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Cheddar and Broccoli Rabe Soup PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Monday, 22 April 2013 16:56

 

 

It's been a wild ride of a week in terms of the weather. Friday it was 75 degrees – Saturday it snowed. Currently hanging out on my dresser is a cute little floral dress, right next to a pair of long underwear.

 

I'm ready for anything!

 

When the cold snap hit, I decided to make this cheddar broccoli rabe soup. Even with the weather in flux, sooner rather than later it's going to be hot and soups like this will be as unappealing.

 

But, on a snowy Saturday in April it was perfect.

 

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A Many-Monikered Bean: Cranberry Beans Stewed with Sage PDF Write e-mail
Written by Jedd Kettler   
Thursday, 20 December 2012 09:50

 

Launie and I are real suckers for a pretty ingredient. Especially if it's one that we've never cooked with before. Launie's been known to squeal a little when she finds one. It's kind of endearing - and delicious, because she carries that enthusiasm all the way from the vegetable bin to the kitchen to the plate.

 

Our introduction to the many-monikered cranberry bean was no exception.

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Spicy Pork Stew to Feed My Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder (a.k.a. I Love Rainy Days) PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Monday, 23 April 2012 18:10

Yesterday it was the perfect Sunday - to me. It was cold, rainy and gray. And although some of my family mock me for my hatred of the sun, I don't think it's strange at all to love a rainy day, or even several in a row. I have friends who will back me up on this one. Those hot, sunny days that so many of you crave are, for some of us, devil spawned.

 

So, just know that if you're angry about "bad" weather on the weekend, there are many more people than you think in the world who are thrilled to hear rain pelting against the window. Originally, I had planned to make a cilantro stuffed pork tenderloin, but the weather outside was so perfect and the apartment was so cozy – that instead I decided to make a spicy pork stew.

 

We also still had a batch of fresh tortillas that I made on Friday, so we had the perfect side to go with this sweet and fiery dish.

 

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Roasted Chicken Stock PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 20:34

 

Roasting chicken bones makes a dark and flavorful stock for soups and stews and is easy to make, but it's also easy to forget to make. Recently Jedd has been buying whole chickens at the store and breaking them down when he gets home. He separates the meat into different bags and then stows the carcass in the freezer. I've been getting better about saving various vegetable peels and cuttings and I've been freezing those as well. So, although we've been really good about preparing to make more homemade stock, we've been lousy about just doing it.

 

Until today. that is, when I opened the freezer and couldn't maneuver our ice cube trays out because we have so much packed in there. So, I pulled out a bag of chicken, frozen parsley stems, leek cuttings and dill, turned the oven on, and started roasting.

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Curried Apple Squash Soup PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Saturday, 11 February 2012 14:15

 

Ah, it's still cold and gray. So, combining my need for beauty with my need for warmth, I decided to use the beautiful, locally-grown apples Jedd found recently in a soup along with a leftover Butternut squash. And what would make the soup even more gorgeous? Some curry and some chili powder.

 

The soup was sweet, spicy hot and pretty. There's not a whole lot more you can ask of a February meal.

 

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