• Foodies,  Local Products,  Other Writings

    Find it Local Friday: Minnesota Food Blogs

    Last week I posted about some of the delicious food writing that was pushing me back into the kitchen. Not only am I a happier foodie again, I am also knee-deep in planning a big August blogging project for Eat Local, America! month.  Starting next week I’ll be posting 31 entirely local recipes in 31 days.  Yup, you read it. No sugar, salt or non-local ingredients for an entire month! If we don’t grow it in Minnesota, it won’t be on my plate. The kitchen partner and I are going cold turkey.  (**Sidebar: I’d love to know where that food idiom comes from????) This will be the last Find it…

  • Canning,  Cooking

    My Very First Dill Pickles

    The air is so thick with vinegar, my nose and eyes are burning.  There’s dirty dishes everywhere.  A tiny “pop” can be heard every few minutes. It can only mean one thing: it’s pickle time!  Tonight I canned my very first batch of dill pickles ever. 15 shiny jars on the counter. Cucumbers are running rampant in our garden; I picked over 4 pounds today alone.  I want to remember the abundance in mid-February, so I decided to take my luck at the classic cucumber dill pickle. Although I wont reproduce the recipe here,  (I copied it straight from the Ball Blue Bookand I haven’t tried them yet to know…

  • Gardening

    And the garden grows

    Just enough time for some photos of the community garden plot. I’ve got dill pickles and pickled beets calling me this week. Things are coming along beautifully in the garden though.  I’d love to hear what is growing well for you this summer.  Post a comment here, or hop over to the Minnesota Locavore Facebook or Twitter pages and share your garden triumphs. “One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.” ~W.E. Johns, The Passing Show “If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.” -Robert Brault “Though I do not believe that a plant will spring…

  • Local Products

    Find it Local Friday: Blueberries

    I am so excited to post that blueberry season has begun in Minnesota. There’s something simple and sacred about blueberries to me. They are small but certainly not understated.  Picking them requires patience and an appreciation for the raw potential of a single plant to produce one of the planet’s healthiest foods. My favorite part is the first few minutes in the patch when everyone settles into quiet labor. You can only hear the tiny “plunk, plunk-plunk, plunk” of each berry hitting the bottom of the pail. Simple and sacred. Sources Here are 4 places for some blueberry adoration this weekend: Blueberry Fields of Stillwater in Stillwater, roughly 18 miles…

  • Foodies,  Other Writings

    Motivational Reading

    Car troubles and the heat have dominated my week and dissolved my appetite.  Stressors either drive me straight to the kitchen for some fierce beat-chop-whip-it-to-death-cooking, or straight to the couch for re-runs of How I Met Your Mother.  Judging from the lack of posts these past two weeks, I’ll bet you can guess where I’ve spent my time. In between griping about fuel pumps and the heat index, my stint on the couch has at least allowed me to catch up on what the rest of the Minnesota food blogging world is up to.  We have so many talented writers in our state piping out recipe after recipe.  Thought I’d…

  • Cooking

    National Ice Cream Day

    Happy National Ice Cream Day!  What better day to celebrate than the hot and steamy one we are having today.  Weather.com says the temperature in St. Paul is 93 °F right now, with a heat index of 111°F.  Must.have.ice cream. Here’s the scoop on National Ice Cream Day from the official 1984 Presidential Proclamation by Ronald Reagan: …”The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 298, has designated July 1984 as “National Ice Cream Month,” and July 15, 1984, as “National Ice Cream Day,” and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of these events. Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan,President of the United States of America, do hereby…

  • Local Products

    Find it Local Friday: Minnesota Beer

    When I planned this post earlier this week, we were on the verge of  ‘The Great Minnesota Potential Beer Crisis’.  Thankfully, it looks like the state might be closer to a deal to end the government shutdown.  In the meantime, I was prepared with a great list today of what to drink when you can’t find a Miller Lite. Although you’ll still be able to grab the national brands this weekend, I recommend giving a new brew a try.  Metro bars and restaurants, liquor stores, and Target Field carry many of these local brews, with good reason.  They each offer a unique taste and experience you can’t find in a…

  • Cooking

    Kohlrabi Koleslaw

    Just a quick recipe post today.  The garden demands my full attention this week for weeding, trimming, and with a little luck–our first harvest of green beans.  This slaw was in our picnic basket last Friday and will likely make a second appearance on the table this week. It was so good the kitchen partner scrapped the dish clean before asking, “just what did you put in this, anyway?”  Toss this together for a twist on a summertime favorite. Kohlrabi Koleslaw  Ingredients For the slaw 2 medium kohlrabi, peeled and shredded (about 3 C.) 2 medium carrots, peeled and shredded (about 1/4 C.) 2 green onions, chopped (about 1/4 c.)…

  • Cooking

    Orange-Mint Iced Tea

    Welcome to the All-Star Break.  Hard to believe baseball and summer has approached the half-way point. I’m on the couch watching Big Papi and Prince Fielder launch baseballs to kingdom come in the Home Run Derby (who do I cheer for when Joe Mauer isn’t there?) and drinking my newest obsession.  When it’s 90+ degrees outside and the herbs are begging to be picked, iced tea is the only answer. My orange-mint plant was a gift from my mom on a visit to the farmers’ market.  We’d been talking about how to replace or supplement the green tea I drink every day with something from the garden.  I’m not a…