From the category archives:


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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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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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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Gallina De Madre: Mother Hen Toast

June 22, 2008
Gallina De Madre - Mother Hen Toast

  This summer, Saturdays have turned in to a leisurely meal outside on the deck, enjoying the shade of the 250 year old oak tree, the gentle breeze, and the mild early summer temperatures. And in such a relaxing, civilized setting, not just any lunch will do.

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Asparagus Spring Salad

June 9, 2008
A quick, healthy and flavorful spring treat

Nothing screams Spring like asparagus.  By mid-spring it becomes the fresh go-to vegetable unlike any other.  Sure, by early summer you are so tired of asparagus that you are ready to scream, but that’s ok, because that is just the time that the season is ending for the year.

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Its a bird, a plane, a brussel sprout?

October 22, 2007

How many of you grew up absolutely hating brussel sprouts?  I know I did.  I’ll preface this post by saying that I hope my mother isn’t reading this blog as of late, and Mom, if you are, please stop reading now.  Thanks. Now I’ll continue on… Brussel sprouts for dinner were one of those traumatic events […]

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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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Turkeys and Tomatoes

May 11, 2007

After years and years, we’ve upgraded our grill (but more about that in another entry…). Our new charcoal grill has a rotisserie attachment, and I’ve been eager to experiment with it. We have never cooked this way before, so it’s a new thing! Doesn’t this turkey look pretty? Doesn’t it look perfect? Doesn’t it look […]

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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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Putting it up…

July 24, 2005

The forecast calls for a heat index of 110… there is an excessive heat advisory in place… so what do you spend your day doing? Making a huge pot of chicken vegetable soup and a big batch of pesto, of course. Ok, that wouldn’t be my first choice either. But the dire backlog of my […]

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