Sue Z.'s Finds

Be sure to have Ames Farm honey on hand as the holiday season approaches ( Their jars are marked with the location, hive, and floral source of the honey. Use it to top off ice cream, smoothies, and tea, or to make baklava.

Joia has added new herb and spice twists to its all-natural soda flavors ( Try the orange, jasmine, and nutmeg blend, and the ginger, apricot, and allspice.

Gluten-free everything is a big trend right now, and Amy Middleton’s gfGoodies mixes add some fun to traditionally off-limits items ( Her gluten-free breading and batter mix makes for crispy chicken fingers, fish fillets, and cheese curds, while her crumble-top mix is perfect for cobblers and pies. 

Add zip to your cooking with a sprinkle of Lucy’s Pub Blend, Twin Cities Grub Rub, and other Minnesota Nice Spice organic seasoning blends ( Proceeds go to the Interact Center for Artists with Disabilities.

Sue Zelickson is the founder and director of Women Who Really Cook and Perspectives Family Center’s Kids Cafe. She is the former host of WCCO Radio’s Food for Thought.

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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.