Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I’m doing something a little different and I think you will really enjoy it. I have been invited to create a guest post for the Pairs Well With… Blog. I am thrilled to be able to share the recipe that I designed for this collaboration as well as to introduce you to my fellow blogger Carin, the author of Pairs Well With… She has traveled to nine of the world’s most notable wine regions, sipping and sampling her way around the globe.
“If you ate today, thank a farmer”
I believe that getting to know the farmers who supply our food is imperative. It heightens our respect for the dedication and hard work that they put into what we consume. These interactions make the ingredients on our plates even more meaningful.
Two weeks ago I visited the 155 acre Hmong American Farmers Association Farm (HAFA) in Vermillion Township. This is an area that is heavily rooted in agriculture. The farm is located approximately 15 minutes south of St. Paul.
I learned of HAFA and the variety of programs they have been implementing while listening to Pakou Hang (Co-Founder and Executive Director of HAFA) speak on the panel at a Future of Food Tour event. This was hosted by Kerry Diamond, Editorial Director of Cherry Bombe. The event was held at the Lynhall in June and was part of their ongoing Wisdom Series. Shortly after the event I reached out to Pakou to hear more about the organization. Following our discussion I expressed interest in visiting the HAFA Farm.
“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life” ~Anna Akhmatova
The hills of the Amalfi Coast are steeped in romance and tradition. As a travel enthusiast I’m extremely grateful to have the had the opportunity to visit many unique and beautiful destinations. This particular area of Italy holds a special place in my being that keeps calling me back. I am of Italian descent so maybe that’s why it feels so much like home every time I return.
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.