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May 2010 Archives

An Early Summer Night’s Dream

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on May 31, 2010 at 12:45pm

Here’s the perfect way to kick off summer: Get yourself invited to Debbie & Stu the Wine Genius Williams’ home for dinner.  There is no lovelier place to be on a first-summer’s-blush evening, on the patio in their lush back yard, chatting with them as well as Sue & Louis Ainsworth, sipping incredible wine, eating…

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Fettucine Alfredo That Won’t Kill You

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on May 31, 2010 at 7:21am

My son is a big fettucine alfredo fan.  Restaurant versions are terrifyingly caloric, unnecessarily soaked in cups of cream and cheese, some even enriched with egg yolks. I’ve come up with a not-so-over-the-top version for him that I actually prefer.  I use real cream, but not too much.  A little goes a long way. Nathan…

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Grilled Salmon with Avocado, Egg, Greens, & Mustard Vinaigrette

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on May 28, 2010 at 7:07pm

As I’ve complained before, it’s hard to find good salmon in Minnesota.  I know, we’re in the middle of the country, about as far from any ocean as you can get in North America.  It’s an unimportant problem.  My not-terribly-local solution is that I buy wild salmon filets online from VitalChoice, the king salmon to…

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A Sweet Spoonful’s Strawberry Ice Cream

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on May 27, 2010 at 2:45pm

Remember when I wrote about the mind-blowing experience I had at the Penny De Los Santos food photography workshop I attended in March?  The reasons were many and varied, namely the San Francisco sunshine, Contigo’s gorgeous food, a hundred million great ideas from Penny, pushing way out of my comfort zone, and meeting three unbelievably…

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Souvlaki: Greek Pork Skewers

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on May 26, 2010 at 8:54am

Greek food and I had a shaky start, which is hard to imagine given how much I love it now.  My first exposure to a fully-loaded gyro – hours into my freshman year, University of Wisconsin-Madison, with my just-met roommate -  completely freaked me out.  So much garlic, with yogurt on meat (wha?), and juices…

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Farro "Risotto" with Parmesan & Pea Shoots

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on May 23, 2010 at 2:54pm

Eating intact grains – as Summer Tomato refers to them – is not the same as eating foods labeled as “whole grain.”  Intact grains are just that, not ground into flour or broken into pieces.  Filling and nutritious, intact grains are a whole food, as well as a healthy, busy cook’s best friend.  Cook them…

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Minneapolis Farmer’s Market Bounty

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on May 23, 2010 at 10:39am

I made my first trip of the season to the Minneapolis Famer’s Market yesterday, total blast.  I strolled around with a big grin on my face, happy to see such bounty so early in the season.  I carried home garlic chives, pea shoots, asparagus, rhubarb, and a whole pound of freshly picked morel mushrooms.  …

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Weekend Grilling: Pork Tenderloin Tacos

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on May 21, 2010 at 8:55am

It’s going to be 90 sultry degrees here in Minneapolis on Sunday.  Ugh.  I’m not going to complain (is “ugh” a complaint?), but I’m not quite prepared for that level of heat and humidity.  Guess I’ll just have to grab a cold beverage and head out to the grill…tough, I know. If you’re looking for…

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Whole Barbecued Chicken

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on May 20, 2010 at 6:32pm

I half ruined this whole barbecued chicken and it was still so provocatively delicious that John and I attacked it (and each other, get back!) like wolves.  Snip, snap, gone.  Wow, dudes, if you have not heeded my unpaid over-representation of the Weber poultry roaster (I have no relationship with Weber), heed it now.  It…

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Blue Cheese Shortbread Crackers

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on May 16, 2010 at 9:14am

I’ll confess a deep, dark secret.  I love…Cheez-its.  I don’t want to know what cheez is, and I endeavor to not eat the things (I forbid them from the house…most of the time), but I’m moved by their flaky, tangy, processed perfection.  Addictive little beasts, grrr. But as tasty as they are, I’m obviously not…

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