Forward Eats MSP: Ames Farm

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In 1994, Brian Fredericksen bought an orchard near Watertown, Minnesota. He bought it not to farm apples, or honey, as one might suspect--but to use as land on which to dogsled. A 3M engineer at the time, Brian thought the property would be the perfect place to exercise his hobbies. He had a vision of one day turning the land into a food farm, and when he became worried he would kill one of the two beehives that came with the property, he began to teach ...

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 ...

The 2012 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!

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I knew joining this massive swap of baked goods was a going to be a lot of fun the day I dropped my three packages of a dozen cookies off at the post office. Upon seeing my three perishable boxes addressed to Addicted to Recipes, Cooker Girl, and A Half Baked Life, the desk attendant asked, "Are you and your girlfriends cookie whores?" Something like it, I guess. I'll admit I am a sucker for a good, homemade cookie, but the best part of this swap is ...

Smooth(ie) Talk: Cashew Cream

Who knew that if you let 1 cup raw cashews soak in 1 cup boiling water for 15 minutes, added both to a blender with 1 cup ice, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon raw honey, you'd end up with this: A dairy-free smoothie that's creamy as heck, packed with protein and pretty darn tasty. How's that for a nutty experiment?

Choices in a New Year: Roasted Nuts 3 Ways

I've never been in to celebrating the New Year. Sure, it's a great excuse to cook toothpick-able foods, stay up late watching Twilight Zone marathons, and renew my annual resolution to floss more often. Other than that, January 1 has always been just another day. Until this year. Yesterday, I started thinking about where I'll be and what I'll be doing one year from now. With college graduation just four and half months away, and no definite post-graduation plans, I wasn't able to envision my future self. ...

A Breakfast of Champions: Warm Cinnamon Quinoa

The only reasons I wake up before 7am are: 1.) I'm scheduled to work my coffeeshop job (Which is ok because there are approximately 14 minutes between my bed and an unlimited supply of caffeine.) 2.) I'm traveling somewhere (Also ok because my inner clock goes kaput the minute it knows we're en route) 3.) I have a final exam at 9:30am and managed to study Facebook and the contents of my fridge the night before instead of my textbooks. (Not ok) or, like this morning, my brother was leaving ...