• Whole Grain Sorghum
    Other Writings

    {New Post on SGT}: Sorghum

    What has July brought for us so far? Hot weather. Fireworks. A new car. Plenty of local fruits and veggies. So many fruits and veggies, the blog has taken a back seat this month. Call it a “mini-summer vacation” while the kitchen partner and I soak up some sunshine and I work on some other projects. He’s working on an MBA, I’m 12,000 words into a novel. That equals an overabundance of time in front of computer screens. In the meantime…stop on over to Simple Good and Tasty where I’ve got a new installment of Great Grains. This time it’s all about sorghum, a gluten-free powerhouse that makes the best…

  • Cooking,  Gardening

    Fresh Cuts – Chives

    This is the second post in the series titled Fresh Cuts. Each post features a different kitchen garden herb and fresh ways to incorporate it into your locavore meals. Today’s post is on fresh-cut chives. See my latest post on Italian Flat Leaf Parsley. 2012 was the first season we grew herbs in our patio garden. After a few summers of sad-looking tomatoes and cucumbers, we decided to go with herbs. That way they are close to the kitchen and are more appropriate for the 3’ x 3’ space. Now the first thing that pops up in the Little Acre each spring is a clump of thin green chives. We always welcome…

  • Cooking,  Other Writings

    New Post on SGT: Great Grains – Quinoa

      Somedays the technology world just plain stinks. For most of the month of June I’ve been navigating a steady river of “This email is notify you, your site has been down for 19h 26m.” Worse yet, the trigger for the outages happened every time I’d click to save a draft of my posts. I watched my newly written content vaporize, not once. Not twice. But 4 times before I figured out this was the problem. By the middle of last week things were so bad, the site was down more than it was up. I take a huge amount of pride in being a “self-taught” kinda gal. Knitting, canning,…

  • Cooking

    Asparagus Crepes with Hollandaise Sauce

    Since my confessions at the end of last month, eating has been much more seasonal around here. The kitchen partner and I sat down for a heart-to-heart a few hours after that post went up, and yesterday I fit into size 0 skirt at Banana Republic. Whoo-Whoo! (Fairly certain the entire rack was on clearance because the tags were sized wrong but hey – I’ll take it!) We both decided to retire our Little Caesar’s pizza boxes and find a little more balance. Not sure we’re totally there yet, but with a month of eating better and getting out in the fresh air of the garden I’m definitely in a…

  • Cooking,  Gardening

    Fresh Cuts: Italian Flat Leaf Parsley

    This is the first post in the series titled Fresh Cuts. Each post features a different kitchen garden herb and fresh ways to add it into your locavore meals. This feature is about one of the most common herbs used in cooking: italian flat leaf parsley. If you’re going to start a series on fresh-cut herbs, there’s probably no better place to start than with parsley. Gardeners love it for the deep green color, easy care, and long growing season. Cooks like it for its versatility and the curious not-quite-peppery but not-quite-lemony either flavor it adds to dishes. As a locavore, I love it because one plant can produce nearly all…

  • Gardening

    Get Our Grow On – 2013

    Chances are if you’ve stopped by or tried to reach us in the past three weeks we were in the garden or somewhere between projects. Despite the “Junetober” we’ve had this year, it hasn’t stopped us from getting our grow on. My flowers are planted, the garden is in, and we finished up one of the largest landscaping projects either of us has ever taken on. Thought I’d take a break from the rhubarb and asparagus to give you a look into how we’re growing local this year. The Community Garden Plot  Our 10′ by 20′ patch of garden up the street is completely planted for the season with no…

  • Cooking

    Rhubarb Round-Up

    Last weekend I bought my first bunch of rhubarb at the farmers’ market. Long green stems with the perfect splash of ruby. Rhubarb that said “So what if the weather is cold and wet. Let’s have dessert!” Out comes the brown sugar. Out comes the oatmeal. Ladies and gentleman…it’s rhubarb season. Did you know I think we have more rhubarb recipes on Minnesota Locavore than any other ingredient? Every year I get dragged down by the long winter and the lack of green stuff around this place. Then sometime around mid-May rhubarb shows up and I go absolutely nuts. FINALLY…a fresh fruit/vegetable. (We wont get into whether rhubarb is a…

  • Eating,  Other Writings

    May 24 Confessions…

    Before we get this holiday weekend started, I have a few confessions to make. No sense in putting these off any longer… Confession #1: When I got home from work today I had a major freak out on the kitchen partner because we had little ants running in circles on the kitchen floor. Not my finest moment of raging anger, but in my defense a few things led up to my “FIX THIS OR ELSE!” moment. Earlier in the day I had a call from a co-worker with the most feared words among all child development professionals: Check for lice. That leads me to confession #2. Confession #2: I made my husband…

  • Cooking,  Locavore on the Road,  Locavore Q & A

    Locavore on the Road: Little House on the Prairie

    Few things are as well-known in Minnesota history as Laura Ingalls Wilder and her dugout home in Walnut Grove. Last weekend our road trip through Southwest Minnesota brought us along Highway 14 to The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in downtown Walnut Grove. We were the only people wandering the grounds on a quiet Saturday morning. The perfect time for extra photos and lingering over the exhibits. The kitchen partner and I have spent this spring re-reading the Little House series, reliving our childhood through titles like Little House in the Big Woods and On the Banks of Plum Creek. As a child I completely missed how food winds through the series, just like…