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February 2014


Get a Taste of the Oscars with Red Carpet Cocktails

February 28, 2014

Get a Taste of the Oscars with Red Carpet Cocktails

Not on the list? Not a problem—Mix up some of the same cocktails your favorite stars may enjoy at the 86th Oscars Governors Ball on March 2 in L.A. Read more »

Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Waste Not, Want Not

February 28, 2014

Waste Not, Want Not

Produced locally in Owatonna, Bushel Boy Farms tomatoes takes care with natural resources. Presented by Bushel Boy. Read more »

Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Dining Dish: Chill Out! It's Time For a Winter Ice Cream Break!

February 27, 2014

Dining Dish: Chill Out! It's Time For a Winter Ice Cream Break!

Forget complaining, the new winter coping method includes ice cream from Sandcastle, Froz Broz, and Izzy’s and lots of it. Read more »

Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


JD Fratzke of Strip Club Meat & Fish on Winter Inspiration

February 27, 2014

JD Fratzke of Strip Club Meat & Fish on Winter Inspiration

Chef JD Fratzke looks for new ways to use local ingredients even when the ground is solidly frozen. Read more »

Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Minnesota Monthly Food and Wine Experience This Weekend!

February 26, 2014

Minnesota Monthly Food and Wine Experience This Weekend!

Food, wine, and beer are in abundance at this 20th annual event Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


The Importance of Knowing Where Your Food Comes From

February 26, 2014

The Importance of Knowing Where Your Food Comes From

Learn how the people at Bushel Boy, located in Owatonna, Minnesota, bring a tomato from seed to vine to your table all year round. Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Drink Recipe: A Town Without a Name

February 25, 2014

Drink Recipe: A Town Without a Name

This drink is a perplexing mix of winter and summer, using tomato water with bourbon and spice with a thread of sweetness. Presented by Bushel Boy Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


WholeMe Brings WholeSatisfaction to All

February 24, 2014

WholeMe Brings WholeSatisfaction to All

How many people struggle trying to squeeze a real breakfast in every morning have made the last-ditch move for the cereal bar? Lucky for constantly-moving, health-conscious Minnesotans, a brand-new company is making that conscious noshing easier. Read more »

Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Farmers Won't be Stymied by a Little Polar Vortex

February 24, 2014

Farmers Won't be Stymied by a Little Polar Vortex

Even in the dead of the Minnesota freeze, local farmers still find ways to grow fresh produce. Presented by Bushel Boy Read more »

Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Raise a Glass to National Margarita Day!

February 21, 2014

Raise a Glass to National Margarita Day!

Friendship, good times, and memories of somewhere warmer—all great reasons to enjoy a Margarita February 22—or anytime! Read more »

Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Here’s to Your Health

February 21, 2014

Here’s to Your Health

Bushel Boy tomatoes are jam-packed full of nutrition. Presented by Bushel Boy. Read more »

Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Thomas Kim of The Rabbit Hole on Local Ingredients

February 20, 2014

Thomas Kim of The Rabbit Hole on Local Ingredients

Thomas Kim is committed to sourcing his ingredients locally whenever possible. Presented by Bushel Boy. Read more »

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Dining Dish: News on Hola Arepa, Birchwood Cafe, Sandcastle, and the James Beard Foundation MN Nominees

February 20, 2014

Dining Dish: News on Hola Arepa, Birchwood Cafe, Sandcastle, and the James Beard Foundation MN Nominees

James Beard semifinalists are announced, Hola Arepa is opening a storefront, Birchwood is closing for a remodel, and Sandcastle starts a Kickstarter. Read more »

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Spanish Style Shrimp Recipe

February 19, 2014

Spanish Style Shrimp Recipe

Bring the flavors of Spain to your dinner table with this Spanish Style Shrimp recipe. Presented by Bushel Boy. Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


The ABCs of CSAs: 2014

February 19, 2014

The ABCs of CSAs: 2014

Selecting a CSA can be a bit daunting, but never fear—this annual ABCs of CSAs will help you navigate. Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Barkley's Bistro Dog Treats

February 18, 2014

Barkley's Bistro Dog Treats

Our editor’s dog, Wabi, does a taste test of Minnesota’s Barkley’s Bistro treats. Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Smoky Sweet Tomato Jam Recipe

February 18, 2014

Smoky Sweet Tomato Jam Recipe

When you crave a bit of summer in the middle of winter, lift your spirits by making this Smoky Sweet Tomato Jam. Presented by Bushel Boy. Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Local Sourcing in the Middle of Winter

February 17, 2014

Local Sourcing in the Middle of Winter

Is winter over yet? We want to garden! Presented by Bushel Boy. Read more »

Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Savvy Mom: Empire Coffee Is In, Lift Is Out on Stinson

February 17, 2014

Savvy Mom: Empire Coffee Is In, Lift Is Out on Stinson

Serving a carefully curated selection of baked goods, Empire is a promising and welcome new addition to the neighborhood. Read more »

Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Taking The Taste

February 14, 2014

Taking The Taste

Another Minnesota chef enters your living room at primetime Read more »

Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Cheese-and-Roasted-Pepper Spread on Toasts

February 14, 2014

Cheese-and-Roasted-Pepper Spread on Toasts

Having a few friends over to watch the Olympic games? Step up the snacks and win high marks from the judges with this twist on a favorite pair. Read more »

Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Pleased to Meet You, Neighbor

February 14, 2014

Pleased to Meet You, Neighbor

Locally grown in Owatonna, Bushel Boy Farms tomatoes are grown in a greenhouse and shipped to your neighborhood grocery store year-round. Presented by Bushel Boy. Read more »

Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Chef Scott Pampuch, Bringing Sustainability to the U of M

February 13, 2014

Chef Scott Pampuch, Bringing Sustainability to the U of M

The University of Minnesota’s District Executive Chef, Scott Pampuch, shares his insight into using locally-grown food in the dead of Minnesota winters. Presented by Bushel Boy. Read more »

Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Dining Dish: Casting Off the Shackles of Winter

February 13, 2014

Dining Dish: Casting Off the Shackles of Winter

We dish on the latest restaurant gossip from The Rabbit Hole, La Fresca, Makers Cafe, Modern Cafe, and Drunken Fish. Read more »

Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


The Perfect Valentine for Your Beer-Lovin’ Lover

February 12, 2014

The Perfect Valentine for Your Beer-Lovin’ Lover

The Better Beer Society’s Better Beer Society University (BBSU) is now accepting new “students” for their 2014 spring semester. Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Bee Mine

February 12, 2014

Bee Mine

Here's some food ideas with a little honey to have with your honey. Presented by Bushel Boy. Read more »

Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Panzanella with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette Recipe

February 11, 2014

Panzanella with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette Recipe

This recipe is a perfect go-to weeknight dish. Presented by Bushel Boy. Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Love is a Battlefield: 6 Valentine's Day Dining Options

February 11, 2014

Love is a Battlefield: 6 Valentine's Day Dining Options

Still looking for places to dine on Valentine’s Day? Try one of these 6 restaurants. Read more »

Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Bright Spots of Summer Flavor in the Heart of Winter

February 10, 2014

Bright Spots of Summer Flavor in the Heart of Winter

Heartland and Corner Table serve dishes with local ingredients—even in the dead of winter. Presented by Bushel Boy. Read more »

Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Cheeky Monkey Sriracha Chili Powder Fairy Dust

February 10, 2014

Cheeky Monkey Sriracha Chili Powder Fairy Dust

Time to take your Sriracha relationship to the next level? Read more »

Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Spinach Tart with Raisins and Pine Nuts

February 7, 2014

Spinach Tart with Raisins and Pine Nuts

This quick and easy dish gives a nod to Greece, the birthplace of the Olympics, and is a great snack or light meal while watching the action. Read more »

Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Chefs on the Move

February 6, 2014

Chefs on the Move

Chefs on the move, in the city and in the ‘burbs, some bold name chefs are on the move. Read more »

Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Local Cinema Presents Micro Brew Film, “Crafting a Nation”

February 6, 2014

Local Cinema Presents Micro Brew Film, “Crafting a Nation”

For one night only, Mark Wojahn and Wilbur Ince will be presenting the new craft brewing film, “Crafting A Nation.” Read more »

Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 | Permalink | Comments ()


Savvy Mom: Fat Nat's has One of the Best Brekkies in Town

February 3, 2014

Savvy Mom: Fat Nat's has One of the Best Brekkies in Town

Fat Nat's has all the four major breakfast food groups: eggs, meat, potatoes, and toast, ALL topped with hollandaise sauce. Read more »

Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)


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