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Strawberry Balsamic Pie

July 7, 2014

Strawberry Pie 2

~ Mary ~


Here’s another keeper from the sisters of Four and Twenty Blackbirds. We’re having a big festivus this summer and I’ve been testing out a few pies for the dessert. I would love to do their Caramel Apple Pie, but strawberries are much more apropo for this summer shin-dig. Read more…

Blackberry, Wild Rice & Barley Salad

June 19, 2014

~ Mary ~


Summer is a time for salads and instead of sticking with the same old, same old I do try to change things up from time to time.  Read more…

Grilled Vegetable Coponata

June 6, 2014

~ Mary ~

We bought a small charcoal grill last month so I could do some wood coal grilling – just on the weekends – it’s too much of a PITA for a quick week night meal.  I’ve grilled several things and have come to the conclusion – that the more natural your food (i.e. no strong marinades) this is the best cooking method.  There is a considerable difference.  Take for instance these veggies – I’ve always grilled veggies in the summer and love them.  But the wood charcoal really elevated the flavor! Read more…

Cedar Plank Salmon with Citrus & Dill

May 22, 2014

~ Mary ~

We’re on a cedar plank kick these days.  That’s because it’s so dang good!  Plus, the Restaurant Depot has a fresh fish section with some extraordinary prices. Glad I could get this recipe to you just in time for the three day weekend. Now go out and GRILL BABY GRILL! Read more…

Rum Cake

April 9, 2014

Rum Cake small

~ Mary ~

This cake gets better with age, so don’t be afraid to wrap it up tight and bring it out a few days later! Read more…

Bright Broccoli Soup

March 17, 2014

Broccoli Soup small

~ Mary ~

Since moving to Minneapolis I’ve had a hard time finding quality produce at a reasonable price. My first forays were a disaster and I whined about it at length. Katy had suggested over, and over, that Costco was probably going to be my best option. I was hard pressed, as it’s just John and I and that’s some serious bulk that I’d have to use up in a short amount of time. I really missed my A&G grocery store! So much so that I googled my dilemma only to find out I wasn’t the first Chicago transplant that bemoaned the shortage of great produce in Minneapolis. Turns out, Chicago is a huge hub for transportation of many products, among them produce, which enables that city to sell a huge variety of beautiful and bountiful produce at such a great price to consumers. Read more…

Banana Praline Cake

February 28, 2014

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~ Mary ~

My cake obsession has been on hiatus for the past couple of years. Maybe you’re hoping 2014 will remedy all that – you never know – two cakes in under a month is a good indicator. The good thing about baking now, is that I can call Sam up and have him pick up the excess we don’t need. Case in point; Sam came over one Monday recently and asked what type of bread I had made. It wasn’t bread – it was a honey cake, we each only had a piece and didn’t dare eat anymore. Not because it didn’t taste good, but rather, the outcome was a deadly gaseous interruption of biblical proportions (who knew a cup of prunes could so so much harm). Next time you see John you can ask him to elaborate, my eyes are watering just thinking about it.

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