Cajun Shrimp Pasta

Cajun Shrimp Pasta

For New Year’s Eve 2012, a bunch of us got together and ate, drank, and played games. Katie made a delicious and spicy cajun shrimp appetizer. I immediately asked for the recipe and thought about how I could incorporate this into a pasta. It took me a couple of weeks, but I finally got around to cranking this out and it turned out really well.

Potato and Kale Pizza

Potato and Kale Pizza

The weather has finally turned cold here – down into the teens during the last week or so. That spells the end of most fresh, local produce. One of the last stalwarts in gardens here in central Iowa is kale. My favorite is the long, thin lacinato kale. Here I cranked out a quick potato and kale pizza that I like to grill, but you can easily bake it in an oven.

Cinnamon Beef Noodles

Cinnamon Beef Noodles

I’ve been playing around with cinnamon a lot lately – simmering two types of cinnamon into a rich, warming tea, heaping it into oatmeal with dates or a touch of brown sugar – but my favorite new use is savory. Cinnamon plays a starring role in an Asian influenced broth and noodle dish I’ve adapted…

Superbowl Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Superbowl Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Last night I had people over to my house to watch the Super Bowl and decided to make a light and spicy chicken dish. I really like chicken lettuce wraps, but I’ve only eaten them at restaurants. I figured that I could make them pretty easily at home, so…

Lamb Ragù with Wide Noodles

Lamb Ragù with Wide Noodles

I recently found a new farm at the Des Moines Farmers’ Market that raises and sells some of the best lamb I’ve ever cooked or eaten, Hedgeapple Farm. They raise Icelandic and Icelandic Cross sheep for meat and fiber.

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