• 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…

  • Gardening

    Garden Photography 101: 10 Shareable Garden Photos

    Today Maria at Sweet Domesticity is back for our last installment of Garden Photography 101. During the month of June, Maria stopped by for a series on how to capture great photos of your garden this season. Be sure to check out her other posts: Garden Photography 101: Why Capture Great Photos of Your Garden & Garden Photography 101: The technicals of Great Garden Photos. Thanks Maria! Over the past month we’ve talked about why you should photograph your garden, and how to compose a great garden photo, and now the time has come to pull it all together with some thoughts on what to photograph while you’re out and…

  • Gardening,  Other Writings

    Garden Photography 101: The Technicals of Great Garden Photos

    Today Maria at Sweet Domesticity is back for another guest post. One of Maria’s signatures on her blog is stunning photos of the plants in her garden. She’s stopping by during the month of June to share some info with you in a series we’re calling Garden Photography 101, on how to capture great photos of your own garden this season. I am happy to be back on Minnesota Locavore this week to bring you another installment of Garden Photography 101! This week we are going to dive into some of the more technical aspects of garden photography with some tips and tricks to help you compose great garden photos.…

  • Gardening

    Garden Photography 101: Why capture great photos of your garden?

    Today I’m so excited to announce a guest post series on garden photography from one of my favorite garden writers, Maria at Sweet Domesticity. One of Maria’s signatures on her blog is stunning photos of the plants in her garden. She’s stopping by during the month of June to share some info with you in a series we’re calling Garden Photography 101, on how to capture great photos of your own garden this season.   Hello Minnesota Locavores! I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with Amy on this series of guest posts! Not only is this topic near and dear to me personally, but it is…

  • Other Writings

    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…

  • Other Writings

    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…

  • 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,…

  • Cooking,  Other Writings

    Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

    When I talk to people about food blogging, they always assume the cooking is the hardest part. How do you come up with new stuff to make all the time? How do you take a bag full of stuff from the farmers’ market a make it look like that? For me, time in the kitchen has always been the easy part. And the writing comes better some days than others, but that’s more related to how many episodes of New Girl are available on Hulu than difficulty. No – it’s not the recipes and it’s not the words. It’s the photos that drag me down in the blogosphere. I can’t tell you…

  • Cooking,  Eating,  Local Products,  Other Writings

    Top 11 of 2011: The Best of Minnesota Locavore

    Welcome back after a little holiday vacation. My hometown in Wisconsin even squeaked out a White Christmas this weekend. I had an amazing holiday break and hope that you and your family shared the same. I’m fully rested and ready to make the most of the last days of 2011. Rockin’ New Year’s Eve plans anyone?  I thought I’d start the New Year’s count-down early and share the Best of Minnesota Locavore this year. It’s a list of the posts that captured the most views and comments since this little blog began in March. It’s been a phenomenal year full of surprises and new beginnings. All in the name of…