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Kristen Mastel
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Soup Season: Midtown Global Market & Gear Resource
This past weekend I took an hour out to explore the Midtown Global Market and taste 10 amazing soups (there were 12, but since I got there right before they closed 2 were sold out). It was a bargain for $3 you got little shots from 12 restaurants, many of w...

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Pumpkin Soup and Turkey Triple Decker Grilled Cheese
This weekend was about emptying out the fridge and office.  I won a white pumpkin at work for dressing up for Halloween.  I decided to roast that and make some soup while it was still good.  Since it didn't make enough I had to add one can of pumpkin puree....

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Freekah Good and Apple Squares
At this year's Farm Fest at Valley Natural Foods co-op I tried many new products, and one was freekah .  It was freekah good!  It is ancient young green wheat that is roasted, and has a nutty and chewy texture, kind of like a cross between brown rice and bu...

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Stuffed Pork Chops and Polenta
Thank goodness two of our fall favorites are low in potassium and phosphorus for a renal diet: pork and apples!  This recipe turned out to be pretty tasty, even minus any salt.  Of course, if you are not on a low sodium diet, feel free to season with salt. ...

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Renal Diet: Support FDA in Nutrition Labeling Changes
As many of you know Charlie is in kidney failure, so that means we are fallowing a renal diet. Renal diets turn everything you know about healthy eating upside down.  No more whole grains, rather white bread, white rice, and pasta are your friends. You have...

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Lunches for the week: Sweet and sour chicken with spicy green beans and califlower
Thanks to all my family and friends for suggestions last weekend of what to make for dinner to have leftovers for lunches this week.  I have lots of ideas for next week, but decided to go with my craving for sweet and sour chicken.   We really like this low...

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Eagan Food Truck Festival
Last weekend Eagan held its' first ever food truck festival, Food on 4 Wheels ! I can only hope that more food trucks will visit the south metro, as we had one in Apple Valley at our farmers' market once, and then Canterbury Park has a festival as well, but...

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Black Pepper Pasta with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese
Well, we bought goat milk and cheese making supplies two weeks ago, and never found time to make goat cheese using our kit again.  Sigh, the milk went bad before we got around to it.  So, we bought goat cheese at CostCo (killer deal) and made this pasta dis...

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Pinterst Recipes: 4 Successes
Lately, I have made a few side dishes that I found on Pinterest that I thought I would share that are quite tasty.   This past weekend we grilled pork chops from the UMN Meat Lab .  If you haven't checked this place out, do!  I hate sharing my secret, but i...

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Bridal Shower Curried Chiken and Lemon Cookies
Over a year ago my aunt Sue and I hosted a bridal shower for my sister-in-law.  We made lots of delicious eats and drinks, but two stand out.  Everyone asks for the curried chicken salad and the lemon cookies.  I need to give credit, as the chicken salad is...
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