• Gardening,  How-To Guides

    Finding the Perfect Container Garden

    The snow finally melted off the Little Acre Garden Bag this week and things are looking kinda shabby. 3 long growing seasons and withstanding the extreme sun/temperature fluctuations of our patio are about all we could ask for from one patch of soil. It’s time to start finding the perfect container garden. When we bought the Little Acre it was our first summer in the town house and we were eager to get anything to grow. By mid-summer we’d created what Greg and I now affectionately call the crazy vegetable bush: Container Garden Lessons Although it looks green and healthy here, the plants were so crowded and overgrown they never…

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    Our 3rd Blog-A-Versary

    On March 25, 2011 Minnesota Locavore started with a bold proclamation: “Here the news!! I love local food!”  Today is our 3rd Blog-A-Versary. Fast forward through 314 posts, over a hundred recipes and 292 Facebook friends and I am still shouting “BUY LOCAL!” from our little corner of St. Paul. Last year we celebrated the blog-a-versary with a giveaway and a big dinner with friends. This year things are a little quieter. The kitchen partner is working on yet another MBA paper. I’m heading to the gym and then to over to a friend’s to help with a project. He and I will meet to share the locally raised pork chops…

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    10 Must-Try Breweries in Greater Minnesota

    If you’re anything like me this first week of Daylight Savings Time was brutal. Pair that with giving up all-things social media until Easter and I’m ready for a weekend without the alarm clock and with a whole lot of R&R. Although I go for a bold red wine at the end of most hectic weeks, lately my brain has been all about barley and hops. I think this kind of week calls for a nice cold beer, don’t you think? To say craft brewing in Minnesota has exploded in the past five years is an understatement. The Twin Cities bar scene wouldn’t be the same now without names like…

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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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    Waddle it Be Baby Shower

    Just putting the last of the decorations away and sorting through the pictures from my sister-in-law Whitney’s baby shower in Wisconsin last weekend. When Whitney told me last fall she wanted to have a gender reveal shower I was jumping up and down excited for weeks. I spent the next gazillion hours on Pinterest and Etsy searching for the perfect theme and decorations. Finally we settled on a “Waddle it Be?” penguin theme. Not a bad plan for this frigid February we’ve been having. The thing I like most about throwing parties like this is the chance to meet and work with people who are as passionate and inspired by the…

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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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    Confessions

    Happy New Year’s Eve! Time for some end of the year “deep dark secrets.” Find out what’s been happening around here are where things are headed for 2014. Confession #1: Last weekend we did nothing.  And by nothing I mean a level of nothing that included: not getting out of our pajamas, ordering Chinese delivery (and answering the door in our pajamas), taking 2 hour naps in the afternoon, putting together Legos and watching episodes of junk TV on streaming. Greg was running a low-grade fever and coughing every 2 seconds while fighting a nasty post-Christmas virus. I was nursing a slipped-on-the-ice back ache. Together we were the epitome of…