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. Most days I live just like you. I stand blinking in the fluorescent glare of the pre-wrapped meat section, trying to … [ Read more]

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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]

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The Minnesota Spoon: Marinated skirt steak fry bread sliders

I’ve always struggled with winters in Minnesota. But even though there are at least 100 reasons to hibernate and avoid human contact, I’ve found that becoming a hermit isn’t the best way to attack winter. One thing that’s always gotten me out of the house and limping back into society is cooking and hosting parties. … [ Read more]

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Slay to Gourmet: Fried Woodcock

Upland hunters may be reluctant to spend their limited time in the field to hunt woodcock due to the small bag limit, or perhaps they just don’t know how good they taste. For whatever reason, woodcock has remained an afterthought in the fall hunting cycle dominated by pheasant and ducks—that is, until now. Fluttering through … [ Read more]

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Lift Bridge Irish Coffee Stout Brownies for St. Patty’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 … [ Read more]

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Ale to the Chief: Presidential Homebrew

Homebrewing is happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Yes, the White House! What is unique is that this is the first documented account of beer actually being brewed inside the White House. The bubbling of airlocks started last year when President Barack Obama purchased (with his own money) a homebrewing kit for the kitchen staff to … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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Homebrew Recipe: Saison Classic

Brewer, author, gastronome, and beer critic Garrett Oliver said, “[I]f I were forced to choose one style to drink with every meal for the rest of my life, saison would have to be it.” It’s one of my favorites too, and one of the most fascinating families of beer to brew and taste. Saison is arguably the … [ Read more]