Showing posts from June, 2015

St. Louis Pork Steaks: Traditional Food + Contemporary Technique

The Recipe: The best of two worlds, traditional St. Louis Pork Steaks + contemporary technique. How to cook pork steaks with smoke on the grill, they turn out tender and juicy. The Conversation: What are the traditional foods that St. Louis is famous for? Who's heard of gooey butter cake?! My adopted hometown of St. Louis is famous for a few old-time traditional St. Louis foods only found here. To be sure, St. Louis isn't only about the old-style dishes. We have a thriving, collaborative contemporary food scene. This year, local chef and restaurateur Gerard Craft earned a James Beard "best chef" award! And BBQ? Yeah, man, St. Louis has a budding BBQ scene too! Look out Memphis and Kansas City! But I digress! Back to those old-time traditional St. Louis food icons! GOOEY BUTTER CAKE St. Louis' famous gooey butter cake – for short, that's just "gooey butter" to locals – has kinda-sorta spread cross-country but really, it's only here

Smoked Whitefish Spread on Cucumber

An Easy, Healthy Summer Appetizer Ever wonder how to throw a Scandinavian Feast to celebrate Midsummer, the longest day of summer? Think fish and fresh plus a summery dessert buffet. One appetizer idea? A quick and easy-easy healthy summer appetizer, just smoked fish mixed two ways (either with sour cream or cream cheese) and spread on thin slices of cucumber and topped with caviar, capers or fresh herbs. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~ ~ Midsummer Menu Ideas ~ This recipe is so quick and easy that I'm adding it to a special collection of easy summer recipes published every summer since 2009. Watch for new "summer easy" recipes all summer long! With a free e-mail subscription , you'll never miss a one! How to Throw a Party for Midsummer So we had a little party on Saturday, gathering friends to celebrate the Summer Solstice – what Scandinavians and my Inner-Finn call Midsummer. Saturday was St. Louis' first day of sun after many-many d