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Sadie’s playing volleyball in Duluth, Meghan joined the swim team in Bayfield and Charlie’s developed a very busy social calendar in Washburn. Given the potential for a massive scheduling fiasco, quick and easy dinners are the name of the game. The criteria is simple: it needs to be relatively decent tasting and can’t require much beyond a sheet tray and a pre-heated oven. This chicken fits the bill perfectly— marinate the chicken overnight, add a rice cooker full of jasmine rice into the equation and I am a picture of efficiency….kind of. There are still the issues of clean underwear, extra toilet paper and the 42 different kinds of mustard in the fridge but at least I can get dinner on the table before 8 pm, sometimes.

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Chicken Thighs with an Asian Flair
(adapted from Bon Appetit)

8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
6 garlic cloves, chopped
1 jalapeño, chopped and de-seeded
1 3 inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup palm sugar (you can substitute light brown sugar)
3 tablespoons fish sauce
3 tablespoons chili-garlic sauce
6 sprigs of thyme, de-stemmed and coarsely chopped

Preparation
Combine garlic, jalapeño, ginger, olive oil, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, sugar, fish sauce, chili-garlic and thyme. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Add the chicken and marinade to a non-reactive bowl or resealable plastic bag, turn to coat and marinate for 12 hours or overnight.

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place on a parchment-lined sheet tray. Roast for about 30 minute or until an instant read thermometer registers 165 degrees. Serve immediately.

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Snow Day

11. 12. 2014

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Why do I wake up early on snow days? Like really early, like 5:34 AM early?? We decided that Wednesday would be a ‘Dougherty Day’ regardless of what the Washburn School District had to say about the weather. I should have been sleeping like a baby at 5:34 but instead, I was up, checking my email and the NOAA weather alerts. By the time the sun rose, I was ready for an adventure. I found my mukluks, gloves and hopped in the car for an early morning, solo photo safari. I can’t wait for Will to come home, I miss my safari companion.

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From the looks of it, winter is here to stay. It’s still snowing and the temperatures are going to stay in the freezing, ‘better start wearing socks’ territory for the foreseeable future. It’s all good, as far as I’m concerned. Summer is always fun but there’s nothing like standing in my warm kitchen, looking out at the snow-covered pines trees—  I feel tucked in and safe. And that’s always a good thing.

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Hot & Sour Soup for a Cold & Snowy Day

11 November 2014

Winter is here, the kids had their first snow day and I couldn’t be happier. It’s been snowing since yesterday and I think we have about 15 inches on the ground, and it’s still falling. I had forgotten the thrill of seeing a Winter Storm Warning pop up on my phone, it brought me right […]

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Wherever

5 November 2014

Wherever  Wherever we walk we will make Wherever we protest we will go planting Make poems seed grass feed a child growing build a house Whatever we stand against We will stand feeding and seeding Wherever I walk I will make Muriel Rukeyser

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Milkweed Magic

3 November 2014

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment is intuition. Rumi I put my garden to bed for the winter yesterday afternoon and in between pulling, cutting and pruning, I spent 30 minutes in full-out wonder at the symmetry and engineering of a milkweed pod. It’s perfectly designed to birth and give […]

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Wild Mushroom & Goat Cheese Risotto

2 November 2014

The end of summer means all sorts of things: we need to start wearing socks again, 7 am is the new 10 am for breakfast, school and sport schedules begin to rear their ugly heads and wild mushrooms start to make their annual appearance in forests and fields around Bayfield. Quite a bit of rain […]

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Frosty Morning on the Beach

1 November 2014

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted and its high time I get back into the Cookery Maven swing of things. I’ve been cooking, eating, drinking wine, taking pictures, and stirring the pot wherever and whenever I can but haven’t made time to sit at the computer and hammer out a blog post. The […]

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Rituals of Fall

30 September 2014

My husband, Ted, asked me if I wanted to go for a ride. Now, if he posed that question to George, our yellow Lab, it would mean a trip to the beach was in order but since it was a September afternoon, I knew it meant a drive down Echo Valley Road scouting for a […]

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Building Bread & Community

16 June 2014

 The words you speak become the house you live in. Hafiz I’ve always enjoyed making bread (check out my recipe for Good Old-Fashioned White Bread) but hadn’t, until recently, taken the leap into bread made with wild yeast. Rebecca, my friend from Madison, posted a photo of a beautiful loaf of bread made from a […]

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New Pups In The Wolfsong Kennel

11 June 2014

I’ll let you in on a little secret— I love, and I mean love, dogs. Ever since our blue merle Collie, Oggie (as in Oggie the Doggie) came to live with me when I was about five, the deal was sealed— I was hooked. Not much has changed in the past forty years: dogs have […]

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