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Bite Of MN

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Bite Of MN: Blueberry Picking Season

Let me share my blueberry picking struggles from this past Saturday. Don’t worry, it isn’t too dramatic or long, but it was a good reminder of how flexible one needs to be when seeking out seasonal produce.

07/22/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: U of M Dairy Salesroom

I’m always on the hunt for hidden food gems throughout the Twin Cities. Whether it’s a farmer’s market in the dead of winter or a roadside farm stand, I like to share my good finds. One such find is the University of Minnesota’s dairy salesroom.

07/15/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Spicy Grilled Summer Squash

At a recent barbecue, we threw slices of summer squash in a plastic bag with some herbs to quickly marinate before grilling. It’s easy to transport and easy to dispose of when finished. You don’t need a recipe for this but I’ve included instructions below.

07/08/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Roasted Rhubarb Sauce

Rhubarb is one of my favorite spring snacks. I enjoy the crisp and tart flavor and since it’s packed with water, it makes for a healthy snack. However, I ruin the healthiness by dipping it in salt so I eat it in moderation and try to be mindful of how much salt I put on the plate in the first place.

06/17/2014

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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: 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: 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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Bite Of Minnesota: Whole Wheat Blue Cheese Crackers

We’re just a couple of weeks into football season, so it’s time to think about dishes that are easy to eat while watching the game. Football season or not, we tend to graze in our house on Sundays, using up odds and ends of what is left in the fridge and pantry, so we’re well conditioned for the graze-fest that the football season brings.

09/24/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Zucchini Tart

It was a busy weekend at the market with an abundance of colorful produce at every turn. Crates of melons, bushels of tomatoes and peppers, and plenty of green made up the color palate as I walked the aisles of the Minneapolis Farmers Market. After making the roasted sun gold tomato sauce last week, I had to make another batch for my upcoming book club/birthday celebration and was on the hunt for sun gold tomatoes. Luckily I found them at Rolf’s Produce and dashed home to make more sauce for one of my favorite zucchini recipes from 101 Cookbooks.

09/11/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Curry Spiced Zucchini

Last week McCormick presented the 2012 Flavor Forecast to the members of Home Economists in Business, HEIB for short. The forecast highlights six themes in flavor trends for the new year and it calls out veggies as one of the top trends.

01/24/2012

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Bite Of Minnesota: Cauliflower, Talk Of The Market

If you follow the Minneapolis Farmers Market, you’ve likely seen promotions for their product of the week — cauliflower.

08/23/2011

Roasted Tomato Bruschetta (credit: Crystal Grobe)

Bite Of Minnesota: Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

As expected around this time in the summer, cherry tomatoes are overflowing and we’re experiencing the same thin in our garden.

08/16/2011

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Bite Of MN: Fresh Air Lunch, Food Truck Style

Since I work on the west side of the Twin Cities, I was envious of my food-loving friends who raved about their food truck lunches in downtown St. Paul. Everything looked so good and when my husband texted me saying he was trying Gastrotruck, I knew I had to try it for myself.

07/15/2011

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Bite Of Minnesota: Spring Onion Quesadillas

Spring onions are simple yet essential items in summer meal preparation and are readily available at farmers markets in the Twin Cities.

06/23/2011

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Bite Of Minnesota: Herb Gardens

In preparation for the long weekend, I put together my to-do list and a top priority is planting.

05/27/2011

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