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Basil Blossom Sangria (Make-and-Sip!)

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on May 23, 2012 at 5:01pm

spring sangria make-and-drink

I had The Best meeting last week, outside in the warm sun, sipping a gorgeous sangria made by my friend Tracy Morgan of Kitchen in the Market. We were chatting all sorts of very serious things – logos, web design, cooking classes, and shoes – with a rather long discussion regarding the merits of a sangria that doesn’t need to be made a day ahead.

As Tracy noted when she emailed me the recipe: “So my general spiel on this is that it needs to be simple, quick and reasonably affordable. I have spent way too much time in the past dorking around with overwrought ingredients and infusing the bases overnight blah blah. I love fresh herbs as a way to add flavor quickly and I only need to run out to my garden to make it happen.”

I can attest to the fact that this sangria hits the ground running and is the perfect balance of fruity and floral for a warm spring day.

And speaking of warm spring days…if you’re captured by the idea of preserving a bit of the season’s bounty to enjoy when Minnesota days are dark, grey, and dreary, sign up for the Provisions class I’m teaching with Chef Scott Pampuch at Kitchen in the Market. The first of three classes is this coming Thursday evening, where we’ll be making pickles, flavored salts, and pestos. Join us for chatting preserving techniques and recipes for the whole growing season, as well as drinks and treats to taste and take home. We hope to see you there!

Also, for food lovers, food industry types, photographers, writers, PR & marketing professionals, growers, publishers, editors, wanna-be bloggers, occasional bloggers, full-time bloggers, on and on and on…join the Minnesota Food Bloggers for TECHmunch Conference, Saturday, June 2, at 514 Studios in Minneapolis. We’ll spend the day talking food trends, social media, technology, and blogging as a business with the likes of Andrew Zimmern, Jason DeRusha, Daniel Klein, Zoe Francois, Stephanie March, and many other local favorites. With an evening reception at Fulton Beer to cap the festivities, the day promises to be packed with information, networking, deliciousness, and beer. We hope to see you there, too!

In the meantime, plan your questions while sipping this loveliness…

Recipe for Basil Blossom Sangria (Make-and-Sip) at TC Taste/Minnesota Monthly Magazine.

TECHmunch Minneapolis | June 2, 2012

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on May 20, 2012 at 9:24am’s TECHmunch Food Blogger Conference

Minneapolis | June 2, 2012

TECHmunch is making it’s debut in Minneapolis to serve up tasty strategies for food blogger success!

The day-long event is an intimate workshop and interactive conversation that will inspire even the most seasoned food blogger. The goal is to provide the ingredients you need to succeed and pursue your passion.

• Food bloggers of every level – from hobbyists to media conglomerates and everything in between
• Brands that want to connect and form partnerships with food bloggers

Yes of course! A lot of our chats will be focused on food content, but anyone interested in SEO, monetization, content creation and syndication will walk away from our event with useful information.

Topics include the latest tools and tactics to develop and optimize content, build buzz, grow an audience and profit financially from all the hard work. The focus is on practical, hands-on information that you can use from day-one to take your blog to the next level.

  • Andrew Zimmern, Host, Bizarre Foods
  • Daniel Klein, Creator/Host, The Perennial Plate
  • Shaina Olmanson, Food for My Family, Babble
  • Stephanie March, Food Editor, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine
  • Lee Odden, SEOExpert,
  • Babette Pepaj, Founder,, TECHmunch &
  • Stephanie Meyer, food blogger, writer and photographer for Minnesota Monthly, Food & Wine, and Founder of Minnesota Food Bloggers and a Local TECHmunch Producer
  • Meghan Likes, Meeting & Event Specialist, National Cooperative Grocers Association, Local TECHmunch Producer
  • Erik Deutsch, Principal, ExcelPR Group
  • Lee Svitak Dean, Food Editor, Minneapolis Star Tribune

TECHmunch is produced by Babette Pepaj (@BakeSpace), founder of

Register HERE!

TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat, January 21, 2012

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jan 13, 2012 at 4:53pm

TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat, is a full day of talks broken into three sessions—Issues, Impact, and Innovation—exploring the state of our food system and our progress toward sustainability.

Please join the Minnesota Food Bloggers for a webcast viewing of the morning session, live from New York City, on Saturday, January 21, 2012, followed by a discussion and reception sponsored by Minnesota Monthly Magazine.

Minnesota History Center Irvine Room

9:00- 9:30 am Registration

9:30-11:00 am TEDxManhattan morning session webcast

11:00 am -12:00 pm Talk/discussion with
Minnesota Valley Country Club Executive Chef,
host of In Search of Food (airing spring 2012), and
local food advocate Scott Pampuch

12:00 – 1:00 pm Reception

There is no charge for admission to the event. Parking is available in the Minnesota History Center lot for $5.00. REGISTER HERE. Hope to see you there!

Braised White Beans

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jan 10, 2012 at 1:11pm

braised white beans adam vickerman

These may look like ordinary white beans but they’re actually the cool-girl beans in town, swooned over on Twitter, gossiped about on Facebook, photographed and copied and seriously in demand. I’d love to take credit for the fabulous recipe but no, these are via Chef Adam Vickerman of Cafe Levain, who now has the lady food bloggers in town batting their eyelashes over beans.

The flirtation began last spring, at a California Olive Ranch-sponsored dinner at Levain. As the beans were served, an audible murmur went through the room as the ladies realized that the delicious dish was not only vegetarian but vegan. I myself was inspired and without asking Adam for his recipe, made my own version of braised beans with rosemary and arugula when I wrote about the event.

When word got around that Adam was cooking for our lady food blogger gathering in December, requests showered in for the beans! And so he obliged, and then shared the recipe, which is beautifully simple and a perfect example of how coaxing maximum flavor from a few good ingredients is how we should all be cooking.

Adam Vickerman’s recipe for Braised White Beans at Dara & Co./Minnesota Monthly Magazine.

Note: The lovely bowl in the photo was made by Fred Yerich of Frogtown Pottery. The fork I snagged – with permission, of course! – from Corner Table.

Olive Oil & Cafe Levain

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jul 12, 2011 at 10:22am

I was honored to throw a small amount of time toward the beautiful #BigEVOONight event that Minnesota Food Blogger Will Hsu planned with Chef Adam Vickerman and Mike Forbes of California Olive Ranch. Held last Wednesday, July 6, at Cafe Levain, the event featured a gorgeous, seasonal menu planned around California Olive Ranch’s incredible extra-virgin olive oil.

adam vickerman

The food was stunning and delicious – good combination. I particularly loved the kohlrabi/pea puree soup and can’t wait to mess around with the concept.

The eaters were primarily food bloggers doing their food blogger thing: snapping pics, tweeting, oohing and ahhing over the fabulous food, talking a blue streak, laughing their brains out…

mike forbes

…and licking their plates. Yeah!

Minnesota Food Bloggers are a fun group, yes we are. Even the ones (Shaina Olmanson) who insist on putting their nametags on my butt. It started with one at The Local. I found five at the end of this event. Apparently I don’t notice people patting my backside. Hmmm…

will hsu, stephanie meyer

soisson beans

At home I used my California Olive Ranch extra-virgin olive oil to finish off these gorgeous soisson beans. I first had them at the home of Deborah & Scott Pikovsky, after spending the day at Star Thrower Farm, their sheep farm and cheese-making venture outside of Glencoe, Minnesota. Scott made us an incredible meal – details of the day and meal forthcoming – including soisson beans. Creamy and rich, they need nothing more than a drizzle of lovely olive oil, and a sprinkle of coarse salt, to finish. Sublime.

Thank you Mike Forbes/California Olive Ranch and Adam Vickerman/Cafe Levain for such a perfectly delicious summer evening!

Soisson Beans with Rosemary, Arugula & Olive Oil
Serves 6

Soisson beans are large, white lima beans. Substitute these Bob’s Red Mill large lima beans for the same buttery, creamy texture. Or, use any dried white bean! Soak the beans at room temperature for 12-24 hours ahead of time and your digestive system will thank you.

8 Tbsp. fruity extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 small sprig rosemary
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 c. diced onion
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 lb. large, dried white kidney beans, soaked for 12 hours, soaking water discarded
4 large handfuls of small arugula leaves
Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper

Set a Dutch oven over medium heat and add 4 Tbsp. of olive oil. Stir in the rosemary and stir around for a few minutes, then add the cayenne pepper, onion, garlic, and thyme. Saute for 10 minutes, or until the onion is nicely softened. Stir in the drained beans to coat them with oil. Add water to cover by 2 inches, bring to a simmer, and turn heat to low.

Simmer the beans over lowest heat, uncovered, for 30 minutes, then add 3 tsp. of Kosher salt. Continue simmering for another 30 minutes to 1 hour or until beans are tender but not falling apart. Add more water if necessary so that beans don’t dry out but juices remain thickened and starchy. When the beans are done, remove from heat and set aside.

Set a skillet over medium heat and add 1 Tbsp. of olive oil. Stir in the arugula and a generous pinch of salt and saute until arugula wilts, about 3 minutes. Scrape arugula into the bean pot.

To serve, spoon beans and arugula into small bowls, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with a bit of salt, and finish with freshly ground black pepper.

Minnesota Food Bloggers Unite Part IV: Heidi’s 2.0

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Jun 10, 2011 at 8:59pm

stewart woodman, will hsu

Over the course of an intensely sucky non-spring in Minnesota, a bit of an obsession developed among the Minnesota Food Bloggers for gathering on a patio. It began on Twitter with the wistful hashtag #BigPatioNight, while the average high temperature was 40 degrees at best, and roared into a full-blown fantasy when we were generously invited to spend May 23 on the brand-new patio at Heidi & Stewart Woodman’s lovely restaurant, Heidi’s 2.0.

Would it be a nice night? I’ll confess…I thought no damn way. The forecast was for clouds at best, rain at worst.

I was ready for the worst.

But then…a stroke of luck! The clouds drifted away, the sun shone forth, and we all gathered outside, for real, on the patio, for real. For real!

It was…magical.

The sense of sparkle was enhanced, I suspect, by the absolutely delicious – and KILLER – cocktails being concocted and named by bartender extraordinnaire Johnny Holder (@film_cocktails) and sommelier James Parsons (@jsommplus). Several drinks were named, of which I sampled (inhaled) two. The first was The Stephanie, named for Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine food editor Stephanie March (@stephmarch), an evilly fabulous mix of Makers Mark, chartreuse, brandied cherries, with muddled orange, sugar cube, and tobacco banana bitters.

Ka. Blam.

The second sashayed around after Tracy Morgan (@segnavia) & Molly Herrmann (@tastebudtart) of Kitchen in the Market (@KitchenInTheMkt) – two girls who know their way around a cocktail – challenged Johnny to create a champagne-tequila beauty. Dangerously comprised of champagne, tequila, ginger syrup, celery bitters, and lime juice, The Blonde Bombshell kind of blew everyone away, both at the party, and on Twitter the next day. I’ve been thinking about her ever since…

Platters of lovely food made the rounds as well, escorted by servers in “Cheese is the New Black” t-shirts. Awesome. Salmon spring rolls, blue cheese-topped poundcake, tender rabbit meatballs, lamb, and a serious chocolate mousse (on gluten-free spoons, for me, how sweet!) were devoured. There might have been some licking going on.

The best part of the night? The Minnesota Food Bloggers raised $500 for Emergency Foodshelf Network plus an additional $205 for American Red Cross Minnesota for North Minneapolis tornado relief. Amazing.

Huge thanks to the Woodmans, JSomm, Johnny, Liz, and the whole Heidi’s team for hosting such a beautiful party.

Happy Patio!

Minnesota Food Bloggers Unite Part II: Corner Table Restaurant

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Mar 21, 2011 at 8:55pm

These Minnesota Food Bloggers events must end! They’re just so damn fun that the next day is a bit of a let-down. Who’s making me dinner? Pouring me glasses of prosecco? Making me laugh maniacally? Chatting endlessly about food, cooking, ingredients, restaurants, events, new projects, and when we should next have dinner?

Spoiled food blogger brat, me.

scott pampuch

Wednesday’s event was hosted by chef/owner Scott Pampuch, his right-hand-otherwise-known-as Meghan Likes, sous chef Dan Zeroth, and the rest of the awesome staff at Corner Table Restaurant. I put up the event registration a couple of weeks ago and within hours it was sold out with a long waiting list to boot.

Minnesota Food Bloggers Unite! Wow.

I think we have something amazing going on here, friends. Very exciting. (More coming soon, so stay tuned…)

shaina ole olmanson

In the end, 40 lucky bloggers arrived to find the dreamy spread pictured up top: Corner Table-cured meats, pickled vegetables, eggs, mustard, butter… Crostini with goat cheese and roasted beets… Perhaps other treats but I was talking, talking…

Needless to say, beautiful, local, delicious things.


kate selner, kate sommers

As crazy-fun as we food bloggers are, Pampuch didn’t invite us to Corner Table (CT) for the sole pleasure of watching us empty his kitchen and drain his bar. He had a pitch to make, and he picked a good group to toss it to. As the cocktail hour wound down and he pulled together chairs to speak to the group, out came the cameras and phones: Twitter lit up with #MNFoodBloggers @CTKitchenTable @ScottPampuch; Andrew Zimmern tweeted in that he wished he could be there; and I had people from all over the world tweet-asking me what party they were missing.

Turns out, we kind of rock.

stephanie march

Pampuch welcomed the group and introduced CT’s latest endeavor, Farm & Table Community Supported Kitchen (CSK). All of the lovely treats everyone had just inhaled? Similar items will be available in CT’s single purchase or 4-, 6-, or 8-week CSK membership boxes, to be picked up at the restaurant on Friday evenings, starting April 1.

The contents of the boxes will vary each week, but will contain the ingredients for serious meals at home: Seasoned (marinated, brined, stuffed…) meats (pork, chicken, beef, duck…), ready for the oven or grill. Seasonal produce (radishes, carrots, ramps, beets…), cleaned, peeled, and ready to cook. Sides, stocks, seasonings, cured pork, cheeses, preserves or other good and lovely things to set in your empty fridge.

(For CSA veterans, the idea of a box of a few pretty, clean vegetables alongside the makings of an entire meal is kind of mind-blowing, right? I don’t know how many cabbage recipes I wrote the year of my first CSA share, but I pushed my marriage to the edge. I think John finally drew the line at a cabbage tart, although I thought it was pretty fabulous.)

CT had given out CSK test boxes to three busy couples a week before the event, then invited the group to chat with us about how easy it was to pull together meals from the box and even better – how much they enjoyed what they had prepared.

meghan likes

dania miwa virginia corbett

And then…

All hell broke loose when two real-live sample boxes made an appearance and we bloggers were invited to dig in and get cooking in CT’s kitchen. Whoosh, the dining room emptied, the kitchen filled, and things got wild. It turns out that food bloggers like to cook!

Or talk and eat and drink and watch and photograph each other cook.

kate selner

dania miwa ole olmanson

scott pamuch daniel klein

In a flash there was marinated chicken stuffed with goat cheese, wrapped in bacon, and fried until crispy and melty and bacon-y ridiculous. I heard a rumor about sauteed cabbage, apples, and sausage (actually, I saw the pictures from my own camera, kindly taken by Dania Miwa – thanks dear) which I’m sorry that I missed.


The women in the kitchen swooned at the sight of a sunny-side-up egg sandwich, layered with bacon into a Rustica Bakery miche roll, topped with CT’s housemade kimchi…someone cut it in half (Pampuch?), eyelids fluttered, and I could not stop laughing.

Stephanie Meyer

Ditto the smoked trout cake topped with bacon, topped with pickled cabbage and carrots, topped with an egg poached in chicken broth, topped with sauce remoulade (photo by Amy B. Peterson).

Ooh, ahh, attack, inhale. (Guys, here’s a tip – poach an egg for your girl and be very glad. It takes 3 minutes.)

In case you’re too busy to cook anything at all, th
ere’s also a membership for what CT is calling Farm Dinner in a Box, in effect a box of fully cooked, scratch-made meals, ready to heat-n-eat. Menus will be posted weekly on the CT blog. As with the CSK box, order one at a time or subscribe for the summer. All good.

And if you can’t commit to a whole box of food, or you’re in CT having a fab din, or you’re picking up your box and decide you need more, more, more…there’s now a deli case full of bacon, sausages, preserves, eggs, butter, chicken liver pate, and other treats.

In addition to the Farm & Table CSK offerings, Pampuch also announced that beginning Sunday, April 3, CT will be offering breakfast-not-brunch. I predict bacon on the menu. Likely eggs too. If I weren’t going to be eating bacon & eggs in NYC that very day, I’d be there. You should go in my place.

He also announced that CT plans to soon close on Tuesday nights and instead offer cooking classes, including for children, details forthcoming.

keane amdahl

Needless to say, huge thanks to CT for hosting us crazy bloggers. To say that the group had fun is like saying cured pork is amazing. I confess that I stood back and watched everyone food-geeking out and thought: I am never going to top this night.

It was a good feeling.

For more and other fun takes on the evening, check out:

Eating the Minneapple
Green Your Plate
Joel’s Views
She Said She Said
Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine Foodie File
Twin Cities Foodie

Minnesota Food Bloggers Unite!

Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Feb 8, 2011 at 4:56pm

joel carlson crystal grobe

Did you feel the earth shake around 7 pm last night? Your tummy rumble? Both at the same time? Blame Minnesota Food Bloggers, who gathered for the first time at lovely 128 Cafe in St. Paul to sip wine and say hello face-to-face.

Bloggers chatted with farmers. Social media experts chatted with podcasters. Chefs chatted with food producers. Foodies chatted with PR reps. Restauranteurs chatted with home cooks. Journalists chatted with interns.

We all basked in the glow of proprietress Jill Wilson’s gracious hospitality while inhaling Chef Ian Pierce’s famously addictive, sticky-tender pork ribs. Alongside frittatas with creme fraiche, vegetable samosas, almond-crusted manchego-stuffed peppers, and mole sirloin skewers…yeah, we enjoyed a serious, impressive feast.

It may have been cold outside, but baby it was cozy delicious fun inside 128 Cafe. When I looked around the room, my heart sang, lalalaa! – so many talented, wonderful people all in the same room. Incredible.

Darryl Renee Powers

marianna miller, jill wilson

dania miwa

For more pics and other recaps, check out:

Green Your Plate, Parts I (food) and II (people)
Joel E. Carlson
Eating the Minneapple

Let me know if you write about the event and I’ll add your link! Thank you Jill, Ian, 128 Cafe, Dania Miwa (for taking most of these pics – huge!), and all who attended the first-but-not-last gathering of Minnesota Food Bloggers!