• Canning,  Cooking,  Eating,  Local Products,  Other Writings

    September Eats {25 In-Season Items You Don’t Want to Miss}

    September is one of the best seasons for locavores. The peak summer vegetables are available by the bushel and the early fall crops are just beginning to ripen. Few other months offer more variety and possibility in Minnesota. Don’t wait another week to visit the farmers’ market or search the Minnesota Grown directory for a local grower. Here’s the A-Z list of fruits and vegetables in season right now: #1 Apples - Minnesota apple season came early this year because of heat, dry weather and early spring blossoms. Early varieties like State Fair and Duchess have been available for a few weeks. Sweet Sixteen and Honeycrisp are starting to arrive now and…

  • Local Products,  Other Writings

    Razzle-Dazzle Raspberry Picking

    The kitchen partner and I had a fantastic weekend. I canned 25 pounds of tomatoes for mid-winter and he had some quality time to work on his MBA application. Yesterday, our friends Simon from 20Food.net and his girlfriend Anya asked us to tag along raspberry picking. We headed to Lorence’s Berry Farm in Northfield, MN (about 40 miles south of St. Paul) for a gorgeous afternoon of picking followed by a picnic of fresh local food. Did I mention how cool my friends are? Keep your eyes out for more raspberry recipes here this week and a list of local patches for pick your own berries. The fall season is…

  • Foodies,  Other Writings

    Happy Birthday Julia!

    Julia Child would have been 100 today. For those of you who have read Minnesota Locavore from the beginning, you know that she holds a special place in my heart. I’ve written final term papers in college about her life and affinity for butter. She’s brought me back to the kitchen to “learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun.” Today I’ve had fun reading how she’s shaped and inspired other food writers around the web. (Google and the White House even joined in the celebration!) Bon Appetite everyone! Here are my earlier posts about all things Julia: Julia Child on Fresh Air Find it Local Friday:…

  • Eating,  Local Products,  Other Writings

    August Events

    August is one of the busiest months of the year for locavores. The choices of fruits and veggies are plentiful, the garden is in full production, canning and freezing fill up the weekends. It’s a busy time, but one of the best times to eat more local meals. A no other time of the year is it easier to make meals with fresh local produce. Organizations around the region are getting together to celebrate the season. Here’s some local food events you wont want to miss: August 1-31st, 2012 – Eat Local, America! Challenge - Co-op stores across the nation will be celebrating local food during the month of August. Last…

  • Locavore Q & A,  Other Writings

    A Case of the Mondays

    I’m not sure about all of you, but today I’m having a major case of the Mondays. After a fantastic weekend celebrating my parents’ 33rd wedding anniversary, heading back to work this morning was a bit of a bummer. We had a mix of everything over the weekend: My favorite Friday night dinner at Brasa in St. Paul – nothing says “Hello Weekend!” like a local shredded chicken sandwich with creamed spinach and a glass of Fulton American Blonde. Took my dad to the Car Craft Summer Nationals car show at the State fairgrounds. No matter how many times we tried to stump him with “Hey Dad, what’s that?” he’d always…

  • Other Writings

    California Slideshow

    As promised, I’m posting the photos from our California trip. I’ve been creating Shutterfly albums the past two weeks and am already dreaming about our next trip to Napa!  There’s also a new post today on 20Food.net. Hop over there to see the fresh blueberry pancakes the kitchen partner has been making me all week. Enjoy!

  • Other Writings

    Back from California

    Trying to get back in the swing of things this week after 10 glorious days of vacation has been somewhere between excruciating and misery. I keep thinking about this: And this: And this: And gorgeous dinner plates like this: I’ve been diligently editing the 1800+ photos the kitchen partner and I took in California this week. I never finished the photo album from our Yellowstone trip last summer and I’m committed to nothing else until every last page is done. Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday and the weekend is on its way. Time for playing catch up! In the meantime, what did you think of the guest posts?

  • Foodies,  Other Writings

    Locavore Q & A with Molly Watson

    Today I am so thrilled to announce the first post in a guest series titled “Locavore Q & A“. The posts highlight how others think and write about local food. Whether a beginning cook in the kitchen or a season local farmer, we all have different motivations for choosing a locavore lifestyle. This week’s posts are about experiencing local foods from new perspectives. Today’s guest post was written by Molly Watson, one of the first resources I turned to when I started learning more about local food. She’s a writer and recipe developer who runs Local Foods for About.com, tells stories at The Dinner Files, and contributes to publications as…