Roasted Roots and Sausage Dinner

Feb 21, 2016

One Pan Roasted Roots & Sausage

This recipe, for One Pan Roasted Roots & Sausage, is based on one from a recent Better Homes and Gardens magazine.  I like the fact that they get it.  It’s winter so we need comfort food… and it needs to be easy and (don’t forget) nutritious.  If it also uses up leftover CSA veggies, I am so in.    

Feb 9, 2016

Quick Red Flannel Hash

Eating local is in.  At least during the summer.  Winter can be another story…  it probably calls for a lot more root vegetables than most people are comfortable with.  But if you think foods like beets can be scary, a breakfast of Red Flannel Hash might just change your mind.     Hash is probably best known as potatoes fried up … Continue reading

Jan 21, 2016

Blue Cheese Roasted Vegetables

Aren’t roasted vegetables one of winter’s great dishes?  You start with something ordinary, even gnarly: twisted parsnips, boring carrots, gritty beets…  Give them a little time in a hot oven and it’s magic.  For something even more special, how about Blue Cheese Roasted Vegetables. Now I have absolutely no complaint about regular roast veggies.  Chop them, toss them with olive … Continue reading

A bite of Russian Mushroom and Potato Soup

Oct 25, 2015

Fall into Winter: Russian Mushroom and Potato Soup

It seems like just yesterday when I announced I wasn’t ready for fall.  And now fall is preparing to move on–a burst of color and host of pumpkin recipes later.  Thanks goodness for warming, fall-into-winter recipes like this Russian Mushroom and Potato Soup.   I recently attended the harvest party that my CSA throws every year.  It’s beautiful to walk along … Continue reading

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