Tony and Sarah Nasello
We love to find our inspiration locally whenever possible, and after a recent trip to a local farmer's market we came home with a lovely assortment of fresh veggies, including a large bag of baby red potatoes that were just begging to be turned into a new dish. With fresh green beans and scallions also in our haul, I knew we had the components of a great potato salad. Add some crispy bacon and a zesty Dijon vinaigrette, and voila, this week's recipe for Red Potato, Green Bean and Bacon Salad was born.
Earlier this month, Tony and I participated in the Fourth Annual Banquet in a Field, hosted by Carl and Julie Peterson at Peterson Farms Seed in rural Cass County. We have been the guest chefs for this event since it began, and back then we could count on one hand the number of farmers we knew personally. The only crops we could confidently identify were corn, sunflowers and wheat and neither of us had ever visited a working farm.
During the summer, we use our grill nearly every night for everything from meat, to vegetables, and even fruit. On weeknights, we're usually looking for a dish that is quick and easy to make, and if it can be prepared in advance, even better. Bon Appetit, the culinary magazine, excels at featuring simple dishes that meet these criteria, and their Soy Basted Pork Chops have become an instant favorite in our family this summer.
The recent heat wave has had us looking for refreshing ways to cool down, and one of my favorite means to unwind and beat the summer heat is with a boozy summer slush. This week we're sharing two updates on recipes from my mother, and now my freezer is stocked for the summer with containers of Tropical Summer Slush and Fresh Fruit Slushie.
We love pancakes and have enjoyed them in both sweet and savory varieties. We also love coconut, whether it's in cookies, bars, pies or just toasted and sprinkled over ice cream. This week we're sharing a recipe for Fluffy Coconut Pancakes that combines both of these favorites to create a breakfast treat that has us craving more.
Fresh fruit is a must this time of year, and watermelon is one of our go-to summer fruits whenever we need to cool down. Watermelon is considered a super-food in the world of nutrition, and this luscious fruit is packed with vital nutrients that are naturally helpful this time of year.
FARGO — In the summer months, we love to keep containers of what I call "big-batch salads" on hand in our refrigerator for quick and easy lunch, snack or dinner side dish. These are salads that hold up well over several days, making them great for barbecues and picnics, and feature a robust variety of healthy ingredients.
My grandfather, Don Mathison, was a proud American-Norwegian, and I am grateful to be reminded each year at this time to honor his memory as part of our family's Syttende Mai observance. Syttende Mai, also known as the National Day of Norway or Constitution Day, is a national holiday celebrated each year by Norwegians around the globe, to commemorate the signing of Norway's Constitution on May 17, 1814.
The Hotel Donaldson debuted their new spring menu last week, just as Tony marked his first anniversary as The Hotel's general manager. Over the past year, Tony has watched several menu items come and go, but there is at least one specialty guaranteed to make it through each season: The Hotel Donaldson's Signature Lavosh.
Today marks the beginning of the season of Lent and, as a Catholic, I welcome this opportunity for reflection, atonement and spiritual growth. In my childhood I viewed this season only through the lens of sacrifice, a somber time where we were expected to give up something we loved for the 46 days of Lent, in addition to not eating meat on Fridays.