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    Spoonriver Cookbook Giveaway

    Hope you are all staying cool on this steamy weekend. The kitchen partner and I are off to a pot-luck picnic this afternoon. I’m taking a salad with fresh strawberries we picked at Afton Apple Orchard yesterday. But first I want to announce the winner of the Spoonriver Cookbook giveaway. Drumroll please… Congrats to Gail Kuroda who shared her comment about adding whole grains into homemade bread recipes. I love tossing in flax or sprouted wheat berries into homemade breads. Thanks for sharing with us–hopefully you’ll enjoy the bread recipes in The Spoonriver Cookbook as much as I have! Don’t miss the comments from the Spoonriver post. There’s some great whole…

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    House Guests – Season Two

    Last May, I gave my dad Ameraucana chicks for his birthday as an addition to his growing coop back home. Before they were delivered, the chicks spent a few cozy nights as house guests under my careful watch. Let’s be honest…I was an obsessive mother hen. By the time they left, all 5 had names and their own personalities. How could you not fall in love with a cute little puff-ball like this? Those gals are all grown up and producing gorgeous blue “Easter eggs”. When it came time for my parents to place their chick order again this year, they asked me to house sit for 5 more from…

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    Minnesota #17 on Locavore Index

    In the past few weeks Minnesotans have started to tip-toe into the best locavore season. Whether you use 50, 150 or statewide as your local food line, June through September are by far the easiest months to eat local in the North Star State. Minnesota’s growing local food network was recently measured against other states’, and our locavores measure up well. When the 2012 Locavore Index was released last week, Minnesotans had something to celebrate. A brand new measure introduced by New England-based Strolling of the Heifers, the rankings use farmers’ markets and CSA’s per-capita data from 2010 and 2011 to generate composite “locavore” scores for each state. Minnesota has…

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    25 Things in my 25th Year

    I have a song from preschool stuck in my head today: “Today is someone’s birthday, this I know. Today is someone’s birthday, we like her so. Today is someone’s birthday, who could it be? Today is Amy’s birthday-ee” Yup. Today I turn the big whopping 25. That’s about as much as I want to talk about it too. Last year when I wrote my birthday post “24 Things to Happen in my 24th year”, I had the very same feelings about getting older as I do this year. You just have to add 1 to 24 and subtract another year from the time I have left to cram everything in.…

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    Sauerkraut Pork and Dumplings

    April 17, 2012 Dear Crock-Pot, I know you and I have led a checkered past. Your broken lid and my tendency to leave you in the cupboard for months on end is proof enough of that. Let’s be honest. I’ve been downright neglectful in choosing the other kitchen gadgets over you. You’ve been the last one picked to join the dinner team far too many times. It happens. But in my defense Crock-Pot, you haven’t always played fair either. Food so burnt it took three days to scrub you clean. The way you make every inch of the house smell the same for days. (How do you even make the…

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    March Wrap-Up

    I managed to make it through April Fool’s Day without any trickery. I think when it falls on a Sunday there’s less tricks to be had. Today we’re looking back on a busy birthday month of March and looking forward to the local produce popping up in April. Rumors of ramps, asparagus and wild mushrooms have floated around the local food world! Exciting! March at Minnesota Locavore  This month Minnesota Locavore celebrated the end of a year of blogging. A first birthday that came and went quietly, but not without recognition. It’s been a fantastic year with many new friends and faces. There’s much more planned for Year 2! The…

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    A Blog-A-Versary

    One year ago today, this little blog began. Oh, what a year it has been. Lots of learning and lots of good food. I started out this month planning big celebrations, giveaways, and hoopla in honor of a year of sharing the locavore life with all of you. But earlier this week I had a change of heart and decided to celebrate in a different way. Every year we mark the start of spring on March 20. It’s a regular, predictable anniversary. Yet when it comes to connecting us with the Earth and another season of growing and eating local food, the date is really arbitrary. We know it’s a…

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    Three Video Thursday: Starting the Garden

    Sprouting, springtime, and seeds have been on our minds this week. In a 10 day’s time, our seed starting table has gone from this: to this: If you’re looking for a taste of spring yourself, here’s three videos to inspire you to get your grow on. First is a recap of how some New York City gardeners are utilizing unique spaces to grow food. Recognize anyone from Truck Farm? Second is a time-lapse of sprouting wheat grass from seed. Love it. And the third is a fantastic wedding idea that I think every couple should add in their plans! New York Farm City from Petrina TV on Vimeo. A Couple’s…

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    Three Video Thursday

    When your boss walks by and you’re watching YouTube clips, don’t worry. Show ’em one of these and how you’re a local food expert. Start a conversation about our broken food system in 4 minutes or less. I know, I know. The end result is still Chipotle. But the in-between parts and Willie Nelson are amazing. There’s a reason why my grocery bill is three times more when I go to the supermarket than when I go to the co-op or the farmer’s market. The kitchen partner and I are going to a screening of The Greenhorns Documentary at Macalester College tonight, 7 PM in the James B. Wallace auditorium…