Slay to Gourmet: Alaskan Game Dinner

Moose, halibut, rockfish, cod, and salmon with vegetables and an herb vinaigrette My father’s side of my family has a long tradition of hunting. When my uncle Mark suggested having a game dinner at the cabin with animals he’d harvested in Alaska, I was in. After all, a family who slays together, stays together. This […]

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DIY Fermentation: Beet Kvass

We’re in the tail end of beet season at the farmers markets. And perhaps the dipping temperatures have you thinking about ways to prolong the harvest. Fermenting vegetables at home might seem like a daunting task, but the barriers to entry are lower than you might think. Take beet kvass for example (above, left). It’s […]

The Minnesota Spoon: savory wild rice pancakes with anchovy butter

Photos by Matt Lien Minnesota has an obsession with wild rice. The grain is so emblematic of our state, it’s baffling how we became labeled as a group of grape-salad eaters. Apparently the importance of this abundant, local grain isn’t abundantly clear to the rest of the country. From being a staple of Native American […]

Slay to Gourmet: Salt-dome walleye

“Slay” photos by John Wipfli “Gourmet” photos by Matt Lien Walleyes and campfires are a big part of living in the Midwest. Just like lobsters come to mind when I think of Maine, and images of mountains pop into my head when I think of Montana, walleyes and campfires are two things that define Midwest […]

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The Minnesota Spoon: Morel-Crusted Cod

Morel-crusted cod with morel, asparagus, and fava bean sauté Photos by Matt Lien There are few things more satisfying than foraging for food in the forest. Not only do you get to stomp around in the woods, but you get to find tiny treats growing within inches of your every step. There’s a plethora of food […]

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Slay to Gourmet: Walleye Fish Tacos

As the sun starts to hit the tree line, I can feel a noticeable change in the boat. Rod tips start to bounce more frequently, the bait cache is depleting more rapidly, and walleyes start to fill the live well. After a day of musky fishing with minimal action, it’s nice to end a warm […]

Slay to Gourmet: 3 Recipes from the Larder

Photos by Matt Lien It’s that time of year again where hunters and fishermen alike find themselves in a lull. Fishing shacks are gone from the quickly receding sheets of ice on the lakes and rivers, and deer stands are abandoned until the next season opener. I, myself, am anxiously waiting for the upcoming turkey […]

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Lift Bridge Irish Coffee Stout Brownies for St. Paddy’s Day

Celebrate your Irish heritage—and one of the year’s biggest beer holidays—without food coloring. Photos by Cali Owings Stillwater’s Lift Bridge Brewing Co. unveiled its seasonal Irish Coffee Stout and kicked off the month o’ green with a release party at its taproom in Stillwater on March 7th. Brewmaster Matt Hall said the inspiration for the […]

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Minnesota’s Food Identity, and the Many-Headed Problem of #grapegate

Photos by Becca Dilley, Lake Superior Flavors Unpacking the New York Times’ “legitimately offensive decision.” First things first: A disclaimer. I have an unqualified love for New York City and the New York Times. I lived in Brooklyn for a glorious year and a half. Over that time period I fell in love with the place, […]

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Slay to Gourmet: Wild Duck

Hunting photos by Jon Wipfli Cooking photos by James Eastman Driving north through Wisconsin, my mind kept wandering through what the next couple of days would bring. Coming into this trip, I was hoping to stomp through the woods in search of grouse and woodcock, but with the forecast leaning towards overcast and rainy, I knew […]

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Rituals of Coffee: How Do You Take It?

Everything you need to know to make great coffee. By Emily McIntyre Coffee was first discovered—so the story goes—when an Ethiopian goatherd named Kaldi noticed his flock was jumpier than usual when they grazed in a certain patch of berries. When Kaldi tried them for himself, the foundation for one of the world’s greatest beverages […]

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Roasted Pork Loin, Sweet Corn Succotash, Soy Beans, Summer Squash, and Herbed Crème Fraiche

Also included in this Farm to Table recipe by Dinner on the Farm: Summer Tomatoes, Anchovy Aioli, Croutons, and Basil. By Jon Wipfli Photos by Daniel Murphy In my experience, the most pleasant foods to eat are those that are so fresh that you hardly have to handle them to make a great dish. These two […]

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Farmhouse Ale-Braised Rabbit and Wild Acres Lemon Fried Chicken

Farm to table recipes presented by Dinner on the Farm.  Recipe by TJ Rawitzer The Tiny Diner and Farm is a little collaboration between farm and diner counter. We believe it’s the little things that count, so we create small-scale menu items with fruits and vegetables, filling people with good food while doing good stuff like […]

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Swedish Egg Coffee for Backcountry Camping

By Christopher Ferguson While in the Boundary Waters, you’ll want a cup of coffee to enjoy with the misty sunrises. My personal favorite is Swedish egg coffee, a delicious, mellow cup of coffee, just the way the Swedes used to on the boat. The old Swedes were sick of percolated coffee, which tasted horrible, so […]

Campfire Cooking: Streamside with The Wild Chef

A “Stream to Table” recipe, presented by Dinner on the Farm By Jonathan Miles, The Wild Chef The adventurous eaters who dine with us in the farm fields all summer long may be getting a case of cabin fever right about now. Not only are we pining for warmer weather, but also the local food […]

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