Have you ever made rice or quinoa on the stove, only to find it over-cooked, unevenly cooked, or even scorched on the bottom? Here is a kitchen tip that will give you perfectly cooked grains, every time. You can use this method for all types of rice, wild rice, whole grains, couscous, and even lentils.[Read more…]
Summer in Minnesota is synonymous with picnics. Whether it’s a family gathering, a celebration, or a company outing, we’ve got you covered! We’ve put together a menu with some classic dishes and some new favorites. Contact us for pricing and details![Read more…]
Because you can… preserve the deliciousness of summer’s produce, and enjoy it all year long! Here is a quick guide with tips, tricks, and how-to’s, written by my mother, Diane Lutzke, on how to preserve by water-bath canning. [Read more…]
Roasted chicken breast topped with parsley-almond crust and creamy tarragon sauce (GF/DF).
Mushroom Meatloaf with Gravy
Ground beef mixed and baked with sauteed mushrooms and herbs, topped with gravy (GF/DF).
Maple Dijon-Glazed Chicken
Seasoned chicken breast with maple Dijon glaze (GF/DF).
This week, we participated in a health fair for a local corporate office, and brought samples of this quinoa salad for everyone to try. It was a hit! This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan, so just about everyone can enjoy it. Even the self-proclaimed “picky eaters” loved it. What I love about this recipe is that it’s easy, healthy, you can make it a day ahead, and it’s a great option for breakfast, lunch, or snack. Win, win, win, win![Read more…]
Be a guest in your own home, with private chef services from The Tomato Vine.
When planning a dinner party in your home, you might be thinking it will be fun and relatively easy to do it all by yourself. You might be inspired by photos on Pinterest, with themed table settings and beautiful platters of food. ￼￼￼￼￼￼
What you may be overlooking is how many hours it takes to do the all the planning, shopping, chopping, prepping, and cooking. The cleaning, the primping, the table settings, the beverages… And you may not anticipate how exhausted you’ll be after all your efforts to get dinner on to your perfectly decorated table; not to mention, the dreaded clean-up afterward. Why throw a dinner party, if you can’t enjoy it??[Read more…]
Looking for new flavors to bring to this year’s holiday buffet? Here are four easy recipes for dips and spreads that all be done ahead of time. Serve with fresh or roasted vegetables, breads, crackers, pitas, or tortilla chips![Read more…]
This recipe is a perfect way to dress up fresh vegetables in a delicious, light marinade. Makes a great addition to a party buffet, or a quick healthy snack. Easy to prepare, and easy to enjoy![Read more…]