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Bought too much Kohlrabi?

Posted by Brenda P. on July 1, 2010 at 7:18 AM Comments comments (1)

I went to the farmer's market in St. Paul on Sunday and found a bounty of vegetables, soap, crafts, cooked food (mmmm... spring rolls and fried rice for breakfast), and flowers.  


The Purple Kohlrabi caught my interest, so I had to try it.  But, after three days of eating raw Kohlrabi, I'm a little sick of it, and I have two giant bulbs to go!  Google to the rescue! 


I found out that the name Kohlrabi comes from German for cabbage turnip (kohl as in cole-slaw, and rübe for turnip).  To me, Kohlrabi tastes like radishes that aren't hot, but others described it as tasting like broccoli stems or cabbage.


Anyway, the site http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/kohlrabi/ has links to many recipes for me to try.  I think I'll start with the quick Kohlrabi pickles from the Restaurant Widow.  I might also try the Kohlrabi puree, as I love soups, but as I read the recipe from Farmgirl Fare, I think I'll skip using the leaves and mushrooms (sorry, they don't sit well with me).  Maybe it'll be like cauliflower mash, which I love.


Well, time to finish cutting the crisp, flavorful vegetable and get to work!

Rain can't beat us down - zucchini always wins

Posted by Brenda P. on June 27, 2010 at 3:56 PM Comments comments (0)

Minnesota has had some big rain storms coming through recently.  I've heard stories about flooding from home owners as well as businesses like Matt's Bar in Minneapolis.  But, luckilty we live at the top of a little hill.  So, while in the winter we might have to take a couple tries to get up the ice rink we call a driveway, during the monsoon season of Minnesota (June into early July), we are safe.  


Most people really don't know the intense seasons in Minnesota (yes, I'll get to the zucchini).  We have temperatures from 40 degrees below all the way to 110 degrees above.  This plays havoc on cars, houses, roads (amazing potholes) and the people.  But, mostly it makes us a bit contemptuous of everyone else.  We have the humidity of Florida, the heat of California, the cold of Siberia, and the rain of Asia.  We aren't ones to complain, though!


Zucchini saved me from another rainy day yesterday.  Oh, and pictures with the family taken by talented Brooke Ringdahl.  I made the family favorite - zucchini bread which is only the best cinnamon type bread in the world! Of course, I had to play with the recipe a bit - which you will see below.


Zucchini Bread (with my changes noted):


Stir together in large bowl:

3 cups flour

2 cups sugar (I did 1.5 cups white and .5 brown - not sure it changed much)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

3 teaspoons cinnamon (I love cin., so added an extra teaspoon)

Set this aside.


Puree the following in a blender:

3 eggs (I used egg substitute)

1 cup vegetable oil (I used 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup applesauce)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups zucchini - peeled (I left some), cubed, raw (I added minced ginger to give it a zing - about 2 tablespoons fresh)


Pour the pureed ingredients over the dry and stir just until mixed.  Bake in 3 greased 8x3x2 loaf pans - fill 2/3 full.  Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Also can make approximately 28 muffins - 325 degrees for 25 minutes.


Car Shopping...okay, Renting

Posted by Brenda P. on June 21, 2010 at 10:39 PM Comments comments (0)

Who new that reserving a car rental would be so confusing?  Okay, so it's odd that I've gotten to this "middle" stage of my life without renting a car, but it was time.  My car is old, and I'm not sure what kind of issues would arise if I drove it out to the hills.  So, I've reserved a car rental.

 

I started out with Hertz, because I have AAA, and they have discounts.  Then, I drove by an Avis, so I was checking them out.  Confused by all of the insurance options they told me, I called my car insurance, and they suggested Enterprise.

 

All three car rental agencies had offices within 15 miles of my house.  Check.  The place where I was going to rent from Hertz wasn't open on Saturday.  Uncheck.  Hertz and Enterprise were about the same cost - about $100 more than Avis for a 10 day rental.  Uncheck.

 

So, I went with Avis.  Have you had any issues with Avis? It's my first time renting with them.  And, only my second time with a car rental (my first being with Hertz).

Welcome to my blog!

Posted by Brenda P. on June 17, 2010 at 8:01 AM Comments comments (0)

The other day, my husband and I were anguishing over where to eat that evening.  We don't eat out every day, but I only cook Sunday through Thursday.  And, sometimes not even then.  Going back to our anguish, we figured that there had to be somewhere to eat in St. Paul other than the two places we frequent the most - Cossetta's and Fabulous Ferns.  One of the challenges is that my husband's favorite food categories are American and Italian.  I am not fettered by such limitations, as I add almost any other category to this list.   Which is one reason that I should go to the gym again soon!

 

Anyway, I decided to go to www.yelp.com to help me with my troubles.  From this, I found Big Daddy's BBQ.  While I had to wait in line a bit, and there was limited food at 11:30am on Sunday, I was extremely pleased with the ribs.  I also ordered cole slaw (nothing special) and greens (great, but no pork) and the chocolate cake (okay, but I like cream puffs from Bravo Bakery more).  Back to the ribs - they are slow cooked, and I had to eat one right away.  As I bit into the ribs, I realized that they should have included or recommended a bib as the ribs were super juicy.  The smoke had settled into the ribs, giving them a gorgeous look and flavor.  My husband's favorite item was the hot BBQ sauce.  It left a tingling sensation on my lips and tongue for a while after I was done eating, reminding me that I needed to go back to Big Daddy's soon.


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