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Sealing in Summer

Despite my crushing love for good food and an ongoing affair with Williams-Sonoma, I’m actually not much of a kitchen gadget fan. I’m a firm believer in getting the best kitchen basics you can afford and using them to death. Why do I need an asparagus stripper thing when I have a perfectly good, sharp knife? Or a flour sifter when a basic strainer does the same job? On the other hand, there is a time and a place for certain gadgets and appliances.

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Sautéed Greens with Roasted Garlic Cloves and Caramelized Cipollinis

I'm a lucky guy, and I know it.

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What's in This Week's CSA Box?

By now, many of you know the drill; here's what's coming from my Harmony Valley CSA this week. The following list, hints, and information, and photo is provided by Harmony Valley Farm, but the recipes - oh, the recipes will come from you, I hope!

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Mississippi Market's Grand Opening

I had the pleasure of attending the Grand Opening celebration for the newest Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op in St. Paul on Thursday morning. Although I don’t have an “official” count, it looked as if I was joined by about 250 other folks eager to get in right when the store opened to check out the new space. The opening ceremony was brief and to the point, and included words from Gail Graham, General Manager; Nina Johnson, board president; and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.

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SGT Launch Party at the Birchwood Cafe

What a fun time we had at the Birchwood Cafe tonight! Cafe manager Jimmy Red Layer kept the crowd well fed and lubricated. He's shown having fun here with Simple, Good, and Tasty advisor Scott Danielson.

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THREE Great Twin Cities Events Today, 7/16

From the Mississippi Market website: MISSISSIPPI MARKET TO OPEN NEW ST. PAUL LOCATION TODAY

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Fresh Fennel Vichyssoise

This recipe came to me from my new friend Michelle O’Kelley. She says it originally came from Bon Appetit in August 2000, and was recently delivered with her CSA box. According to Michelle, "it’s so simple and I happen to have all the ingredients on hand (except the Pernod)." We're getting tons of fennel from our farmshare this month, so a new recipe for it is welcome in my house. Here goes:

Fresh Fennel Vichyssoise

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An Interview with ana Sophia joanes, Director of FRESH

I was lucky to have the chance to conduct a phone interview with ana Sophia joanes recently. Ana is the director of the terrific food documentary “Fresh,” which has taken the Twin Cities by storm this summer and doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon (additional screenings are scheduled for the Birchwood Cafe on their big screen later this month). “It’s been an unexpected and amazing response,” ana says, “just completely grassroots and word of mouth.

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