Bite of Minnesota: Fresh Figs With Crumbled Goat CheeseI'm pretty sure I grew up never seeing a fig or even knowing what they were. When I did start to notice figs, they appeared to be a strange fruit with squishy insides and deemed too expensive to try on a college student's budget.
Bite Of Minnesota: Grilled Peaches With Vanilla Frozen YogurtThis time of year is great for wandering around the neighborhood and taking in the sounds and scents of the approaching fall season. A little leaf crunch here and the waft of grilling there, it makes me want to throw open my windows and let all of the fresh air in. We don't grill too often at our house, but on occasion we'll buy a steak or come across some brats that are grill worthy. In most cases, we leave the grilling up to friends and family but did have occasion to fire it up recently to char some peaches.
Bite Of Minnesota: Healthy & New Fair FoodsYep, it's here ... well, almost here. The Minnesota State Fair opens on Thursday and I am not prepared at all. Typically I have lists upon lists that cross reference new foods, old favorites and the best route to try it all in one day (or two or three). This year I'm taking a more laid-back approach and instead of rushing from booth to booth, I'm going for the Minnesota Cooks event on Sunday, Aug. 30.
Bite Of Minnesota: Blueberry MargaritasThe last 10 years have been filled with blogging, trying out new recipes and spending a lot of time in the kitchen. My life has revolved around food, gathering ideas and listening to others talk about food. When I dine at a new restaurant with a fellow food lover, we're often bellied up to the bar to get the inside scoop on what's good, what's new and what's happening.
Bite Of Minnesota: Adult Freeze PopsWhen we hit the dog days of summer (you know, those summer days with unusually-warm temperatures), frozen treats are oh-so-craveable. Popsicles, fudge bars, ice cream sandwiches, you name it. If it comes from the freezer, count me in. Heck, even snacking on frozen fruit will do the job.
Bite Of Minnesota: Gyst Fermentation BarThere are times when a restaurant opens and upon first visit, I vow to eat my way through the menu. Over the past year, there have been several restaurants that had me singing their praises from day one. While I typically write about recipes here on Bite of Minnesota, truth is, I eat out just as much as I cook at home, so why not highlight a few local eateries?
Bite of Minnesota: Treats From Swedish Crown BakeryWouldn't it be glorious to have treats delivered to you all of the time? Imagine my excitement when I got a text from the WCCO offices saying I had an edible package from Swedish Crown Bakery.
Bite Of Minnesota: Spring Market FindsAs soon as we start to have warm weather and sunshine, the talk turns to farmers markets and we start to get antsy about cooking fresh and local again. Typically at this time, the abundance of produce hasn't quite hit us yet - it is Minnesota after all! However, thanks to an early spring the first markets will likely offer more than in years prior.
Bite Of Minnesota: Forbidden Black Rice With HazelnutsDo you ever come across an ingredient that looks intriguing but you have no clue how to use it? If you're anything like me, you buy the ingredient and store it for what seems like an eternity. It happened with the plantain cups that were made into a Super Bowl appetizer a couple of months back.
Bite Of Minnesota: Buttermilk Onion RingsAfter the cold depths of winter, it's delightful to throw open the windows and get some fresh air circulating through the house. There's something about the smell of fresh spring air that brings feelings of hope. Maybe it's the snow melting or the trees blooming, but whatever it is, it's nice to smell the outdoors once again.
Bite Of Minnesota: Spicy Brussels SproutsIt was deceivingly warm for March, which continues to trick the mind into thinking it is already springtime. The recent snowfall served as a reminder that we still have a ways to go for those crops to grow. Until then, let's keep revving up the metabolism with spicy foods and healthy cold-weather vegetables.
Bite Of Minnesota: Broccoli Cashew Stir FryLooking for more ways to infuse vegetables into your diet? A stir-fry is a quick and easy way to do it. Plus, it's a great opportunity to use bits and pieces of vegetables left in the crisper drawer.