• Cooking

    Eat Local America Challenge – Zucchini Overload

    An interesting phenomenon happens this time of year in gardens across the Midwest. What started as one tiny summer squash plant, has become a torment, pumping out green vegetables faster than any kitchen can handle. Even the most prepared gardener is overwhelmed with how zucchini grow this time of year. “Zucchini Overload” has begun. In our garden, we carefully watch the first baby summer squash grow. Every year that first zucchini is carefully tended, inch by inch until we can’t take it any longer. Out of the garden it goes and into a pan sautéed plain with butter and salt. The next few are eaten the same, the featured main…

  • Canning,  Cooking,  How-To Guides

    Eat Local America – How to Roast Red Peppers

    This recipe for Homemade Roasted Red Peppers is the fifth post in the 2013 Eat Local America! Challenge series. Each year Minnesota co-ops celebrate the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available in August by promoting a month of local eating. Minnesota Locavore and readers around the state are taking the challenge to eat meals made from local ingredients. Stop back all month long for recipes, local products and tips for jump starting your month of local food. One of the highlights of my Eat Local America Challenge every year is to find new ways to make the ingredients I love from scratch. Eating local means reducing the mileage our…

  • Cooking,  Other Writings

    Eat Local America: Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

    This recipe for Slow-Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches is the fourth post in the 2013 Eat Local America! Challenge series. Each year Minnesota co-ops celebrate the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available August by promoting a month of local eating. Minnesota Locavore and readers around the state are taking the challenge to eat meals made from local ingredients. Stop back all month long for recipes, local products and tips for jump starting your month of local food.  For years I’ve followed the DIY blog Young House Love and watched the writers over there transform room after room. What I seemed to miss in among the gorgeous before and after photos are the things no…

  • Cooking

    Eat Local America : Cream of Cauliflower Soup

    This is the third post in the 2013 Eat Local America! Challenge series. Each year Minnesota co-ops celebrate the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available August by promoting a month of local eating. Minnesota Locavore and readers around the state are taking the challenge to eat meals made from local ingredients. Stop back all month long for recipes, local products and tips for jump starting your month of local food.  Wait? How did it get to be Wednesday already? I thought we just finished wrapping up the weekend, now I’m staring the next one in the face. Oye. I can’t keep up. This weekend Greg and I are gearing up for…

  • Cooking,  Local Products,  Locavore Q & A

    Eat Local America : BLT Salad

    This is the second post in the 2013 Eat Local America! Challenge series. Each year Minnesota co-ops celebrate the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables available August by promoting a month of local eating. Minnesota Locavore and readers around the state are taking the challenge to eat meals made from local ingredients. Stop back all month long for recipes, local products and tips for jump starting your month of local food.  If there’s anything I love in the world, it’s rules. I was the kid on the playground screaming “You’re not following the rules!” I was the pushy 7th grader in student government trying to make the rules. Now I work with…

  • 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,  Local Products

    ELC Day #31- Baked Eggs in Two-Cheese Tomato Cups

    I’m still in disbelief that today is the last day in August and the end of the Eat Local America Challenge.  31 days, 614 photos, and 27 recipes later, the blog has hit a few milestones this month.  Crossed the 100 post mark earlier this week, became a finalist in CBS’s Minnesota Most Valuable Blogger award, and as of this writing have had more than 9,400 unique views.  No small feat for a wannabe foodie.  Many thanks to all of you who have checked in to see all the month’s dishes.  In case you missed any, here’s a recap of all the great local dishes the kitchen partner and I…

  • Cooking

    ELC Day #30- State Fair Strawberry Shake

    For anyone who has taken on the Eat Local America Challenge, a big component of the diet is finding all the things you love to eat within a few hundred miles. The best locavores learn to not see it as a “sacrifice” or “giving up” all the good things. Instead, they celebrate the small victories that come with finding a new producer, a new shop, or a new local food. When I’m out-and-about and spot the Minnesota Grown sticker on an untried food, (and the kitchen partner can attest to this) I’ve been known jump up and down with excitement. The same thing happened last year when we visited the…

  • Cooking

    ELC Day #29- Green Bean Dumpling Soup

    Somewhere in another life, I was a dumpling. Or a dumpling maker. In this life, I am a world-class dumpling lover. If you read the Wikipedia entry for dumpling, you’ll understand why: Dumplings are cooked balls of dough. They are based on flour, potatoes or bread, and may include meat, fish, vegetables, or sweets. They may be cooked by boiling, steaming, simmering, frying, or baking. They may have a filling, or there may be other ingredients mixed into the dough. Dumplings may be sweet or spicy. They can be eaten by themselves, in soups or stews, with gravy, or in any other way. You got it. Dumplings are my perfect little balls of whatever yummy thing I’m hungry for. I’ve made them about 18 million different ways and…