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Preparing for Baby with Soup

Good afternoon!

Now that I’m entering the home stretch of pregnancy, I’m hit with a double whammy. I’m too tired to cook many nights, but I also want to make sure we have a good store of freezer and pantry meals ready for the little one’s arrival in a month or so. This has resulted in a lot of boring, but nutritionally sound, meals that just aren’t that much fun to talk about. Mostly, . . . → Read More: Preparing for Baby with Soup

Early Fall Roasted Chicken

Am I ever glad that fall has arrived! I know that’s a little controversial, but hear me out. First – cooler weather. Maybe not such a big deal to you gestationally normal out there, but, for me as a pregnant lady, it’s huge. Second – food!!! We’re awash in peppers, pears, corn, tomatoes, grapes, even an early pumpkin or two. Third (or maybe second-and-a-half) – cooking is fun again. This one’s obviously linked to . . . → Read More: Early Fall Roasted Chicken

15-Minute Mu Shu Duck for One

This week, I had some colleagues up from NYC and, in addition to working hard, we had a lovely dinner at an Italian steakhouse. Being somewhat contrarian, I ordered the duck. It was fantastic, but HUGE!!! The menu said it was half a duck, but I didn’t connect that that meant they’d serve me HALF A DUCK. It was as big as my face!! Needless to say, I went home with at least a . . . → Read More: 15-Minute Mu Shu Duck for One

Green Bean Salad with Crispy Duck

Sorry that we’ve been MIA. My cousin got married this weekend (Congrats, Peter and Holly!!) so we’ve been busy with travel and seeing family. We’ll have a few local Minnesota posts this week – we’re going to a local food restaurant in Minneapolis tonight and hopefully picking some chokecherries at the cabin in a couple of days. First, a salad that we made last week that blew us away.

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How to Make Red-Cooked Pork Belly

Here it is finally! The long-awaited pork belly recipe from our fantastic weekend at Flying Pigs Farm. Sorry for the delay! I promise it’s worth the wait, though. Big hunks of pork belly glazed in a soy-based sauce using the Chinese technique of red-cooking. The resulting meat is both crispy and luxuriously soft with a delicious salty-sweet sauce.

It’s surprisingly easy, but impressive, making it a good dish to serve company. All the . . . → Read More: How to Make Red-Cooked Pork Belly