Forward Eats MSP: Singing Hills Goat Dairy

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My list of female role models includes (but is not limited to): Eleanor Roosevelt, my mom, Leslie Knope, Michelle Obama, and Lynne Reeck. Who is Lynne Reeck, you might ask? Well, in my opinion, she's the baddest-ass goat farmer, hog raiser, cheesemaker, and (essentially) solo female farmer in all of Minnesota! She's the face behind Singing Hills Goat Dairy in Nerstrand, Minnesota! When Kiri Gray of The Curious Goat nominated Lynne for this post, I headed over to Mill City Farmers' Market to catch up with her at her booth ...

A Cheesy Day and a Cheesier Dish: La Tur Pasta

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If you don't already know, I'm a pretty cheesy woman. For one, I'm a Wisconsinite Cheesehead who works full-time at a cheese counter. If that weren't enough, it probably wouldn't take much prying to get one of my family members or friends to tell you I can act like a pretty big cheeseball from time to time. But even for someone like me, there are days that are cheesier than others. Yesterday, as it happened, turned out to be among the cheesier of days. During a ...

“Nettlesome” Gouda: Week 1 of 52 Weeks of Cheese

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If there's one thing I'll walk away from my internship with, it's a deeper knowledge of--and passion for--cheese. Yes, cheese. Many are the hours I spend behind my Mac in my workroom office space scouring the depths of the internet for inspiration for a cheese-related article that will run in the magazine in the distant future. I'd be lying if didn't say I sometimes get bored when I research one topic for hours on end, but cheese is a whole different ballgame. First, I am from Wisconsin, ...

Time Crunch: Grilled Veggie Sandwiches

If I had  TV show with a theme along the lines Rachael Ray's "30 Minute Meals," or any show involving simple ingredients that can be composed into something delicious in a minimal amount of time, this is what I would make for the first episode. All you need is a loaf of good bread, sliced. I used wheat sourdough. An assortment of veggies, chopped into bite-sized pieces. I used bell peppers, asparagus, onions, mushrooms and garlic. One or two types of cheese, grated or cut into thin slices. ...

A+ Cauliflower “Mac” ‘n Cheese

If you've ever taken an exam, you know the feeling of utter relief as you turn the test booklet in. All power is instantly transferred from you to the grader (unless of course you choose the route of Buttering The Grader Up - always a viable A-game strategy); it's a blissful surrender. And so went my Thursday--an early morning of cramming after a long week of much of the same, culminating in two back-to-back exams and one glorious moment of Finally Being Done. In that ...

I’m Dreaming of Harvest Moon Wild Rice Burgers

I haven't celebrated Christmas without snow since the holiday heat wave of '94.  This year, I barely noticed there wasn't snow covering the bleak brown midwestern landscape for most of December-- I assumed Mother Nature would take care of this aesthetic element of Christmas before the big day arrived. But then, about two days before Christmas, I realized "White Christmas" had crept into my head, and it seemed to be spinning through my mind on repeat louder and louder as every snowless hour passed. I became ...