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Minnesota Food...

 

 True to your Roots

Not every root vegetable is called a true root, but the Carrot, Beet, Rutabaga,Turnip, Parsnip are for two reasons. One, they grow underground. Two, they actually do what their name implies and channel sustenance and water from the earth to the plant. Root vegetables are packed with essential nutrients, and are easily stored for long periods of time. The root cellar, or less known "spring house" were precursors to the refrigerator, keeping winter/summer vegetables fresh underground or inside the cool bubbling water of a house built over a spring, before electricity and Freon coolants.  

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Building Salads with Local Food

Fresh local farm grown food is far superior to what you can buy at the grocer, still pershishable though. So keeping it fresh has everything to do with how its stored, and the dos and don'ts to retain freshness run the gamut from don't store in plastic, to do store in open containers, in a paper bag with an apple inside for avocados, a bowl of water with plastic wrap cover for asparagus, air tight containers with a wet paper towel for basil, there's a long list of time consuming steps. 

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Blueberry Star Pie, what sugar to use?

Blueberry Star Pie, it's all about the sugar, right? Nutritionally blueberries are a good source of dietary fiber and they're packed with Vitamin C, zero sugar and miniscule fat content. But, no one makes a blueberry pie without sugar. Sugar is no where to be found on the USDA's MyPlate guidelines for daily nutrional requirements. But, you will find sugar in their Guidelines for added sugars, very helpful for home bakers. So, what are the best sugars to use? Read More..

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