• Cooking,  Local Products

    Find it Local Friday: Butter

    One of the many reasons I claim Julia Child as my adopted kitchen godmother is butter.  Both of our favorite dishes are filled with gobs of rich, creamy butter. And although my dress size might disagree, no substitute will do. Margarine and other make-believe butters have long been banished from my fridge. Fortunately, Minnesota has really fantastic options for local butter.  You just can’t make a sculpture of Princess Kay of the Milky Way without the good stuff, dontcha know? Here’s two local sources to start: Sources Hope Butter from Hope Creamery located in Hope, MN roughly 78 miles south of St. Paul is hands down the best butter in…

  • Strawberry Jam Mini-Tarts
    Cooking,  Eating

    Strawberry Jam Mini-Tarts

    Still eating down the freezer supply.  Today’s frozen treasure of choice: Strawberry Freezer Jam.  Each June we make between 50 and 60 pint jars of freezer jam and somehow manage to eat it in something everyday for the rest of the year. Mixed in yogurt, spread on a fresh dinner roll, or in this case, the occasional cookie. Thanks to Evil Shenanigans where this recipe is adapted from. Truthfully, you could use any preserves in these flawless little tarts.  I added a bit of whole wheat flour to the crust and substituted local maple syrup for the vanilla.  If there’s whole wheat flour it makes them slightly better for you, right?…