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2nd Annual Valentine’s Day Contest, sponsored by Anolon pans   Leave a comment

Make a CFDs meal, take a pic, win some pans.


Crispy Rice Tortillas, Gluten free but not free of great taste. :-)   Leave a comment

How to make Cream of Mushroom Soup   Leave a comment

This was for a Chef Challenge on a local TV show, Twin Cities Live. Um, I didn’t win.

Chicken Burgers, and how to grind your own meat   2 comments

Posted October 22, 2010 by cookingfordads in chicken, cooking for dads

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Imagine .. a world with no cooking, a raw food adventure.   Leave a comment

Imagine there are no ovens.

Imagine no microwaves
Imagine no dairy or meat
We went to this place tonight. It was called Ecopolitan and is the only raw restaurant in Minneapolis. I was actually in the mood for a burger but we promised our friends we’d go with them. The menu was really different with lots of things in quotes. There was “pizza” with “cheese” and even “sausage.” I was a little nervous.
We started out with the “Na-cho Cheese” plate that, of course had no cheese. It was “cheese” made out of pine nuts and served with dehydrated chips of nuts and dates. Believe it or not, it was really, really good.
Then I ordered the “Raw-violi” that was made from beet noodles and filled with cashew cheese with a ginger sauce. While not like pasta, it was incredibly flavourful and one really interesting and delicious dish.
The rest of the table got “pizzas”. My favorite was the pineapple pizza but all three were great.
We ended the night with a pumpkin pie that had no pumpkin. Instead it was made from a cashew paste that really tasted like pumpkin.
I have no idea how they make that stuff and how it comes out tasting so good. There wasn’t anything we didn’t like. My wife said at the end, “This is the most exciting restaurant I’ve been to in years.” I’m sure we’ll be back.
Ecopolitan, 24th and Lyndale, Minneapolis
Rob Barrett
Cooking for Dads

Super Easy Chicken Parmesan   1 comment

There’s a time for everything: a time to cook and a time to go out; a time to fry and a time to bake; a time to make something complex and time for a super easy one.

While there are many recipes for chicken parmesan, I think I’ve found the easiest possible one.  (Don’t confuse easy with not tasting great.) You can look other recipes up on the web and choose the one that’s won the most awards or, by the time you’ve found it, you you could be done cooking this one.

So here goes. give it a try and let me know what you think.


3 chicken breats

1 bottle pasta sauce

1 block parmesan cheese

1 egg scrambled

salt and pepper

olive oil



Cut chicken breast in half and flatten to about 1/2 inch.

add salt and pepper

Beat one egg and pour into plate

grate parmesan cheese and place on separate plate.

dip in chicken in egg, and then in parmesan cheese

Heat olive oil in pan on high heat

cook chicken 1 minute each side or until done.

Heat pasta sauce in microwave and spread on plate.

Place chicken on top and serve.

Cook well, 

Rob Barrett

Cooking for Dads

Remembering   1 comment

While there are many things I would like to forget, there are some days it’s good to remember.

14 years ago today our second daughter, Ashley, died from multiple birth defects. She fought valiantly but in the end their combined affects were too much and she passed on, only spending a brief 12 hours on this earth. While her time was small her impact wasn’t.  Her short visit has afforded us the opportunity to share, encourage, bond, grieve, teach, question, doubt, hope, grow, and somehow find ways to love each other and enjoy life more (although much of that took quite some time to develop).

One of the ways we mark these days is through some family rituals.  While they didn’t start out that way, the things we did early on were serendipitously repeated and now have become mandatory customs of the Barrett family.

One of the most meaningful to me is lighting the Memorial Candle.

It’s a custom with Hebraic roots where you light a candle and let it burn for 24 hours.  For me it symbolizes the presence of our daughter for that short time.  We even put it on a table in the hallway so it flickers throughout the night. I dread letting it go out when the wax is gone. That’s the saddest part for me.

One of the other things we really enjoy is eating lunch at the grave site.

Every year we go to a certain Uptown Lund’s Grocery Store and everyone gets to pick out what they want to eat.  We bring a blanket to sit on and enjoy a lunch with our third daughter.  October weather can be uncooperative but we always soldier through.  Lund’s used to carry puppy chow and that became an important part of the meal.  In recent years they’ve stopped making it so we have to make it at home and bring it. (recipe below) The meal wouldn’t be the same without it.

Years ago we planted an apple tree in the backyard as a memorial.  Every year around this time we enjoy apples from our Ashley tree.  We also have a wall where we’ve posted some pictures and memories.

As I sit here and watch our Memorial Candle start to fade and sputter, I’m glad the kids are so attached to these events.  They take great comfort in them. We may have let them slide if they didn’t insist that we go to the same grocery store every year, do our meal regardless of the weather and always get puppy chow.

Not for 12 hours but for eternity.

Rob Barrett

Cooking for Dads

Memorial Puppy Chow Mix.

1 C chocolate chips

1/2 C peanut butter

1/4 C butter

Melt that together over medium heat, then turn off burner and add one spoonful of vanilla. Stir.

Stir in 6 cups of Rice Chex until coated.  

Add 1 1/2 C powdered sugar and toss to coat.