The Lyndale community dinner – nourishing community

Every Wednesday night at 6:00pm, dozens of neighbors gather for a healthy and delicious meal in the Zion Church Banquet Room. The meal is prepared by Karen who is both a dietician and cook along with volunteers who chop, stir, and serve. Lee, the Dinner Coordinator, gathers people together for some quick neighborhood announcements. Then a few people offer to share what makes them feel grateful this week. Their stories spark conversation, connections, and smiles.

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Birthday tome: Volume 1

During my Birthday Week, I welcome the coldest temperatures of the year (proof that God loves me and She wants me to be happy) and generally do whatever I want and eat whatever I wish.

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Sonora Grill: Mexican with a flair

Open kitchen at the new Sonora Grill

I was pleasantly surprised by my most recent visits to the new Sonora Grill at 33rd and E. Lake Street. I've been a fan of the original Sonora Grill counter inside the Midtown Global Market, but the new sit-down, table service restaurant (in the former Molly Quinn space, strikingly remodeled) offers a full bar, more variety, and a creative take on Mexican cuisine. The basic staples of Mexican street food are on offer — caramelos (tacos, $4) and bocadillas (sandwiches, $10, lunch only) and guacamole ($5), but there are also more creative offerings, ranging from a hermosillo roll ($10) - which was described to me as a a Mexican take on the sushi specialty roll, stuffed with shredded pork and rice, breaded with panko crumbs and deep-fried. I'm also eager to try the fried pork tail ($6), which, according to a manager, is prepared like Buffalo chicken wings. 

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Potato potatah

With friends over happy hour the other night we talked about what we spend our money on. I don't think twice about spending $7 for a bag of organic potatoes (although I balk when the 70 cent green onions look questionable and are stamped "Product of Mexico"). When I eat out, I want the best and occasionally that means plunking down a bit of cash. Even our cats eat well with their grain-free diet purchased from a fancy pet food shop.

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OPINION | Protecting wild rice in copper-nickel mining

It isn’t surprising that concerns over wild rice have emerged in relation to PolyMet’s proposed open-pit copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota, which is currently in the late stages of an environmental review. As Minnesota's official state grain, wild rice has significant cultural and economic value, and serves important ecosystem functions in aquatic communities. It also holds special meaning for the state’s Native American tribes.

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REVIEW | From 'respect for dirt' to Sunday dinners, Soul Food Monologues find common ground in women's experience

On December 20, LaTasha Powell, Regina Carter, J. DaVon Nolen, Lataijah Powell, Zoe Hollomon, Candis Alaine Hill, Princess Nelson, and Divine Islam gathered at the Capri Theatre, telling their stories one by one, focusing on food and their life experiences. They appeared in Soul Food Monologues, a project of Appetite for Change in North Minneapolis.

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Julgransplundring and St. Knut

January 13 is St. Knut's Day as well as Julgranspludring (Christmas tree plundering). Across Sweden homes will be swept clean of Christmas goats and tomte. Kids will feast on the treats that decorated their trees and say goodbye to Jul.

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Of bread and beef, farming and obsessions

My first attempt could've dropped a horse: it looked like a brick and was about as tasty. But like many baby boomers in the early '70s, I was into organic gardening, soybean burgers (awful) and baking whole grain breads.

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Fast tracking a corporate agenda

The U.S. trade debate shifted into high gear yesterday with the introduction of Congressional bills to fast track trade deals. If approved, this would give the administration the authority to negotiate trade deals behind closed doors and then submit the resulting agreements to Congress for an up or down vote, with very limited debate and no possibility of amendments. Unions, environmental organizations and many other civil society groups immediately denounced the bill as undemocratic and out of date. Some 151 Democrats issued a letter last week expressing opposition to the bill, so its passage is far from assured.

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