Ok, so first of all, we have to apologize for being absent lately. I’d like to give you all kinds of fabulous, exciting reasons for this like – being asked to appear on the Ellen Show or winning a gagillion dollars or not having internet access while hiking through the Andes – but unfortunately, no, we don’t have any great excuses other than being moms and being busy working gals and doing the holiday shuffle to several family events. All fairly typical, albeit, mostly reasonable excuses. That’s all we got folks! We are sorry.
It’s officially spring in Minnesota, which, for my family, means the start of grilling season! We bust out the patio furniture and start planning what delicious things we are going to grill up this week. This week, with some of the first warm, sunshiney evenings we’ve had in a long time, we are grilling up flank steaks seasoned with cumin, lime, onion and chipotle pepper for grilled steak fajitas.
In the Twin Cities, when we talk about best places to get a tender, juicy, cooked-to-perfection piece of steak, there isn’t a conversation to be had that doesn’t include one of the two steakhouse giants Manny’s and Murray’s. Both places are what one might refer to as Minnesota steakhouse OGs and have proudly earned their claims to best steaks in the city as well as beloved and respected Minnesota restaurant staples. With slogans like, “Life is good at the top of the food chain,” and, “Home of the
Choosing my recipe for this week was tough, and I mean seriously, seriously difficult. This is mainly because my love of cheese far exceeds what any normal, rational, health-conscious, Minnesotan girl’s should. But, growing up in the midwest, with Wisconsin right next door…. can you blame me? I will happily eat cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Ok, let’s talk hot chocolate. I love a good hot chocolate in hand while meandering through the St. Paul Winter Carnival. But what if you could kick your cocoa up a notch? What if your cocoa could not only be silky, chocolaty, hot goodness in a mug, but it could also be flavored with a hint of cinnamon and warm your throat and your belly with the little zing of dried chiles? I’m here to tell you, it can. And it’s delicious.
Today will mark the first huge snowstorm that we have had yet in Minnesota this winter. There are a few things I really look forward to when there is promise of piles and piles of the fluffy, white stuff. First there’s sweaters, and I’m talking the huge, soft, fall-into-them, probably-belonged-to-your-dad kind of sweaters. Of course we have to have a great movie marathon and in our house, this usually means at least 6 hours of Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings.
Is there really anything better than a big bowl of creamy, silky mashed potatoes? Maybe, but I really doubt it. I once worked with a gal who jokingly (sort of) said that if she could swim in a delicious vat of buttery, mashed potatoes – she would…..I agreed.
When I was a little girl, I used to love sitting on my mom’s lap and hearing her tell stories about what it was like when she was growing up in Fergus Falls, MN. When she was young, one of her favorite memories was visiting her grandma (my Great-Grandma Mark) with her 4 siblings on Sunday mornings after church. They would all sit around her small kitchen table,