Hot Enough?

Ready for some summer heat? We’ve found some local hotties with sophisticated, fiery taste: Try the Haute Habañero Paste and the Haute Chocolate Sauce produced in Stillwater by Jim Aronson and Jennifer Foreman of Kayak Kitchens (618 W. Rice St., Stillwater, 612-208-8032, kayakkitchens.com). Get some at Local D’lish (208 N. First St., Mpls., 612-886-3047, localdlish.com) or Golden Fig (790 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-602-0144, goldenfig.com).

Speaking of hot dishes, Betsy Price and Tom Wirt, creators of Clay Coyote Pottery (17614 240th St., Hutchinson, 888-737-4014, claycoyote.com), have a gallery full of hand-thrown, high-fired, functional baking and serving dishes that they make themselves. I own a French butter dish and hope to get some chili bowls soon.

With outdoor farmers’ markets opening this month, be sure to check out what Lucille’s Kitchen (651-387-3218, lucilleskitchengarden.com) has added to its collection of pepper jams, showcased at the Mill City Farmers Market (704 S. Second St., Mpls., 612-341-7580, millcityfarmersmarket.org). The market, located between the Mill City Museum and the Guthrie Theater, runs Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Try Lucille’s garlic-pepper jam over cream cheese—num!

If you are interested in vintage winemaking antiques, check out the new location of Lori Anderson’s EuroNest (5700 W. 36th St., Mpls., 952-929-2927, euro-nest.com). You’ll find genuine old wine barrels, boxes, baskets, holders, glass and wicker jugs, openers, presses, racks, and more.

Who can’t find a use for some extra dough? Well, get yourself to the Extra Dough Gourmet Goodies shop (5757 Sanibel Dr., Minnetonka, 612-867-9825, extradough.net), open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. See if you agree that the Key lime candy bark tastes like springtime in your mouth.
 

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Sue Zelickson (Sue Z.) is a James Beard Award-winning food media personality, philanthropist, and longtime contributor to Minnesota Monthly and WCCO radio. She has founded the Charlie Awards, the Women Who Really Cook networking organization for women in the local food industry, and the Kids Cafe at Perspectives, Inc., which improves access to nutritious meals for families in need. You can find her buzzing around from event to event throughout the Twin Cities, helping to raise funds for charitable organizations, including some she has had a hand in building.