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Apple, Cheddar & Rosemary Popcorn

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Apple, Cheddar & Rosemary Popcorn

Cheese popcorn should not involve powdered cheese — that is a fact. I was recently looking for a recipe and I came across a bunch online that called for powdered cheddar cheese. Where do you even get that?

I thought about this cheese-related problem for a bit and came to the conclusion that I could probably just melt cheese on popcorn. The only tricky part is not burning the popcorn under the broiler. Whatever you do, when you . . . → Read More: Apple, Cheddar & Rosemary Popcorn

Curry Lentil and Squash Soup with Cilantro Yogurt

Curry Lentil and Squash Soup with Cilantro Yogurt

This is a great meatless meal for when you have winter squash you want to use up or if you just want a hearty bowl of warm soup. Or maybe you’re just bored and you want a food project that will take about an hour. This is what to do if any of those scenarios are true. Plus, it’s just a really delicious bowl of winter soup. So there.

I used a combination of one small acorn squash and one small delicata squash — together they totaled about . . . → Read More: Curry Lentil and Squash Soup with Cilantro Yogurt

Danish Meatloaf with Bacon (Forloren Hare)

Danish Meatloaf with Bacon (Forloren Hare)

So, what is the best way to follow a Meatless Monday post? Why a big, meaty one of course! Even jwa, who is not a huge fan of meatloaf was on board with this meal. Danish Meatloaf…who knew? The bacon gets nice and crispy in places and helps keep the meat all moist (the cream helps that too, actually), and there’s lingonberry jelly in the gravy giving it that extra-Nordic flair.

Originally, the recipe said that this serves 8 but I just don’t see how that is at all possible (and . . . → Read More: Danish Meatloaf with Bacon (Forloren Hare)

Meatless Monday: Teff "Polenta" with Sautéed Chard

Teff Polenta with Sauteed Chard

I have been having a lot of fun lately experimenting with out-of-the-ordinary and interesting grains. Teff is no exception. It is a tiny, gluten free, whole grain that is native to Ethiopia and very nutritious. Traditionally, it’s ground into a flour and used for Injera, an Ethiopian flatbread, but the grains can also be cooked whole and then used in soups and stews.

In this recipe, instead of using traditional corn for polenta, I used teff cooked in and flavored with broth, dried herbs, butter and Parmesan cheese. It transforms . . . → Read More: Meatless Monday: Teff "Polenta" with Sautéed Chard

Chelsea

Chelsea Photo taken August, 2012.

She has an origin story and it goes something like this — my mom and her sister were at a Mexican restaurant in Fargo, ND (later we would learn this was actually Moorhead, MN), over Labor Day weekend in 1992. There were margaritas involved. Some would say multiple margaritas. And there was a pet store next to the Mexican restaurant. Can you see where this is going?

Needless to say, my mom bought (for $5, I think) a cute black and white kitten, intending to bring it home for me as . . . → Read More: Chelsea