• Cherry White Chocolate Scones
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    Cherry White Chocolate Scones

    Tart dried cherries paired with creamy white chocolate chips make scrumptious scones worthy of any table. Add a touch of elegance with a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream or proper English clotted cream. Whether dressed up or plain, these deliciously decadent scones can only delight. True Tea Time Takers Fresh out of the oven airy scones make a sophisticated snack fit for discerning eaters. Scones beg for a hot cup of tea. Sip a cup and nibble on a […]

  • Minnesota Farmers Market Cookbook Talk
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    Minnesota Farmers Market Cookbook Talk

    Farmers Market Wisdom in a Cookbook Shop at your friendly neighborhood farmers market and cook up a storm. A little technique and a good cookbook in hand make mastering a new menu of vegetables and fruits more fun. The last Kingfield and Fulton Winter Farmers Market was an event in itself but also included a cookbook signing and lecture. As a dedicated cookbook collector of 30 years, I had to skip shopping and hear more about the new Minnesota Farmers […]

  • Tea Sandwiches
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    Tea Sandwiches

    Serves: 1 - 10

    Time: 1/2 hour

    Difficulty: Very easy

    Dainty finger sandwiches can take the shape of just about any holiday. A seasonally correct sharp cookie cutter will do the trick. Holiday Cut Outs Try a leafy shamrock shape for St. Patrick’s Day. The frilly cut outs look more festive than regular sandwiches sliced into sharp rectangles or triangles. Other holidays could easily fit into free sandwich form too. Hearts for Valentine’s Day, egg shapes for Easter, pumpkins for Halloween. Christmas could be anything from a bell to a […]

  • Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat
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    Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat

    French pastry transforms into an edible object d’art in Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat. The regal name is befitting for a sculpted dessert with such a true European look and rich taste. Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat is a vision of a fanciful dessert from a child’s storybook tale. Would Cinderella have enjoyed such an opulent end to a meal? Three Layers of Lavishness Puffs of delicate light as air choux pastry come in three sizes that resemble a snowman turned baked […]

  • Healthy Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
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    Healthy Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

    Serves: Makes a couple dozen dog biscuits

    Time: 1 hour

    Difficulty: Easy

    Healthy Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits Doggie boredom plagues my pet during the endlessly cold months of winter and early spring. While nothing beats a good long walk and exercise outdoors, healthy homemade treats are the next best thing.   Bake and Bond Homemade dog treats can turn a bad weather afternoon into a good one. Whip up some indoor fun and bake healthy peanut butter dog biscuits for your special pet. Be sure to let your dog lick the bowl! […]

  • Sparrow Café for Beverages & Birds
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    Sparrow Café for Beverages & Birds

    Take flight from winter. Head to Sparrow Café and ease your spring fever pains. A good cup of coffee or tea works wonders for the soul. Melt away your worries in Minnesota’s only bird friendly certified coffee shop. Dark, dreary barely get out of bed winter days, become brighter with a trip to Sparrow Café. Coffee or tea with a little sweet or savory on the side awakens the senses. The surroundings almost chirp to life with birds. Big, bold, […]

  • Avocado Grapefruit Almond Salad
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    Avocado Grapefruit Almond Salad

    Serves: 1

    Time: 1/2 hour

    Difficulty: Easy

    Add a little avocado to your next salad. Better yet, slice up the whole thing and pile on every slab. Avocados like to be eaten all at once and quickly. Sleek army avocado green turns into mud puddle mush fast. Avocados Instead of Pomegranates Back in December, I shared a recipe for Pomegranate, Grapefruit and Marcona Almond Salad. Substitute the avocados for the pomegranates for a whole dish. Avocados add a fruity-vegetative meaty quality to salads. These fatty fruits have […]

  • Breakfast Bread Pudding
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    Breakfast Bread Pudding

    Serves: 12

    Time: 2 hours plus soaking time

    Difficulty: Moderate

    All too often, bread pudding appears as an evening dessert. This Mother of leftover food turned luscious makes an even better starter for the day. A good dowsing of first-rate, French Grand Marnier doesn’t hurt either. Boozy Breakfast Bread Pudding  A little liqueur goes a long way to heat up the subtle sweetness of breakfast bread pudding. A mixture of dried fruit soaks up the Grand Marnier and then goes into the custard. The result, bread pudding studded with happy […]

Cherry White Chocolate Scones
Minnesota Farmers Market Cookbook Talk
Tea Sandwiches

Tea Sandwiches

Serves: 1 - 10

Time: 1/2 hour

Difficulty: Very easy

Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat
Healthy Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Healthy Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Serves: Makes a couple dozen dog biscuits

Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Sparrow Café for Beverages & Birds
Avocado Grapefruit Almond Salad

Avocado Grapefruit Almond Salad

Serves: 1

Time: 1/2 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Breakfast Bread Pudding

Breakfast Bread Pudding

Serves: 12

Time: 2 hours plus soaking time

Difficulty: Moderate

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Cherry White Chocolate Scones

Cherry White Chocolate Scones

Tart dried cherries paired with creamy white chocolate chips make scrumptious scones worthy of any table. Add a touch of elegance with a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream or proper English clotted cream. Whether dressed up or plain, these deliciously decadent scones can only delight. True Tea Time Takers Fresh out of the oven airy scones make a sophisticated snack fit for discerning eaters. Scones beg for a hot cup of tea. Sip a cup and nibble on a […]

View Recipe

 
Minnesota Farmers Market Cookbook Talk

Minnesota Farmers Market Cookbook Talk

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Posted: March 24, 2014

Farmers Market Wisdom in a Cookbook Shop at your friendly neighborhood farmers market and cook up a storm. A little technique and a good cookbook in hand make mastering a new menu of vegetables and fruits more fun. The last Kingfield and Fulton Winter Farmers Market was an event in itself but also included a cookbook signing and lecture. As a dedicated cookbook collector of 30 years, I had to skip shopping and hear more about the new Minnesota Farmers […]

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Tea Sandwiches

Tea Sandwiches

Serves: 1 - 10

Time: 1/2 hour

Difficulty: Very easy

Dainty finger sandwiches can take the shape of just about any holiday. A seasonally correct sharp cookie cutter will do the trick. Holiday Cut Outs Try a leafy shamrock shape for St. Patrick’s Day. The frilly cut outs look more festive than regular sandwiches sliced into sharp rectangles or triangles. Other holidays could easily fit into free sandwich form too. Hearts for Valentine’s Day, egg shapes for Easter, pumpkins for Halloween. Christmas could be anything from a bell to a […]

View Recipe

 
Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat

Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat

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Posted: March 15, 2014

French pastry transforms into an edible object d’art in Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat. The regal name is befitting for a sculpted dessert with such a true European look and rich taste. Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat is a vision of a fanciful dessert from a child’s storybook tale. Would Cinderella have enjoyed such an opulent end to a meal? Three Layers of Lavishness Puffs of delicate light as air choux pastry come in three sizes that resemble a snowman turned baked […]

Read More

 
Healthy Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Healthy Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Serves: Makes a couple dozen dog biscuits

Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Healthy Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits Doggie boredom plagues my pet during the endlessly cold months of winter and early spring. While nothing beats a good long walk and exercise outdoors, healthy homemade treats are the next best thing.   Bake and Bond Homemade dog treats can turn a bad weather afternoon into a good one. Whip up some indoor fun and bake healthy peanut butter dog biscuits for your special pet. Be sure to let your dog lick the bowl! […]

View Recipe

 
Sparrow Café for Beverages & Birds

Sparrow Café for Beverages & Birds

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Posted: March 3, 2014

Take flight from winter. Head to Sparrow Café and ease your spring fever pains. A good cup of coffee or tea works wonders for the soul. Melt away your worries in Minnesota’s only bird friendly certified coffee shop. Dark, dreary barely get out of bed winter days, become brighter with a trip to Sparrow Café. Coffee or tea with a little sweet or savory on the side awakens the senses. The surroundings almost chirp to life with birds. Big, bold, […]

Read More

 
Avocado Grapefruit Almond Salad

Avocado Grapefruit Almond Salad

Serves: 1

Time: 1/2 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Add a little avocado to your next salad. Better yet, slice up the whole thing and pile on every slab. Avocados like to be eaten all at once and quickly. Sleek army avocado green turns into mud puddle mush fast. Avocados Instead of Pomegranates Back in December, I shared a recipe for Pomegranate, Grapefruit and Marcona Almond Salad. Substitute the avocados for the pomegranates for a whole dish. Avocados add a fruity-vegetative meaty quality to salads. These fatty fruits have […]

View Recipe

 
Breakfast Bread Pudding

Breakfast Bread Pudding

Serves: 12

Time: 2 hours plus soaking time

Difficulty: Moderate

All too often, bread pudding appears as an evening dessert. This Mother of leftover food turned luscious makes an even better starter for the day. A good dowsing of first-rate, French Grand Marnier doesn’t hurt either. Boozy Breakfast Bread Pudding  A little liqueur goes a long way to heat up the subtle sweetness of breakfast bread pudding. A mixture of dried fruit soaks up the Grand Marnier and then goes into the custard. The result, bread pudding studded with happy […]

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Milk Chocolate Pots de Crème

Milk Chocolate Pots de Crème

Serves: 4 - 6

Time: 3/4 hour to prepare and overnight to cool

Difficulty: Moderate

  Valentine’s Day and chocolate are old friends. Doesn’t everyone love chocolate? Love and chocolate go together hand and hand. Pick your favorite flavor – dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate. Each captures the true spirit of the day in sweet form. While store-bought boxed chocolates are lovely, homemade chocolate pots de crème are luscious. A traditional French recipe with a modern twist transforms wobbly custard into a delightfully decadent dessert. A good splash of Grand Marnier puts a […]

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True Love Tiramisu for Two

True Love Tiramisu for Two

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Posted: February 3, 2014

  Valentine’s Day gives the perfect excuse to dive into dessert decadence. Like a cake-cream-coffee-chocolate combination? Go ahead, fall in love with tiramisu. Tiramisu for Two Lunds and Byerly’s has a terrific tiramisu treat. Rich coffee-infused sugary Italian cake and cream flavor comes with all the trimmings, ready to go. Tiramisu for two has a catchy name that suggests this is a dessert to share with your sweetheart. In reality, Tiramisu for Two easily becomes a big splurge for one. […]

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