Living Greens Farm: Sustainability In Action

 

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you.  What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make” ~ Jane Goodall

At Living Greens Farm in Faribault they are taking sustainability to new heights. Their impact on how produce is grown is significant.

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The Twin Cities Restaurant Scene: Eating and Imbibing During The Week Of The Big Game

The pinnacle of football game days is almost upon us and the anticipation has been building.  There are throngs of exciting events surrounding this colossal affair.  The Bold North is ready! We’re bursting with immense cultural activities, tremendous musical talent, ice bars aplenty and of course bounteous opportunities for dining and imbibing.

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Empty Nester Productions: DIY Movie Screen

We are in seasonal purgatory.  That middle place between the crisp days of fall and the eagerly awaited birth of spring in Minnesota.  During these arctic months John and I devote a fair amount of time to discussing our anticipation of warmer weather and the outdoor festivities that spring and summer will bring.

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Semi-Homemade Fall Menu Ideas

 

Fall is the time of year in Minnesota when the air turns cool, the leaves drop and we mourn the end of summer.  I choose to think of it as the beginning of comfort food season.  A period of time when we can give ourselves permission to enjoy dishes that are just a little sweeter, a little higher on the calorie scale and that during the spring and summer may give us pause.  We’re still utilizing a variety of splendid fruits but now they are wrapped in delicate pastries, folded into beautiful harvest pies and added to rich bread puddings.  I truly believe that our senses can perceive the shift in seasons and our palates are inspired accordingly.

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Pantry Raid: Lisa’s Easy Tomato Cream Sauce Recipe

I get really excited about composing a great meal spontaneously, using only what I have on hand.  This recipe came together on a recent Sunday afternoon while I was perusing the pantry and mulling over what I could design for dinner in under 30 minutes.  I liken that sort of culinary exploration to a fashionista who creates new clothing combinations with basic items that they already have in their closet.  It may appear to have a unique flavor or appearance, but it’s assembled by challenging yourself to work with what you’ve got.

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Eat Your Words Culinary Puzzle

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I am thrilled to be able to share my Eat Your Words Culinary Puzzle with readers of the Empty Nesters Kitchen blog.  I created this themed activity several years ago for two reasons.  The first was to further my own education in regards to the enormous culinary world that envelops us.  The second was to formulate an avenue to publish what I learned in a fun and engaging way.  You can look forward to the exploration of a multitude of appetizing topics.  Including food, beverages, international ingredients, cultural dishes etc…

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Empty Nester Productions: DIY/The Outdoor Bar Project

“Think Outside, No Box Required”  ~ Author Unknown

DIY:  Those three letters conjure up excitement in some and hesitation in others.  John and I are in the former group.  We enjoy taking on home improvement projects together and we have long discussed the desire to have an intimate outdoor area where we can host gatherings on our beautiful Summer/Fall evenings here in Minnesota.

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