The allure of black gold: an exposé of the truffle world

In Provence, France, there is an old legend. Late one night, a landowner discovered a couple trespassing in search of truffles. Knowing that it was a repeated offense, he insisted they return all previously stolen goods immediately. The husband willingly agreed and headed home to retrieve them. As an incentive to come back, the landowner … More The allure of black gold: an exposé of the truffle world

What is a food writer without proper examples? Largely, a fool with a pen who actually considers grocery shopping a hobby. Alas, I am temporarily switching the focus of my blog to include reviews of written works on food. In her memoir, “Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War” Annia Ciezaldo discusses … More

Mango Madness: Dark Chocolate Almond Mango Bread

The best gifts are usually one of two things: unexpected and useful. Michael’s were both. A former Madisonian and old family friend, Michael spends the majority of his time living in Grenada (not to be confused with Granada, Spain) amidst cacao and fresh fish. During his last visit, he brought a few tastes of the … More Mango Madness: Dark Chocolate Almond Mango Bread

Northfield, Minnesota’s Home Brewing Movement

With impending finals and graduation, all things are quickly coming to an end. I regret to inform you that this is the last part in Melina Lamer’s three-part series on green brewing. Thanks to Melina for sharing her experiences, ideas and writing. Here’s Melina… So, what do you do if you find yourself in search … More Northfield, Minnesota’s Home Brewing Movement

Carleton cookie house offers solution to midnight cravings

Senior nostalgia is hitting hard. In just two weeks, I’ll leave Northfield behind. My end-of-the-year bucket list would not be complete without a visit to the Carleton cookie house. In tribute, I give you a throw-back article I wrote for the Manitou Messenger a few years ago. The cookie house article, ladies and gentlemen.  We have all … More Carleton cookie house offers solution to midnight cravings

Green Beer From A Brewer’s Perspective (Part 2)

Below is part two of a three-part series from guest writer and my good friend, Melina Lamer. Enjoy! If you read my last article, you should know the difference between craft (or micro) and macro breweries. More importantly, you learned what beer consumers could do on their end to ensure further overall production of organic … More Green Beer From A Brewer’s Perspective (Part 2)