Midwest

Midwest – Hearty White Bean and Kale Soup

Midwest – Hearty White Bean and Kale Soup

This is one of the several recipes I picked up from Wisconsin last Thanksgiving, thanks to Aunt Amy. My dad’s sister, Aunt Amy, has three children all in elementary/middle/high school. Likewise, Aunt Amy keeps her recipes on the lighter side. The way she described this soup went something like this:  Lindsay. I have never seen children beg for vegetables the way they beg for this soup. This is requested more than once a week. You. […]

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February 20, 2014 at 9:16 amMidwest Northeast Seasonal Recipes

Wisconsin Presents: Barley Pilaf with Mushrooms and Cabbage

Wisconsin Presents: Barley Pilaf with Mushrooms and Cabbage

I  didn’t grow up eating a lot of whole grains. Quite the contrary, I’m from the Wonder bread generation. The only whole grain at our table was the morning oatmeal porridge. But over the years I’ve come to love whole grains and I cook with them frequently. I’m particularly fond of barley and I enjoy its hardy flavor and texture as a side dish in place of rice or pasta. In this version of an old […]

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February 13, 2014 at 10:39 amMidwest Seasonal Recipes

A Midwestern Baked Tomato Tart

A Midwestern Baked Tomato Tart

Madisonians know where their food comes from – not because they’re scrutinizing labels or going out to eat – but because they’re digging into their community garden plots and perusing the farmers’ market every Saturday. The Dane County Farmers’ Market stretches around all four sides of the state capitol building, and is the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country. Vendors make their own cheese curds, produce artisinal pasta and bloody mary mix, pickle mushrooms […]

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July 23, 2013 at 2:04 pmMidwest Seasonal Recipes Uncategorized

April Minnesota Flavor: Authentic Maple Syrup & Homemade Maple Nut Granola

April Minnesota Flavor: Authentic Maple Syrup & Homemade Maple Nut Granola

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Here in Minnesota, there aren’t very many things that are growing outside quite yet. The ground is still frozen and the trees are bare but we can certainly feel that Spring is right around the corner. As someone who likes to buy local, one can understand how difficult it is to find something that is currently being produced in Minnesota but isn’t grown in a greenhouse. While driving around my neighborhood over the past couple of […]

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April 13, 2013 at 6:00 amMidwest Seasonal Recipes

Chicago Presents: Short Ribs with Adzuki Beans and Jasmine Rice

Chicago Presents: Short Ribs with Adzuki Beans and Jasmine Rice

The short ribs have become one of our ‘signature’ dishes, sort of by default! I won the National Restaurant Association’s Food Arts BBQ challenge in 2007 with them and they’ve sort of taken on a life of their own. People in the midwest love their short ribs (or meat specifically). I liken them to Hawaiian BBQ. The seasonality of dish is in the accoutrements.  This recipe is the classic served with adzuki beans and rice but, […]

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April 2, 2013 at 6:00 amMidwest Seasonal Recipes