather (I know. . .why do I live in MN?).  That being said. . .I’m ready for football, cuddling up on the couch […]


"Beef" Stir Fry

by kara on June 25, 2010

I’m not the biggest fan of processed foods.  That being said,  I sometimes resort to packaged foods when short on time or cooking during the week.  When I came across the gardein products at Whole Foods, I just had to give them a try.   I used the beef less tips for this stir fry […]

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