Summer seems to demand that I am constantly eating good food. Let’s be honest…all the time demands that I eat good food. But, for some reason, the summer seems to call out with rooftop happy hours, live music, and extravagant dinners.
I’m not complaining.
A couple food highlights from last week include a trip to one of my favorite Minneapolis restaurants, Broder’s Pasta Bar.
This time around I had pappardelle with steak, sundried tomatoes, and asparagus:
plus a few bites of a caprese salad appetizer:
I also visited Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar and Grill in St. Louis Park in the West End. This bar/restaurant is the premiere country music joint in the Twin Cities area, with live music almost every night. Here’s a picture of the stage (the band wasn’t out yet when we got there):
The bar is in the shape of a guitar and has no drink menu but offers pretty much everything you can think of:
Can’t go wrong with mozz sticks:
Even though there’s been a lot of good food out and about, the real food highlights of the summer have been right in my own kitchen. This week, I made up a recipe for some black bean patties, and it turned out so well!
Recipe makes 8 black bean patties – full recipe below
First, combine 3 teaspoons minced garlic and two medium carrots in a food processor:
Add in the contents of a 25oz. can of black beans (rinse the beans in a colander first):
In a separate bowl, mix together 2 eggs, 1 tablespoon cumin, and 1 tablespoon chili powder:
Pour into the food processor with the bean mixture and process:
Add between 1/2 – 3/4 cup of whole wheat bread crumbs (however much until the dough is formable), and then shape into 8 patties on a baking sheet:
Cook at 400° for 11 minutes on each side.
Black Bean Patties, recipe makes 8 patties Ingredients - 25oz. can black beans - 2 medium carrots - 3 teaspoons minced garlic - 2 eggs - 1 tablespoon cumin - 1 tablespoon chili powder - 1/2-3/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs Method Combine garlic, carrots, and beans in a food processor and combine. Separately, combine eggs, cumin, and chili powder. Add to processor. Add 1/2 of bread crumbs and combine. If mixture is still too wet, gradually add up to another 1/4 cup. Form mixture into 8 patties and place on a baking sheet. Cook at 400° for 11 minutes on each side.