Hunter, Writer, Butcher, Cook: Jamie Carlson and Minnesota’s wild foods movement

Jamie Carlson’s idea of a perfect field snack is a raw antelope liver, taken directly from the freshly killed animal itself. “Raw antelope liver is the sweetest thing you’re ever going to have,” he says while tending a campfire at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan. “Pull it out, rinse it off, put a little … [ Read more]

Food for Thought: A U of M partnership yields some exotic fruits

Across the country, campus dining tends to be where mediocre food comes to a bad end, ladled from plastic bags into heating vessels and then into troughs where it is consumed with a mixture of indifference and resentment. “Banquets” are sorry affairs, dominated by overcooked vegetables, cloying desserts, and rubber chicken entrees more appropriate to … [ Read more]

Cooking with Beth Dooley: Raspberry Pie Recipe

It’s raspberry season and the fruit is coming in splendidly. We’ll enjoy thimble sized berries now (first crop) for several weeks, and then again in the fall with the everbearing raspberries. They freeze beautifully and make marvelous jams. But nothing beats raspberry pie with rum-spiked ice cream. Raspberry Pie Makes one 9-inch pie or 2–4 … [ Read more]

Smoke and No Mirrors: The effort and integrity behind Northern Waters Smokehaus

I spent a couple decades in real estate, where I saw every kind of sales pitch, from the clumsiest—delivered by a transparently thirsty postgraduate sweating through the armpits of his big-boy sport coat—to the most sophisticatedly smooth. One thing I learned is that we are all selling something almost all of the time, even if it’s … [ Read more]

Go for Goat: Advocating for an under-appreciated protein with chef Alan Bergo

I will never forget the Barbacoa de Chivo at Tacqueria La Huasteca for the rest of my taco-eating life. The goat arrived steaming hot in a shade of brilliant crimson, with long strands of fibrous meat, cordlike, intertwining and trapping the braising juices. The very first bite decorated my white shirt with a streak of murder-victim … [ Read more]

Minnesota Spoon: West Indies Soul with Sharon Richards-Noel

The lunch menu at the High School for Recording Arts in St. Paul looks similar to any other high school’s—full of things like corn dogs and pizza, those few cafeteria staples that satisfy both the kids’ appetites and the state’s nutritional requirements. Except Wednesdays are different. Just before noon, the aroma of garlic, ginger, turmeric, … [ Read more]

Minnesota Spoon: Thomas Boemer’s expansive vision for cooking with fire goes beyond barbecue

Chef Thomas Boemer’s eyes are watering. He’s standing in front of an improvised outdoor kitchen, made up of a cinder block fire well, with a steel-mesh grate laid across it for a cooktop, and a two-course block wall stacked on top of that for a windbreak. It is so rough-hewn and brawny looking as to … [ Read more]

Cooking with Beth Dooley: Smoked Whitefish Cakes Recipe

Smoked fish cakes are a perfect marriage of convenience—yesterday’s leftover smoked fish from the holiday appetizer tray mixed with yesterday’s leftover baked or mashed potatoes. These cakes are far more than the sum of their parts. While many recipes call for eggs, cream, mayonnaise, flour, or breadcrumbs, I find that they’re heavy and dense. Keeping … [ Read more]

Minnesota Spoon: The culinary languages of Adam Eaton

Developing the dishes for a new restaurant menu is a little bit like giving birth. There is the initial joyful conception. There is a long and sometimes painful gestation period, and there is the final delivery into the world of something that is both part of its creator, and that will ultimately have to interact … [ Read more]

Recipe: Adam Eaton’s Moose Bolognese

This month, Minnesota Spoon’s Steve Hoffman gathered with some hungry friends at the home of Jon Wipfli to travel around the world with Adam Eaton. Eaton prepared foods of numerous styles and regions, but most notable was his recipe for Moose Bolognese. Read this month’s Minnesota Spoon story here. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”79944″ align=”right” info_text=”Advertisement” info_text_position=”above” font_color=”#6d6d6d” … [ Read more]

Cooking with Beth Dooley: Indian Spiced Potatoes & Spinach Recipe

Mildly spiced and buttery, this lush warming potato dish is brightened with bright green spinach. Use waxy potatoes (such as Yukon gold). Serve as a side dish to roast chicken or toss in chickpeas for a simple vegetarian meal. Indian Spiced Potatoes & Spinach Serves 4 as a side, 2 as a main Ingredients 1 … [ Read more]

Bran muffin recipe by Bellecour’s Kelsey McCreight

In this month’s Minnesota Spoon, Steve Hoffman spends an afternoon in the company of baking genius with Steve Horton of Baker’s Field, Diane Yang of Spoon & Stable, and Kelsey McCreight of Bellecour, during which he learns the flavor power of stone-ground, heritage grains. Here, Kelsey shares a taste of her baking acumen with this … [ Read more]

Recipe: Roasted Duck with Duck Stock and Cracklins

Roasted Duck with Duck Stock and Cracklins This month, Minnesota Spoon writer Steve Hoffman witnessed what happens when the gastronomical mad scientists behind Travail Kitchen and Amusements, Bob Gerken, James Winberg, and Mike Brown are thrown into a kitchen that Betty Crocker might have recognized. Read Steve Hoffman’s full story. Enjoy the Travail team’s recipe for roasted … [ Read more]

Minnesota Spoon: Making peace with beef

The case for a more sustainable steak with Jon Wipfli and Erik Sather I suffer from a chronic condition that I keep mostly under control. You haven’t heard of it. It’s called Sustainability Exhaustion. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”35969″ align=”right” info_text=”Advertisement” info_text_position=”above” font_color=”#6d6d6d” font_size=”13″ padding=”10″ background_color=”#ffffff” border=”2″ border_color=”#878787″] Most days I live just like you. I stand blinking … [ Read more]

Slay to Gourmet: Alaska moose hunt

A year ago, my Uncle Mark called me with an invitation to go to Fairbanks, Alaska, for a week of moose hunting and a getaway from the city. Thankfully I agreed, despite not knowing much about moose, or moose hunting, or Fairbanks, or what the hell I was about to get myself into. I won’t … [ Read more]