Make your fruitcake this weekend

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. There are a lot of people who do not like fruitcake. In fact we could even say most people don’t like fruitcake. I am not most people. There is a lot of bad fruitcake out there that is dry and mostly inedible. My mother made fruitcake and we all liked it. She would soak it in sherry and then in rum for weeks before Christmas. I believe she got the recipe from my grandmother.

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GLOBAL GROCERIES | A final word on #Grapegate

(Photo by Liz West published under Creative Commons License)

By now, you’ve heard of #Grapegate. But, if you’ve been living in a snow bank, here’s a quick update.

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An ode to Asian poutine

Yes, I went there. I went there deep. A weekday visit to a little diner billed as Korean fusion had us so excited about that we returned the next day to the Green Spoon near the University of Minnesota Campus in Minneapolis. Earlier in the week a colleague raved about the Kimchi Fries he enjoyed there, so on our second visit they graced the table.

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What you need to know about the India-US agreement at the WTO

Just ahead of the G-20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane, Australia (November 15-16, 2014), India and the United States announced a breakthrough in their trade negotiations impasse over agriculture. That fight had brought trade negotiations to a crashing standstill in July after the few months of tentative optimism among negotiators that followed the eleventh-hour agreement in at the Bali Ministerial Conference in December 2013. Confidence in the multilateral rules-based trading system had reached an all-time low, and while the response was muted (an agreement between two WTO members is not the same as an agreement among all), the media coverage made it clear the news of the U.S.-India agreement was very welcome in trade circles.

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Big Central Coffee Competition hits Northeast Minneapolis

Baristas from all across the Midwest competed in the Big Central Coffee Competition at Uppercuts Boxing Gym in Northeast Minneapolis. The three-day event took place on November 7th, 8th and 9th and brought out hundreds of coffee lovers.

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Hampden Park Co-op sounds call to action

(Photo from Hampden Park Co-op website)

Last summer, Hampden Park Co-op put out a call to action to its members to increase sales at the Raymond Avenue food cooperative. General manager Greg Junge says that call appears to have been heeded.

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Walk to end hunger, think about how along the way

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Which is why it seems to me that the Walk to End Hunger offers a chance to conceive some truly great thoughts about hunger – such as What’s wrong with a society that endures a system that tolerates hunger – that allows the albatross of hunger to hang around the neck of the body politic?

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Milk costs straining shops

(Photo by Zachary Bielinski) Barista Allison Noble makes a drink with soy milk Monday, Nov. 10 at Bordertown Coffee. Local businesses say they are trying to avoid increasing their prices while the cost of milk rises.

Stephen Miller paid $3.15 for a gallon of 2 percent milk in August. Two weeks ago, he paid about $3.45 per gallon.

Though it was a price increase of about 30 cents, Miller, the manager of Bordertown Coffee on 16th Avenue Southeast, said that extra money adds up for the shop, which goes through about 45 gallons of milk each week.

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Don't let Big Meat eat our bumper crop

The last few years have not been good for the factory farm industry. High prices for corn and other crops (in part driven by the growth of ethanol) made feed costs incredibly high, while at the same time, environmental and animal welfare advocates have been winning ballot and marketplace battles to shift more meat production out of intensive confinement and industrial systems. Hog and cattle producers have been hit by disease, drought and weather related disasters, resulting in losses in both sectors.

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Surly clears final hurdle for Prospect Park taproom

Surly’s new taproom in Prospect Park is set to open in December 2014. Minneapolis approved a liquor license for the taproom on Nov. 14. (Photo by Juliet Farmer)

Surly Brewing Company checked off the last step in a nearly five-year process to build and open its Prospect Park taproom when the Minneapolis City Council approved the business’s liquor license on Friday.

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