• Eating

    Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

    At the end of last year and after much deliberation, the kitchen partner and I joined a new church a bit closer to our St. Paul home. We’ve been members for just a few weeks and are going through that tough stage where there are lots of friendly faces but still a sense of “we’re-on-the-outside-looking-in.” Thankfully, this church has one of the best (and most fun!) remedies to fix this for us. Each month they hold an event called “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” and this past weekend the kitchen partner and I attended our first one. The premise is simple:  Each month, people from the church get together for…

  • Foodies,  Other Writings

    Julia Child on Fresh Air

    Last night I was on my way home at 8:30, completely drained after a 10 hour work day and a 2 hour board meeting.  I had eaten lunch and dinner in the car, had been mulling all day about some major life decisions, and was oh-so ready for the long weekend.   As turned onto Highway 52 toward St. Paul, I flipped on NPR.  Who did I find to cheer me up? My adopted kitchen godmother Julia–chattering away about France and good food in a replay of a 1989 interview on Fresh Air: http://www.npr.org/2011/09/01/139793130/julia-child-on-france-fat-and-food-on-the-floor No, the 10 minute spot didn’t solve my tough questions, and it didn’t help me tackle…

  • Cooking,  Eating

    Blue Corn Flour Pancakes

    Pancakes are a Sunday morning staple at our house.  Most often Greg takes care of breakfast, but he occasionally lets me take a turn with the flipper.  There are three things I love about pancakes: they are warm, tasty way to add whole grains to your diet, they are fast, and there are unlimited combinations to put on your plate.  On this morning’s menu:  Blue Corn Flour Pancakes with walnuts and maple syrup.  I found the blue corn flour from Whole Grain Milling and adapted the recipe from Ubergrrl.  These pancakes have the sweet texture and taste of cornbread but are quicker to prepare. Next time around I might add…

  • Cooking,  Eating

    A night at the local pizza joint: Fresh Tomato, Basil, & Mozzarella Pizza

    The Twins are playing at Target Field, the temperature is finally in the 70’s, and there is fresh Minnesota tomatoes and basil at the co-op. Life is very good. I snatched up the fresh produce from Living Waters Gardens in Wells, MN at Mississippi Market and quickly headed home to make a batch of fresh mozzarella. It’s been a little over 6 months since I’ve last made cheese; I’d forgotten what a sense of accomplishment you have after.  Put it all together on a whole-wheat flax-seed crust (adapted from Betty Crocker’s Bridal Edition) and you have a heavenly treat to celebrate the start of summer.  A well-needed night at our…

  • Books,  Cooking

    Plotting for Preserving

    This morning I took out my Ball Blue Book of Preserving and started my list of projects. Just like gardening enthusiasts grab the seed catalog to plot their crops, I’ve started plotting my summer preserving. It may be excessive or it may be a way to inch spring along a little further, but mostly it’s to ensure that I plant the right goodies or get what I need at the farmers market at its peak. The freshest food takes a bit of foresight. Last year my preserving was exclusively freezer-based. (I canned 5 jars of hot pickled peppers in an experiment and promptly gave them away as a gift). This…

  • Books,  Cooking

    Channeling Julia Child

    I am finishing up my first draft for my Women in Leadership final exam and have decided to write about Julia Child. I’m reading My Life in France as well as a new collection of her correspondence with Avis DeVoto called As Always, Julia. Both books have helped me in the writing process and in realizing how much can be attained from studying the life of my favorite culinary legend. What Julia has taught me today: 1. Be patient. Julia’s greatest achievements came well into her 40’s which runs contrary to my anxiety that because I haven’t “found my calling” by my mid-twenties I have essentially failed. She was patient…