• Cooking

    Eat Local America Challenge – Zucchini Overload

    An interesting phenomenon happens this time of year in gardens across the Midwest. What started as one tiny summer squash plant, has become a torment, pumping out green vegetables faster than any kitchen can handle. Even the most prepared gardener is overwhelmed with how zucchini grow this time of year. “Zucchini Overload” has begun. In our garden, we carefully watch the first baby summer squash grow. Every year that first zucchini is carefully tended, inch by inch until we can’t take it any longer. Out of the garden it goes and into a pan sautéed plain with butter and salt. The next few are eaten the same, the featured main…

  • Canning,  Cooking,  How-To Guides

    Eat Local America – How to Roast Red Peppers

    This recipe for Homemade Roasted Red Peppers is the fifth post in the 2013 Eat Local America! Challenge series. Each year Minnesota co-ops celebrate the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available in 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. One of the highlights of my Eat Local America Challenge every year is to find new ways to make the ingredients I love from scratch. Eating local means reducing the mileage our…

  • Canning,  Cooking

    National Can-It-Forward Day

    Today is 2013 National Can It Forward Day. Hosted by Ball Home Preserving, Can It Forward Day promotes and educates about canning and home preserving. This week I had the chance to meet with the MOMS club of Richfield/Southeast Minneapolis for my own canning event. I shared the basics of canning tomatoes while my friend Melanie and her great group of Mom friends hung out with their kiddos for the morning. In honor of Can It Forward Day, today I’m sharing some photos from the Mom’s club event and a re-post of my Simple Good and Tasty “How to Host a Home Canning Party” post from September 2012. A Minnesota…

  • Other Writings

    5 years ago…

    5 years ago today… …the weather was 96° and steamy. …Michael Phelps was going nutso at the Beijing Olympics. …we lived on the U of M Minneapolis campus. …our family and friends got together. … I married my best friend.     5 years later… …the weather is 80° and comfortable. …Michael Phelps still might try one more Olympics. …there’s a house on the other side of the river. And jobs. And a garden plot. …we still have the best family and friends. …I’m still the luckiest girl in the world.  

  • 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…

  • Other Writings

    A New Look

    Well, how do you like the new look? If you dropped by Minnesota Locavore anytime in this week you were hit with the ugly “Maintenance Mode” screen. Oye. Sorry ’bout that. Hope this was worth the wait. I’ve planned a make-over of the blog since December 2011 when I first noticed things were a little behind the blogging times. Then last month I ran into some serious server issues due to the outdated WordPress theme powering the blog. Picture 30 days of me shouting a variety of four letter words at the computer in raging – “What is #&$!ing wrong with you!” – moments. Moral of the story: I’m a writer,…