Sarah and Tony Nasello / Forum News Service
I had to travel to Iowa unexpectedly last week to attend the funeral of a dear uncle who left this earth far too soon. Thankfully, my two Italian men volunteered to help me out with this week’s column by choosing the recipe and producing the photo shoot in my absence.
FARGO — Our region is an oasis for agricultural abundance, and we love to look for new recipes to showcase dishes inspired by the various crops of the Upper Midwest. This is an easy task for top crops like wheat and corn, which are easy to find and work with and can be featured in a variety of breads, baked goods, appetizers, salads and side dishes. Other crops, like soybeans, can be a little trickier to work into a culinary repertoire.
FARGO — We featured several North Dakota crops and products at last week’s dinner event at the Coteau des Prairies Lodge in Havana, N.D., and while nearly all of our creations were consumed that evening, we were delighted to find that we still had a fair supply of creamy red Buxton potatoes to bring home.
FARGO — The summer heat has finally arrived, and after a day spent bailing out water from a flooded basement hallway (due to a clogged kitchen drain) followed by two visits from the plumber, I don’t know when I’ve ever been more grateful to have a cold, tall glass of homemade lemonade. Word to the wise: Never put your lemon rinds down the garbage disposal.
FARGO — As I write this, the forecast for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend is mostly cloudy with a chance of rain — surprise, surprise. While forecasts can change on a whim here in the Upper Midwest, one surefire way to add a little sunshine and festive flair to your holiday weekend is with my Old Glory M&M Cookie Bars. Thick, chewy and loaded with chocolate thanks to the addition of M&M's candies and mini chocolate chips, these bars are easy to make, delicious and perfect for large gatherings.
FARGO -- Norwegians love their salmon, and to celebrate Syttende Mai (the 17th of May) this Friday, we’re sharing one of our all-time favorite salmon recipes, Chilled Poached Salmon with Dill Cream Sauce. This specialty was a lunchtime favorite at our former restaurant, Sarello’s, and it is the perfect dish for a summer lunch, brunch or even light supper. There is so much to love about this dish: It’s nutritious, delicious, elegant and, best of all, easy to prepare.
FARGO — Coconut and lime are a classic flavor pairing and this tropical blend has even been immortalized in Harry Nilsson’s classic Caribbean groove, "Coconut," in which he rhythmically entrances us with the lyrics, “Put the lime in the coconut and you’ll feel better.”
Pasta salads are the perfect solution when you’re looking for a dish that is nutritiously filling and large enough to feed a crowd. For more than a decade, our Pesto Pasta Salad (featured in our July 23, 2013, column) has been the hands-down favorite in our family, a distinction that is now in jeopardy with the introduction of my newest creation: Fiesta Pasta Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing.
Pancakes are a breakfast favorite in our family, and I never cease to be amazed by the countless ways in which to prepare them. Nearly every culture has some version of a pancake, and this week we’re delving into the delicious controversy of the Dutch Baby Pancake. A Dutch Baby Pancake resembles a popover in texture and is created with a simple runny batter that is oven-baked at a high temperature until golden brown and impressively puffy.
FARGO -- “Boxty on the griddle, boxty on the pan, if you can’t make boxty, you’ll never get your man.” While I may eschew the archaic message expressed in this bit of Irish folklore, I do share the creator’s enthusiasm for this traditional Irish specialty.