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SGT Goes to the Movies Part 3 — The Cold, Hard Facts of what is really Simple, Good and Tasty.


This is part 3 in a series about running a craft services table for a film shoot here in Minneapolis for the Independent movie, Stay Then Go. Read part 1 here. 


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Fool For Love... Simple, Good and Tasty goes to the Movies, Part 2.


This is part 2 in a series about running a craft services table for a film shoot here in Minneapolis for the Independent movie Stay Then Go. Read part 1 here. 


It's been a long time since I've done anything more than plan a dinner party for four. Hell, it's been a long time since I've even done that. Maybe 20 years. Most of my  cooking now revolves around the challenges of cooking for just one, such as how to make the most of vegetables before they go bad in the bin.


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Vegetarianism, the Meat Man, and Life Lessons With My Daughter

My four-year-old daughter Irene and I love "the meat man" at Seward Co-op in Minneapolis. It doesn't matter that the meat and seafood counter is run by manager Chris Dick and several other smart and skilled folks (we know Mike best); to the little miss and me, anyone standing behind that counter is “the meat man.” As member/owners at Seward, our family does our weekly grocery shopping there. A consistent highlight of these adventures is the time we spend looking at -- and talking about -- the various meat products on display. 

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New Coffee Shop Helps Peace Coffee Tell Their Whole Story From Bean to Cup

When I heard that Minneapolis-based Peace Coffee would be opening their own coffee shop this fall, my first reaction was not overly enthusiastic. Apart from a select few, coffee shops are not known to be hugely profitable, and I feared this new venture would pull resources from one of my favorite local companies and drag it down. Peace Coffee has been growing its fair trade, organic, bike-delivered, coffee bean business for years. Why risk all that the company has worked for rather than simply add new accounts and products to their already successful model? When I got the chance to speak with Lee Wallace, Peace Coffee's CEO ("Queen Bean" on her business cards), it all made sense.

"The new coffee shop allows us to prepare our coffee the way we envision it when it comes out of the roaster," Lee tells me, "most roasters know roasting but not about being a barista, and most baristas don't know much about roasting."

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Bill Baskin Out at the Seward; Future Still Bright.

We're happy to introduce Ben Solberg, our newest writer and photographer. This is his first article for Simple, Good, and Tasty.

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