• Eating,  Local Products,  Locavore on the Road

    A Spot of Green

    Someone forgot to tell the chives in the Little Acre Garden on our patio that we’re having a mixed up spring. That’s right, these poor little green things are trying hard despite another 4″ of snow last night. As if today’s weather wasn’t tough enough, then came the news that the St. Paul Farmers’ Market is delaying their open this weekend. The first time in the market’s history the summer market open wont happen on time. This time last year, our patio garden looked like this: And I was making meals like this: Not exactly the case this year. So what’s a locavore to do when spring just wont show…

  • Cooking,  Farm Visits,  Local Products

    Maple Syrup Season at Sippl’s Sugarbush

    No one has complained more than me about this miserable spring we’ve had, but there’s one group of people around Wisconsin and Minnesota that can’t get enough of this weather. Maple sugarers around the area are having a bumper year compared to the warm temperatures and dismal maple syrup season of 2012. Last weekend we headed back home to Wisconsin to take part in a long tradition in my husband’s family. The thick maple forests around the area where we grew up are some of the best maple syrup producing areas in the state. His uncles, cousins and friends can all be found strapping on snowshoes to haul buckets and steel…

  • Local Products

    2nd Blog-A-Versary Giveaway!

    This time next week, Minnesota Locavore will be officially 2 years old. In order to celebrate the great people and great local food of the past 2 years – we’re hosting a giveaway this week with the motto “(because who doesn’t LOVE free stuff?)” On Friday – I’ll be giving one lucky reader one of my favorite things ever: their choice of a t-shirt from Locally Grown Clothing Company. Two great things about these tees: the company is based in Des Moines, Iowa about 250 miles from St. Paul, and they are screenprinted with the coolest locavore-inspired designs: I bet you’ve seen their rooster icon at the co-ops, farmers’ markets…

  • Cooking,  Local Products

    Brau Brothers Beef and Barley Stew

    I think we’re having our first true Minnesota winter in a long time. Days so cold I cross my fingers and crunch one eye in hopes the car starts. Mornings where I  wake up to a ground again covered in white and I run to the television in hopes of a 2 hour delay from work. (Still waiting SPPS…) I’m a winter-freak. I love every part of it, with the exception of slow traffic. Snowshoeing. Skiing. Extra large snowbanks. All this winter stuff we’ve got going on this year is spectacular. (I’ve been told this enthusiasm is because I’ve never actually had to pick up a shovel since I moved…

  • Local Products

    A Locavore Christmas: A Minnesota Gift Guide Round-Up

    5 days left to go before Christmas. Are you ready? This morning I’m finishing up the last of my shopping. One final exchange and one d.i.y. project. If you’re still looking for that last-minute perfect holiday gift–or if you’re just getting started on your shopping–I’m recommending you check out these locavore gift guides. They’re from some of my favorite blogs and Minnesota-grown websites. Tons of ideas to help you wrap up the last of your holiday buying! The Splendid Table’s Lynne Rossetto Kasper recommends local, Minnesota-made artisan chocolates for Christmas. If cookbooks are on your list, I recommend you check out Simple Good and Tasty’s 2012 Cookbook Round-Up for some of…

  • Cooking,  Local Products

    A Locavore Christmas: Egg Nog Recipes

    If you’re like me, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without egg nog. I love how it crops up in candies and the lattes at the coffee shop, in french toast and even in the ice cream in our freezer.  My first sips bring me straight back to snowy Christmas Eves and warming up my mittens before heading back out for another run down the sledding hill. It also brings back the age-old debate in our family about whether store-bought pasteurized egg nog can stand up to the “real stuff” my parents and grandparents would enjoy. I know what you’re thinking. A good locavore should be truckin’ it out to the…

  • Foodies,  Local Products

    Locavore on the Road: Duluth Grill

    Do you have a happy place? You know, somewhere you can visit a hundred times and always regret having to go home. You regularly catch yourself day dreaming about going there when you’re stuck in traffic or having a bad day at work. The place that “fills your bucket.” Since our first trip nearly 5 years ago the North Shore has been my happy place. I love Duluth and beg the kitchen partner to buy me a house there all the time. We try to make it up there 3-4 times every year–to relax, get away from the city noise, and take in Lake Superior. Last weekend we snuck away…

  • Local Products

    Find it Local Friday: 10 Places to Order a Local Turkey

    Welcome to November! It’s shaping up to be a busy month around here. I’ve got guest posts planned, knee-deep in an online graduate course, and finally committed to participate in National Novel Writing Month (Have you heard about NaNoWriMo?). November 2012 is the month I’m finally going to take the book idea that’s been sloshing around in my brain all year and spew it on paper. NaNoWriMo encourages writers to hit the 50,000 word mark in 30 days. Kate in the Kitchen inspired me last year with her November blog series so much that I’m already approaching the 1,000 word mark. Keep checking back this month for updates. Despite all that,…

  • Farm Visits,  Local Products

    Goose Lake Winery – Nowthen, MN

    The kitchen partner and I snuck up to Nowthen yesterday to enjoy the fall sunshine and some Minnesota wines. Goose Lake Farm and Winery was the first winery we visited when we moved to Minnesota way back when. If you live in or visit the Twin Cities area, be sure to make Goose Lake one of the stops your list. With more than 40 different wines to choose from (including a sparkling rosé I could have for brunch, lunch, dinner…or all three!) there’s lots get excited about. The drive is about 50 minutes from downtown Saint Paul, perfect for a sunny Fall afternoon. When you get there, don’t be surprised…