Edible Twin Cities, a new cookbook

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Reprinted with permission from Edible Twin Cities: The Cookbook © 2013 by Edible Communities, Sterling Epicure, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photographs by Carole Topalian.
Good enough to eat
We were happy to see the new cookbook from Edible Twin Cities  come across our desks. A collection of recipes from local producers, writers, bloggers and chefs, it's a celebration of locavore eating at home. We dug in and decided to put a couple of the recipes to the test.

The book is filled with beautiful pictures and recipes that feel both familiar (iron range style pasties) and exotic (beef braised in coconut milk). One criticism from a girl raised in Northern Minnesota is that the placement of the pasty in the "light meals" section had to be a mistake. A shortening based crust stuffed with meat and vegetables is a hefty meal.

Overall, the recipes were easy to follow and true to direction, moving through the various Minnesota seasons -- there were a lot of recipes geared for colder weather.

The first recipe we tried were the garlicky white beans from local blogger Kate Selner of Kate in the Kitchen. They were exactly the sort of simple, easy to assemble, clean out the cabinets dish that we need on busy weeknights. (Or okay, lazy weekends, too.)

The Brimley near the back of the book comes from Best Bartender Dan Oskey of the Strip Club Meat and Fish calls for some bottles of booze we hadn't purchased before (Luxardo Amaro Abano, anyone?). That said, the mix of whiskey, bitter, and herbal smoothness from the Velvet Falernum was just the sort of drink we'd expect to receive from Oskey at the restaurant. However, this one was served with a side of sweatpants and Netflix.

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Reprinted with permission from Edible Twin Cities: The Cookbook © 2013 by Edible Communities, Sterling Epicure, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photographs by Carole Topalian.
Instant classic pancakes

The favorite recipe we tried had to be the Orange Yoghurt Pancakes from local blogger Stephanie A. Meyer of Fresh Tart. The ultra thick dough filled with full-fat yogurt, butter and milk looked like recipe disaster. However, the little cakes cooked up puffy, plush and unbelievably tender. They almost didn't need syrup - almost.

We're yet to cook the entire book, but the wide array of recipes from those who know Minnesota's food systems best has earned a place on our kitchen shelf. 

Edible Twin Cities: The Cookbook edited by Angelo Gentile available at local bookstores and on the web.



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FreshTartSteph
FreshTartSteph

Thanks for the recipe love! Those pancakes are so lovely, my aunt's recipe. They hold blueberries beautifully.

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