• Canning,  Cooking,  Local Products

    [New Post on SGT]: Cranberry Apple Jam

    I promised earlier this week that I’d been working on some rock-your-socks off recipes to post this week. Today it’s a cranberry apple jam posted on Simple Good and Tasty. Cranberry and apple have been my go-to friends this season.  First the donuts.  Today it’s jam.  You can bet I’ll be making Liz’s crumble top pie too. I love the combination of sweet and tangy with cinnamon swirled in.  It reminds me of the candle section during the holidays. Back to the jam… Earlier this month I was given the opportunity to begin writing posts for Simple Good and Tasty, a Minnesota-based food blog focused on helping people make good food…

  • Foodies,  Local Products,  Other Writings

    Find it Local Friday: Minnesota Food Blogs

    Last week I posted about some of the delicious food writing that was pushing me back into the kitchen. Not only am I a happier foodie again, I am also knee-deep in planning a big August blogging project for Eat Local, America! month.  Starting next week I’ll be posting 31 entirely local recipes in 31 days.  Yup, you read it. No sugar, salt or non-local ingredients for an entire month! If we don’t grow it in Minnesota, it won’t be on my plate. The kitchen partner and I are going cold turkey.  (**Sidebar: I’d love to know where that food idiom comes from????) This will be the last Find it…

  • Foodies,  Other Writings

    Motivational Reading

    Car troubles and the heat have dominated my week and dissolved my appetite.  Stressors either drive me straight to the kitchen for some fierce beat-chop-whip-it-to-death-cooking, or straight to the couch for re-runs of How I Met Your Mother.  Judging from the lack of posts these past two weeks, I’ll bet you can guess where I’ve spent my time. In between griping about fuel pumps and the heat index, my stint on the couch has at least allowed me to catch up on what the rest of the Minnesota food blogging world is up to.  We have so many talented writers in our state piping out recipe after recipe.  Thought I’d…

  • Cooking

    Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Bacon

    It’s so hot today, even blogging seems like too much work. There aren’t too many meals that seem appetizing when it’s 103° either.   Not sure why heat drags my system down, but all I want to do is sit on the couch with a bowl of ice cream and watch baseball. Thankfully the Twins are having a little rally this week.  In times like these, I say it’s best to go with a stand-by rather than stumble and sweat it through a new recipe.  The least amount of effort the better, right? The first broccoli of the season found itself in a bowl with raisins, bacon, and sunflower seeds…

  • Books

    My out-of-the-kitchen obsessions

    My friends and family can regularly attest to the volumes of “light reading” that seem to pile up around the house. I always have a book in my purse, a stack of 8 or 10 from the library on my desk, and far too many subscriptions in my RSS feed. I inhale cooking and gardening writing with the same pleasure (and hefty appetite) as local food. Decided to take a break and share some of the things I’ve dined on lately: The Perennial Plate This site puts my creative thinking about local food to shame, is inventive and just plain good. The squirrel hunting epsiode is hysterical. Tender: A Cook…