Hi everyone,

Every year, there is always the stress to create the “perfect dinner”.

Thanksgiving is a holiday to simply enjoy a gathering with our family and friends, be grateful for our bounty, and celebrate the harvests of fall.

Here are some Thanksgiving kitchen thoughts for cooks and especially for those who don’t enjoy cooking:
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Posted by admin, filed under Cooking Tips & Techniques. Date: November 25, 2008, 6:22 pm | 1 Comment »

Hi everyone,

After a wonderful adventure in tasting the Columbus Salames, olive oils, cheeses, vinegars, and, of course, the chocolate, back on the bus to the Kitchen Window.

While Chef Royal prepared a superb lunch, he talked about each of the dishes and the subtleties in bringing them up one more notch on the flavor level. Our luncheon menu included several of the items we saw or tasted at Great Ciao.

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Posted by admin, filed under Judy's Resources, Local Food Connections, Local Food Resources, Local Shopping Opportunities. Date: November 20, 2008, 4:43 pm | 3 Comments »

Hi everyone,

I’ve been away from my blog for awhile. With the end of our CSA season, it is time to post on fall and winter activities in the Minneapolis area.

This past Saturday my husband and I went on another field trip. If you read my blog during the summer, our last one was to Midtown Global Market and the result was Molly’s Midtown Market Salsa recipe.

The field trip we took last Saturday was quite a bit different. We are fortunate to have the Kitchen Window, in the Uptown area of Minneapolis, as a wonderful go-to spot for high quality kitchen items that are on your “required”, “must-have”, or “want really badly” lists. It is rare that we walk in that store without finding at least one thing from one of those lists. However, I am also content to wander around the store and add to my wish list.

The Kitchen Window also offers cooking classes, both participation and demonstration, as well as special events and food tours. The last weekend was an exceptional food tour – The Grand Ciao Market Tour. Because of Kitchen Window and Chef Royal, we had access to an incredible warehouse of gourmet and everyday goodies. The group of 20 participants, led by Chef Royal Dahlstrom, were taken to Grand Ciao, which is a distributor of superior quality food items purchased by many local restaurants and stores. It is not a place where you can just go and shop. It is for the trade only.

At Grand Ciao, Jeff Price, a former chef and now food marketing guru, treated us to tastes of wonderful cheeses, meats, olive oils, and vinegars. Before we tasted, we took a tour of the warehouse. Shelves of oils, vinegars, tomatoes (canned and dried), olives, fruits, sticks of tuna in olive oil, spices (the sweet scent from fennel pollen came right through the plastic packaging), salts, peppers, pasta, oriental ingredients, chocolate, and two separate rooms in the cooler. One room for was the meats and cheeses and a separate area for the cheeses that needed cool, but less humid air.

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Posted by admin, filed under Judy's Resources, Local Food Connections, Local Shopping Opportunities. Date: November 10, 2008, 5:41 pm | Comments Off on A Foodie’s Field Trip – Part 1