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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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Entries in Handmade Goods (11)

Tuesday
Mar082011

MPLS Swappers: Food Swap Love comes to Minneapolis on March 19!

Homemade Jam is the perfect contribution to a Food Swap.

Canning jars and homemade curry powder in hand, I am following the lead of Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking author Kate Payne and Brooklyn Homesteader Meg Paska. These ladies started the BK Swappers, and contributed to a modern trend of food swaps around the country! Food swaps are a place to trade your homemade, homegrown, and foraged food items with other like-minded folks, and are a great way to share knowledge, build community, and turn home food production into a habit. Truly inspired, I am starting a chapter here in Minneapolis: say hello to the MPLS Swappers.  I am so excited, and can hardly wait for our first swap on March 19. 

The Dish

If you live in the Twin Cities area, and would like to join me and other enthusiastic foodies for the first meeting of the MPLS Swappers, all you need to do is register and bring something to swap. Canned goods, a batch of homemade mustard, kombucha SCOBYs, sourdough starters, homemade sauerkraut or kimchee, spice mixes, home-cured meat - the options are endless, and anyone is welcome. I'm excited to meet you!

MPLS Swappers March 2011 Food Swap

Saturday March 19, 2011, 2-4 pm

3401 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN (located upstairs)

In order to have the most productive swap possible (and so my brain doesn't explode the first time I'm organizing this), participation is limited to 30 people. Registration is required, and the cost is free.

Register for MPLS Swappers March Food Swap in Minneapolis, MN  on Eventbrite

Check out all the details on the MPLS Swappers blog: http://mplsswappers.wordpress.com 


Want to know more about Food Swapping?

Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking Food Swaps Guide

Food Swaps around the country:

(list courtesy of Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking Food Swaps Guide)

BK Swappers: Brooklyn NY

  • Brokelyn featured the August 1, 2010 swap here.

ATXswappers: Austin TX

MPLS swappers: Minneapolis MN

PDX Swappers: Portland OR

  • Video from Cooking Up A Story
  • Huffington Post article, January 20, 2011

BAHSwappers: Houston and Bay Area TX

LAX Swappers: Los Angeles CA

East Bay CA Food Swaps: East Bay CA

  • Check out the blog they’ve started

Derby City Food Swap: Louisville KY

 

Friday
Jan282011

Diet, Dessert, and Dogs: "A Year to Eat Freely" Recipe Calendar Review & Giveaway

My good friend Ricki over at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs just posted a lovely review of my recipe collection "A Year to Eat Freely: 2011 Allergy-Friendly Recipe Calendar."  This 12-month calendar features seasonally-appropriate recipes that are free of Gluten, Rice, Dairy, Casein, Eggs, Soy, Corn, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Potato, Tomato, Citrus, Shellfish and Cane Sugar.  I self-published it last fall, and all the recipes, photography, and design work are original. It was a wonderful project, I love the recipes, and the feedback so far has been great.

In addition to posting a thorough review, Ricki is giving away a copy to one lucky reader and is sharing one of my favorite recipes from the calendar, my Smoky Zucchini Dip.  

Smoky Zucchini Dip from "A Year to Eat Freely", as made by Ricki. Image courtesy Ricki Heller at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs

Head on over to Diet, Dessert, and Dogs to read the review, enter the giveaway, and get the recipe. If you read closely, you may even find a special coupon code for my etsy shop.

If you'd rather not take your chances and just want to purchase a copy of my calendar, head on over to my etsy shop.  The new sale price is $11 plus shipping & handling. 

So, what are you waiting for? Go, go!

Tuesday
Jan252011

Worker B Lotion Bar Giveaway Winners

Worker-B Lotion Bar

Congratulations to Michiel and Trinity, who each won a lotion bar from Worker B. This Minneapolis-based producer of handcrafted natural lotions and balms gave me two of their Lotion Bars (pictured above) to give away to two lucky readers.  I will contact the winners by e-mail to get shipping information. Congratulations!

Drawing through Random.org, congratulations Michiel and Trinity!

In my giveaway post last week, I asked readers to share how they stay smooth during the cold, dry winters in the comments section, and got some amazing feedback. Here is what our two winners have to say, and be sure to check out all the comments for lots of great suggestions from skin scrubs to after-bath moisturizers.

Michiel says: "To stay smooth, I only shower every other day to keep from drying my skin out. Sponge bath on alternate days."

Trinity says: "I have super sensitive skin so lotion after every bath or shower is a total must for me in the cold, dry winter months. I bought a Worker B lotion bar at No Coast, but I wish I had gotten two: one for my desk at work and one for at home. I've been really happy with it so far."

How do you stay smooth during the long winters? Let's keep sharing knowledge. And don't worry - if you didn't win a lotion bar and would like to try one, you can order them online and buy them at a number of Twin Cities retail locations.  Thanks for your participation!

For more information about Worker B and to shop their online store, please visit their website: www.worker-b.com.

Wednesday
Jan192011

Worker B body product giveaway!

Want to win one a lovely Lotion Bar like this from Worker B?
Image courtesy www.worker-b.com

A couple of Minneapolis farmers market friends of mine recently started a new company called Worker B. Worker B makes handcrafted lotions and balms here in Minneapolis using organic, high quality ingredients - never any fillers, synthetics, or preservatives. They use exclusively raw honey, beeswax, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic almond oil, organic avocado oil, vitamin E, propolis tincture, and organic essential oils to create their fabulous products, which range from hand lotions to lip balms.  Not only do I enjoy their philosophy and products, I am totally in love with their slick branding and packaging look, which was designed by a local Minneapolis agency.  Worker B  is available online, as well as at a number of Minneapolis retail locations and farmer's markets. These guys get around!

After spending the summer pestering them every week at the Farmer's Markets around town, I've now had the opportunity to try a number of their products. I liked how they felt clean and pure, and I was able to tolerate them just fine, even with my skin sensitivity.  My favorite is the Lotion Bar (pictured above), a rich and nourishing balm that keeps my hands and elbows soft, even after long days in the garden, long nights in the clay studio, and dry Minnesota winters!

Lucky for you, the generous folks at Worker B  were kind enough to give me two of their lotion bars for a giveaway!   I've been holding on to them since October,  just waiting for the cold winter months where we're all desperate for a little skin-nourishing moisture.  Two lucky readers will each receive one bar!

So, without further adieu, here's the skinny...

Worker B Lotion Bar GIVEAWAY

How to Enter 

Do one or all of the following to enter - the more things you do, the more chance you have to win! Only U.S. and Canada shipping addresses are eligible.  I will select a winner for each bar through a random number generator.   Good luck!

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite way to stay soft and smooth in the cold winter months.
  2. Share this giveaway on Facebook and link back to this post (http://tinyurl.com/workerb), and leave a comment below that you did.
  3. Become a "fan" on my blog's Facebook page and leave a comment below that you did.
  4. Become a "fan" of Worker B on Facebook and leave a comment below that you did.
  5. Tweet this giveaway and link back to this post, and leave a comment below that you did. Example: Enter the @workerbbuzz lotion bar #giveaway from @eatingfreely http://tinyurl.com/workerb #organic #gf 
  6. Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment below that you did: @eatingfreely
  7. Follow Worker B on Twitter and leave a comment below that you did: @workerbbuzz

Please make sure you leave an e-mail address when leaving your comment so I can contact you if you win!  

Deadline 

Contest closes Monday, January 24, 2011 at 11:59 pm CST.  Winners will be announced Tuesday, January 25, 2011.  

 

For more information about Worker B and to shop their online store, please visit their website: www.worker-b.com.  


 

Saturday
Jan152011

How to Make Sauerkraut in Gallon-Size Plastic Bags: A Follow-Up

Updated on Saturday, January 15, 2011 by Registered CommenterKim @ Affairs of Living

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Back in October, I posted an entry called How to Make Sauerkraut - or - Four Women have a Cabbage-Laden Sausagefest.  I described one method for making sauerkraut, as demonstrated in photos of a party that three friends and I had where we shredded 50 pounds of cabbage and ate lots of sausages. After letting the cabbage ferment away for about 6 weeks, we got together back in December to sample our krauts, pack them into jars, and eat more sausages (and locally-made haggis). I wanted to let you know how it all turned out!

As you may recall from that post (found HERE), we fermented in gallon-size plastic bags, and made 9 different flavors.

  • plain with one with Canning Salt (3 Tbsp salt, 5 lbs cabbage)
  • plain with RealSalt (3 Tbsp salt, 5 lbs cabbage)
  • juniper berries (1 Tbsp berries, 3 Tbsp salt, 5 lbs cabbage)
  • seaweed extravaganza (a half cup each of crushed nori, laver, dulse, and wakame, 3 1/2 Tbsp salt, 5 lbs cabbage)
  • caraway (1 Tbsp caraway sees, 3 Tbsp salt, 5 lbs cabbage)
  • garlic, onions, and red pepper flakes (1-2 garlic cloves, 1 onion, 1/2-1 Tbsp red pepper flakes, 3 1/2 Tbsp salt, 5 lbs cabbage)
  • dill seeds (1 Tbsp dill seeds, 3 Tbsp salt, 5 lbs cabbage)
  • "Kim's Mix" - fennel and coriander (1 Tbsp fennel seeds, 1 Tbsp coriander seeds, 3 Tbsp salt, 5 lbs cabbage) - I sliced by thumb open while making this one, so I got to pick the spices. We joked that blood was one of the key secret ingredients.  Although I didn't actually bleed in the kraut, I did get to keep the batch.
  • "Terre Vivant" - a mix of juniper, clove, bay leaf, sage, and cumin, inspired by a recipe in the marvelous  book Preserving Food Without Canning or Freezing. I don't recall the exact measurements, nor did we write them down! But it was around 2 Tbsp total spices, 3 Tbsp salt, and 5 lbs cabbage.

IMG_0091Homemade haggis and sausages from the Seward Co-op in Minneapolis, MNSampling three varieties of our kraut with dinner: seaweed, garlic and onion, and Terre Vivant

 

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