Launie Kettler

Chorizo and Chicken Empanadas with a Chimichurri Sauce Recipe

by Launie Kettler on February 25, 2013

Chorizo and Chicken Empanadas with a Chimichurri Sauce

Empanadas are little bundles of joy. They can be filled with different flavors and textures, they can be large or small, they can be a main course or appetizers – but their one constant is that they are always delicious. And because empanadas can be so varied, I decided to make two fillings for these […]

Smoky and Spicy Pork Stew Recipe

by Launie Kettler on January 30, 2013

final shot

A spicy pork stew doesn’t need to be loaded with a ton of jalapenos to be hot and make your taste buds tingle. And it can be loaded with layers of flavor built from a few spices, to create a delicious and healthy stew that just makes your eyes tear up slightly. I respect spicy […]

finished served apple cider and cheddar soup with parsley mini-popovers

One of the first recipes I spent a long time trying to replicate was a cheddar ale soup from a restaurant in Burlington, Vermont. At the time I worked in a store downtown, and every Friday my friend and co-worker, Emily, and I would take turns tag teaming calling the restaurant to see: A) was […]

Bread and Swiss Cheese Souffle Recipe

by Launie Kettler on January 13, 2013

Plated souffle

Or Why Bread and Swiss Cheese Souffle is an Incredibly Delicious Way to Use Leftover Bread. I’m lucky enough to be married to a man who loves to bake bread. A couple of times a week he gets up early to start a batch before work, and then he finishes it when he gets home […]

Finished Barbecue Pork

Homemade ketchup is a cinch to make and takes only a few minutes of time. And the difference between store bought and from-scratch is extraordinary. The ketchup is a little spicy and full of flavor. And then when you use that as a base for barbecue sauce? You have an incredible barbecue sauce that really […]

Tuscan Kale Soup with Celeriac Recipe

by Launie Kettler on December 21, 2012

Tuscan kale soup with celery served

One of the joys of having a CSA is also its biggest drawback – the sheer amount of food you can receive in one shipment. But even though I’m a CSA veteran, I still had my eyes bulge out of my head when I saw the huge grocery bag we received of kale last week. […]

Beautiful Fried Goat Cheese and Roasted Beet Salad

by Launie Kettler on December 13, 2012

Fried goat cheese and roasted beet salad

I’m lucky that not only do I like beets, I adore them. It wasn’t always that way, though. I had to step out of my comfort zone when we received beets for the first time in our CSA basket. I spent a good deal of time staring at a huge bag of baby beets dumbfounded […]

Purple au Gratin Potatoes with Kale and Bacon Recipe

by Launie Kettler on December 9, 2012

directly from oven

The Good, the Bad, the Healthy and the Decadent: Purple au Gratin Potatoes with Kale and Bacon. The first time I saw purple potatoes they were in our CSA* basket about 4 years ago. I opened the bag and saw some sooty dark skinned potatoes, but I didn’t realize what they were until I washed […]

Finished smoked Paprika and Thai Chili Chicken Kebobs with Turmeric Rice

It might be the best part of summer but, thanks to mini-indoor grills, we can grill all year long. Or at least I do. I love kebobs because they’re not only low in fat they’re also are a vehicle for a wide variety of flavors. They can be Asian-inspired and coated in 5-spice powder or […]

finished meal served and decorated

>Much like Linus Van Pelt in “Peanuts,” I’m obsessed with the Great Pumpkin. But, in my case it’s not about the hope for presents from the mythical figure in the pumpkin patch. Instead it’s all about creating the perfect pumpkin soup. And this one has a bright and spicy curry flavor with a silky finish. […]