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    Brunch on Bikes!

    Sep 11 2013

    by Melissa Faulkner, originally published in Madison Bcycle Blog June 8, 2013 Truffle quiche and radish salad Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, and this will definitely be true of this post. I…

    Brunch on Bikes!

    Favorite Things Birthday Cake

    Aug 24 2013

    It’s too darn hot. But what can I do? It’s birthday month around here. My daughter celebrated hers August 11, and my husband’s birthday is August 22. For me birthday means cake. Let me just…

    Favorite Things Birthday Cake

    Chocolaterian Cafe

    Jul 16 2013

    I didn’t realize there was a name for the dietary practice I have enjoyed for years–a Chocolaterian. Luckily, there’s also a place, the Chocolaterian Cafe, a small French-style cafe and patisserie located in the historic…

    Chocolaterian Cafe

    Strawberry Jam: A Farm to Jar Movement

    Jul 09 2013

    Originally printed in Madison Magazine – July 9, 2013 http://www.madisonmagazine.com/Blogs/Local-Flavor/July-2013/Summertime-Jams/ I would not consider myself a math lover. On the contrary, the only time I get excited about math is when I am counting my…

    Strawberry Jam: A Farm to Jar Movement

    Kids in the Kitchen- Puff Pastry “Empanadas” with Chorizo and Spinach

    Jun 28 2013

    Sometimes you get lucky. Maybe you unexpectedly have a good hair day. Or your spouse surprises you with flowers. Perhaps you find money in a pair of pants you buy at a thrift store. Or,…

    Kids in the Kitchen- Puff Pastry “Empanadas” with Chorizo and Spinach

    Mermaid Cafe: a small cafe with a broad mission

    Jun 11 2013

    No one does local quite like Lisa Jacobson of Mermaid Cafe. Stop in to try the popular Bahn mi, featuring Jordandal Farms rare roast beef on Madison Sourdough baguette, topped with house-pickled carrots and radish,…

    Mermaid Cafe: a small cafe with a broad mission

    Cooking with Mom

    May 19 2013

    Originally printed in Madison Magazine – May 2013. http://www.madisonmagazine.com/Blogs/Local-Flavor/May-2013/Cooking-with-Mom/ Mother’s Day is behind us. Selfishly, I believe every day should be Mother’s Day. I know I’m not a perfect mom; sometimes I send my kids…

    Cooking with Mom

    Grilled Mango-Habanero Salsa

    May 19 2013

    Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing, but not when it comes to grilled and roasted salsas! I love the combination of sweet fruit with hot peppers, and acidic tomatoes; mango is…

    Grilled Mango-Habanero Salsa

    The Art of Communal Eating

    May 19 2013

    For some of us, managing to sit around a table with friends or family is as close as we will come to communal eating. In much of Africa eating together is an important part of…

    The Art of Communal Eating

    Oscar’s Enchilada Sauce

    May 19 2013

    Had I known how easy it was to make enchilada sauce, I would have made it years ago. Or, at least, I would have tried before now. On my recent excursion to Isla Mujeres, Mexico,…

    Oscar’s Enchilada Sauce

    Where’s the Beef?

    Sep 19 2012

    Originally printed in Madison Magazine: http://www.madisonmagazine.com/Blogs/Local-Flavor/September-2012/Wheres-the-Beef/ Our day “On The Farm”– Fountain Prairie Inn & Farms in Fall River, Wis., to be exact —  began under a large yellow and white striped tent. A small crew of volunteers…

    Where’s the Beef?

    Goodman Center and Slow Food Team Up for Weekly Community Meal

    Aug 09 2012

    Originally printed in Madison Magazine http://www.madisonmagazine.com/Blogs/Local-Flavor/March-2013/Goodman-Center-and-Slow-Food-Team-Up-for-Weekly-Community-Meal/ Madison is known for its many noteworthy restaurants, but who could imagine that a community meal at the Goodman Community Center (GCC), using ingredients found in GCC’s food pantry and cooked…

    Goodman Center and Slow Food Team Up for Weekly Community Meal

    Quoted in Forbes – Staying Sane While Working from Home

    Mar 17 2009

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    Quoted in Forbes – Staying Sane While Working from Home