Bone Stock

Good morning January and a very happy 2018 to you all!  Ah January, a new beginning, a rebirth, a chance to take stock, a chance to be deliberate, and a chance to pull that thermal underwear and parka out of the closet.  This morning’s thermometer reads a bone-chilling -8°F and I can think of nothing more appealing than a steaming cup of soup, the most appealing of which are built upon a full-flavored broth foundation.

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Countertop turntable makeover

Hello everyone.  I’m pretty happy that I gave myself permission to post things other than recipes on my blog because I finally got the needed inspiration on how to design a corner of my kitchen and I can now share the transformation with you!

We bought our townhouse in January and I’ve been slowly trying to finish moving in, ie. making it fashionable and not just functional. Our style is pretty colorful and very eclectic which works quite nicely with the mildly modern aesthetic of the townhouse and it has been fun trying to style the place on a budget.

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Potato Lefse

Hello again foodie world.

For many years now, I’ve assumed that most cultures from around the world and across the span of many centuries can claim a flatbread.  Because I’ve sampled a few dozen world cuisines and most of them brought a flatbread to the table, statistics support me in the assumption that flatbread must be as prevalent across the globe as alcohol. Continue reading Potato Lefse

Sour Cream Cutout Cookies

I love Christmas!  I love the colors, the food, the music, the message, the smells, and even the terrible movies!  My house does usually start to don our gay apparel the day after Thanksgiving because my girls just can’t help themselves.  I typically re-style some of their handiwork but without fail by the Monday after Thanksgiving, Christmas is in full swing and with that comes cookies!!!

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Good morning in November.

Good morning everyone.  You may have noticed that I haven’t posted consistently in a few years and that kind of bums me out.  I really enjoyed writing and cooking and taking pictures but it wasn’t very sustainable.  You see, I’ve operated on the platform that one should not post online content that isn’t their own and developing recipes is very time consuming work.  About two years ago my family started making some pretty dramatic changes to finally make the move back to Minnesota.  The biggest change was that we moved back in with my parents for seven months before I found a job and drove the moving truck north.  While my parents were lovely, it was still their house and I just couldn’t carry on writing and developing the way I had been.  I did get a few posts out, but October 2015 was the beginning of my drought.  After moving up north in April 2016, I started a new job that kept me away from home for 11 hours each day and I still had a household to manage and a family to love and feed.  That was my schedule until September when I quit my job.  I am looking for another job, but that doesn’t typically happen overnight so why not start writing again?

Like I said, developing recipes is time consuming work, and believe it or not, I’m not the best cook or recipe developer out there.  I spend so much time perusing recipes and food blogs that I just can’t fathom coming up with something new.  I could certainly insulate myself from the culinary world around me and cook in a bubble and just post whatever I want, but that seems pretty narcissistic.

So here’s what I’m thinking and this is VERY subject to change.  I’ll continue to live and cook and just share what I’m doing.  Some recipes will be complex, some will be simple, some will be mine and some will not, and some will not even be recipes.  For 18 months, I managed to keep my family alive with a stressful job and four waking hours at home each day.  I didn’t always have the energy to cook.  I did have the time — remember, I had four whole waking hours at home every single day — but my multi-tasking skills and energy didn’t often converge into a hot meal with the four of us sitting around the kitchen table.  Right now I have the time to do what I enjoy so I’m going to do this and I hope you enjoy it too!

From my little corner of the world, thanks for reading and happy eating.
Caffeter, the Milkmaid

Strawberries!

One of the things I was really looking forward to when we moved to MN was the farm fresh produce available and the eventual garden of my own.
I got my first taste of this fresh bounty on a recent Friday night.  My grandma called to tell me that Sam’s Produce in Arkansaw, WI had strawberries ready for picking for the next few weeks.  Well, that Sunday was Father’s Day and the next weekend we were going to Southern MN for a birthday party so Saturday morning was the only option.  Continue reading Strawberries!

Hello again

Good morning to my family, friends, fans, followers, flunkies, farfegnugens, fishwives, falafels, etc… The past eight months have been very very busy which is my excuse for not keeping up.  You see, in the past eight months, I have moved twice, changed jobs, and changed climates.  I did manage to do one or two posts during this transition, but it was more than I could handle, and the whole thing quite frankly brought a formidable drought to the waters of culinary inspirarion.

This naturally begs the question, why?  Why, Cathy, did you move two times and change jobs and climates in the past eight months?  Well, all of my aforementioned f-words, we finally moved back to Minnesota. We had been away for almost eight years and my husband has wanted to come back since the day we left.  He finally got his wish.  He’s over the moon.  I’m happy too. We’d been in Phoenix for five years and I was ready for a new adventure.  This qualifies. I’m stoked!

I don’t have a recipe for you today, I’m afraid.  I’m still trying to put our new apartment together, I’m now away from the house 11 hours of each day instead of 8.5, and my job is no longer a cakewalk affording me the time and mental capacity to brainstorm/write at work. In short, I’ve got too much to do in not enough time. Luckily for you, I love writing this blog. My posts may be more infrequent than originally intended and may change in style too. Perhaps I’ll write a review from time to time and not just recipes. I now work downtown but live in the suburbs so while 30 – minute and crock pot meals have become my dearest friends, I now get to sample the bounty of the downtown Minneapolis food scene. I don’t know what I’ll share but share I shall. Feel free to send me out on foodie errands. If you happen to know of a place I should check out for lunch in downtown Minneapolis, let me know. I’ll find it, try it, and write about it. I once read about a sausage shop in Portland, Oregon that really intrigued me but have yet to get there to satisfy this hungry curiosity. Well, if you have such a place in Minnesota, tell me and I can scout it for you. Ooh, that sounds like fun…do it. Do it!

I think that’s all I have for you today, but I thank you for your patience with me and I hope you like the direction this blog may take. It’s all part of the adventure!

From my little corner of the world, thanks for reading and happy eating.
Caffeter, the Milkmaid

Calico Beans

After the mention that I had been cooking for my office in my last post, my sister suggested that I should make that the focus of a few posts.  You see, for about two months I was responsible for feeding 40+ people three times per week on a budget of about $130/meal.  That makes my catering options pizza, party subs, or nachos and after three weeks of rotating those two options, I never wanted to see another slice of pizza again.  So, I turned to my army of crock pots and a lone electric skillet and started cooking.  You see, I’m an executive assistant who works in a warehouse that doesn’t have a stove top much less a commercial kitchen. Continue reading Calico Beans

Broccoli Salad

I served a fried chicken lunch at work after a hiring event last month and bought everything from the local grocery store including broccoli salad from the deli case to complement the chicken, potato salad, and rolls that came with the meal. It was no surprise to me the broccoli salad was an absolute hit, but I was shocked at how many people had never seen it before. After doing a little digging, I realized that this is a Midwest dish through and through and these Phoenix natives had never seen such a thing. Continue reading Broccoli Salad