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Try Roasted Garlic Parsnip Spinach Pie With Your Holiday Sides

Try Roasted Garlic Parsnip Spinach Pie With Your Holiday Sides

Thanksgiving is all about Thanksgiving Sides Has your search for the perfect Thanksgiving menu started yet? I won't decide on the final picks until it's time to shop, but I like to let some ideas percolate in my mind for a few weeks prior. The days fly by, and it's...

Smoky Trumpet Mushroom Pizza is Perfect for Fall

Smoky Trumpet Mushroom Pizza is Perfect for Fall

Smoky Trumpet Mushroom Pizza Celebrates the Mushroom Remember when wild mushrooms were, well, wild? Oysters, shiitakes, all the wild mushrooms had to be hunted and foraged, and only made brief appearances during mushroom season. Now, we have mushroom growing...

Celebrate Summer with Grilled Cantaloupe Pasta Salad

Celebrate Summer with Grilled Cantaloupe Pasta Salad

When you think about grilling, it's usually all about burgers, or corn on the cob, or even pizza. But have you tried grilling cantaloupe? Yes,. when the cantaloupes are heavy on the vine, fat with sweet, juicy goodness, it just happens to be grilling season. So why...

Cook Kale on the Grill, For an Easy Pasta Meal

Cook Kale on the Grill, For an Easy Pasta Meal

I have big news! I finally bought a new grill. Yup, just a run of the mill, under $200 number. No bells, no whistles, no LED lights or motorized spit. Because, really, I don't need anything fancy. Just heavy grates and consistent heat. It took me some time, after...

Sushiritos, Make Fusion Cool Again!

Sushiritos, Make Fusion Cool Again!

Is Fusion Wrong? Fusion cooking had a heyday, back in the 90's. It was all good until it went too far, until monstrous hybrid experiments roamed the land. We all tried to walk the line between cool-fusion and con-fusion food. Strange combos became all too common. Soon...

Need Comfort Food? Noodles with Peanut Sauce Hits the Spot

Need Comfort Food? Noodles with Peanut Sauce Hits the Spot

Some Days You Need Comfort Food Sometimes the World is a hard place. There's nothing like a trying day to send me to the refuge of my kitchen, looking for something that will make me feel better. And if you ask me, comfort food is a bowl of noodles with ever so...

In a Hurry? Make Edamame Hummus With Lime

In a Hurry? Make Edamame Hummus With Lime

If you are hungry and tired, and just want a quick and delicious meal, look no further. All you need is a bag of edamame in the freezer and a few other fresh ingredients. This creamy, sprightly spread takes only a few minutes to make, and once you have it, you have a...

Bowl Food with Kale and Turmeric-Cashew Dressing

Bowl Food with Kale and Turmeric-Cashew Dressing

Lighten Up with Bowl Food Spring is in the air, tantalizing us with the prospect of baring a little skin to the sunshine. If the thought of shedding those layers has you feeling self conscious, it may be time to commit to a bowl food re-set. You see, while I never...

The Herbivorous Butcher Takes Over The World! And My Banh Mie.

The Herbivorous Butcher Takes Over The World! And My Banh Mie.

Minneapolis may be famous for the Twins, for Mary Tyler Moore (RIP) and for its Chain of Lakes. But these days, in the world of food, we are now famous for the Herbivorous Butchers. Yes, the brother and sister team of Aubry and Kale Walch have captured the...

Spicy Walnut-Beet Tacos, Enter To Win a Vitamix

Spicy Walnut-Beet Tacos, Enter To Win a Vitamix

Tacos. We love them, whether they are from a taco truck or the ones you make with a powdered seasoning packet from the store. (Don't scoff, I've been asked to make those by high end private chef clients, so somebody really connects with the spice packet!) Crunchy...

Get into Whole Grains Month with a Granite Grain Bowl!

Get into Whole Grains Month with a Granite Grain Bowl!

Have you heard? It's National Whole Grains Month. I started early, and posted last week with a FREE COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY, so click here to enter to win, and check out Sweet Potato Toast on Toast. The whole month of September you can be on the lookout for whole grain...

Whole Wheat Bao with Black Bean Tofu, The Steamed Bun for Everyone

Whole Wheat Bao with Black Bean Tofu, The Steamed Bun for Everyone

Bao are hot right now. At least if you pay attention to all the chatter about places like Momofuku in NYC. Bao are simply Chinese steamed buns, and they come in many forms. The folded bao that they serve at places like Momofuku are made with a fluffy, sweet white...

Kimchi Tofu Sweet Potato Bowl, Easy Bowl Food

Kimchi Tofu Sweet Potato Bowl, Easy Bowl Food

In a rush? Of course you are. That's why I wrote Great Bowls of Food, to make it easier to get some really whole, really good food on the table in minutes. Call it a Buddha Bowl, a Power Bowl, a Gratitude Bowl, the bowl is a way of piling up a bunch of interesting...

My New Book Great Bowls of Food is here!

My New Book Great Bowls of Food is here!

  I'm pleased to announce that my latest cookbook, Great Bowls of Food: Grain Bowls, Buddha Bowls, Broth Bowls, and More (Countryman Press $21.95) is arriving just in time to help you explore bowl food at home. I'm very proud of the book, and I hope you will like...

The Aquafaba Project: Savory and Spicy Tofu

The Aquafaba Project: Savory and Spicy Tofu

Last week, I posted an experiment in baking with "aquafaba," the water that you drain from a can of cooked chickpeas. This week, I am experimenting with homemade "aquafaba," and I'm trying the magical goop to replace eggs in a crispy breaded cutlet. If you look at the...

Panini-Grilled Tofu and Veggies-Get More Out of Your Panini Press

Panini-Grilled Tofu and Veggies-Get More Out of Your Panini Press

You may remember that last week, I grilled apples in the panini grill. Here in the hinterland, only the most hard core grillers still have their outdoor grills in service. I've tried firing a gas grill up in the depths of winter. The poor thing blazed away and never...

The New “Hot Grain” and  Millet Sushi with Avocado

The New “Hot Grain” and Millet Sushi with Avocado

  I always love trend predictions at the beginning of each new year. Full of optimism and certainty, brave journalists try to let us know what we will be doing in the coming year. Will cronuts and cake pops fade away?  Will bone broth surpass juicing? We all want...

A Savory Roasted Veg Strudel for the Holiday

A Savory Roasted Veg Strudel for the Holiday

Happy Holidays! It's the time of year when we plan to sit down for some shared meals, with the people we love. That always means it's time to navigate the mixed diet-style table. It's really not that difficult to do, with a dash of planning and and splash of creative...

Lighten Up with a Big Fat Buddha Bowl

Lighten Up with a Big Fat Buddha Bowl

  The Big Thanksgiving Feast is over, and at this point, the pie should all have been joyfully consumed. I know that I am thankful for every delicious bite. In this post-holiday lull, before we start ramping up for the next one, it's time to keep it simple....

Tomato Basil Pizza, All About the Tomatoes

Tomato Basil Pizza, All About the Tomatoes

It's tomato time, the time of the year when the genuine, vine-ripened flavor of just-picked tomatoes is exploding all over the place. In fact, if you are reading this on the Saturday that it posts, and you are within driving distance of St Paul, MN, you still have...

Smitten With Squash! Enter To Win a Copy

Smitten With Squash! Enter To Win a Copy

Zucchini season is here! Do you know what you are going to do with the next giant cucurbita pepo that gets dropped off on your doorstep? Well, if you need some fresh ideas on what to do with the bountiful summer squashes piled up at the local Farmer's Market or...