You know, it can be very fun to say: muesli . . . myooo-zlee. Introduced in the 1900s by Swiss doctor Maximilian Bircher-Benner (also fun to say), this breakfast of uncooked rolled oats, fruits, seeds, and nuts has heretofore been branded as hippie food, never quite achieving granola’s scruffy-sexy status. Well, that might soon change, because there are two local companies making muesli and hoping you’ll expand your breakfast routine to include this high-powered, nutritionally packed mix.
Film-loving candyphiles will certainly remember Willy Wonka, and his famous quote: “Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.” Butterscotch. Just the thought of it evokes memories of gooey blondie bars, creamy sundaes, and decadent puddings. The sweet and salty combination of brown sugar and butter makes butterscotch sundaes spectacular, and butterscotch chip cookies give chocolate chip cookies a run for their money. But how can I reconcile my enthusiasm for butterscotch with my New Year’s resolution to eat healthier? I found one answer at Golden Fig: Bliss Gourmet’s Butterscotch Pecan granola.
The days of sit-down lunches appear numbered. Americans are succumbing to a more fast-paced life, and the only way for vendors to catch up is to put meals on wheels. From Minneapolis to Atlanta, New York to Los Angeles, the food-truck craze has swept our nation off its feet, with hundreds of roaming restaurants catering to the appetites of any given city…
Michelle Gayer wasn’t shy about giving up the secret to the sandwich buns she sells at her new Mill City Farmers Market stand. “They’re full of eggs and butter and milk,” she said with a laugh. “It’s not a classic brioche, but it’s close.”
Though the Mill City Farmer’s Market is getting ready to pack up for the season, that doesn’t mean you have to wait until next summer to enjoy fresh, local foods. Todd Walker went to the market to get a taste of the fare and find out where you can get groceries year-round.
It was a chilly morning at last Saturday’s Mill City Farmers Market, but that wasn’t preventing vendors from piling their stands high with temptations. The Community Design Center of Minnesota was featuring beets, chard, zucchini, leeks, eggplant and cucumbers, among other beauties, but the real eye-catchers were a basket of delicata squash.
Zoie and Amy Glass create jams and jellies to accompany savory foods like salty prosciutto or creamy chèvre. The Minnesota Mead features a blend of local honeys. Hints of sweet wine flavor shine through with just a bit of balancing acidity.
This might look like a basic cake doughnut, glittering with cinnamon and sugar in the early morning farmers’ market light, but it’s made extra tender and moist by the addition of apple cider from Webster, Minnesota’s Sweetland Orchards. Mike and Gretchen Perbix oversee the orchard while their lovely mothers make the weekly batch of doughnuts. Find these treats, plus Sweetland’s apples, plums, and pears, at the Mill City Market, Bloomington Farmers’ Market, Northeast Farmers’ Market, Fulton Farmers’ Market, and, starting in September, the Kingfield Market.
Here’s how late the growing season is this year: Last Saturday was the first time farmer Moses Momanyi was able to harvest enough produce to set up a stand at the Mill City Farmers Market. And what a nice selection: broccoli and cauliflower, nurtured from raised beds inside a greenhouse, along with green onions, kohlrabi and beautiful teardrop-shaped cabbages.