Archive for the 'Local Food' Category

New Punk Rawkers


March 9th, 2012

cheeses
Well, things have been blowing up out here in the northland. I have been completely overwhelmed with cheese orders. It’s kind of mind blowing, really. Orders from all over the country. Alaska even. It is way more than I ever could have dreamed. So I’ve been scrambling to figure out how to best accomodate. The winter offering of CHEESES ON MY WEBSITE has ended. Last year, this ended without much fanfare. Not this year! We’ve definitely exceeded our capacity for handling of orders.

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The good news is that VEGAN ESSENTIALS is going to start carrying them on their site soon! You should see them there in the next couple weeks.

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We have some new cheesemakers too! This is Julie. She helped me way back when I had to teach INTRO TO RAW FOOD on crutches. Julie also works in the bulk section at our local coop. So she’s pretty acclimated to our local food scene. Plus, she used to own HYMIE’S RECORD STORE. How much more qualified could she be?

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Our other new cheesemaker is Dan. Dan was part of the team that opened ECOPOLITAN (Minneapolis’ only raw food restaurant). He’s worked at most of the veg friendly restaurants around here. And I had been unwittingly following his food around town. Now he is putting some of that love into our cheese. Yay!

More updates soon…Lots of developments on the way!

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FUNDING SUCCESSFUL! A Xanadu Moment


February 12th, 2012

From my KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN blog:

Hello out there!

Well, if you haven’t gotten the memo yet, our fundraising campaign was successful thanks to all of you! This has been a truly INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE. There are no words to express how grateful I am for this chance.

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I am getting a fresh start for my 40th year with my hand and my heart on the horizon.

Just wanted to recognize a few folks before I leave you with the first of your thank you gifts. Thank you, RUSSELL JAMES! For those who don’t know, Russell has been hailed as the UK’s leading raw food chef by THE TIMES. He was also one of my instructors in culinary school. Russell is an amazing talent and someone who I’ve looked up to for a long time. So as you might imagine, it’s been a great honor to be the recipient of a couple of his ‘sonic booms’ during this campaign.

I would also like to thank Zachary Vex (maker of of the world’s most amazing guitar pedals, Z VEX PEDALS). Z Vex is one of Minneapolis’ most esteemed entrepreneurs. He turned a creative idea into a wildly successful business venture while maintaining the highest standards of quality. I hope to learn from his example.

Thank you to my dear friend from childhood and beyond Jue (Jooyee) Chung. So happy the internet can now connect people who are on opposite sides of the globe!

And thank you to Logan Erickson, a connoisseur of music and technology, AND the guy who took this campaign over the goal! Thanks, Logan!

Thank you to my friends at Too Hot Too Stop. These ladies are an amazing bunch and I learn from them every day. ESPECIALLY during this campaign! Thank you TINA PRUITT (the Healthy LIfestylist), Lorri Kovitz, GRACE QUANTOCK, and Michalene Casey, DEBBIE YOUNG, Elle Blythe and everyone there). These ladies are all true survivors with their own amazing stories!

Thank you to my amazing family for seeing me through this ordeal! And thank you to my boyfriend, Tom! Thank you for supporting me when I needed a little extra help. And thank you for being a genius who inspires me every day.

out westOK. Now for a thank you gift. Starting with some music! This is a digital download of a not yet released track. It’s a cover of a Tom Waits song, GOIN’ OUT WEST. This was recorded right around the time that I started to lose my eighteen month mono infection. I had tried everything I could think of to shake it. And it became clear that I needed to make a big change. So I went out west to stay with some friends for a month or so. And I think it was the time off that finally allowed me to get ahead of it. So I was feeling pretty liberated at the time. (The picture was taken in my friend Erin’s basement which seemed significant as he was officially the final supporter of this campaign…getting in seconds before the end!)

Tomorrow, I will start sending out surveys regarding the individual packages for donors and when to expect them. Be on the lookout. :)

THANKS AGAIN TO EVERYONE! This campaign has done so much for me. Before this happened, I had taken some hard knocks from some people with bad intentions. Not only has this provided me a chance to rise above that. It has also shown me the best side of human nature and restored my faith in humanity. A priceless asset! Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU!

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Official Launch Party


January 9th, 2012

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Well, the time has come. The time for me to rejoin the world of the living. The last six years have been like a cocoon phase while I healed from my CASUALITIES of MODERN LIFE. But the universe has spoken. And it’s clearly time to move on to something bigger. I FINISHED PHYSICAL THERAPY a few weeks ago. And a couple days ago, PURE FOOD AND WINE placed their first order for my cheeses (which will soon be available in their juice bar)! If that’s not a foreshadowing moment, I don’t know what it. On that note, I’m announcing my OFFICIAL LAUNCH ON KICKSTARTER. The last several years have been kinda tough. But I’ve been getting by with a little help FROM MY FRIENDS. Thanks for joining me on this journey!

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Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes


October 29th, 2011


I remember when that record came out (GRACELAND – the one with DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES). I loved it so much. I played it over and over. And there’s even a song dedicated to me on it…YOU CAN CALL ME AL. He has a new song that just came out this year that I LOVE LOVE LOVE too. Kind of relevant to my health care conundrum. :)

angle shelfYou can barely make out my wheatgrass operation in the left side of my living room photo. It’s all records and wheatgrass. (That’s where it’s at. The secrets to healing). :)  Anyway, as you can see I have a nice little supply of wheatgrass going.  My boyfriend bought 35 lbs. of seeds.  So, I’m going to town.  I’ve actually been putting off writing this post because I have so much to say about this.  If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you will know of my WHEATGRASS ADDICTION.

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I even made a VIDEO ABOUT HOW TO GROW IT YOURSELF. I have to say that in the course of trying to heal myself, I have tried many, many things. And to be honest, a lot of them didn’t work. But wheatgrass is the cheapest, most powerful thing I’ve tried. And yet, most people are reluctant to try it. I think that most people find it difficult to fit into their lifestyles. But I actually think that’s part of the point that the grass is trying to make to us. If you are willing to listen to it.

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I go in and out of sync with it. Truth be told. But right now, I’m in big time. How do I know this? Because the grass lets me know when it’s happy. When it’s perfectly happy, it makes these perfect little dew drops at the tip of each blade. They look like diamonds!

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How amazing is that? I am on a wheatgrass roll! My little trays have been coming out so perfectly. So green! With diamonds! And no mold. :)

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And can I just tell you how amazing this stuff is for your LIVER? It’s truly profound. So much so that it probably deserves it’s own post. But I will say this…Right now, I am breaking through some huge barriers that have been holding me back for a long, long time. And I truly believe a lot of it has to do with this grass. More on this later. Wish me luck! Next week, is my follow up with the NEUROSURGEON. I’ve been kind of in denial about this since everyone has been gently bringing up the idea of back surgery with me (an idea which I am not really in sync with). Don’t worry though. I’m not nervous. I’ve already decided that I am an empowered being and the ultimate decision rests with me. :)

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Kristen’s Front Porch Grocery and Lounge


October 23rd, 2011

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Well, if you haven’t checked the LATEST EPISODE of PRL TV, you should! In this episode, we show you how easy it is to start a local food REVOLUTION ON YOUR PORCH.

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Leave it to a single mom to come up with creative solutions for difficult times! I truly hope that those who have carried the burden of our dysfunctional economy will be rewarded in this new incarnation. These are the most resourceful, deserving, and grateful among us.

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Here is an action shot of Kristen’s Porch. Did I mention that this episode features the most uplifting song by Minneapolis’ finest brass band, the BRASS MESSENGERS? Not too mention an interview conducted simultaneously in English and Romanian.

behind the scenesYep. THIS EPISODE has it all. Food, music, and friends. What else do you need?

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Last Farmer’s Market of the Season


October 12th, 2011

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Well, the time has come. It’s hard to believe. It all flew by so fast. This weekend is the last FARMER’S MARKET of the season. It has been an amazing season. I wasn’t even sure at the beginning if I was even UP FOR IT. But I stuck it out. And for that, I was rewarded handsomely. I LOVE THE FARMER’S MARKET! It is a beautiful community of people.

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So beautiful in fact that I dedicated an ENTIRE EPISODE OF PRL TV talking to some of my fellow vendors so that you could meet them too! I have gotten so much out of this experience that it is sad to let it go. But alas, winter is fast approaching.

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The good news is that although kale is going out of season, I will be participating in the Winter Market at the EASTSIDE COOP. Here I will be showcasing my NUT MILK CHEESES (which incidentally SHANNON MARIE, one of my oldest blogging buddies, of RAWDORABLE wrote the most WONDERFUL REVIEW for on her blog last week. I especially love the video featuring her daughter, Hayden. Shannon Marie has the most creative and down to earth blog. I love it! If you haven’t checked it out yet, you definitely should!).

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Square Foot Gardening ‘Live’


August 8th, 2011

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I just posted a new video for my UNCOOKING SHOW about SQUARE FOOT GARDENING. It walks you through the process of setting up a square foot garden.

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I live in an apartment and don’t have any land of my own. So this is a little insight into the world of community gardening. Anyone can do it. It’s easier than you think!

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This episode also features another musical guest, MARY BUE (currently of Seattle but not for long). Check out her song ‘The City Trees’ (which incidentally was mixed by my BOYFRIEND).

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Bossy Boots Urban Farm


July 23rd, 2011

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Last weekend, I attended an open house at BOSSY BOOTS URBAN FARM. Bossy Boots is one of the local food businesses which also sells products on KRISTEN’S PORCH (a revolutionary concept in local food – or maybe a welcome return to the old fashioned ways).

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I was so amazed at how much food they were able to grow in a small space. It wasn’t too small. A backyard. But it just goes to show how much unrealized opportunity there is out there.

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Look at their amazing vertical squash. It’s beautiful and inspiring.

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Here is Peter (a fellow PORCH LOUNGER) checking out the farm.

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These lovely ladies are the proprietors of this amazing farm, Sarah and Megan. Kudos to them for being part of the new local food system. Way to go, ladies.

nullThis is Abby. She did her first ‘Cooking with Abby’ demo. She made a lovely quinoa, kale, cucumber salad featuring fresh farm vegetables. She whipped that up right on the farm. What a pleasant afternoon! You would have never know that we were having a heat wave. You would also never have known that this was her first cooking demo. She was a pro. Great job, Abby!

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YUM!

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Deja Vu


June 20th, 2011

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Well, the view is a little cloudy these days, but the light is still getting through. Though admittedly, there were a couple days last week when I wasn’t so sure. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I am slowly recovering from a couple different accidents (a TOXIC EXPOSURE and a CAR CRASH). These have been inspiring a number of complications which I am discerning how to navigate. I haven’t figured out all the answers yet, but I can tell you that the outcome is destined to be something unusual. A lot of issues related to this struggle are climaxing right now. In a big way. It’s complicated. As such, I’m going to break them down over a few posts. As I try to digest them.

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One of my big dramas this week has been with my eye. I was sitting in my apartment, typing on my computer last week. Seemingly out of nowhere, I started to get this really dry feeling in my eye at the same time that it felt like there was a foreign object in it. At first, I thought I got an eyelash in my eye. But when I looked in the mirror, I found this…

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A big, ugly, growth on my eyeball. Attractive, right? Now before you get too freaked out, I should tell you that it’s not contagious. And on top of that, this EXACT SAME THING HAPPENED TWO YEARS AGO. It’s some IMMUNE SYSTEM MALFUNCTION, episcleritis. The last time this happened, I was freaked out. They referred me to an immunologist who I waited five months (on pins and needles) to see.

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I went through all manner of testing (which I should add I am still paying off). And where did that get me? Pretty much nowhere. The doctor at the time told me that I didn’t have lupus…YET. Well, last week after this happened, my doctor told me I should go back to rheumatology and get checked (essentially exactly where I went two years ago…for the second time). This would have been my third trip to rheumatology. At this point, I had a meltdown. Seriously. What is the point? Every time I go, it’s this horribly expensive ordeal that’s really stressful, they never figure out anything, and at least half of the time someone (who shouldn’t even be licensed to practice medicine) tells me I’m a hypochondriac. NO WAY, JOSE. I’m not doing that AGAIN.

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At first, I demanded to get sent to the Mayo. I was really upset. The good news is that this spurred a heart to heart with my doctor that was long overdue. The bad news is that they don’t know what is wrong. It is likely some variation of autoimmune disease. This is completely NOT SHOCKING to me. Unfortunately, autoimmune diseases are hard to diagnose anyway. Especially weird ones. It could be that it’s lupus. Or it could be something else. Whatever it is, it’s not lighting up the classic profile of test results. So they basically just keep an eye on me. And watch out for more complications until they can figure it out. This conundrum has caused a number of complications in my life that also climaxed this week. Epic sagas which deserve their own post. But in essence, I’m not even sure if I want them to figure it out honestly. Because if they do, all they can do is put me on steroids for the rest of my life. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will also know that my LIVER IS NOT RIGHT. So while I would appreciate the validation, I don’t think that is ultimately a viable path for me. Not if I want to live anyway. Have I mentioned that this has been going on for five years? This is difficult enough for me to digest, and I’m a fairly open-minded, free spirit. My poor mother is about to tear her hair out. Yesterday, she hung up the phone on me because I decided to wait on the Mayo. Interestingly, this was my mild drama from last week. There’s a lot more of that coming down the pipe. Let me tell you…

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In other more inspiring news, my garden is looking great! Here is my KALE FOREST. On the end, we have a couple rows of dino kale. The rest is green curly kale. The two plants that are flowering are actually the two that survived the winter. Amazing! I have been munching off of this bed a lot this week. We had a few nice rainstorms that really perked up all my lettuces.

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Speaking of, check out my other lettuces. Looking good!! The swiss chard and the romaine are looking mighty fine! I filmed a video for PRL TV of me setting up my garden beds this year. I hope to have that ready soon.


I have some arugula and WILD SPINACH that is going to peak soon too. I love summertime! My grocery bill is going down, down, down.

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I also picked some perfect alpine strawberries the other day. These are the best berries I will eat all year. So good! They are red all the way through. Not like the big white in the middle ones you get at the store.

So all in all, I’m hangin’ pretty tough out here. I don’t think I have ever experienced such dramatic and rapid change in my life as I am currently experiencing. And I should add that I am a change embracing bohemian type of girl. But this. This is truly epic. More on that later…

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First Farmer’s Market


June 7th, 2011

dewdrops
Look at these perfect little dew drops on my WINDOW WHEATGRASS GARDEN. They look like little diamonds. A perfect omen for my first day at the FARMER’S MARKET.

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Here I am all packed up and ready to go. I wasn’t sure how much to make. So I was way beyond ready. I’m kind of relieved actually. That is wasn’t as busy as I was ready for. Because I practically killed myself doing all this. Truth be told, I’m still working through a lot of ISSUES. Things without easy answers. So the actual pace of this market might be right on target with my capacity at the moment.

booth 34Here I am manning my booth at the market. I’m in booth #34 (right next to the info table) at the NE FARMER’S MARKET. I have to say that the farmer’s market is one of my favorite things. I love it! The energy is great. And the other folks that are involved are all great too. It definitely feels like I’m starting to connect back into society from a perspective that is closer to my heart. So that is a very positive development. According to MATTHEW SANFORD, figuring out how to connect back into society after an illness/trauma is the culmination of every healing story. Maybe that means I’m finally starting to see the peak of the mountain!

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Directly behind me is the Que Kombucha booth. I love these guys. They make the best kombucha. They grow sprouts too. And the best part is that they love kale chips. So we have a trade going.

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My friend, PAIGE, came to visit since it was my first day. And she spotted this truck that pulled up right in front of our booth. The door has a little cartoon that says ‘Viva la revolucion’ or something like that. I’m taking that as an omen too. No more sitting on the sidelines. I am now officially part of the revolution. VIVA!

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