Forward Eats MSP: Isabel Street Heat!

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TURN UP THE HEAT, and meet Tony Stoy! Who is Tony? He's the owner of the St. Paul business that produced the best hot sauce in the Twin Cities as ranked by City Pages for the last two years in a row: Isabel Street Heat! He also makes all the hot sauce, sometimes at 9PM after his daughters have gone to bed, because he still has a full-time day job in the car industry. I met with Tony in his production space a few weeks ago, and ...

Forward Eats MSP: Grassroots Gourmet

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If the Twin Cities gave out an Employee of the Month award, I'm pretty sure Vicki Potts would have won it several times over. The owner of and face behind the counter at the Grassroots Gourmet booth in Midtown Global Market, this woman is committed to her work on every level.   A transplant from California many years back, Vicki’s upbringing by a mother who bought her groceries primarily from the small farms near which she lived inspired Vicki to create a business centered on local products. "Midtown ...

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 ...

Undeniably Tater Tot Hotdish

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What do you get when you combine an onion, a can of cream of mushroom soup, tater tots and cheddar cheese? Some might say heartburn, thick hips, high cholesterol. Others might say comforting creaminess, classic casserole, pure bliss. But none can deny this specific combination creates a Minnesotan classic: Tater Tot Hotdish (that's casserole to the rest of you). I whipped this recipe out to bring to a sendoff for a friend heading back to his native Minnesota; consensus was you don't have to be from the Midwest to ...

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 ...