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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,…

  • Cooking,  Local Products

    Find it Local Friday: Whole Grain Milling Chips (and what to put on them!)

    When I started blogging last March, I made a list of all the local products I wanted to write about. This week I went back to that list and found I’d used a fair number of the ideas, but had been saving one of my favorites. Confession: I’ve been keeping my obsession with Whole Grain Milling tortilla chips quiet out of selfishness. If the secret gets out about how good they are, it’ll mean less for me! Ha! But in my attempt to be a better, more generous person in 2012, I am about to bestow upon you a critical piece of local food information: These are the best tortilla…

  • Cooking,  Local Products

    Dark Days Challenge Week 5 & All That Dairy

    We’re 5 weeks into the Dark Days of Winter Eat Local Challenge and I’m starting to see some trends in the way I eat. First, I am hopelessly, desperately, overly, and unabashedly devoted to local dairy. Veggies, beef, nah. For the most part, I could live with out them during the Dark Days. But ask me to give up cheese, sour cream, and my morning glass of milk and I might not make it. This is tough for someone who’s trying to figure out the meaning of SOLE (sustainable, organic, local, ethical) ingredients in my meal. Dairy isn’t exactly kind to the environment. My darling dairy products come from cows.…