Chicken Divan out of oven

Feb 17, 2015

Chicken Divan Goes Local

Life is a balancing act. Sometime you cook a super healthy dinner from scratch using all local ingredients. Other times you open a couple cans of Cream of Chicken soup. Today I did the latter, but still made a dish that was tasty and healthy–and mostly local!  We ate Chicken Divan–chicken and broccoli (or green beans) covered in a creamy … Continue reading

A bite of Manhattan Clam Chowder

Sep 13, 2014

Manhattan Clam Chowder (or Never Vacation with Ugly Tomatoes)

Sitting on your counter top, that is.  What did you think I meant?  Right now I am in the process of getting ready for a mini-vacation to New York City.  In honor of this (okay really due to tomato overload) I have made Manhattan Clam Chowder, the other clam chowder, which actually did finish off all my ugly tomatoes.   


Aug 24, 2014

Fingerling Potatoes with Parsley Butter or Oil

Local potatoes are back!  It’s a moment that every potato-loving locavore waits for.  Herbs are also gracing my CSA boxes, so I decided to indulge in fingerling potatoes with parsley butter.  And for any vegan readers, I can attest that this is delicious with olive oil as well! The weather here has been cool and wet this summer and even … Continue reading

Tricolor Potatoes Anna

Mar 26, 2014

Tricolor Potatoes Anna

Last weekend I made Potatoes Anna for dinner.  And just for fun, I decided to do it in three spring colors–without any dye or coloring.  You see I was the lucky owner of organic potatoes in purple, pink and yellow!   It all started when I did my last buying club order.  Perusing the available produce, I saw that, in addition … Continue reading


Nov 10, 2011

Favorite Fall Soup: Spinach Potato Leek

This morning the world was dusted with snow.  This first sign of winter is always magical, reminding us that sugar plums and reindeer will soon grace our world. Homemade soup is a perfect transitional food and one of our favorites is Spinach Potato Leek Soup.  Made with some of the final CSA box contents it is a great local option. … Continue reading


Aug 2, 2011

Beating the Heat: Pot Roast From an Improvised Summer Kitchen

This summer is one for the record books.  With extremes of heat and drought across the country, the living is anything but easy. I am happy to be living in Wisconsin where things are less brutal, but I do have one serious concern. I am addicted to cooking–and cooking heats up the house. I have been developing adaptations on an ongoing … Continue reading

Potatoes Gratin

Mar 20, 2011

Amazing Potatoes (au Gratin—no Cheese!)

I spotted this recipe while blog browsing.  I was in search of one final potato recipe for the last of 2010’s harvest and this looked so inviting.  It came with the far more romantic name of Pommes à la Dauphinoise (which I will never remember, even after writing about it), and caught my eye for its simplicity and distinction. The … Continue reading

Roast Potatoes

Jan 20, 2011

Roast Potatoes to the Rescue

Earlier this week we were blessed with a five inch snowfall—beautiful, but a clear reminder of the deep state of winter.  My dwindling pantry provides further evidence of the season; eating local has taken a definite toll on our supplies. While prior winters left me with an abundance of squash and sweet potatoes…, cabbage and carrots…, this winter has provided … Continue reading

Green Eggs and Purple Potatoes

Nov 16, 2010

Green Eggs and… Purple Potatoes

With Wisconsin’s CSA season winding down, I am beginning to transition my food procurement methods.  While long term storage is great for things that freeze, can, or keep at cool temperatures (e.g. squash, onions), it doesn’t work well for cauliflower, pears and other fresh items. One of my key winter resources for fresh produce is a buying club that delivers … Continue reading