Seasonal Foods

Lights on The Lynn on Bryant

Lights on The Lynn on Bryant

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Posted: May 5, 2014

Soon the Lynn on Bryant will serve its last plate. The pending closure stings. For a devoted food fan, this loss is hard to take. The innovative cuisine never disappointed and even brought smiles. Surprises were pleasant ones. Where else would planks of delicate chick pea fries be stacked up like Lincoln Logs? Fine dining and kid glove service go hand in hand. Owner and chef Peter Ireland took time to say a friendly hello to customers. Servers shared in […]

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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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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 […]

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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! […]

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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 […]

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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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Orzo, Chickpea, Tomato, Feta Salad

Orzo, Chickpea, Tomato, Feta Salad

Serves: 6

Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

  Salads in January have to be good. During the post-Christmas diet season, it is all too easy to fall off the calorie wagon. Even if you are blessed enough not to be on a diet, a tempting salad can’t hurt. Orzo, tomato, feta salad has all the right salad fixings — healthy ingredients with a happy colorful look. Healthy and happy isn’t that what we all want to be? Eating right makes everything easier even on the coldest winter […]

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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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