• 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…

  • Cooking,  How-To Guides

    How to Make Cinnamon Rolls

    The past two weekends the kitchen partner and I have hosted family for overnight stays. I love being the first one up in the morning on these days, sneaking down to the kitchen for a cup of tea and some quiet time before everyone’s up and ready for a day of fun. I also love having an extra special breakfast ready when our guests wake up. We almost always have Whole Grain Milling Pancakes, eggs and bacon, but on days when I’m awake extra early, I’ll even throw together a pan of homemade cinnamon rolls. Cinnamon rolls are one of the many foods we Americans sacrificed taste and nutrition for…

  • Cooking

    Spinach Week: Cheddar Spinach Muffins

    Today’s Spinach Week recipe comes from the one cookbook I can’t live without. I am especially fond of my St. Paul Farmers’ Market cookbook. It is full of the best traits: lots of pencil notes and lots of possibility. I’m sharing a Spinach Cheese Muffin that has me saying “oooh…that sounds good” every time I flip through the pages. I’ve adapted the heck out of the recipe, but think they’re better off in the end. Adaptations are why this cookbook rocks my world. 9 out of 10 times my gentle suggestions or crazy ideas turn out. I get to strut around with my apron strings puffed and claim, “Hah. Two…

  • Cooking

    Dark Days Challenge Wrap Up

    It’s hard to believe, but this will be my last Dark Days Challenge post for the winter. How quickly did that go? For our last meal, all participants were asked to seek out a SOLE (sustainable, organic, local, ethical) breakfast. Easy pea-sy lemon squeezy. We’ve been doing local breakfast around this place for quite some time. Lately I’ve been into combining all of my favorite breakfast foods into a sandwich. The kitchen partner makes two of his special Whole Grain Milling pancakes between which I slam a local fried egg, a slice of cheese, and either breakfast sausage or bacon. Then I lightly drizzle it in maple syrup. Just because…

  • Cooking

    Find it Local Friday: Minnesota Breakfast

    When I meet new folks who want to give local food a try, I almost always encourage them to start small and work their way into it. It’s a major lifestyle change after all. The kitchen partner and I went cold turkey in 2010 and nearly gave up. By replacing one meal per week, then two, maybe moving to all local lunches, and eventually you adjust your plate and your pantry. It’s less expensive than buying an entire fridge of food and isn’t so “trendy” or “fad diet”. Start small for big change. Looking to take some baby steps this weekend? Don’t know what to feed the relatives and guests…

  • Cooking

    ELC #26-Vegetable Fritatta with Cheese

    Happy Friday Minnesota. Hard to believe it’s the last one in August already! Just a quick post today, the kitchen partner and I have a full weekend planned–some hiking, some cooking, and a stop at the State Fair on Sunday. You can bet that we’ll be using Heavy Table’s State Fair Food Tour to find the best things on the menu. When weekends get busy for us, we almost always turn to breakfast food. Even if it’s 9 PM. I could eat pancakes at any hour of the day. Egg dishes are quick to prepare, the ingredients are always in our refrigerator, both affordable and local. Check out this beautiful…

  • Eating

    Swede Hollow Cafe

    What to do on the first 50 degree day in April? Too early to get in the garden, too nice out to be in the kitchen. The perfect solution: breakfast and tea with a good friend and her adorable kids in the garden at Swede Hollow Cafe. A few blocks from our house, Swede Hollow Cafe is one of those hidden gems in our neighborhood you like to tell everyone about, but at the same time feel is a special secret only you and the neighbors know. What’s special about this spot? The menu is full of homemade goodies. Every time I stop in there’s something new to try. This…