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    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…

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    North Shore Chicken Barley Soup

    If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That’s about the only advice I have left to manage this beast of a winter. If we can’t get the ice and cold and snow and general misery to disappear any faster, we might as well get out an enjoy it. Last weekend Greg and I headed up for our annual February trip to the North Shore with one mission in mind: show this Minnesota winter we’re not scared. We can have a good time when it’s this cold. {Insert my puffed-out-parka-can’t-stop-this-chick-in-extra-heavy-long-underwear look.} Our big adventure of the long weekend was a day trip to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Like…

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    Savory Feta and Ham Crostini with Philia Feta Spread

    There’s a new local guest in our refrigerator that I’ve been dying to tell you about… Minnesota Locavores, meet Philia Food’s Savory and Spicy Feta Spreads. (Since the company has been around the farmers’ market scene since 2012 there’s a chance you may have already met my new snack food friend. If so, humor me this time and read all about what I made with it!) I stumbled on these last week at Mississippi Market next to the cream cheese. Here’s how the conversation went: Me: “Hello…Umm…Excuse me? Hi there. I’m Amy and I…well I couldn’t help but notice you’re wearing the “Discover Local” tag, and…well…I’ve got to be honest,…

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    Blueberry Cheesecake Bites with Frozen Blueberries

    Things I wish I had less of in my life: – bad hair days. – automatic flush toilets. – commercials on Pandora for engagement rings. Things I wish I had more of: – double-down snow days. – episodes of Smash – reasons to make cheesecake. I mean, can you really ever have too many reasons for cheesecake? New jobs, baby showers, first dates, bad hair days. All good reasons for cheesecake. Being stuck in the house for 2 days because of a “polar vortex.” Also a good reason for cheesecake. Yesterday I decided to have a serious “screw winter weather” moment and made a pan of blueberry cheesecake bars with…

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    It’s-How-Cold!?!? Minnesota Soups

    Just when you thought this frigid winter couldn’t get worse…It’s HOW cold right now? I’m celebrating Governor Dayton’s day off from school today (although celebrating -54°F wind chills seems counter-intuitive) with a hot cup of tea, my long underwear and a steaming pot of soup on the stove. What else is there to do when it’s colder than the south pole: If you’re stuck inside today too, here are some great Minnesota soup recipes from the dark days of the last few winters. Most of the recipes are made with simple ingredients you’re likely to have on hand already since a trip to the store is not high on anyone’s…

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    Cheesy Chicken Wild Rice Hotdish with Kale

    The evolution of a recipe name: START: Cheese, Chicken, Carrots, Kale and Wild Rice Casserole Cheese, Chicken, Carrots, Kale and Wild Rice Casserole Cheese, Chicken, Kale and Wild Rice Casserole Cheesy Chicken Kale and Wild Rice Casserole Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole with Kale END: Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Hot Dish with Kale How about we just call this dish…”what I had in the refrigerator covered in the creamiest cheese sauce ever,” sound okay? This afternoon I checked out the weather forecast for next week and saw the words ‘wind chill’ in the mix. That can only mean one thing in Minnesota: it’s hot dish time. I put…

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    Pumpkin Maple Cake

    Wait…is it Friday already? The weeks continue to whiz by here. We’re enjoying this gorgeous fall weather and some of our favorite foods (baked squash, applesauce, pumpkin pie) while running in between this and that. This weekend is jammed with one of our big volunteer events of the year: From 9 p.m. to Midnight tonight Greg and I will be setting up for the Minnesota Walk Now for Autism Speaks at the Mall of America. This is our 4th year participating in the walk. Together he and I have raised nearly $1000 for autism research and advocacy through this event. Then tomorrow morning we’ll be back at the Mall by 6 a.m.…

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    Barley & Squash Minestrone

    Here it comes world… I think I’m a hypochondriac. Right now I’m sitting on the couch icing my back after an unfortunate run in with a Wii Remote at work today. I’m doing my best not to research “broken ribs” or “ruptured kidney” on WebMD while writing this post, even though I probably will just end up with a bruise. It’s not a new thing. Anytime I see or hear of someone getting sick, I immediately start the “what if’s” Greg starts coughing and I can feel my neck muscles contract. I get a text from a client’s parent alerting me to a kid with a fever and I spend…

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    Fall Harvest Bread

    I’ve told everyone for months that September 2013 was going to be the most stressful month on record at the Sippl household. More than our wedding. More than buying our house. More than waiting for the last Harry Potter movie on DVD. Today is the last day of September and all I can say is…we survived! Yesterday I finally started to feel the refrigerator-sized pressure lift. What a relief it is to know from here on out things are slowing down for us. We’re heading into October with this behind us: Greg’s hardest class in his MBA program completed Guests 3 out of the 5 weekends in the month Trips…