• Other Writings

    Hello, December!

    So much can happen in six months. An MBA graduation, a Hawaiian vacation, a turn in seasons from summer to fall to winter. So much can happen that a little blogging project can get set aside for awhile while more pressing things demand attending. This week I decided life has slowed up just enough to say hello to December and hello again to all of you. In the past year or so, food blogging made a noticeable shift. We’ve escalated from well-written stories and wholesome recipes to a polished, gastronomic frenzy. The photos became more important than the food, and the SEO keywords became more important than the photos. So…

  • Local Products

    Give a Local Gift Guides

    Follow my blog with Bloglovin t-minus 7 days to finish your holiday shopping. Whether it’s hostess gifts, the stocking stuffers for the bowling team or that perfect surprise for your special someone, nothing says ‘Merry Christmas’ like a Minnesota-made gift. I bet you’ve heard this before, but MN2020, an organization dedicated to economic development in Minnesota reports “When you spend $1 at a local independent business, an average of 68 cents is re-circulated into the local economy.  In contrast, when you spend $1 at a national chain, only about 43 cents stays at home.” Locally made gifts say “I didn’t wander around the mall for hours.” or “I just threw…

  • Cooking

    A Locavore Christmas: Whole Grain Christmas Cookies

    There’s a new post up today on Simple Good and Tasty with 9 yummy Christmas cookie recipes I’ve been itchin’ to share with all of you. My last installment of Great Grains for 2012 showcased some new recipes to dress up your holiday cookies with whole grains. We’re all so overloaded with rich, sweet, salty, and syrupy foods this time of year. While these treats make the holidays oh-so-merry, it’s nice to put a dash of healthy in there too. Add one of these to your baking list this weekend – then hop over to Facebook and share your family’s reaction when you shared your secret weapon for extra-special Christmas…

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    A Locavore Christmas: A Minnesota Gift Guide Round-Up

    5 days left to go before Christmas. Are you ready? This morning I’m finishing up the last of my shopping. One final exchange and one d.i.y. project. If you’re still looking for that last-minute perfect holiday gift–or if you’re just getting started on your shopping–I’m recommending you check out these locavore gift guides. They’re from some of my favorite blogs and Minnesota-grown websites. Tons of ideas to help you wrap up the last of your holiday buying! The Splendid Table’s Lynne Rossetto Kasper recommends local, Minnesota-made artisan chocolates for Christmas. If cookbooks are on your list, I recommend you check out Simple Good and Tasty’s 2012 Cookbook Round-Up for some of…

  • Cooking

    A Locavore Christmas: Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling

    I love the kitchen partner’s face when he’s excited about something I’ve baked. Earlier this week I made a holiday pumpkin roll with cream cheese filling in preparation for this post. Every few minutes during the prep he’d come back in the kitchen to dip his finger in the batter for a quick taste. “Wow. That’s really good.”…2 minutes and another dip into the bowl later…”What’s all in this?” He went away for a while and then came back to open the oven door just a crack. “Is it done yet?”…10 minutes later…”How long until you can put the frosting on?”…30 minutes later…”How about now? Can I try it?” Anything…

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    A Locavore Christmas: Cranberry-Filled Linzer Cookies

    Have you started your holiday baking yet? What goodies are you planning to make this season? This time last year I was already turning my kitchen into a battle zone every night after work. Complete with dirty dishes and a fine layer of flour covering the whole place. One of my favorite recipes from last year’s locavore Christmas was a shortbread linzer made with cranberry filling. The cranberries came from the Wetherby Cranberry Company in Warrens, WI. (Check out the details of our visit to The Cranberry Capital!) These cookies were sooo good, I shared them as a guest post on one of my favorite blogs – this heArt of…