Things have been quiet around here lately. Today I’m sharing the kitchen partner’s latest project: 30 bottles of White Merlot he bottled just before the holidays.
Have I mentioned my husband has a thing for wine? The week I started this blog he was bottling a German white. I pick restaurants for desserts, he checks the wine menu first. He’s dragged me to most of the wineries in Minnesota (as if it’s all that painful to spend a Saturday afternoon with chocolate and a flight of wine!) And our last vacation was to Napa Valley to ride the wine train, which has been on his bucket list for ages. His bond with wine means I get to see and taste some pretty spectacular bottles. So glad he picked this and not amateur boxing for a hobby!
It’s that time of year again – when the food blogging world looks back on another year of recipes, another year of posts, and a FULL year of gratitude for so many kind readers. Minnesota Locavore has grown in ways I could have never anticipated this year. At the beginning of the year a few of you (mostly my immediate family and friends) followed my progress on Facebook and subscribed to updates. Now several hundred people in Minnesota and around the United States tag along for our locavore journey.
2012 wasn’t free of bumps in the road though. The mid-summer months of July and August, when local food is at it’s best was one of the toughest months here. Motivation low. Stress-level high. It’s when I most often catch myself reverting back to bad eating habits and the easy way out. Unfortunately, that’s usually through the drive-thru window! As usually happens in our climate, the seasons change and so does the tempo at which we’re traveling. Fall and winter has been no less busy around here, but there has been a better balance. After all, isn’t that what life is about? Finding the best balance?
Earlier this week I posted one of my favorite posts ever on the site “150 ways to eat more local food.” It’s already receiving a tremendous response from new readers and old friends. I hope you join me in 2013 by tackling a few more of the items on the list. We’ve found by adding some of these things to our daily routine we’ve found that better balance we’ve been looking for. Cutting out some chaos in our schedules and adding some new things to our plates has made all the difference.
So…with all that said…it’s time for the best of 2012. The top 12 posts (by number of views this year) below capture some of the best parts of the year. I can’t wait to share with you all the good things another year of local eating will bring in 2013! Happy New Year!
This is it. This is the year to live better. To eat and grow local wherever you live. Need an idea to get started today? Want to try something new in the garden or the kitchen? Take the challenge to try 1 or all 150. Either way you’ll be living closer to the locavore lifestyle.
Use an old road map and a protractor to draw 100, 200, and 500 mile circles around your city. Choose ingredients based on these lines to define your locavore diet.
Read about 10 locavores online. You’re more likely to stick with a local lifestyle if you know you’re in good company.
Join your local co-op grocery store.
Pack a local lunch for work instead of dining out on fast food or cafeteria fare.
Order your seed catalogs and start planning for the growing season.
Shop the winter farmers’ markets for local meat, cheese and honey.
The kitchen partner celebrates his 26th birthday today. He’s had a well-traveled year with trips to Israel, California and 3 or 4 trips to the North Shore. I couldn’t ask for more when it comes to this guy. He eats all of my cooking without complaint, tolerates my late night insomnia, and still does the laundry and dishes!
Here’s to how special 25 was and all the great things to come in year 26!