Monthly Archives: September 2012

Preserving the Herb Harvest

Last weekend brought the first threat of an autumn freeze, so I decided it was time to harvest the herbs from our garden.  Our kitchen smelled amazingly fresh and fragrant as I piled the counter top high with basil, rosemary, … Continue reading

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TableTop Farm & Creamy Carrot Butter

The Midwestern Gentleman and I belong to a CSA at TableTop Farm.  I signed us up last January, mostly because I’m lazy and thought that having vegetables foisted upon me every week would make me research some new recipes and … Continue reading

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Nostalgia for Absent Loved Ones & Italian Pickled Green Tomatoes

Pickled green tomatoes — made by his Gramma B. — were one of my father’s favorite snacks growing up, especially when accompanied by a thickly buttered slice of Italian bread.  Many years ago, I developed the odd habit of deliberately … Continue reading

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Black Rice Risotto with Mushrooms & Basil

Black rice has been called the “healthiest rice in the world.”  Its deep purple color comes from the same anti-inflammatory antioxidants that give blueberries their rich color: anthocyanins.  Finding ways to eat more anthocyanins is a key component of any … Continue reading

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Savory Bread Pudding with Local Vegetables

Among the glorious leftovers we scored thanks to the Midwestern Gentleman’s recent surprise birthday party was a loaf of our friend Randy’s homemade sourdough bread.  Randy has been making his own bread for many years, and this chewy, crusty loaf … Continue reading

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Surprise Birthday Somerset Salad Bar

First, a bit of housekeeping: regular readers, please note that I’ve changed my posting days to Tuesdays and Fridays.  Thanks! Second, I know, the title of this post makes no sense.  Yet.  Read on. The Midwestern Gentleman’s birthday was last … Continue reading

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Holiday on the North Shore: Two Harbors, MN

Something happens to me when I get as far north as Duluth, MN.  Driving from Iowa, we take 35 N to get to the North Shore, and at Duluth we get our first glimpse of Lake Superior.  The sight of … Continue reading

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Gone Fishin’

The Midwestern Gentleman and I are off honeymooning on the gorgeous North Shore, which stunned my Yankee sensibilities the first time I visited it.  I’m convinced Lake Superior is one of the Midwest’s best-kept secrets (a secret every Midwesterner is … Continue reading

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