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Bite Of Minnesota

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Bite Of Minnesota: Roasted Salmon With Lemon & Rosemary

With snow piles melting and puddles to dodge, there have certainly been signs of spring in the recent days. After a long winter, even a couple days of sunshine are a welcome break those gloomy and cold days.

04/01/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Edamame & Soba Noodle Salad

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I like to freeze soups, fruit, and other goodies to have at the ready.

03/25/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Smoked Salmon Belly Spread

For the last couple of summers, we’ve been receiving a salmon share from Sitka Salmon and it has been wonderful. Not only do we receive five pounds of salmon each month, we also received an early registration gift of smoked salmon belly, which I was quite excited about and had never tried before.

03/11/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Butternut Squash Lasagna

Like many others, my big meal prep day is Sunday. It’s the day that I crank out soups, work on cooking projects, and make sure the fridge is prepped for the week by using the old stuff and replenishing it with new items.

03/04/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Pumpkin Yogurt Parfaits

When I first came across the idea of a pumpkin pie parfait, it was meant to be eaten for dessert and the idea was pretty simple: alternate layers of leftover pumpkin pie, apple pie, and whipped cream in a jar. While this sounds absolutely delightful, it’s certainly not what my waistline needs.

02/12/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Berry Trifle

As with many others in the Twin Cities, a new year in the dead of winter warrants a freezer and pantry clean out. I’m sure I’m not alone in the amount of items that have been passed up over the past year (or years, in my case).

01/28/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Baked Feta With Tomatoes & Olives

Finding and making truly simple recipes doesn’t come easily (for me). It seems that I tend to pick highly involved dishes and insist on making most if not all of the components myself. Heck, if I were more adept at making cheese, I’m sure I’d complicate things even more.

01/14/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Smoky Pomegranate Margaritas

Happy holidays! My Christmas was a bit non-traditional as it was spent in Miami where the weather was sunny and the temperatures were in the 80s. Instead of rushing around buying last-minute gifts and prepping copious amounts of food, we relaxed on the beach and sipped fruity cocktails.

12/31/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Mushroom Ragout Over Polenta

On cold winter days it can be hard to balance cravings of rich comfort food with the need to eat healthier so I try to start by day right with a healthy breakfast to allow for indulgences at other times. Keeping a stock of frozen berries to add to yogurt, oatmeal, and smoothies not only serves as a health boost but as a day brightener as well.

12/18/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Caramelized Onions With Cabbage And Ham

Happy Holidays! Thanksgiving went off without a hitch and was full of food and family. We did two Thanksgivings this year — one with turkey and one with ham so that offered some variety over the two days of heavy eating.

12/03/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Homemade Applesauce

Once all those lovely luscious berries are gone, we still have a fruit option to turn to: the apple. A few weeks ago I bought a large bag of Haralson apples from the Minneapolis Farmers Market and promptly made applesauce, apple butter, and an apple pie. The applesauce was divided into wide mouth 8 oz. jars for lunches and while I reserved a cup for baking, that was quickly eaten for lunch, too.

11/20/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Tomato Jam

If you’ve been reading this blog over the past month or so, I wouldn’t be surprised if you are under the impression that I eat a lot of cheese platters and preserve a decent amount of produce through freezing and canning.

11/06/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Seven Vegetable Soup

As much as I don’t want to admit it, the weather dictates a lot of what I do. It affects the way I dress, my daily schedule, my eating habits, and of course it affects my mood.

10/22/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Roasted Salmon With Lemon Sage Mustard

Last year I talked about the new salmon share offering from Sitka Salmon Shares and we loved it so much that we renewed again this year and have been enjoying our monthly salmon deliveries throughout the summer.

10/16/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Lemon Sage Wine Mustard

Each year we have a garden (a patio container garden), and each year we rush to use or preserve everything at the end of the season. This year we’ve been pretty good about preserving as we go along: using basil in pepper jelly, drying herbs while at their peak flavor, and being diligent about picking cherry tomatoes as soon as they are ripe. It’s been a great season.

10/01/2013

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