Stuff Your Stockings With Local Minnesota Food GiftsNormally, I have all of the presents purchased (or at least mapped out) by the time Thanksgiving rolls around. This year my gift buying seems to be lagging, so I pulled together a list of stocking stuffers for food lovers to kick start my own shopping. Whether you need to buy something for a co-worker, a friend, or a family member, check something off your list with these gift ideas.
TC Tastes: Smoked Salmon EditionI fell in love with the bagel and lox combination just a few years ago and now seek it out everywhere. 
Speedy Vegetable Pot PiesA recent meal prep weekend was focused on using ingredients from the freezer like leftover wheat berries, barley, red beans, frozen vegetables, and pie crust.
Curried Lentil Turkey SoupI love Thanksgiving. It's one of my favorite holidays for a few reasons. First, it always falls on a Thursday, making it easy to plan. Second, I always take Thursday off to celebrate it with my husband's family, so it's like a bonus Thanksgiving. Third, a weekend always follows, so it feels like a long vacation from work. And lastly, it revolves around food, and who doesn't like food?
Pumpkin Spice Granola RecipeLast week I talked about the versatility of this one small pumpkin I picked up at the market. Not only did I make a tasty snack from the seeds, I roasted the pumpkin itself for pumpkin puree to use in Pumpkin Spice Coffee, which was so tasty, especially in this cold weather.
How To Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice CoffeeI've never been huge into coffee shop specialty drinks since they are usually packed with sugar and void of actual coffee.
Bite Of Minnesota: TC Tastes in OctoberOctober was one of those months where restaurants fueled us more than home cooking and sometimes, that's just the way it goes.
Keep Warm With a Reverse MartiniIt's a great cocktail for the colder weather ahead and a perfect time to experiment to find your own favorite version.
Bite Of Minnesota: Peanut Sauce & Veggie SpiralsIf you're anything like me, you are trying to adjust to the cooler temperatures (okay, cold temperatures - it was 35 degrees walking into work yesterday). My body is craving food. Lots of it. As much as I want to eat pasta and pizza and other heavy dishes, I know it's all about balance so I try to work in a few full flavored and veggie heavy meals each day so I can still indulge in those carb-heavy dishes.
Fall Food Events In MinnesotaThe kids are off to school and holiday shopping hasn't started yet (well, not major shopping) and suddenly you have some free time again!
How To Slow Roast Summer TomatoesThis time of year the offerings are abundant, the prices are low, and it's a great time to preserve the tastes all winter long.
Turkey Gyro Meatballs RecipeThis month I've had the luxury of having a little extra free time on my hands to stock the freezer with things that will help with future meal prep like beef, bacon and kale meatballs, breakfast burritos, breaded eggplant, and a whole bunch of basil pesto. Add that to our stash of frozen fruit, salmon, and other tidbits and I think we're set for winter - or at least partway through winter since it does tend to be long.

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