• Ground Turkey Bolognese
    Cooking

    Ground Turkey Bolognese (and two kinds of Minnesota cold…)

    A conversation earlier today… – Hello God. It’s me. Amy. So I don’t normally bring stuff like this up, but if there’s any way a snow day is in my future, this week would be a really great time for it. Sort of could use it, ya know? – Thanks. I’m writing this from bed with the vaporizer chugging away and a box of tissues plopped down beside me. On Monday I took my third sick day since I started my full-time job 6 years ago. Friday I take the GRE. Next Monday I start my Master’s program. This week I joined the club of those who stare at that…

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    Hello, December!

    So much can happen in six months. An MBA graduation, a Hawaiian vacation, a turn in seasons from summer to fall to winter. So much can happen that a little blogging project can get set aside for awhile while more pressing things demand attending. This week I decided life has slowed up just enough to say hello to December and hello again to all of you. In the past year or so, food blogging made a noticeable shift. We’ve escalated from well-written stories and wholesome recipes to a polished, gastronomic frenzy. The photos became more important than the food, and the SEO keywords became more important than the photos. So…

  • Cooking,  Local Products

    Minnesota Strawberry Round-Up

    Today marks the 13th day in a row I’ve had fresh strawberries for at least 2 meals a day. If case you haven’t been to the farmers’ market or stopped by a Minnesota food blog lately, we’re in the middle of strawberry season right now across the state. We’ve been out to pick twice now, stuffing our faces and the corners of our freezer with berries. Today I thought I’d share a round-up of the strawberry recipes from the archives and a sample of some of the gorgeous things my fellow Minnesota food bloggers are making with their berries. Don’t forget to pass along links to your favorites in the…

  • Gardening

    Garden Photography 101: 10 Shareable Garden Photos

    Today Maria at Sweet Domesticity is back for our last installment of Garden Photography 101. During the month of June, Maria stopped by for a series on how to capture great photos of your garden this season. Be sure to check out her other posts: Garden Photography 101: Why Capture Great Photos of Your Garden & Garden Photography 101: The technicals of Great Garden Photos. Thanks Maria! Over the past month we’ve talked about why you should photograph your garden, and how to compose a great garden photo, and now the time has come to pull it all together with some thoughts on what to photograph while you’re out and…

  • Gardening

    June 2014 Garden Wrap-Up

    In our first year of living in St. Paul Greg and I made a bet about how much produce we could grow in one season. We had 209 square feet and a mish-mash of smaller containers.  200 pounds was our cut-off; I said more, he said less. Winner picked the location of our end-of-summer camping trip. I spent that first summer of carefully weighing each picking from the garden on our kitchen scale, recording the date, variety, and total ounces of every item. From the heaviest pumpkin to the tiniest lettuce leaf, I got it all down on paper.  We ended up with 90 or so pounds of veggies and a trip…

  • Canning,  Cooking,  Farm Visits

    Strawberry Freezer Jam – Video Update

    Minnesota strawberry season opened this week and the berries are begging to be picked. This morning I stopped out to Afton Apple Orchard in Afton, Minnesota and picked 30 pounds of strawberries for freezer jam, pies and fresh eating. The berries are ripe and juicy from the rain we’ve had this year.  There’s nothing that says “Hello Summer” like a morning in the berry patch followed by an afternoon in the kitchen making jam. Here’s a quick video update of my day today and a 3 ingredient recipe for your own strawberry freezer jam: Strawberry Freezer Jam – Minnesota Locavore from Amy Sippl on Vimeo. Strawberry Freezer Jam Ingredients 4…

  • Gardening,  Other Writings

    Garden Photography 101: The Technicals of Great Garden Photos

    Today Maria at Sweet Domesticity is back for another guest post. One of Maria’s signatures on her blog is stunning photos of the plants in her garden. She’s stopping by during the month of June to share some info with you in a series we’re calling Garden Photography 101, on how to capture great photos of your own garden this season. I am happy to be back on Minnesota Locavore this week to bring you another installment of Garden Photography 101! This week we are going to dive into some of the more technical aspects of garden photography with some tips and tricks to help you compose great garden photos.…

  • Gardening

    Garden Photography 101: Why capture great photos of your garden?

    Today I’m so excited to announce a guest post series on garden photography from one of my favorite garden writers, Maria at Sweet Domesticity. One of Maria’s signatures on her blog is stunning photos of the plants in her garden. She’s stopping by during the month of June to share some info with you in a series we’re calling Garden Photography 101, on how to capture great photos of your own garden this season.   Hello Minnesota Locavores! I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with Amy on this series of guest posts! Not only is this topic near and dear to me personally, but it is…

  • Gardening

    2014 Garden Planning

    Can you believe this holiday weekend weather we’ve had? So this is what we suffered through a polar vortex for!! Today I’m going to share our 2014 garden planning sketches and the plant varieties we stuck in the ground this year. If you’re inspired by what you see here, be sure to check out these posts from the archives that will make 2014 your best green-thumb year ever: Get Your Grow On 2013 Finding the Perfect Container Garden Find it Local Friday: Your Summer Veggie Plan Digital Gardening: Free Apps for your Green Thumb Edible Landscapes How to Grow Spinach Garden Planning: The Basics This year I sketched out our plans…