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dorothy stainbrook

I am a berry farmer and preserve-maker who runs a small organic farm and commercial kitchen in Forest Lake, MN.

Chile Colorado with Cactus (Nopales) – made easy

This recipe for pork and nopales (cactus) is a traditional Mexican lunch or dinner. No matter the time of day or the season, this super easy dinner is a winner in our books! Can You Really Eat Cactus? Yes, you really CAN eat cactus! And it’s actually quite tasty when cooked correctly. The most common …

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Starting Tomato & Peppers Indoors – LED vs Fluorescent Lights

There are very scientific, detailed studies available regarding indoor seed starting with LED lights. This post is a summary of my experience using both LED and fluorescent lights as grow lights for starting tomato and pepper seeds indoors.  5 Tips to Consider when Comparing LED Shoplights to Fluorescent Shoplights  I am going to summarize the …

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Healthy Mexican Fish Tacos with Avocado Cream & Pickled Onions

You can use an indoor grill to get blackened or grilled white fish that are perfect for making healthy fish tacos. Add some avocado cream and pickled onions and you’ll have the best homemade Mexican fish tacos, which also happen to be quick and easy! Sides, Sauces & Slaws for Fish Tacos One of the …

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Pistachio Crusted Fish with Sour Cream Dill Sauce

This is an easy, delicious way to bring your favorite fish filets to the table in a hurry! The nutty crunch of the pistachio crust is a low carb option to breading fish. It offers flavor to sometimes-bland white fish and can compliment robust-flavored fish filets like tuna or salmon. What kind of Fish Works …

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High Protein Kodiak Pancakes with Kimchi

What are Kimchi Pancakes? Kimchi pancakes are a Korean savory pancake that is often served crispy and thin. They are what some Americans would refer to as “fritters” and they can be made crunchy, chewy, salty or spicy. What Goes with Kimchi Pancakes? If you are having your pancakes for breakfast, a sweet maple syrup …

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English Steamed Pudding with Persimmon

The Brits do love their steamed puddings, from the Christmas “figgy pudding” to all kinds of sweet and savory renditions. After making this persimmon steamed pudding, I echo their pudding love. It was delicious, and much easier to make than you would think. We just have to get past the intimidation of the steaming process …

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Pesco Mediterranean Seared Tuna Dinner with White Beans

Seared tuna steaks only take 3 minutes to cook! Serve them with this white bean and tomato side dish and you have a healthy slow carb or Pesco Mediterranean weeknight dinner. Will Frozen Tuna Steaks Work? Yes!! While frozen tuna steaks are not sushi-grade quality, they are delicious and available to the home cook. We’re …

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Pumpkin Pancakes with Leftover Squash – Savory & Spicy

Cozy, spicy pancakes made with leftover squash puree. No leftover squash? Just use canned pumpkin. This is an easy comfort food recipe that can be readily adapted to sweet or savory, spicy or mild, and even low carb! Savory Pancakes vs Sweet The recipe below is for savory pumpkin pancakes with no sugar and some …

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Brazilian Shrimp in Pumpkins – Camarão na Moranga

Camarão na Moranga (Shrimp in Pumpkin) is a creamy seafood stew from Brazil beautifully served in a colorful pumpkin. Traditionally it would be served in a pinkish heirloom variety of pumpkin called Moranga (see photo below). If you can’t find this variety however, an orange baking pumpkin will work just fine. The flavor and the presentation …

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