• Cooking,  Local Products

    Eat Local America : Tart Cherry Ice Cream

    This is the first 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.  On a recent Saturday morning trip to the St. Paul Farmers’ Market one farm stand stopped me in my tracks. The vendor’s table was small but filled with what I consider to be the best of Minnesota summertime: fresh…

  • Eating,  Local Products

    I Heart Izzy’s

    Izzy’s ice cream makes me swoon. On two separate occasions this month, I’ve bumped into a spoonful of Izzy’s homemade goodness. Both satisfied my locavore affection for ice cream and Minnesota-made beverages. Thought I’d share my encounters today as a reminder that good (and local) things often come in pint-sizes. First Izzy’s Encounter: I was cruising the freezer section at Mississippi Market and landed in front of the shelf of ice cream. Right next to the vanilla was a flavor I’ve never seen before: Summit Oatmeal Stout, made with Summit Brewing Company’s Oatmeal Stout beer. Both Izzy’s and Summit are St. Paul icons. To see them combined in one container…

  • Cooking

    Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream

    A steamy week is ahead for us. My favorite way to escape the heat is ice cream. It’s a perfect local dessert and it doesn’t require turning the oven on. Here’s a recipe (inspired by marthastewart.com) to use up the last of your frozen strawberries from last year and some of the fresh tart pink rhubarb still plentiful at the farmers’ market. Stay cool! Strawberry-Rhubarb Ice Cream By Amy Sippl inspired by marthastewart.com Ingredients 4 C. rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 3/4 cup sugar, plus 6 Tbsp. 2 tablespoons water 2 C. frozen strawberries, partially thawed 1 cup half-and-half 1/2 cup milk Instructions 1. In a medium saucepan, combine rhubarb,…