Cookbooks

Why Minnesotans Should be Ticked Off that the New York Times is Trying to Pin Grape Salad on Us

There are a lot of good reasons why so many Minnesotans are ticked off that the New York Times is trying to pin one of the worst salad recipes ever made on Minnesota.

Toast Wine Bar and Cafe in Minneapolis

A “Toast” to Great Wine and Great Food

As a new resident to the North Loop, in Minneapolis, my natural inclination as a foodie is to search for a place with great wine and great food. After walking around the neighborhood, I found Toast.

It takes thirty gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup

From Tree to Pancake – Let’s go Maple Sugaring

Some good friends invited me to help them make maple syrup. Seeing how real maple syrup is boiled down from sap is an eye-opening experience.

Vikre is creating a new set of spirits from the flavors of the North Shore

Vikre Distillery Creates Gins from the North Shore

Tucked into a corner of Duluth’s Canal Park Vikre Distillery is creating a unique family of gins inspired by Lake Superior and the Northwoods.

The Arial Lift Bridge at dusk

The Sleepover: Duluth’s Canal Park

Nestled on the Southwestern tip of Lake Superior under Duluth’s iconic Arial Lift Bridge, Canal Park has become the city’s playground and a weekend get-a-way.

The Henry Ford Bungalow overlooks the Keweenaw Bay

The Sleepover: The Keweenaw Bay in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

For those seeking a deeper level of remoteness, a rustic nirvana awaits those who travel to Keweenaw Bay in Michigan’s the Upper Peninsula.

Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegars

Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegars: Chemistry, Geography, and Making the Leap

Gathered along the Cannon River, Northfield presents the quintessential Midwestern hamlet with pubs and restaurants with beguiling names like Froggy Bottoms Pub and tidy streets featuring artisan shops like Northfield Olive Oils and Vinegars.

Split Rock Lighthouse

The Sleepover: Late Summer Along the North Shore

As you head along the North Shore from Duluth, you reach a fork in the road that sets the tone for your trip. On the right, the vast blue waters of Lake Superior reach out before you along the Old…

The mantra at the Harriet is that a dish should fall into place naturally

Falling for the Harriet Brasserie

I’ve been crushing on the Harriet Brasserie for a few years now; dinner with friends, lunch with my mother, dessert with the kids, beer, and fries (with béarnaise for dipping) at the bar with my husband. If anyone asks about…

Cucumber Lemonade

Going Beyond the Stick to Find Food Worth Eating at the Minnesota State Fair

There’s a lot worth eating at the Minnesota State Fair that doesn’t come on-a-stick. Check out all of Umami’s recommendations for finding everything worth eating and drinking at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Doug at work in Piccolo

At the Table with Piccolo’s Doug Flicker

In this At the Table, we talk with Doug Flicker the owner and chef at Piccolo located in Southwest Minneapolis about what’s important and what it’s like to run a small highly acclaimed restaurant.

Community garden at butter

Walking the Green Path: Being Counter Cultural

At Butter, we try to be a daily advertisement for efforts to build community and restore our earth through the connections we make with each other, our food, and the world around us. Now, more than ever, this seems like…

Arctic Wolf

Hanging Out on the Edge of the Boundary Waters in Ely, Minnesota

Sometimes it feels like Ely’s purpose in life is to make people less afraid of the woods. Nestled on the edge of Superior National Forest, Ely is home to two internationally recognized wildlife centers, the Root Beer Lady Museum, and…

Sept 17 North Shore

Walking the Green Path: Greener Paths at the Crossways

Finding ingredients that have the least impact on our environment can be difficult. It takes the time, energy, and desire to find the information needed to make the right choice.

Split Rock Lighthouse Lit Up

How to See Split Rock Lighthouse Shine Across Lake Superior

High above dark grey waters, Split Rock Lighthouse stands as a testament to the danger and romance of sailing on the Great Lakes. Each year thousands of people visit this Minnesota icon but November 10th is the only day to…