Family Valentine’s Day

Skip the fancy dinner reservation, and instead enjoy a family-friendly Valentine’s Day dinner, one where everyone can help make, serve, and eat a delicious feast – steak and lobster for the grown-up tastes, creamy macaroni and cheese for the younger-at-heart, a gluten-free skillet cookie, and even a co-op kiddie cocktail! Lobster Tail and Tenderloin Visit … Continued

Tea Time for Wellness

There’s nothing better on a cold midwinter’s day than a soothing cup of hot tea. But besides being a tasty, warming pick-me-up, tea also has a long history of being hailed for its role in improving common health troubles and increasing wellbeing. Wellness teas combine multiple botanicals, herbs, spices, and green tea to provide targeted … Continued

Three Iconic Heritage Foods

Photo Credit: Mette Nielsen Remember the year the New York Times dubbed Minnesota land of Grape Salad in its Thanksgiving issue? In response to “Grapegate” we showcased our honest, long-standing, delicious heritage foods that reflect our region’s bounty. Here are just three old favorites for today’s table. Lefse with Smoked Trout Lefse, the delicate, potato … Continued

Good Giving: Local & Sustainable Gift Kits

All season Lakewinds shelves are filled with books, linens, gadgets, and other items chosen for their quality, Midwest roots and sustainable sources. Give thoughtfully with kits for everyone on your list. Get Hygge With It Ecklund Organic Scandinavian Runner ($39.99) Lilleknappen Ornament ($13.99) Jules Loft Bird Feeder ($16.99 – 27.99) Cook’s Corner The Sioux Chef’s … Continued

DIY TLC: Homemade Wellness Gifts

How do you show you really care? Homemade personal care gifts made from pure, natural ingredients you can find in our aisles. Bottle up your own with these simply wonderful wellness recipes.   After-Ski Body Scrub Helps ease sore muscles, exfoliates and softens dry skin. Ingredients 4 oz jar 1 cup Epsom salt 1 cup … Continued

Why Sustainable Turkey Matters

Not all turkeys are birds are of the same feather. To get the highest quality best-tasting turkey for your Thanksgiving table, let sustainability be your guide star. Choose a local, free-range turkey raised by a farmer who cares about the animals, the environment, and the people who work on the farm. Fresh local turkeys taste … Continued

A Better Mash With In-Season Root Vegetables

We declare root vegetables a season! Mash up some new combinations that up the flavor and nutrition.   The Essentials Tools – Masher or Food Mill, pot, steamer basket Fat – Butter, vegan butter or coconut oil Liquid – Cream, milk, vegetable broth, coconut milk, buttermilk, whole milk yogurt Seasoning – salt and pepper are … Continued

Exploring Your Roots + Maple Mustard Glaze Recipe

Photo Credit: Mette Nielsen When it comes to fall vegetables, I root for those parsnips, kohlrabi, rutabagas, and celery root. Unlike the delicate garden vegetables of summer–sweet peas, vine ripe tomatoes, tender lettuces–kale or cabbage don’t need to be enjoyed right away. Fall is a relaxed season for any cook; nature’s way of acknowledging that … Continued

Butternut Squash Chickpea Curry with Quinoa

Try this delicious recipe utilizing fall flavors and locally-grown, in-season squash, healthy chickpeas and warming curry flavors in a crave-worthy, easy dinner. Ingredients 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp curry powder Salt and freshly ground pepper 2 cups vegetable broth 1 15 … Continued