Tag Archives: Food and Wine

Harvest Recipe: Roasted Delicata Squash with Bacon, Local Maple Syrup and Goat Cheese

John and I spent the 2020 Thanksgiving holiday in an unusually quiet fashion last year due to COVID-19. I still cooked the full dinner, because to me the Thanksgiving meal is about sharing love & gratitude, and I wasn’t going to let the coronavirus get in the way of that. We pivoted from our usual celebration and made doorstep deliveries of all the bountiful fixings. There were a few tears, a multitude of air hugs and kisses blown from a distance, and then we made our way back home on eerily quiet highways to a dining table set for two, instead of 20. This year we will be wading gently back into the hosting pool. We are having a small gathering and we’ll be taking safety precautions, because as we know, the pandemic is not over yet.

I’ve got many tried and true Thanksgiving recipes in my file, dishes that have made their expected appearance on the table, year after year. 2021 seems like a marvelous time to set the stage for the addition of some fresh arrivals. I’ve been writing and testing a few “new to me” dishes this week and will be sharing some of them in the upcoming days. The first of these is Delicata squash with maple syrup and bacon served on a bed of arugula and topped with herbed goat cheese. Read on for the recipe.

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Eat Your Words: 125 Food and Beverage Themed Puzzles for Hungry Minds

I am thrilled to share that I recently published my first book!

Eat Your Words consists of 125 food and beverage themed puzzles and it truly is a feast for hungry minds. This book is a compilation of work that started many years ago and it has been a labor of love to put so much delicious information together in one place. The idea for this endeavor came to fruition out of my desire to satisfy the appetite for culinary knowledge in a unique and educational way and to make leading with curiosity in the kitchen fun and interesting.

Spend the morning sipping coffee and puzzling, keep this book in your briefcase or backpack and work the puzzles over lunch, or pack it into your carry-on for your next trip and learn on the go!

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FOOD AND WINE ON THE FARM: A SUSTAINABLE MINNESOTA DINING EXPERIENCE

“The greatest lesson came with the realization that food cannot be reduced to single ingredients. It requires a web of relationships to support it” ~ Chef Dan Barber

Sultry summer winds carried the enticing aroma of local ingredients cooking over an open fire, while guests who share a mutual appreciation for sustainable food sourced close-by, strolled around the vast property before sitting down to enjoy a much anticipated dinner together. This is the type of event that I daydream about during the brisk Minnesota winters. Last month we attended our first farm dinner of 2021 at Iron Shoe Farm in Princeton. Carla Mertz, owner and operator of the farm is known for raising her animals ethically and for her firm commitment to sustainable agriculture. Her partnerships with nearby farmers and chefs are numerous and highly regarded. These farm dinners are a way to showcase fresh, locally grown ingredients through the creation of innovative and flavor-filled dishes. Carla’s association with local chefs, Minnesota Cooks and the Minnesota Farmers Union are the types of farm to fork relationships that give prominence to the essential nature of our local food community.

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Flavors Of The Season: Angel Food Cake, Strawberries & Rosé

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Today I’m doing something a little different and I think you will really enjoy it.  I have been invited to create a guest post for the Pairs Well With… Blog. I am thrilled to be able to share the recipe that I designed for this collaboration as well as to introduce you to my fellow blogger Carin, the author of Pairs Well With…  She has traveled to nine of the world’s most notable wine regions, sipping and sampling her way around the globe.

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