A new favorite and a promise for the recipe. . . next time

I know that, on Friday, I said I would post the recipe today for the Beef and Onions Braised in Beer that I made on my snow day last Thursday.

But there’s something I’m really excited about today, and I just have to share.  But I promise I will post the recipe on Wednesday. And, just because you have to wait for it, I’ll also add the recipe for the roasted squash with honey and thyme as a bonus. 😉 I’ve no doubt it will be worth the wait–haha!

Anyway, here’s what’s been on my mind for the past few days.

It will come as no surprise to many of you to know that I love the food network. I love cooking shows. I love Ina Garten (the Barefoot Contessa), I love Ree Drummond (the Pioneer Woman), I love Alton Brown.  I love Chopped and Iron Chef, but mostly I like just watching people cook. And now I have a new favorite.

You have to watch The Heartland Table, with Amy Thielen.  She left a job as a chef in New York City to come back home to Minnesota–the country near Park Rapids. (Just an hour or two from where I live in Moorhead, for those of you not familiar with Minnesota.)

Her show is awesome.  She’s personable and smart and comes across as being a friendly person, without being annoyingly perky. 😉 She cooks in her own kitchen and does recipes that are sort of old-school farm with a fresh new influence. For instance, in yesterday’s show she did a fresh farm chicken stuffed with a combination of bread crumbs, swiss chard, and sausage, among other things. I find her style appealing and her recipes scrumptious-looking.

photo of Amy Thielen courtesy the food network


As with most of my favorite cooking shows, it just makes me want to get in the kitchen and cook something!

So, if you enjoy cooking shows at all, or even if you’ve never given them a try, check this one out. I think it would be well worth your time. :)

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4 Responses to A new favorite and a promise for the recipe. . . next time

  1. Sheri says:

    How do I get a gig like that? Get people to come to my house and film me while I cook. I like it!!

    • Sandi says:

      I know, right?? Except I’d never be able to fit a camera crew in my kitchen. (Or even one camera person.)

      You’d probably have the room for it! :)

  2. Clare Degerness says:

    I have her cookbook and from it have found my new favorite recipe — chestnut, wild rice and pistachio dressing. Okay, I use walnuts instead of the other two, but I give Amy credit for the combination of flavors and textures. We eat it as a main dish.

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