Minnesota-style Manhattan Clam Chowder

Minnesota-style Manhattan Clam Chowder

I can’t help it. I’ve never been to Manhattan, and any time spent on the East Coast was when I was very young. BUT I have wonderful memories of making friends in Maine, eating fresh seafood every day, and Dad coming back with huge stories after spending a day on a lobster boat. My take-away from that trip? CLAMS. Steamed, stewed, or chowdered. Clams are the best.

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Poultry Seasoning Blend

Poultry Seasoning Blend

I love making seasoning blends from scratch – curry powder, taco seasoning, you name it. Maybe it’s a control issue, a little defiance against over-priced packaging from the store, or the fact that I don’t plan far enough in advance to know every ingredient for my menu. Either way, custom-mixed seasoning blends are the way to go.

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Pressure Cooker Asian Beef & Broccoli

Pressure Cooker Asian Beef & Broccoli

I grew up eating “Chinese take-out” almost every Sunday after church. We picked up chow mein with extra rice packed in little white boxes and brought it to my grandparent’s house in Minneapolis. Life in the 1970’s meant it probably wasn’t very authentic Asian food, but it was tradition. And we loved it.

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