• 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,  Local Products

    Broccoli Economics

    A Holiday Weekend Conversation Friends: “We’re going to the farmers’ market in the morning. Want to meet us there?” Me: “Let’s do it! But we have to get broccoli. We need 70 bags.” Friends: “You’re going to buy WHAT?” Me: “Broccoli. We’re going to freeze 70 quart bags this year.” Friends (with the you’re-absolutely-insane look): “Sure you are. We’ll see you in the morning then.” The following is meant to convince the friends who joined us for the farmers’ market last Sunday that I am indeed not as crazy as I seem. And after four hours of washing, trimming, blanching and bagging this weekend, it’s meant to convince myself too.…