I’ll sell you my pickle for a nickle

How about two cents? Ā  Who doesn’t like pickles? Well…test subject Bill is a self-proclaimed pickle hater. With this in mind…well…I made pickles anyway šŸ™‚ With Alton Brown’s refrigerator pickle recipe recipe in hand, I was determined to produce the best pickles ever. Or, at least something edible. His recipe calls for “pickling spices.” IContinue reading “I’ll sell you my pickle for a nickle”

Produce Panic Attack

Last week I had a produce panic attack. There are loads of goodness coming in from the local farms, and I think half of it ended up in my kitchen. Between my CSA box and my inability to stay away from the Suwanee farmer’s market on Saturday mornings, my fridge and counter tops were burstingContinue reading “Produce Panic Attack”

The Des Moines Farmers Market

Ok, so only true food geeks like me and my mom would be excited for weeks in advance about going to a farmers market. But, since we are, we were anxiously awaiting my trip to Iowa so we could hit the infamous DesMoines farmers market. After three days of sitting in my work-related seminar (threeContinue reading “The Des Moines Farmers Market”

Behold the Power of Tomato Basil Soup

A while back I discovered a recipe for tomato basil soup, I can’t even remember where. It was supposed to be a copycat recipe for the one at La Madeline restaurant. Since I haven’t had the one there I don’t know how close it is, or even how much I’ve changed it since then, butContinue reading “Behold the Power of Tomato Basil Soup”

4th of July Feast

Usually the 4th of July holiday finds Bill and I at home, chilling out, having some wine and watching random fireworks from our back deck. This year, however, we ventured out to a friend’s house to celebrate our nation’s birthday together. When you’re wine snobs like us but don’t have the budget for Caymus asContinue reading “4th of July Feast”

Red Snapper, Kung Faux Pas and Summer Salads

A few weeks ago a friend of ours went deep sea fishing. It sounds interesting, but not sure if I could do it (physically or mentally). However, when he offered usĀ some of his haul, I was more than happy to take it off his hands. We scored some red snapper, amberjack and mackerel. A fewContinue reading “Red Snapper, Kung Faux Pas and Summer Salads”

A Lesson in Collard Greens

My CSA box last weekĀ contained a wide variety of greens: spinach, bordeaux spinach, herbs, kale and collard greens. Collards, a member of the cabbage family and intensely popular in the south, are not a vegetable I’d knowingly encountered before. Apparently Iowa is not suited for growing collards, even though they are a cold tolerant veggie.Continue reading “A Lesson in Collard Greens”