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Kamut – an ancient grain for modern times

raw kamut berries

raw kamut berries

With all the focus on gluten free, why not switch up the grains in your diet and add a healthy wheat grain – Kamut. While it has gluten, it may actually be healthier for those without celiac disease. And it’s delicious! We used this grain to make the side dish at our Spring Entertaining cooking class. It’s pretty enough for company and it’s not the same boring rice side dish you may have made zillions of times. Another plus is that it holds up well when made a day in advance, saving you more time on party day.

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May 5, 2014 at 8:30 am 2 comments

Fig Balsamic Drizzle tops 15-minute Salmon.

Salmon with Balsamic & Pesto Drizzles.

Salmon with Balsamic & Pesto Drizzles.

Making a syrupy balsamic vinegar has been on my to-do list for awhile.  When planning our April Spring Entertaining class, I wanted to take something simple and make it grand, so dressing up this super simple salmon dish with balsamic and pesto drizzles seemed like a great way to show off for company.  But the balsamic I had purchased just wasn’t syrupy enough, even the $20 bottle of Fig Balsamic I bought at the Olive A’Sudden store on my last visit to Palm Springs.  While it tasted heavenly, I was going to have to reduce it to the consistency I was looking for. (more…)

April 23, 2014 at 11:50 am 5 comments

Salmon with Crispy Rice Cakes

Salmon with Crispy Rice Cakes

Salmon with Crispy Rice Cakes and Smoky Date “Not Ketchup”.

The day after our “A Taste of Asia” cooking class, I looked in the refrigerator.   I had some leftover Asian sticky rice staring me in the face.  I had a bottle of Smoky Date “Not Ketchup”.  My sweetie had brought home a piece of salmon shrink wrapped on the recognizable white foam tray.   Hmmm.  What to make for dinner?  You know the feeling, I’m sure.   Well out of nowhere, inspiration hit and look what I created.  (more…)

March 5, 2014 at 9:15 am 2 comments

Italian Caponata goes with everything!

CaponataMy new favorite dish is Italian Caponata.    It’s a stew from Sicily where tomatoes and eggplants abound, so it’s a perfect autumn dish when you’re searching for yet another tomato recipe.  I’m headed to the Farmer’s market today to get more Italian eggplant for yet another bowl of this luscious creation. (more…)

September 26, 2013 at 9:47 am 1 comment

The Anchor Fish & Chips in Nordeast Minneapolis.

The Anchor Fish & Chips

The Anchor Fish & Chips

I grew up in “Nordeast” Minneapolis.  I once counted five Catholic churches within a one-mile radius of my old “hood”.  Why?  They all had a different ethnic origin including Polish, Russian Orthodox, Ukrainian, the Italian one my mother once attended plus too many bars to mention. Today “Nordeast” still holds on to its ethnic origins, but I dare say its gotten a lot more hip. Now known as the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, it also celebrates its diversity in the food scene. (more…)

August 22, 2013 at 8:55 am 5 comments

A Tapas Cooking Class and Valentine Party

Vanilla Ice Cream with Hot Banana and Chocolate Sauces

I have a confession to make.  I am in love with the dessert from our Tapas Cooking Class.  This is trouble.  It is so easy to make that I literally just spent three minutes in the kitchen making it and am eating it as I’m penning this post.   It contains items that I have around the house a lot.  Bananas…sounds harmless,  I used Liqueur Gaetano, but the Penelope Casas recipe used orujo or grappa and I’m sure you could improvise with whatever is in your liquor cabinet.  Start with a little butter, brown sugar and items in the freezer…leftover chocolate sauce that I can nuke, sliced or slivered almonds and ice cream, well duh!!  No matter how you slice it, this dessert is a winner!  From ordinary bananas, no less.  After making it five times, I have the recipe memorized and it requires literally no effort!  The recipe was inspired from Penelope Casas’ One Pot Spanish.  Perhaps the bananas are more special when you eat them in Spain’s Canary Islands where they grow them until ripened.  But the ones that start out green from Dole work just fine for me!

Helado de Vainilla con Salsa Caliente de Platano

The Tapas party was a ton of fun as we were treated to tapas throughout the evening.  Asparagus wrapped with ham, traditional toasts topped with manchego cheese, olives, anchovies, piquillo peppers.  It turns out that the word tapa comes from the verb tapar (to cover) and Tapas (or the traditional toasts) were used to cover a glass of sherry at a bar so the flies wouldn’t take a swim. The bartender learned that serving food encouraged more drinking, so they came up with more savory snacks to serve their customers.

Pork and Raisin Empanadas before and after the oven.

Tapa plate with Tuna Brocheta, Pork & Raisin Empanada, Tortilla Espana, Lentil Salad and Ham-Filled Mushroom Caps

Tapas like our Ham-Filled Mushroom Caps, Marinated Tuna Brochetas prepared by the team of Libby and Mike, the Spanish Tortilla made by Karen and Marty and the Pork and Raisin Empanadas.  The Empanada team of Julie, Kate, Tracie and Vivienne had fun stuffing the small circles of dough with the pork and raisin mixture.  These were gone in a flash!  We enjoyed our Tapas while sipping down glasses of Sangria.

Marinated Tuna Brochetas ready for the grill.

Spanish Lentil Salad with Blue Cheese

To round out our meal, Pat, Julie and Gerry made us the traditional Lentil salad with blue cheese on the side. I love this salad cooked with onion & garlic for flavor and topped with ripe tomatoes, green and red pepper.  You cannot use American lentils for this dish, as they will mush together.  You need to find French, Spanish or Italian lentils, which stay whole when boiled for about 20 minutes.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Hot Banana & Chocolate Sauce

Chocolate sauce

  • 3 oz. good quality chocolate pieces
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup butter

Banana Sauce

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1/4 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 2 Tbs Liqueur Gaetano or other liqueur or grappa
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup toasted almonds

1. Make Chocolate Sauce:  Bring water in bottom of double boiler to a rapid boil.  Lower heat and place chocolate, cream and butter in top of double boiler.  Stir until smooth and set aside.

2. Make Banana Sauce. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.  Add the sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir. Add the banana slices to coat with sugar mixture for a minute.  Immediately add the liqueur.  Cook for a minute until sauce is thickened.  Immediately serve over ice cream.  Top with a little chocolate sauce and sprinkle with almond slices.

  • Servings: 4
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • 586 Calories per serving

February 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm 2 comments

Lighten up with Asian Cuisine

Green Papaya Salad is best with small Thai chilis

To lighten up our meals after the holidays, our mission at this cooking class was to learn how to use some fresh authentic Asian ingredients that we purchased at the Asian Superstore.  While we all eat Asian food at restaurants, seeing the raw ingredients and working with them was a new adventure.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Orange-Chili Sauce

After eating them in Little Saigon, we were all interested to make the Vietnamese Spring Rolls ourselves.  With rice paper wrappers in hand, the team of Karen, Georgia and Ina assembled their ingredients before beginning the production line of rolling up the spring rolls.  Georgia got to work on the sauce made of sake, orange juice and sweet chile sauce. (more…)

January 26, 2012 at 10:57 am 5 comments

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