The Food that Grows on Water: Harvesters and state agencies seek to protect Minnesota’s wild rice legacy

It’s late summer in Cass Lake, Minnesota, a logging and resort town on the western edge of the vast northwoods that stretches east to Thunder Bay, Ontario. For a few minutes before nightfall, the sky above town is streaked with the last glowing blush of the setting sun, and two loons call to each other … [ Read more]

Crunchy Wild Rice Salad with Citrus Dressing Recipe

Crunchy Wild Rice Salad with Citrus Dressing (serves 12) By Stephanie Meyer, freshtart.com 4 cups water 3 cups chicken broth 1 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 cups wild rice 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup golden raisins (or pomegranate seeds) 1 cup green onions (about 1 bunch), chopped 3/4 cup toasted pepitas (or pine nuts) 1/2 … [ Read more]

Holiday Survival Guide

Need a festive cocktail to shake up for your guests? Not sure how to navigate your holiday office party? Did mom tell you to bring a side dish to dinner? We’ve got you covered. Welcome to The Growler’s Holiday Survival Guide, everything you’ll need to make this year’s holiday season memorable. DRINK There’s a certain type of drinking … [ Read more]

Homebrew Recipe: Wild Rice Mild

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, some brewers are freaking out about wet hopping with Humulus lupus. But we’re going to get down with a dark mild, mashed with some good old Ziziana palustris—the native grain and state … [ Read more]

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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 … [ Read more]

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