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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Grilled Chicken and Leeks over Basil Parsnip Puree

At the farmers market last weekend, I bought some beautiful parsnips and leeks. Parsnips are a root vegetable in the carrot family and have a great sweet quality when cooked. I knew I wanted to incorporate basil into my puree since I have a ton growing in my garden. I found a simple recipe by Tyler Florence and adjusted the thyme and bay leaf for basil. The puree turned out fabulous, buttery and rich with sweet and savory notes. I quickly grilled allegro marinated chicken and leeks and served them atop my puree. 

Check out Tyler's recipe for parsnip puree HERE! 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Kyatchi recently opened on 37th and Nicollet in South Minneapolis. Kyatchi is a Japanese restaurant that highlights healthy, sustainable seafood in an urban-casual environment. My mom and I went for lunch last Saturday and enjoyed sharing a few of their small plates. Their menu is eclectic, ranging from Japanese hot-dogs to eel rolls. My mom and I started with their seaweed salad, a beautiful plate of colorful seaweed tossed with a light sesame dressing. We also tried their curry dog, salmon rice ball, bonito flake rice ball, ebi mayo roll and the scallop yuzu kosho. The curry dog was tasty; I enjoyed the crunchy cabbage. Their dogs are served with a Japanese potato salad I found a bit bland and one-note. The rice balls were also tasty but quite simple: packed sushi rice with a pinch of bonito or salmon inside. The ebi mayo roll had cooked white shrimp and mayo inside, again simple but well executed.  For $13, I was not crazy about the scallop dish. The flavors of the scallop mentioned in the menu ingredients (chili pepper, yuzu peel and sea salt) did not come through enough. Nevertheless, I loved the creativity of the menu, friendly staff, and pleasant d├ęcor.  I will definitely return to try one of their rice bowls or ramen dishes. 

Check out their website by clicking HERE