• Canning,  Cooking

    Blueberry Freezer Jam

    Last July and August you and I shared a locavore moment every few days. This summer. Not so much. Despite my best intentions (and my wild attempts at planning), the past few months have been the complete opposite. New work responsibilities, a ton of weddings and events, and a major “lose all that local food weight you’ve added to your rear-end” campaign turned this summer from lazy days into some of the longest to-do lists of my life. By last week Friday, I hadn’t blogged in over a week. I was behind on hours at work, behind on writing assignments but loathing the thought of doing either. When we climbed in the car after…

  • Locavore Q & A,  Other Writings

    A Case of the Mondays

    I’m not sure about all of you, but today I’m having a major case of the Mondays. After a fantastic weekend celebrating my parents’ 33rd wedding anniversary, heading back to work this morning was a bit of a bummer. We had a mix of everything over the weekend: My favorite Friday night dinner at Brasa in St. Paul – nothing says “Hello Weekend!” like a local shredded chicken sandwich with creamed spinach and a glass of Fulton American Blonde. Took my dad to the Car Craft Summer Nationals car show at the State fairgrounds. No matter how many times we tried to stump him with “Hey Dad, what’s that?” he’d always…

  • Cooking

    Blueberry Shortcakes

    There’s an emerging revelation at our house this week. Shortcakes are not just for strawberries. Seriously. Did all of you know this and were just not telling me? I’ve always thought that strawberry shortcakes were as untouchable as that cute little cartoon that shares the same name. Well move aside Miss Strawberry. There’s a new gal in town. Her name is Blueberry and she’s ready for her chance to shine. I like my shortcake more like drop biscuits. The same way my mom makes them, except with twice as much butter. To me shortcakes should be rough on the outside but fluffy, rich and buttery on the inside. Not the…

  • Cooking,  Local Products

    Minnesota Blueberry Season

    We may all be roasted, toasted, and wilted in this heat but there’s one happy camper in Minnesota right now: the blueberry crop. With all the warm weather, blueberry season has started in the Metro and pick-your-own locations are waiting for anyone willing to brave the muggy mess we’re in. The kitchen partner and I will be celebrating our 4th of July holiday with cool vanilla ice cream topped with fresh local berries. Search Pinterest for red, white, and blue desserts if you need some patriotic inspiration of your own! Here’s a re-post of Find it Local Friday: Blueberries from last season with all the best Metro picking locations. And…

  • Local Products

    Find it Local Friday: Blueberries

    I am so excited to post that blueberry season has begun in Minnesota. There’s something simple and sacred about blueberries to me. They are small but certainly not understated.  Picking them requires patience and an appreciation for the raw potential of a single plant to produce one of the planet’s healthiest foods. My favorite part is the first few minutes in the patch when everyone settles into quiet labor. You can only hear the tiny “plunk, plunk-plunk, plunk” of each berry hitting the bottom of the pail. Simple and sacred. Sources Here are 4 places for some blueberry adoration this weekend: Blueberry Fields of Stillwater in Stillwater, roughly 18 miles…

  • Gardening

    Growing Pies

    A special package arrived today via the seed company: two small Top Hat blueberry bushes, the final plants in my “growing pies” project. This summer I have set my heart on producing enough fruit for several homemade pies without a large expansive garden. Here’s the problem: Our town home has a patio, but no yard for gardening. The community garden we utilize does not allow perennials. There is also a problem with my pie crust abilities, but we’ll worry about that later. I’ve decided to try four types of “pie” plants, all in containers: Garden Huckleberry (Solanum melanocerasum) and Sunberry (Solanum burbankii) I purchased these from the Seed Savers Exchange…