Fire Cider: The DIY winter tonic that’ll punch you in the face

There’s no denying that fire cider looks bad. Its glow-in-the-dark yellowish hue is like a liquid version of hepatitis. But not to worry—it tastes much, much worse than it looks. What is it? This tonic/remedy/taste bud marauder is made by infusing apple cider vinegar with a heap of pungently healthful ingredients like garlic, ginger, hot … [ Read more]

Winter Weary? Staycation Ideas for the Fancy and the Frugal

For the Frugal By Bill Lindeke No matter how many generations your roots stretch back, winter is the true test for any Minnesotan. By the time February rolls around, the months of shortened days, numb appendages, icy streets, and long, cold nights take their toll. To make it through the last seasonal stretches, we often need … [ Read more]

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Good for You: 8 self-care tips so you can have more energy for others

Although “The Giving Tree” is a children’s classic, let’s be honest—when you give and give, like that beleaguered tree did, eventually you risk ending up as a stump of your former self. Putting energy into charity and do-goodery is, of course, a worthwhile pursuit, but it can be draining if you haven’t put effort into … [ Read more]

Homebrew Recipe: Backthrow Pre-Pro Triple Grain Amber Lager

This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at mashmakerbook.com. This month, by making use of some regionally grown grains (barley, corn, and rye—save that wheat for bread flour, yo!) we’re going to brew a Minnesota-rooted beer that, when seen through the lens of … [ Read more]

Craft Cocktail: Contemporary Gin Fizz at Esker Grove

Wait, they’re putting garbanzo bean water in my drink? I hadn’t noticed at first, as I had become transfixed by the look of Esker Grove—the new restaurant in the Walker Art Center. The clean lines, the stately back bar, the false perspective of the floor-to-ceiling windows that make it look like the restaurant extends into … [ Read more]