The Final Feast: A look at the funeral foods of four cultural traditions in Minnesota

  Of the many occasions in life when the phrase “comfort food” seems most appropriate, funerals are at the top of the list. Food can serve myriad purposes as part of the mourning process: It can come in the form of help to family members, as the community provides meals that free up the family … [ Read more]

Firehouse Feasts: Building bonds and perfecting recipes around the station’s dinner table

The kitchen at Edina’s Fire Station 1 is designed for utility: ample pale-wood cupboards, extensive white countertops, gas stovetop with a sizable range hood overhead, stainless steel mixer and toaster, and a heavy-duty, easy-to-clean concrete floor. Adjacent to the equally utilitarian tables and chairs is a set of recliners, looking for all the world like … [ Read more]

Private Recipe to Public Product: The Cost of Starting Up a Food Business

It starts with a cracker. Or, rather, the lack of a cracker—the perfect cracker; the exact cracker you want. You start experimenting in your kitchen, and experimentation leads to coming up with something you like. Soon, you discover it’s not just you who’s a fan: your moody teenagers love it, your crabby aunt loves it, the … [ Read more]

Art, Printed: Computers are redefining fine art. But is that a good thing?

Watching a lumbering 3D printer slowly churn back and forth, painstakingly adding minute layer to minute layer of material to an ambiguous shape is far from exciting. It can take hours—sometimes days—until a final product reveals itself. But for as cumbersome as 3D printing can be, the technology has had a profound impact on the art … [ Read more]

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