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Dec. 7, 2009 6:57 pm 
Working full time at the hospital and caring for an organic farm in the Summer doesn't leave much room for kitchen creativity 1/2 of the year.  I love Winter for this reason.  While the produce isn't nearly as ideal as when the CSA is running full tilt, I have more time to spend planning, shopping and cooking.  Other than walking the cherry orchard with a glass of wine at sunset, I can't think of a better time than chopping veggies and stirring a bubbling pot while listening to great music and sharing the news of the day.

I'll eat anything but frozen or canned peas, but Brian is a pescetarian (mostly vegetarian who will eat an occasional fish).  This creates a little challenge, but I've learned that Italian and Mexican dishes easily accommodate his food lifestyle.  Over the years I have figured out how to balance the meals to include a good hunk of protein (beans and soy are terrific), a small amount of fat and tons of flavor.  We are huge fans of garlic, curry, smoked paprika, cilantro, basil, lemongrass . . . a little bit packs a big punch and turns yawn into WOW.

Traverse City is quickly becoming a foody mecca.  It's easy to find fresh and unusual ingredients.  I was looking for the right thing to pair with my arugula salad with cannellini beans and stumbled on a wonderful combination.  I roasted delicata squash brushed with meyer lemon infused olive oil and sprinkled with brown sugar.  I served the squash slivers along side the beans/arugula with a bit of crumbled gorgonzola and toasted pecans over the top.  Happy, happy, joy, joy!  A nice riesling added the final zing.
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About Me
Long-timer in Human Resources, most recently owner of organic sweet cherry farm. Big time into living green/sustainably and supporting local farmers.
My favorite things to cook
Vegetarian food for my hubby - he loves anything Mexican or Italian. We also make a lot of creative salads.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making banket at Christmas time. Grandma's baked beans or sloppy joes.
My cooking triumphs
I make a mean cheese cake. Once made dinner for 50 (hubby's boss and the whole team plus their spouses) Turned out great! Nice to have help with the dishes too. =)
My cooking tragedies
First time making mac and cheese for hubby in 1984, he will not let me forget how the cheese turned out clumpy.
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