Crystal Grobe

Bite Of Minnesota: Pomegranate ParfaitsWhen I think of winter fruits, there aren't many that come to mind. The first fruit that pops into my head is winter citrus, merely because I've been ordering citrus from Fruitshare for several years now and it's certainly my bright spot in the middle of winter.
Bite Of Minnesota: Citrus Date MuesliWith 2015 ending in a fast-and-furious way, planning for 2016 was nearly impossible. Between family commitments, workload and general craziness during the holidays, a quiet moment to ponder upcoming goals was elusive. Or maybe I was too busy squeezing in episodes of "Making A Murderer" before and after our New Year's Eve celebration. I know I wasn't the only one!
Bite Of Minnesota: Homemade Co-Worker GiftsDo you exchange gifts with co-workers during the holiday season? In some of my past workplaces, I've been incredibly close to my co-workers while at other places, I barely know my team members, which creates a dilemma.
Bite Of Minnesota: Roasted Salmon With Winter VegetablesFennel is readily available from fall through winter, making it a popular vegetable throughout the colder months. While the bulb is the most coveted, the stalks and fronds do well in stocks, roasts, and as garnish for salads and other dishes.
Bite Of Minnesota: Homegrown Foods PizzaAs someone who keeps up on trends, especially when it comes to local food and drink, imagine my surprise when local company Homegrown Foods reached out and asked me to try their meal delivery service. I had never heard of them! Somehow I completely missed the launch last year but I'm ready to get caught up on what they have to offer now.
Bite Of Minnesota: Thanksgiving FoodsIf cooking isn't your thing, Minneapolis St. Paul magazine has a handy guide to everything Thanksgiving that includes a "Fake it Like You Made It" resource list so you can order dinner already made.
Bite Of Minnesota: Canning JalapenosIt really is fall, isn't it? Time to accept the change of seasons, especially after attending the last outdoor markets at both Kingfield and Mill City recently. The final sign? Daylight Saving Time. At least we still have a few warm weather days ahead, so soak up all the sunshine you can!
Bite Of Minnesota: Local Crate Meal DeliveryAfter recently trying the Hello Fresh meal delivery service (more on that another time), I was eager to give another service a try and came across a local service, Local Crate, on Kickstarter.
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: Eggplant ParmesanLast weekend I had my 4-year-old niece tag along with me to two farmers markets: Mill City & Minneapolis, with an ice cream stop in between, of course. The girl loves her ice cream and orders it by its color rather than its flavor, totally kid style.
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.

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