Tagged food

Making Meatloaf without the Meat

Over the summer, I was given 20-plus recipes to fill up a brand-new recipe book as part of a bridal shower, which is pretty much heaven for me. The one I knew I had to try first as part of my preparation for fall-is-coming excitement is a meatless meatloaf that uses butternut squash and lentils, two of my favorite things ever. I pretty much keep frozen butternut squash in my freezer year-round for my multitude of squash recipes. I...

5 Easy Recipes for Your Summer Snacking

Summertime is meant for spending time outdoors and spending as little time in the kitchen making hot food. Quick and easy summer recipes are my preferred method, especially with CONvergence in mind, picnics, and potlucks. I’ve compiled a few recipes from various sources that are amazingly delicious and pretty easy to make: Sandwiches of Sweet Tomato-Currant Chutney and Smoked Turkey Breast Crunchy Potato Salad Cucumber Cups with Picnic Tofu Salad Curried Carrot Dip Rosemary Roasted Potatoes Sandwiches of Sweet...

Fans Who Want to Cook Like Iggy Create a Final Fantasy XV Cookbook

“That’s it!” is a phrase that Final Fantasy XV fans know very well. And fittingly, it’s also the name of a FFXV fanmade cookbook. Final Fantasy XV came out in November 2016 to an array of eager fans. The game, 10 years in the making, has an epic plot line familiar to longtime players of the series, but the main draw of this installment is the four main protagonists and the bonds they strengthen over the course of the...

Lucia Hawley Helps Minnesotans Balance Their Well-Being through Food

“How can we get you feeling awesome?” That seems to be the catchphrase for Twin Cities nutritional therapist Lucia Hawley, who runs her practice out of Solcana Fitness and Wellness in Minneapolis. It also describes the driving purpose behind that practice—ever since Lucia was little, she has been finding ways to use food as a healing tool. This came out of having numerous physical and emotional issues dismissed with a diagnosis of “Oh, you’re fine,” or “You’ll grow out...

Eat Street Recipes for Everyone

Just about any Twin Cities native knows exactly what Eat Street is. This lovely stretch of Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis is a foodie’s dream, with a wide range of restaurants in not only type of food but also size and “spendyness.” Lucky for us, local company Zeus Jones agrees that it is an amazing part of our metro and endeavored to bring us a cookbook with a collection of recipes from a few of these great restaurants. That cookbook,...

Win the Holidays with These Awesome Vegan-Friendly Recipes

Anyone with food restrictions of any kind can tell you: holiday eating can be rough. It can be difficult navigating holiday fare that doesn’t necessarily cater to those with food restrictions, especially if there’s more than one or they’re newly in place. Likewise, if you are hosting a guest who these restrictions, it can bring panic to the menu planning. Thankfully, there are lots of resources out there to help figure out how to make everyone happy. One such...

Hangi: A New Zealand Culinary Experience

This summer, I took an amazing trip to New Zealand. As someone with a lot of food restrictions going into unknown territory where I would not be cooking my own food every week, this was definitely a challenge. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find delightful meals that accommodated my needs in unique ways. Foremost among the surprises was hangi, a traditional Maori way of cooking. The first week of my stay in the land of The Lord of the...

The Tabletop Gamer’s Guide to New Foods of the 2016 Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is once again upon us, adventurers—August 26 to September 5! Every year, it is always full of old favorite foods like the classic foot-long, deep-fried cheese curds, and my all-time favorite, Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar. And every year also gives us a chance to try something new and add it to the list of favorite must-have State Fair foods. My mission: go through all the new foods listed on the fair’s website and give a...

Fine New Foods at Fantasy Flight!

A new menu was rolled out at Roseville’s Fantasy Flight Games Center in July, and I’ll admit that, as a regular, I was very excited. Lucky for me, restaurant and games center manager (and fellow Twin Cities Geek contributor) Kyle Dekker invited a few of us down to try the new dishes and give him our thoughts, as well as pick his brain in regards to what it’s like running the gaming center and gaming in general. Throwback Thursday...

Food Shame, the Holidays, and You: How to Foster Compassion This Holiday Season

The holidays can be a wonderful time for coming together with loved ones, but they can also be an uncomfortable time full of shame and doubt. While shared meals can bring people together, they can sometimes be the fuel that drives them apart. If the practice in your family gatherings in the past has been centered around food shame, you don’t need to keep that going. If you’ve decided that this behavior no longer serves you, you can change...
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