Party Guaranteed: Pulled Pork and Argentine Wine #WinePW

Smoke a Pork Shoulder for the Family Want a sure-fire crowd pleaser? Learn how to smoke a pork shoulder (pork butt) for pulled pork sandwiches. Your barbecue skills will become legend. And, (shhh….) it’s easy! Details at the bottom of this post. Wine Pairing Weekend “Visits” Argentina January and February 2019 take our Wine Pairing … Continue reading

Book Review: Beth Dooley’s “In Winter’s Kitchen”

Beth Dooley's "In Winter's Garden"

Thought Provoking Wolf in Homespun Sheep’s Clothing Beth Dooley’s “In Winter’s Kitchen” If you’re ready to take a first step or your next step to a more thoughtful approach to your food, you’ll love “In Winter’s Kitchen”. It deserves a spot on any food enthusiast’s bookshelf. At first blush, Beth Dooley’s new book, “In Winter’s … Continue reading

A Quick Cookbook, Perfect for Weeknights

A Cookbook for the Time Challenged Do you like to cook, but find it difficult to cook from scratch on a weeknight? So many cookbooks assume a larger pantry and an earlier start-time than I usually have during the week. The Quick Six Fix by Stuart O’Keefe might be just the thing you need to … Continue reading

Trentino-Alto Adige is Different: Goulash and Teroldego #ItalianFWT

If This is March, We Must Be in Trentino-Alto Adige Our #ItalianFWT group is on a month by month, slow virtual tour of Italy.  We’re jumping around a bit, so you never know where we’ll be next. March is dedicated to Trentino-Alto Adige.  I’ve not visited, so my research is being done from afar.  The … Continue reading

Tuscany: Peasant Stew & the King of Tuscan Wines

Peposo Notturno: Peasant Stew It’s the early 1400’s, and you’re a poor worker, firing tiles for the magnificent Duomo inder construction in Florence.  The meat you can afford has gone around the bend, and you need to spice it heavily to make it palatable.  Also, it’s tough, so you’ll need to cook it for a … Continue reading

Prosciutto Far & Near

The Prosciutto Question On our first trip to Italy, I was impressed by how dedicated Italians are to local culture, foods and wine.  Not just Italian, but regional products. We never saw Parmigiano Reggiano cheese while we were visiting the Piedmont, they would only use products from within their region. Even modest wine shops had … Continue reading

A Hot Environment Full of Fire, Knives & Yelling

A Chef’s Calling Chef Craig Sharpe started out in a different profession, wasn’t happy and was exploring new career options.  He took a temporary job in a kitchen where he experienced the “hot environment full of fire, knives and yelling”.  Funny place to find your calling; he immediately knew he was home. Fast forward a … Continue reading

Minnesota Wine at the Midwestern Table – #WinePW 4

Wine Pairing Weekend #4: Regional Food and Wine Pairings Wine Pairing weekend is a monthly collaborative event for wine/food bloggers. This month’s theme is “Regional Food and Wine Pairing”.  If you’d like to see what others in our group are doing, scroll to the bottom of the post for links. Join the #winePW conversation: Follow … Continue reading

Cut Me Smash Me Burn Me: Spatchcock Chicken Under Bricks

Cut Me Smash Me Burn Me ChickenI’ve always been impressed with photos of “How to Spatchcock a Chicken”, but it seemed a bit intimidating. Couldn’t be farther from the truth; it’s so easy it may become your new standard preparation of a whole bird! Grilling the chicken under a brick comes naturally with a spatchcocked … Continue reading

Lynne Rosetto Kasper, Amy Thielen, KITM and Linden Hills Farmers Market – Whew!

Farmers Market Fun Minneapolis and St. Paul are lucky to have a variety of Farmers Market venues, large and small.  Besides the large Minneapolis and St. Paul Farmers Markets, we have lots of neighborhood markets.  Linden Hills Farmers Market is open on Sunday mornings, and is perfect for a quick (or long) stop after church … Continue reading

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