Chole Masala & Breggo Riesling

Grilled flatbread, fresh fruit, and Riesling made a perfect match

After a lifetime of meat at every dinner, I have recently wanted to explore a meatless meal on a regular basis.  Meatless Monday, or Wednesday or whatever.  Thanks to a fellow Minnesota Fortify! member, I have a ready source of recipes. Shari, over at My Fancy Pantry, offers a variety of Indian oriented dishes and … Continue reading

Wine Dinner: Riesling!

Wine tasting on the boat is very informal

July brought our wine dinner group a Friday evening cruise on Lake Minnetonka and a very informal tasting of Rieslings.  Friday nights can be difficult for fancy meals, and who needs fancy meals anyways?  It’s really all about getting together with friends.  With the informal summer theme, we thought we would explore the world of … Continue reading

Salmon dinner from Kingfield and iOTA Cellars Pinot Noir

Raw ingredients from Kingfield Farmer's Market

My goal was to make dinner as close to 100% from the farmer’s market, supplemented by herbs from the backyard.  I did allow myself common kitchen condiments; we have very few olive trees (for oil) in Minnesota!  You can see my main ingredients below from Kingfield Farmer’s Market in South Minneapolis.  My previous post went … Continue reading

Kingfield Farmer’s Market – Sunday!

Not just food, but fresh flowers, too.

Note: This is part 1 of a 2 part blog entry.  Part 2 will cover what I did with the food I purchased at Kingfield. I recently wrote about Fulton Farmer’s Market, my local Saturday morning farmer’s market.  But what about Sunday?  Problem solved: Kingfield Farmer’s Market is also located in South Minneapolis, but is … Continue reading

A Summer Cheese Plate with Rosé

A summer afternoon treat

Confession: we spend a surprising percentage of our grocery budget at the cheese shop!  Once our interest in wine at the dinner table started to grow, we found that artisan cheeses were a natural partner before or after the meal. A proper cheese plate features a variety of textures and flavors.  You usually try to … Continue reading

Flatbreads on the Grill: Lessons, Mistakes, and What’s Next

Trout, pineapple, onion, shiitake, tomato, chevre, dill with balsamic drizzle

We’ve been having fun with flatbreads and pizzas on the grill this summer, so it seemed like a good time to share some successes and a few “oops”. Two of the best investments you can make in your home pizza journey are: Artisan Pizza & Flatbread in 5 Minutes a Day Emile Henry Rectangular Baking … Continue reading

Garlic Scapes? What’s That?

Flatbread toppings featuring garlic scapes

On a trip to Fulton Farmer’s Market, I saw these garlic scapes and decided to give them a try.  The person at the booth explained that scapes are what would be the flowers of the garlic plant.  They cut them off so the garlic can focus it’s energy on the bulb.  They have a different … Continue reading

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