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Following twenty years of farmer's markets selling locally grown vegetables, native fruits, and local honey Linda created Marianne's Kitchen in Shoreview, MN, an oasis of good food, conversation and laughter in a suburban food desert. Operating from 2011-2017 the cafe offered home made soups, fresh bread baked daily, great sandwiches and treats and a complete line of gluten-free soups, pickled products, jams, jellies, salsas and locally sourced soups, honey and grains.

The Marianne's Kitchen of sharing, conversation, and learning continues with ongoing commentary, food reviews and food finds as we grow, cook and eat our food and sample local restaurants.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

At Home $5 Dinner better than Lunch Out

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Brats & Salad

Tonight we had something like the lunch we had hoped for....heavy on the veggies and/or fruit.

Big salads with mixed greens, strawberries & blueberries, drizzled with a vinaigrette of mustard, J Leeper Beekeeper honey, some pear balsamic, & a grind of mixed peppercorns.

mariannes kitchen eat at mariannes st paul foodie It was accompanied by a small sandwich (economically using my day-old ‘high quality’ bun bargain that’s now another day older but grilled in Irish butter) with a grilled sausage sliced in half to fit the hamburger bun format.

So, heavy on the greens & fruit dressed with a freshly mixed vinaigrette, with a locally made sausage, split & grilled, in a bun grilled in excellent
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butter....topped with a drop of grainy mustard.
Total cost for our dinner for two—-less than $5 ($2.50 each). 

mariannes kitchen eat a mariannesAnd we saved room to try that blueberry cream cheese tart with a good cup of coffee later (my batch of cold brew that's been steeping in the refrig should be ready just in time to go with a tart!). It’s easy to eat well (& tasty) on a budget—using high quality ingredients, like local meats and fresh berries...& to splurge on a little treat.

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