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A famed popover from the Oak Grill.

The Oak Grill Closing

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Posted: January 27, 2017

January in Minnesota brings many challenges but this year was exceptional. Besides a sub-zero cold punch and bouts of political strife, the beloved Oak Grill is slated to close. Popovers are on the endangered eating list – at least in downtown Minneapolis. The Oak Grill tradition goes back a long way with my family. I can see my mother and sister seated up straight against the backdrop of over-sized chairs and an old English fireplace. Everyone is dressed in her […]

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Corn, Bean and Bacon Salad

Corn, Bean and Bacon Salad

Serves: 6

Time: 1/2 hour

Difficulty: Easy

When the weather turns hot and humid with chattering song of cicadas, corn suddenly appears. Local corn season starts about mid-summer. Good fresh corn with a grainy sweet juicy kernel tastes good served just about any way. Here’s how to dress up something good and turn it into something better. Picture crunchy sweet corn kernels bursting with milky juice, smooth creamy white beans, salty crisp bacon bits and an emerald green confetti of online-like chives. Indulge in a harmonious savory […]

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Lakewinds Blows into Town

Lakewinds Blows into Town

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Posted: June 28, 2014

Swift as a summer breeze, a new Lakewinds has come to town. A new chapter in healthy eating and co-op community began today. Richfield has been a co-op free zone for far too long. Opening Weekend Store Specials Lakewinds Food Co-Op Richfield started things off right. A series of outdoor events along with in-store specials, samples and freebies made for a memorable shopping trip. What can be better than free cheese? The generous slabs of Parmesan-like hard cheese made a […]

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Scrambled Eggs with Asparagus

Scrambled Eggs with Asparagus

Serves: 2

Time: 15 minutes

Difficulty: Moderate

  The coming of spring causes celebration then asparagus season starts and the cooking party really begins. Don’t miss out on the asparagus feast. Asparagus season comes and goes as fast as the pastel-hued landscapes fade during spring. The marked vegetal taste of asparagus is subtle yet pronounced. With its early spring light qualities tree sprout-like build asparagus tastes best with no conflicting harsh flavors. The creaminess of scrambled eggs compliments the slight woody astringency of asparagus. A bit of […]

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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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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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Chef shack vendor

Food Trucks Debated in Edina

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Posted: January 20, 2014

  Food trucks may be coming to a crossroads in Edina. Food trucks are prohibited but discussions are going at full speed. Take a glance at Speak Up Edina. Food trucks are sparking lively debate. Public Comments The City of Edina is asking for public comment throughout January and not just from Edina residents. While no change is proposed at this time, a debate is going full gear. Speak Up Edina poses questions about food trucks in Edina, including: Should […]

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Corn on the Cob

Corn on the Cob

Serves: 6

Time: 1/2 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Corn Feed Days End of summer hothouse weather brings out the sugary dew in corn.  Late August corn ears boast tightly library book-like packed rows of kernels. In the Twin Cities, some of the freshest local farm corn comes from Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm Inc. of Waverly, Minnesota. At the Minnesota State Fair food obsessed visitors eat it by the acre. The going price is $3 an ear. I prefer to buy my corn by the baker’s dozen at a farm […]

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Chef shack vendor

Fulton Farmers Market Grows On You

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Posted: July 29, 2013

  The Fulton Farmers Market easily becomes a weekly habit. Like clockwork every Saturday morning during market season, my family meanders over for a farm-fresh food fix. Bursting with neighborhood charm as cozy as a homemade quilt, the Fulton Farmers Market ranks as a weekend destination point and never a cumbersome, ho-hum, got-to-go-there-because-I-need-something, desperation-driven sort of errand. Similar to the older sister Kingfield Farmers Market, this is a place where the big city feels like a small town. A Lake […]

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Corn and Black Bean Salad Beats Summer Heat

Corn and Black Bean Salad Beats Summer Heat

Serves: 6

Time: 45 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

  Bite into a rainbow of vegetable color with corn and black bean salad. A snappy melody of seasonal vegetables smacks of fresh veggie flavors with a good healthy dash of spicy heat. My family and friends love to cool down on a hot, humid day with corn and black bean salad. It takes some time to wash and chop the vegetables and can take even more time to score prize-tasting fresh corn, but the results are well worth the […]

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