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    Find it Local Friday: Sunflower Oil

    Many of my favorite meals begin with just three ingredients: garlic, onion and olive oil. Close your eyes and concentrate and I’ll bet you can conjure up the smell of these sautéing. It’s heavenly. Unless I have completely missed it though, this trifecta falls one part short of local. Without an cold-hearty olive tree, I’ve had to find a substitute for olive oil that functions the same without fundamentally changing the flavor of the recipe. Answer: Sunflower Oil. Minnesota is one of the largest sunflower producing states in the nation, ranked closely with North and South Dakota. In most cases the seeds are cold-expeller pressed in to oil, a process…