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    Peach-Pecan Salad with Blue Cheese

    Sep 04 2014

      Well that was easy. Fresh Door County peaches, Hook’s Little Boy Blue cheese, a few nuts from a lone package of Lala’s Nuts Bourbon Pecans I found in my freezer and baby arugula from…

    Peach-Pecan Salad with Blue Cheese

    Chef at the Market: Chef Patrick DePula from Salvatore’s Tomato Pies

    Jul 29 2014

    Chef Patrick tell us what great finds he’ll be taking home from the farmers’ market and how we’ll enjoy it at his restaurant, Salvatore’s Tomato Pies.  

    Chef at the Market: Chef Patrick DePula from Salvatore’s Tomato Pies

    Farm to Feast Dinner Re-Cap

    Jul 02 2014

    On Sunday, June 8, I woke up to rain, gray skies and dark clouds. It didn’t last long; during the mid-morning drive west on 151 to Fall River, Wisconsin, the clouds gave way to sun,…

    Farm to Feast Dinner Re-Cap

    Featured Farmer: Jaime Ortega, Natalie’s Garden and Greenhouse

    Jul 02 2014

    For many farmers, working the land keeps them close to their family, even if that family lives thousands of miles away. Jaime Ortega moved to Wisconsin from Tayahua, Zacatecas Mexico in 1994. At the time,…

    Featured Farmer: Jaime Ortega, Natalie’s Garden and Greenhouse

    Tyrolean Sausage Links Old and New (recipe included)

    Apr 30 2014

    Originally published in Madison Magazine, April 2014   One bittersweet aspect of writing is that I don’t know who, if anyone, reads what I write. I send my stories out to the world, like a…

    Tyrolean Sausage Links Old and New (recipe included)

    African & American Store Brings a Taste of Africa to Madison

    Apr 23 2014

    The African & American Store on Madison’s east side exists almost by accident. “I wanted to leave New York City to raise my family, but I didn’t know where to go,” says Mariama Diallo, co-owner…

    African & American Store Brings a Taste of Africa to Madison

    Restaurant Re-creation: Forequarter’s Sprouted Lentils with Fried Oyster Mushrooms, and Salted Lime Curd.

    Apr 04 2014

    Every once in a while a dish I eat at a restaurant intrigues me so much I feel compelled to make it at home. Is it just me, or do other people do that, too?…

    Restaurant Re-creation: Forequarter’s Sprouted Lentils with Fried Oyster Mushrooms, and Salted Lime Curd.

    Chef Tory Miller’s Seafood Fra Diavolo

    Mar 06 2014

    This simple yet elegant version of fra diavolo from the executive chef and co-owner of L’Etoile and Graze is inspired by the Italian Christmas tradition Feast of the Seven Fishes, but carries over perfectly into…

    Chef Tory Miller’s Seafood Fra Diavolo

    Tip Top Tavern Re-opens on the Top

    Feb 21 2014

    Tip Top Tavern’s mystique and bad reputation precede its recent renovation and highly anticipated opening by Ben Altschul.  Altschul says that the purchase of the tavern, located on the corner of North Street and Commercial…

    Tip Top Tavern Re-opens on the Top

    Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

    Jan 03 2014

    I’ve been told I’m a good baker, and I like to bake, but when it comes to cookies, I feel like my success is limited. I can follow a recipe for chocolate chip cookies off…

    Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

    Candied Nuts

    Dec 19 2013

    You’re gonna love these nuts! A perfect snack for the holiday table, they are great to eat plain, or to top a salad. My version uses four simple ingredients, does not contain egg whites, and…

    Candied Nuts

    Artisan Tour 2013 Recap

    Dec 19 2013

    The Second Annual Holiday Artisan Food Tour made me want just one thing.  A Third Annual Tour. We started at the Madison Enterprise Center, run by Commonwealth Development (CWD), at 100 S. Baldwin where the…

    Artisan Tour 2013 Recap

    Squash Stuffed Manicotti

    Nov 25 2013

    It’s time for my annual tribute to squash: I love you, squash. You are utterly adaptable—you work equally well in a dessert or a savory dish; you are not afraid to flaunt your brightest orange,…

    Squash Stuffed Manicotti

    Cider Season

    Nov 07 2013

    Fresh apple cider helps make the transition from fall into winter so much easier.  Here are six of my favorite apple cider recipes ranging from drinks to dinner. What are yours? 1. DRINK IT Hot…

    Cider Season

    Butternut Soup with Apple Confit

    Oct 10 2013

    I am truly thankful for our neighbors. We live in the kind of neighborhood where we entrust each other with house keys, pets and children. We have the kind of neighbors you can ask for…

    Butternut Soup with Apple Confit

    Featured Farmer: Englewood Local Foods

    Oct 10 2013

    I love taking road trips, but finding decent food to eat along the way is not easy. Given the choice of fast food or packaged gas station food, I prefer M&Ms. So imagine my utter…

    Featured Farmer: Englewood Local Foods

    Fall Food Fun!

    Oct 09 2013

    Next to my picture in my high school yearbook are words that classmates used to describe me. “Loves winter” is among them. As an adult, I still love winter, but for different reasons. The encroaching…

    Fall Food Fun!

    Featured Farmer: Butterbean Community Farm

    Sep 11 2013

    Farmers Sarah Luetzow and Dan Neely of Butterbean Community Farm bring the country to the city each week, setting up a market-style pick up for their CSA members in the backyard of their eastside Madison…

    Featured Farmer: Butterbean Community Farm