Cooking from the Garden Archive

Easy Kimchi

August 14, 2016

With summer produce in full swing, now is the time to start preserving the harvest. One of my staples is kimchi. Many people are surprised to learn that fermenting kimchi from scratch is really easy. Read more ›

Lemon Basil Gin and Tonic Cocktail

July 30, 2016

I’m not gonna lie. I need a gin and tonic, stat! It’s been pretty hot this summer in Minneapolis. 90+ degrees Read more ›

Rhubarb Vodka & Cocktail

June 18, 2016

Rhubarb is the first fruit-like produce on the scene after winter.  And while it’s around for a few months, I always forget to preserve it for winter.  Vodka and gin are a lovely way to capture that distinct essence of rhubarb.   Read more ›

Tomato Gastrique

May 15, 2016

Last week I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Lynn Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift of The Splendid Table, at a guided tomato tasting event for Muir Glen Organic, the brand I work on.   Read more ›

Spaghetti and Eggs with Fire Roasted Tomato Butter Sauce

April 13, 2016

Ever wonder what I do with all my canned tomatoes or my backyard chicken eggs?  Here are two super easy recipes right out of your pantry: Fire Roasted Tomato Butter Sauce and Spaghetti and Eggs.  Read more ›

Fermented Cauliflower Pickles

February 13, 2016

I just opened a jar of fermented cauliflower pickles that I put up last July from a huge head of cauliflower from my garden. The pickles are crisp and tangy, laced with tarragon, garlic, chili and mustard. Best of all, the pickle juice is carbonated. Read more ›

Savory Herb Cheese Lard Biscuits

December 6, 2015

Even after a week of freezing weather and two snow storms, my little herb garden is still producing.  Not wanting to temp fate, I promptly picked some rosemary and chive herbs to make these savory herb cheese lard biscuits for breakfast.   Read more ›

Lemongrass Vodka

October 31, 2015

Every year I grow lemongrass, but Minnesota winters are to cold for the perennial grass to survive the hard frosts.  In past years I’ve only used it seasonally during the summer, but this year I had a better idea.  I infused the stalks in vodka. Read more ›

Mixed Beans with Ham Hocks

October 24, 2015

Last October I was in that food and music mecca called New Orleans.  If you’ve never been, and you love food like I do, you’ll find that the city makes an indelible mark on your pallet. A year later I find myself craving red beans and rice in the worst way. Ironically, this dish is the perfect counterpoint to a Minnesota autumn. Read more ›

Turkish Pickled Golden Beets

October 4, 2015

I developed this Turkish-style pickled beet with my friend Megan during an afternoon of canning.  I love the rich flavors of turmeric, cinnamon, bay leaf and cumin together in this sweet yet savory preparation.  What could be better during a cold winter’s Read more ›

Rich Spicy Apple Sauce

September 25, 2015

Fall has arrived and so have the apples. My daughter’s 3rd grade class visited a biodynamic organic apple farm last week and brought back 20 pounds of gorgeous sweet sour cooking apples. I helped a class of 24 nine-year-olds chop, cook, food mill and can 35 half pints Read more ›