• Cooking,  Local Products

    Minnesota Strawberry Round-Up

    Today marks the 13th day in a row I’ve had fresh strawberries for at least 2 meals a day. If case you haven’t been to the farmers’ market or stopped by a Minnesota food blog lately, we’re in the middle of strawberry season right now across the state. We’ve been out to pick twice now, stuffing our faces and the corners of our freezer with berries. Today I thought I’d share a round-up of the strawberry recipes from the archives and a sample of some of the gorgeous things my fellow Minnesota food bloggers are making with their berries. Don’t forget to pass along links to your favorites in the…

  • Cooking

    Rhubarb Round-Up

    Last weekend I bought my first bunch of rhubarb at the farmers’ market. Long green stems with the perfect splash of ruby. Rhubarb that said “So what if the weather is cold and wet. Let’s have dessert!” Out comes the brown sugar. Out comes the oatmeal. Ladies and gentleman…it’s rhubarb season. Did you know I think we have more rhubarb recipes on Minnesota Locavore than any other ingredient? Every year I get dragged down by the long winter and the lack of green stuff around this place. Then sometime around mid-May rhubarb shows up and I go absolutely nuts. FINALLY…a fresh fruit/vegetable. (We wont get into whether rhubarb is a…

  • Foodies,  Locavore Q & A

    Locavore Q & A: Jeni Hill

    This post is part of the guest series “Locavore Q & A”. Whether a beginning cook in the kitchen or a seasoned local farmer, we all have different motivations for choosing a locavore lifestyle. Each post highlights a different perspective on local food. Today’s post was written by Jeni Hill from An Herbalist Eats and Like a Fish out of Fargo. Jeni also contributes her recipes and thoughts on food to 20Food.net, where she and I had the chance to meet. Jeni calls Fargo, North Dakota home and has been documenting the challenges of eating local in a smaller community than the Twin Cities. Q: What is the easiest part of…

  • Foodies,  Locavore Q & A

    Locavore Q & A: Amy Peterson

    This post is part of the guest series “Locavore Q & A”. Whether a beginning cook in the kitchen or a season local farmer, we all have different motivations for choosing a locavore lifestyle. Each post highlights a different perspective on local food. Today’s post was written by Amy Peterson from Green Your Plate. Amy’s blog was one of the first Minnesota food blogs I started reading when looking for local, seasonal, and sustainable recipes. She’s a working mom so I love that her recipes are fast and functional in a busy lifestyle.  Thanks for joining us Amy! Q: Why do you choose local? A:  There are so many reasons,…

  • Foodies,  Locavore Q & A

    Locavore Q & A: Dorothy Stainbrook

    This post is part of the guest series “Locavore Q & A”. Whether a beginning cook in the kitchen or a seasoned local farmer, we all have different motivations for choosing a locavore lifestyle. Each post highlights a different perspective on local food. Today’s post was written by Dorothy Stainbrook from HeathGlen Farm and Kitchen near Forest Lake, MN. Dorothy and her family business sell artisan jams, preserves and syrups from fruit grown on their own farm. I first spotted her stand at the St. Paul Farmers’ Market. She also blogs about her adventures as farmer/preserve maker at Farm to Jar and Tomato Headquarters. So excited she’s guest posting today!  Q: …

  • Foodies,  Locavore Q & A

    Locavore Q & A : Liz Berget

    This post is part of the guest series “Locavore Q & A“.  Whether a beginning cook in the kitchen or a seasoned local farmer, we all have different motivations for choosing a locavore lifestyle. Each post highlights a different perspective on local food. Today’s post was written by Liz from Carpé Season, a blog you’ve heard me rave about. Her recipes are full of local love. Her photos, gorgeous. Her work, tremendous. She and I are the best example of where there’s good food, good people are bound to come together. A guest post series wouldn’t be the same without her! So excited to have you Liz! Greetings, Minnesota Locavore Readers! I’m…

  • Foodies,  Locavore Q & A

    Locavore Q & A with Mirra Fine

    This post is part of the guest series “Locavore Q & A“.  Whether a beginning cook in the kitchen or a seasoned local farmer, we all have different motivations for choosing a locavore lifestyle. Each post highlights a different perspective on local food. Today’s post was written by Mirra Fine from the Perennial Plate. Mirra and her co-producer Daniel Klein document their adventures in eating local in Minnesota and around the U.S. in weekly short films. Her work in film and social media continues to be a motivating force for many local food supporters. Welcome Mirra! Q: Why did you start eating local? A: Local food wasn’t a major point of interest to…

  • Cooking

    Dark Days Challenge Week 7 & Loose Ends

    Every 6 months or so my company sets an entirely new schedule for clients, one from January to June, one for the summer vacation season and one from September to year-end.  I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with the schedule resets. On the up-side it helps work feel less stagnant and gives me a chance to plan a bit around the seasons.  It’s a total bummer though that each time we get a new schedule, I have what I describe as fish-out-of-water-insomnia. Each time my schedule gets stuffed in the blender, pulsed a few times and spit back out, for the first month or so I have a really hard…

  • Eating,  Other Writings

    The Dark Days Challenge

    Over the past few months, there’s been talk about where Minnesota Locavore is headed, how things could/should be different, what was the best part of the past 6 months, how to know what’s really important to be writing about, etc. Some good, some bad, but all related to a conversation that keeps coming up. Over and over I’ve had friends and readers tell me: “I read the blog all the time. Your posts are great and I love the pictures. But honestly, I wouldn’t cook anything you make. The food is just too weird.” Oh… (pause) Okay… (longer pause) I should probably fix that, huh? Since then I’ve tried to step…