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Power Food for Musicians

Power food for musicians rabbit chili recipe

Like most musicians, Andrew and I have many “jobs” and wear many “hats:” performers, composers, instrumentalists, teachers, promoters, editors, administrators, writers, mangers, designers, not to mention being our own maids and cooks! Here are two homespun powerhouse recipes that got us through a busy year of teaching and performing. Rabbit Chili We bought a whole…

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Shaggy Mane Recipe

Shaggy Mane

Shopping and eating California is always a revelation. Yesterday we made a quick stop at the Sacramento Food Co-op, which happened to be right off the highway on our commute from Venice in Southern California to the Burning Tango Festival in Northern California. The food here has a much higher quality of flavor and a…

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Sabores de Chile

Sabores de Chile

Our two weeks stay in Chile this last May was definitely framed by eating. We had a spectacular time just being tourists in the grocery store. We shopped almost everyday at the local Jumbo in central Santiago and made feasts for our friends when they came home from work. The most typical ingredient? Avocados! I…

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Tribute to People’s Cider Co

Last weekend we played for a May Day/Anniversary celebration at People’s Cider Company here in Grand Rapids. We have shopped at Fulton Street Farmers Market for the past couple of years for our weekly Saturday morning groceries, and along with getting our vegetables, cheese, and meat we have filled up our empty jug with the greatest…

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Bialys in Ojai

Here is another recipe from the Viewpoints tour. We had the pleasure of eating homemade bialys made by our tango dancer friend, teacher and host Stephen Bauer in Ojai, CA last summer. Stephen is also known for his “Tango Chef” workshops which teach people about how to make “kinetic concoctions for tastier tango.” His is a…

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Ramp Risotto

   It was a beautiful afternoon in west Michigan to hunt for some ramps out in the woods, so Andrew and I went out to gather this wild forest delight that has a delicate flavor somewhere between  a green onion and a leek. Here is the nice little recipe that we came up with for…

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Working Hard Eating Well

Potatoes with octopus and lemon.  Steamed white and purple potatoes from Visser Farms.  Add chopped octopus and calamari poached two hours on low in olive oil. Topped with lemon, basil, and parprika. We just completed 17 CD release concerts since August and while we performed and traveled nearly every weekend this fall, we certainly made up…

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Shelly’s Gulaschsuppe

Gourmet Hungarian Beef Soup Recipe

What better way to be greeted after a sleet-laden drive to Detroit at night then by this wonderful, simple, flavorful, warming soup? Thanks to Shelly Rouse-Freitag for hosting us and for taking all day to simmer this Hungarian recipe of gulaschsuppe. It certainly charged our batteries for the next day’s concert at the Southeast Michigan Flute Festival! Gulaschsuppe…

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Texas Zinfandel Okra Pasta Breakfast

We finished our final morning of camping after three days at Enchanted Rock State Park outside of Fredericksburg, Texas and were down to a lovely assortment of local ingredients: a bottle of Becker Vineyards hill country Zinfandel, a quart of okra, a shallot and some spaghetti. It was an unlikely combination that we never would…

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Sourdough

  What better thing to do in this crazy winter than try my hand at some sourdough?  Here is the story: Last fall I used the wild yeast off of our grapes to start my own sourdough. I mixed 125 ml flour and 125 ml water in a sterilized bowl and covered it loosely with…

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Duck Pozole

Duck Pozole Roast one fresh duck from Rakowski Farms. Make stock out of duck gizzard with onion and bay leaves. In a large stock pot saute onion, garlic, cumin seeds, and oregano. Add drained and rinsed HUGE can of hominy. Drain stock and add to hominy with a lot of chopped cilantro, and salt. Simmer…

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Rustic Thanksgiving

Rustic Thanksgiving Recipes MENU Turkey, Stuffing, Potatoes, Cranberries Day before Pick up fresh turkey from Rakowski farms. Rinse turkey, then salt.  Separate wings from the rest of the turkey. Wrap body and wings separately in plastic. Make Cranberry sauce with 2 lbs fresh local cranberries, cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves. Put all ingredients in pan and boil until berries pop. Sweeten…

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Catalan Paradise

We spent the last week in Falset Spain, a small town on the edge of the Priorat wine region. The town is in the mountains just off of the Mediterranean in Catalonia. Catalonia has it’s own language, culture, and history. We were excited to use our Spanish language skills but were not completely successful as…

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