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Cooking Out of the Box

BLTs Never Grow Old

July 3, 2010

There are several firsts that we look forward to during the cooking year. The first “real” arugula in the spring. The first grilled New York Strip of the season. And, without a doubt, the first BLT made with home grown tomatoes.

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Farro and Arugula Salad with Flank Steak

May 24, 2009
Farro and Arugula Salad with Flank Steak

Farro is not one of those ingredients that most people have laying around in their kitchens. That’s a pity. It has become a staple in my house due to its versitility, texture, flavor and health benefits.

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Grilled Asparagus Milanese

May 23, 2009
Grilled Asparagus Milanese

Spring brings asparagus season, and asparagus just screams for two of my favorite ways to prepare food… grilled, and with an egg on top.

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White Bean and Ramp Soup

May 11, 2009
White Bean Soup with Ramps

I may have mentioned a time or two how much I like ramps. As it is now high ramp season, much of what I am cooking has a ramp component to it in one way or another.

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Ramps – Produce Spotlight

May 10, 2009

Ramps were one of the finds that made our first CSA Produce season worthwhile. I had never heard of a ramp before I first started getting our produce box from Harmony Valley Farm. Now they have become a passion. They came in the very first box, and I looked at them with intrigue. On the […]

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Cooking Out Of The Box – Week 1

May 9, 2009
CSA Produce Box, Week 1

The first CSA produce box of the season brings the challenge of ramps, sunchokes, asparagus, spinach, burdock, rhubarb, sorrel, parsnips, chives and black radishes!

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Madison and Dane County Area Farmers Markets 2009

April 27, 2009
Madison Area Farmers Markets

Farmers’ Market season has hit, and Cuisine Capers has your guide to the Madison and Dane County area Markets! There’s a market for everyone – find yours here!

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Grilled Caesar Salad with Steak and Blue Cheese

July 9, 2008
Grilled Caesar Salad with Steak and Blue Cheese

A Grilled Caesar Salad with Steak and Blue Cheese is filling, flavorful, and healthy! It is also a great way to use produce in your CSA box!

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Tomato Tradition

July 7, 2007

The First BLT of the Season One of our favorite traditions revolves around the very first home grown tomato of the summer. We typically see this special tomato somewhere around the Fourth of July. This year, we saw it the week before that.We watch our plants in anticipation, awaiting the ripening, and planning it around […]

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Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Ramp, Scallion and Mustard Sauce

May 14, 2007

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Ramp, Scallion and Mustard Sauce It’s early spring in Wisconsin, and if you get a CSA produce box, chances are that you are also getting ramps. I’m always looking for ways to incorporate ramps into my cooking for the very limited time that they are available. You can read about ramps, […]

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Yes, Ramp Pesto

May 13, 2007

A couple of weeks ago I mused about making a Ramp Pesto. I posted this in the blog mainly so that I wouldn’t forget about it. Since that posting I keep getting lots and lots of hits from people searching for Ramp Pesto. Who knew? So this weekend I made a foray to the Dane […]

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Newly launched blog… and Madison Farmers’ Markets

May 3, 2007

I have been spending a lot of time working on my Cooking Out of the Box blog. It is a blog dedicated to the challenge involved in the participation in a Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA). Why is that taking a priority in my life? Because we get our first box this weekend! It’s been […]

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Ramp Pesto

May 2, 2007

Hmmmmmm. Ramp Pesto. I haven’t thought of that before. But, it is ramp season, and I am always interested in “pesto” style endeavors…. stay tuned! Edited: Ramp Pesto here.

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Summer Vegetable Soup

August 20, 2006

One excellent way to use up that summer produce is to throw together a nice, light, summery soup that helps you empty out your fridge. The good thing about this soup is that it is quick, healthy, and extremely flexible. The bad thing about this soup is that though it is quick, it is also […]

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Kabobs and Grilled Vegetables

August 6, 2006

Nothing screams summer more than sweet corn and massive quantities of zucchini. Based on that, it is safe to say that I’ve got a lot of screaming going on in my house right now. So in an effort to reduce that noise level, last night we made what has to be in contention for the […]

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