Brut MN Pop-Up Restaurant

Have you ever attended a restaurant preview?  Tonight was our first.  Brut is going to be a great addition to the restaurant scene in Minneapolis in early 2015, and they’re hosting a pop-up preview in August.  We were lucky enough to see the tweet and grabbed a spot. Tonight we enjoyed a preview of what … Continue reading

#WinePW 3: Summers’ Bounty or Attack of the Killer Turnips?

Wine Pairing Weekend #3: Summers’ Bounty Wine Pairing weekend is a monthly collaborative event for wine/food bloggers. This month’s theme is “Summers’ Bounty”.  If you’d like to see what others in our group are doing, scroll to the bottom of the post for links. Summers’ Bounty or Attack of the Killer Turnips? Is your garden … Continue reading

Scallop Salad with Lioco Chardonnay

Summertime and Dinner Salads It’s summer in Minnesota and our thoughts turn to cool crisp wines and light dinners out on the deck.  We had a taste for some scallops tonight, so I searched for good looking dinner salads featuring scallops.  The folks at Lioco had sent some wine samples earlier this spring, I had … Continue reading

Why CSA? Eat your Collards, Jeff!

What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a season long partnership between farmer and a group of patrons.  In our Bossy Acres CSA, we pay a fixed cost early in the spring in return for a box of fresh, local organic vegetables every week starting in June and running through September.  … Continue reading

Garlic Ramp Pesto on Fettucine with #NWTW Viognier

viognier shrimp calamari garlic ramp pesto fettucine

The #NewWineThisWeek assignment was Viognier from France.  I spent some quality time with a variety of Viogniers this winter, so I didn’t feel a strong pull to participate this week.  Along came Saturday, and I just couldn’t resist.  I stopped by a local wine shop and picked up a $9 Viognier from the southern Rhone.  … Continue reading

#NWTW: Zinfandel with BBQ Chicken

Bedrock zinfandel chicken barbecue bbq

#NWTW: Zinfandel #NWTW (New Wine This Week) is fun, but it does involve working on a deadline.  If I don’t finish by Sunday evening, I’m out of luck until the next wine and the next week!  This week: Zinfandel.  It isn’t new to many American households, but I’ll happily share my experience with my buds … Continue reading

Goat Daube and Lioco Pinot Noir

The Tail End of Braising Season We’re well into spring in Minnesota, so I’m racing to use up the last of the braising meats I picked up at our winter farmers markets (held indoors).  That said, we still have plenty of cool days where a nice warm stew or braise is perfect.  Today we have … Continue reading

#NWTW Falanghina with Calamari & Shrimp Salad

Minnesota Spring is so short-lived.  We seem to linger, locked in winter through April and suddenly it’s 80 degrees.  Maybe that’s why we jump to spring-like meals at the first hint that winter has lost its grip!  We had 6 inches of new snow overnight, and by the afternoon, a combination of snowplows and warm … Continue reading

#NWTW: French Sparkling, NOT Champagne

#NWTW: French Non-Champagne Sparkling Wine The #NWTW wine of the week this week is sparkling wine from France, but not Champagne.  For much of France, the wines are labeled “Crémant”, but this doesn’t apply exclusively.  As long as it was made in the same method as Champagne (Methode Champenoise or Methode Traditionnelle), we would be … Continue reading

Manzo Costatine Brasato al Nebbiolo

or: Beef Short Ribs Braised in Nebbiolo I’m still having fun with the Tourist Office of Langhe and Roero’s Recipe/Food Photography contest, #LangheRoeroinCucina.  This week’s ingredient is the local beef, Razza Bovina Piemontese.  Obviously, I can’t get Razza Bovina in Minnesota, but I can get local grass-fed beef from my friends at Sunshine Harvest Farm!  … Continue reading

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