Monthly Archives: May 2010

Crispy Crunchy Green Delight

Crispy Crunchy Green Delight

“Sugar snap peas and I don’t care.” When I found out we had sugar snap peas and asparagus in our CSA this week, I was singing this to the tune of “Jimmy Cracked Corn.” A first-timer to cooking sugar snap peas (I didn’t know you left them in the pods and just eat them whole) and my many failed attempts to making asparagus taste good, I found a recipe that incorporated both vegetables. I have to say this recipe is at the top of my list for cooking asparagus. The asparagus was just the right texture and the sugar snap peas …

 

The Greatest Show on Earth

The Greatest Show on Earth

We are promoting Zing Zang Zoom, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ latest creation and I need to confess that I may, or may not be, afraid of clowns. I realize that this is a completely irrational fear and at this stage in my life (early twenties), I should be over it. So as I prepare myself for my first circus, I choose to dwell on the positive. The impressive illusions. The spectacular stunts. The awesome animals and yes, even the colorful clowns. Not to mention the awesome swag, check out this magical mug; it takes me back to my …

 

What’s for breaky?

What’s for breaky?

My garden herbs are in top form this year. In fact I have far more than I can use and am looking for any and every excuse to cook with them. For breakfast today, I added shredded cheddar cheese and savory herbs (this time: chives, sage and tarragon) to my biscuit mix and enjoyed them with fresh strawberries.

 

I Bike to Work

I Bike to Work

Cool breeze, sun shining and the smell of fresh cut grass start my Friday morning off right. I’m riding my bike down a street that I never take when I drive my car. I use the 20-minute bike ride to think about the day and reflect on what a great neighborhood I live in. Not only was the weather perfect for riding I had a good reason to ride: Bike to Work Day. Every year the League of American Bicyclists designates a Friday in May as Bike to Work Day. Start-Thinking encourages and supports this initiative. Some of the benefits for …

 

Farm to Table

Farm to Table

Snap peas (with just a dash of salt to help bring out the flavor) Sauteed leek and mushrooms topped with cheese (drizzle with a bit of olive oil, saute, top with shredded mozzarella, Parmesan or blue cheese) Fresh spring greens with radish and carrot and my basic salad dressing. The only challenge of this meal is timing the leek and mushroom portion so it’s hot when served. Kris’s basic salad dressing (for 2 or 3 salads) Pour the following into a jar, put the lid on, shake, serve, refrigerate extra for up to 10 days: 1/2 cup extra …

 

“How do you eat this thing?”

“How do you eat this thing?”

We’ve been getting a lot of kale in our CSA (Home Grown Kansas) over  the weeks. The first week we got it I’m pretty sure I exclaimed, “That’s the biggest leaf I’ve ever seen. How do you eat this thing?” Not knowing what kale was or how to even go about cooking it, I started searching the Internet for recipes. From all the photos that came up, none of them looked that appetizing (because that’s how I choose what I’m going to cook.) Almost giving up and using it for a salad, one caught my eye with bright green kale and …

 

Bittersweet Farewell

Bittersweet Farewell

As I wrap up my last day here at Start-Thinking, the feeling is a little bittersweet. I am sad to leave this office because of the great experience I have gained and the wonderful people who made it possible. Yet, at the same time, I am excited to be able to apply that knowledge in my next internships and, later, in my career. When a good friend and sorority sister, Veronica Hill, suggested the internship at Start-Thinking back in January, I was unsure if it was going to be a good fit for me.  As a print journal emphasis communication major, …

 

Hope 4 Hana

Hope 4 Hana

A past colleague of mine gave me a call last month asking if our company would like to create a look for a fundraiser benefiting Hana Choi. Hana is the only surviving victim of the tragic March 15 automobile accident that took the lives of her twin sister, third-grade brother and mother. Hana’s injuries are so severe that she may never walk again. The fundraiser is a bowl-o-rama. After thinking through some names with her and others the Hope 4 Hana Bowl-o-Rama was born. For the identity, I took a trip back to bowling alleys from the 50’s. I love the …

 

Mint Mama

Mint Mama

I’m drowning in mint. Our CSA has provided us with a large quantity of mint over the last two weeks. I’ve discovered several ways to use mint so I hereby dub myself the “mint mama. 1) Dried mint: put in a brown paper lunch sack and hang upside down in a dark space for two weeks or until leaves are completely dry. Then put in an air-tight container to retain freshness. You can use dried mint for a lot of recipes as a spice or an add on. (Kris is famous for her mint brownies.) 2) Mint no-bake cookies: Unfortunately I don’t …

 
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