• Other Writings

    House Guests – Season Two

    Last May, I gave my dad Ameraucana chicks for his birthday as an addition to his growing coop back home. Before they were delivered, the chicks spent a few cozy nights as house guests under my careful watch. Let’s be honest…I was an obsessive mother hen. By the time they left, all 5 had names and their own personalities. How could you not fall in love with a cute little puff-ball like this? Those gals are all grown up and producing gorgeous blue “Easter eggs”. When it came time for my parents to place their chick order again this year, they asked me to house sit for 5 more from…

  • How-To Guides,  Local Products

    Find it Local Friday: Natural Easter Egg Dye

    This is a re-post from a 2011 “How-To” that’s a good fit for Find it Local Friday this week. The kitchen partner and I will be using local eggs (see “Find it Local Friday: Eggs” for sources) and spices to dye our eggs this year. Most of the spices came from Frontier Co-op in Norway, Iowa available online or in bulk at many Twin Cities co-ops. From 2011: I saw an article on coloring Easter eggs without the traditional dye tablets, instead using spices from your kitchen cabinet. I had to give it a go. It’s remarkably easy and the results were beautiful; Mother Earth never ceases to surprise me.…

  • Cooking

    Find it Local Friday: Minnesota Breakfast

    When I meet new folks who want to give local food a try, I almost always encourage them to start small and work their way into it. It’s a major lifestyle change after all. The kitchen partner and I went cold turkey in 2010 and nearly gave up. By replacing one meal per week, then two, maybe moving to all local lunches, and eventually you adjust your plate and your pantry. It’s less expensive than buying an entire fridge of food and isn’t so “trendy” or “fad diet”. Start small for big change. Looking to take some baby steps this weekend? Don’t know what to feed the relatives and guests…

  • 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 #26-Vegetable Fritatta with Cheese

    Happy Friday Minnesota. Hard to believe it’s the last one in August already! Just a quick post today, the kitchen partner and I have a full weekend planned–some hiking, some cooking, and a stop at the State Fair on Sunday. You can bet that we’ll be using Heavy Table’s State Fair Food Tour to find the best things on the menu. When weekends get busy for us, we almost always turn to breakfast food. Even if it’s 9 PM. I could eat pancakes at any hour of the day. Egg dishes are quick to prepare, the ingredients are always in our refrigerator, both affordable and local. Check out this beautiful…

  • Cooking,  Eating,  Local Products

    Find it Local Friday: Eggs

    In honor of the Easter holiday and the start of quiche/frittata season, I thought I’d share one of the easiest and cost-effective items in your cart to start sourcing locally today: the egg. When someone asks me where to start buying local, I almost always say start with your eggs and your milk. Replacing those items does not require a major increase in the grocery bill (maybe $4-5) and if you’re already including eggs in your menu, it doesn’t require any dietary sacrifices. The Minnesota Grown Directory has 66 listings for eggs, including a few farms in the Twin Cities Metro area. Likewise, most co-ops offer a local egg, as…