• Cooking

    Asparagus Crepes with Hollandaise Sauce

    Since my confessions at the end of last month, eating has been much more seasonal around here. The kitchen partner and I sat down for a heart-to-heart a few hours after that post went up, and yesterday I fit into size 0 skirt at Banana Republic. Whoo-Whoo! (Fairly certain the entire rack was on clearance because the tags were sized wrong but hey – I’ll take it!) We both decided to retire our Little Caesar’s pizza boxes and find a little more balance. Not sure we’re totally there yet, but with a month of eating better and getting out in the fresh air of the garden I’m definitely in a…

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    A Summer Grilling Menu

    It finally felt like summertime to me today. The first day of my summer work calendar, the first full weeding of the community garden plot, and the first night we had dinner on the deck. What better way to mark the start of summer than with a weeknight grilling menu. All local. All delicious.   First on the plate: I managed to squeak a few more of last season’s potatoes from my dad’s cold storage this past weekend. New baby potatoes wont appear at the farmers’ market for a few weeks, maybe a month. So glad he shared what is left of their crop. Tonight I grilled them the same…

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    Dinner in 15: Ravioli and Asparagus with Garlic Butter Sauce

    It’s a weeknight. I’m home from work late, the garden partner’s hauling brush to the yard waste site, the phone’s ringing non-stop, there’s a meeting to go to in 45 minutes, and I’m starving. Here’s where I boast about my locavore meals: I made this plate look this good in 15 minutes. I know, right? And here’s where I stop: I inhaled what’s on the plate in 3 minutes, while watching the news and checking emails. Somewhere, Julia is weeping. On the busiest of days, eating local can feel like a burden. When every other 20-something couple is grabbing dinner from the drive-thru/carry out place down the street, we aren’t.  On…

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    Find it Local Friday: Asparagus

    The high temperature in St. Paul may be 57° today, but at least there is asparagus in my fridge. Hah, take that spring!  We patiently wait every year through snow and bitter cold, through chilly spring rains, just to be rewarded with these tender green shoots to emerge.  I eat asparagus 2-3 meals a day in the weeks it is available.  Steamed, baked, grilled, with eggs, with meat, in soup.  Then just when I have had my fill, it disappears and the anticipation begins again.  Psychologists say humans place a greater value on things they have to wait or sacrifice for; perhaps it’s why I am so enchanted by a…