2009 Archives

More Chapa Salmon…

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 21, 2009 at 7:04pm

…chapa being the process of cooking food on a skillet over a hot (600-degree) fire (technique from Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way). Tonight I grilled thinly-sliced fennel, onions, and wild mushrooms (tossed with chopped herbs and fresh-squeezed lemon off-heat) before searing Vital Choice Wild Seafood King Salmon fillets, rubbed with a bit of olive…

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Bison, 101 Simple Salads

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 21, 2009 at 4:02pm

I lucked into a delicious dinner at Debbie & Stu the Wine Genius’ on Sunday night.  After a dry, dusty afternoon spent watching Little League baseball, it was oh-so-nice to sit in their lovely, shady backyard and sip a cool glass of white wine, ahhh.  Bill & Karla Forsythe were there as well, with their…

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La Belle Vie

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 17, 2009 at 8:26pm

Date Night, Bar La Belle Vie, all good. We skipped wine and sipped truly yummy summer cocktails – tasties such as Old Cubans (Mount Gay Rum, Fresh Mint, Bitters, Fresh Lime and Cava) and Prince Alberts (Earl Grey Infused Bombay Sapphire Gin, Fresh Lemon Sweet & Sour And Soda). We sat down at the bar…

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Healthy Pizza?

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 17, 2009 at 2:34pm

Well, I try for healthy pizza. And really, there’s no reason that whole-grain bread, a moderate amount of cheese, as well as a generous amount of veggies and lean protein shouldn’t be a perfectly nutritious dinner – it’s just the gut-bomb delivery and restaurant version that does the major damage. (And can you say sodium?…

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Back to Reality…

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 7, 2009 at 11:34am

It’s been quite a run of parties, entertaining, and dining out lately, whew.  Loads of fun, no doubt, but I’m itching to get back to my “normal” routine of eating lighter, simpler foods.  Especially after last night’s hurrah of a dinner/feast, sending off my brother David, whose 4th of July visit has officially come to…

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Happy Independence Day!

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 5, 2009 at 11:35am

Oooh! Aaaah! Despite, pouring rain (the skies cleared!) followed by a power outage (returned after a couple of hours; nothing makes one appreciate electricity as much as a power outage!), we pulled off a grand ol’ Independence Day Barbecue yesterday and had ourselves a blast. The kids swam, the adults chatted and noshed, and eventually…

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So Crazy, It Must Be Summer

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 2, 2009 at 7:32pm

Hello friends! Yes, I’m still here, still cooking, despite falling way behind on taking pics and posting. Like everyone, we are in full summer mode and that has meant non-stop entertaining and dining out, whew. Funny thing, you’d think that since I step up my cooking game for guests that I’d have more to write…

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Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jun 23, 2009 at 12:10pm

Hooey it’s sizzling hot out there, we’ve got a real summer now. Makes me hungry for gazpacho, even though it’s hardly tomato season in Minnesota, at least not yet. But never mind that, since in a pinch, canned tomatoes beautifully anchor a tasty version. So if a cold-salty-crunchy-tangy gazpacho is your perfect antidote to a…

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Zucchini Ragout with Polenta

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jun 18, 2009 at 10:05am

Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times I’m always looking for yummy zucchini recipes – I love zucchini, plus I end up with a boatload of it with my summer community-supported-agriculture (CSA) veggie share from La Finca Organic Farm in Willow River, Minnesota. (I pick up my first share of the season later today, in…

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Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jun 15, 2009 at 5:40pm

I’m really enjoying the concepts and recipes in my new cookbook, Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way, by Francis Mallman. In particular, I’m a bit obsessed with cooking vegetables on a chapa – (from the book) a flat piece of cast iron or a cast-iron skillet set over a fire. I’m using my big Le…

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