• Cooking,  Other Writings

    Eat Local America: Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

    This recipe for Slow-Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches is the fourth post in the 2013 Eat Local America! Challenge series. Each year Minnesota co-ops celebrate the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available August by promoting a month of local eating. Minnesota Locavore and readers around the state are taking the challenge to eat meals made from local ingredients. Stop back all month long for recipes, local products and tips for jump starting your month of local food.  For years I’ve followed the DIY blog Young House Love and watched the writers over there transform room after room. What I seemed to miss in among the gorgeous before and after photos are the things no…

  • Cooking

    Eat Local America : Cream of Cauliflower Soup

    This is the third post in the 2013 Eat Local America! Challenge series. Each year Minnesota co-ops celebrate the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available August by promoting a month of local eating. Minnesota Locavore and readers around the state are taking the challenge to eat meals made from local ingredients. Stop back all month long for recipes, local products and tips for jump starting your month of local food.  Wait? How did it get to be Wednesday already? I thought we just finished wrapping up the weekend, now I’m staring the next one in the face. Oye. I can’t keep up. This weekend Greg and I are gearing up for…

  • Cooking,  Local Products,  Locavore Q & A

    Eat Local America : BLT Salad

    This is the second post in the 2013 Eat Local America! Challenge series. Each year Minnesota co-ops celebrate the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available August by promoting a month of local eating. Minnesota Locavore and readers around the state are taking the challenge to eat meals made from local ingredients. Stop back all month long for recipes, local products and tips for jump starting your month of local food.  If there’s anything I love in the world, it’s rules. I was the kid on the playground screaming “You’re not following the rules!” I was the pushy 7th grader in student government trying to make the rules. Now I work with…

  • Cooking,  Local Products

    Eat Local America : Tart Cherry Ice Cream

    This is the first post in the 2013 Eat Local America! Challenge series. Each year Minnesota co-ops celebrate the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available August by promoting a month of local eating. Minnesota Locavore and readers around the state are taking the challenge to eat meals made from local ingredients. Stop back all month long for recipes, local products and tips for jump starting your month of local food.  On a recent Saturday morning trip to the St. Paul Farmers’ Market one farm stand stopped me in my tracks. The vendor’s table was small but filled with what I consider to be the best of Minnesota summertime: fresh…

  • Cooking,  Gardening

    Fresh Cuts – Chives

    This is the second post in the series titled Fresh Cuts. Each post features a different kitchen garden herb and fresh ways to incorporate it into your locavore meals. Today’s post is on fresh-cut chives. See my latest post on Italian Flat Leaf Parsley. 2012 was the first season we grew herbs in our patio garden. After a few summers of sad-looking tomatoes and cucumbers, we decided to go with herbs. That way they are close to the kitchen and are more appropriate for the 3’ x 3’ space. Now the first thing that pops up in the Little Acre each spring is a clump of thin green chives. We always welcome…

  • Cooking,  Other Writings

    New Post on SGT: Great Grains – Quinoa

      Somedays the technology world just plain stinks. For most of the month of June I’ve been navigating a steady river of “This email is notify you, your site has been down for 19h 26m.” Worse yet, the trigger for the outages happened every time I’d click to save a draft of my posts. I watched my newly written content vaporize, not once. Not twice. But 4 times before I figured out this was the problem. By the middle of last week things were so bad, the site was down more than it was up. I take a huge amount of pride in being a “self-taught” kinda gal. Knitting, canning,…

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    Asparagus Crepes with Hollandaise Sauce

    Since my confessions at the end of last month, eating has been much more seasonal around here. The kitchen partner and I sat down for a heart-to-heart a few hours after that post went up, and yesterday I fit into size 0 skirt at Banana Republic. Whoo-Whoo! (Fairly certain the entire rack was on clearance because the tags were sized wrong but hey – I’ll take it!) We both decided to retire our Little Caesar’s pizza boxes and find a little more balance. Not sure we’re totally there yet, but with a month of eating better and getting out in the fresh air of the garden I’m definitely in a…

  • Cooking,  Gardening

    Fresh Cuts: Italian Flat Leaf Parsley

    This is the first post in the series titled Fresh Cuts. Each post features a different kitchen garden herb and fresh ways to add it into your locavore meals. This feature is about one of the most common herbs used in cooking: italian flat leaf parsley. If you’re going to start a series on fresh-cut herbs, there’s probably no better place to start than with parsley. Gardeners love it for the deep green color, easy care, and long growing season. Cooks like it for its versatility and the curious not-quite-peppery but not-quite-lemony either flavor it adds to dishes. As a locavore, I love it because one plant can produce nearly all…

  • Cooking

    Rhubarb Round-Up

    Last weekend I bought my first bunch of rhubarb at the farmers’ market. Long green stems with the perfect splash of ruby. Rhubarb that said “So what if the weather is cold and wet. Let’s have dessert!” Out comes the brown sugar. Out comes the oatmeal. Ladies and gentleman…it’s rhubarb season. Did you know I think we have more rhubarb recipes on Minnesota Locavore than any other ingredient? Every year I get dragged down by the long winter and the lack of green stuff around this place. Then sometime around mid-May rhubarb shows up and I go absolutely nuts. FINALLY…a fresh fruit/vegetable. (We wont get into whether rhubarb is a…