It’s ironic that the time when local foods are at their peak here in Minnesota, August and September, is also one of the busiest times on the calendar. This year, there’s seemed to be a million events in August – vacations, special events, end-of-summer picnics for my kids’ programs, the State Fair and getting ready for back to school.
All I can seem to make lately are BLTs on toasted sourdough bread with corn on the cob as a side.
My go-to dish for picnics is Texas caviar, served with tortilla chips from Whole Grain Milling Co.
While I’ve been obsessing about local beers and cheeses and attending events, many of my Minnesota food blogger friends have actually been cooking with seasonal produce. The ladies from A Good Appetite, Relishing It, Eating for England, Kate in the Kitchen, Fresh Tart and Food for My Family all shop regularly at farmers markets or cook from their gardens and this seasonal way of eating is reflected in their blogs. Zoe Bakes and A Farmgirl’s Dabbles are two local blogs which often feature baking recipes based on seasonal ingredients. These are all good people to follow if you are interested in cooking or baking seasonally.
In case you’d like some inspiration before you head to the farmers market this weekend, here’s a list of some local food bloggers’ recent recipes for seasonal ingredients at their peak now.
Baked tomatoes with baguette (Eating for England)
Pizza with charred cherry tomatoes and balsamic mushrooms (Kate in the Kitchen)
Heirloom tomato galette (Relishing It)
Tomato jam (Fresh Tart, for Dara & Co., a recipe from Molly Herrmann of Tastebud Tart)
Gazpacho (Relishing It)
Ratatouille gratin with zucchini, tomatoes and eggplant (Kate in the Kitchen)
Zucchini fritters (Minnesota Locavore)
Chocolate zucchini cake (Zoe Bakes)
Blueberry galette (Relishing It)
Blueberry kuchen, a gluten-free version (Fresh Tart)
Mom’s blueberry tea cake (A Farmgirl’s Dabbles)
Crepes with warm blueberry sauce (Fresh Tart, for Dara & Co.)
Blueberry cheesecake ice cream (A Farmgirl’s Dabbles)
Canning fresh blueberries (Zoe Bakes)
Blueberry jam with mint (A Farmgirl’s Dabbles)
Upside-down peach and cardamom cake (Relishing It)
Watermelon lime sorbet (Food for My Family)
Need dessert ideas for some of those end of the summer picnics? At the most recent Minnesota Food Bloggers event, there was a bars bake-off, with 17 bloggers providing bars.
Here are some of the fabulous recipes that people made:
Rosemary apricot bars (I Had a Delicious Time) – this won the contest!
Salty coconut caramel brownies (Dinner Time)
Key lime cheesecake bars with gingersnap crust (The Realistic Housewife)
Drunken chocolate almond bars (Amy on the Prairie)
Lemon thyme meringue bars (EatDrinkLifeLove)
Raspberry frangipane bars (The Catalyst: Cupcakes)
Rogue chocolate stout brownies with Bailey’s buttercream frosting (The Wholehearted Life)
Minnesota meets Paris salty caramel bars (Jen and Co.)
There are loads of talented food bloggers here in Minnesota, no doubt!