Sue Z.’s Finds

 

Spring has sprung, and it’s time for some indulgences. Granola goes grownup with Barnstormer, Ben and Audrey Wolfgramm’s take on the classic crunchy cereal. Their Flight Plan includes a subscription for biweekly or monthly delivery of crunchy goodness to your doorstep. Choices include Nuts for Chocolate, Crazy Cranberry Pecan, or Daring Date and Raisin, all in 12-ounce reusable bags (barnstormergranola.com).

For another little good-for-you luxury, Martha Glass’ tiny Bistro Meringues are gluten-free and low in carbs, sugar, fat, and calories: Four cookies clock in at just 17 calories and come in nine fun flavors, including maple, coffee, and mint. She recently added melt-in-your-mouth meringue nests that are perfect for making pavlova or filling with her new lemon curd (bistromeringues.com, all Kowalski’s Markets and Jerry’s Foods stores).

For an elegant setting to serve these pretty treats, create a centerpiece from local designer Diahann Potter’s wine and champagne glass shades, which serve as both decoration and conversation pieces. Choose a color and design, place these special paper shades atop wine or champagne glasses, and drop in a LED battery tea light, and you’ve got an instant focal point for the table (dipotter.com).

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.