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Balsamic Figs

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Fresh figs aren’t something I typically find in the grocery store around here in the Midwest. Luckily I have hookups on the West Coast that love to send me things like fresh figs, citrus, and other California delights. You may remember Megan of The Beef Jar when I featured her Pickled Blueberries recipe several weeks ago? She shares a love obsession of all things canning and preserving. I was green with envy over the photos of her fresh figs she’s been…

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Agriculture Advocacy North Dakota

North Dakota Banquet in a Field

North Dakota Banquet in a Field - Prairie Californian

I had the amazing pleasure and opportunity of attending the annual North Dakota CommonGround Banquet in a Field last week. If you are unfamiliar with CommonGround, it is a group of Ag-related women who volunteer their time to foster conversations about how food is grown. Women volunteers share their personal stories and connections to agriculture and in doing so demonstrate we all have CommonGround when it comes to the food we put on our tables.  This event is truly a farm to…

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Apricot Habanero Jam

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There’s this pepper sauce that I LOVE back in California put out by a local company called Brannen Gourmet. They make an original and a spicy cranberry, but my favorite is the apricot habanero. I know it sounds like it is burn your eyes off hot, but it is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. Both the regular and the original pepper sauces start with a base of apricots to give it that sweetness. So when my mother-in-law gave me a…

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Visiting North Dakota Sunflowers

Visiting North Dakota Sunflowers - Prairie Californian

It’s officially my favorite time of the year…. the sunflowers are blooming!! If you’ve never experienced a field of sunflowers, let me tell you, do it. It is worth it. There is something truly magical about coming across a field of blooming yellow sunflowers as far as the eye can see. And North Dakota is a great place to travel to and find some sunflowers to enjoy. I regularly get lots and lots of emails year round from people asking…

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My First Ever Garden: What I’ve Been Harvesting

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When I left off last during my garden series, I had shared with you what I planted. It has been so fun to watch my garden grow! I have truly enjoyed gardening a lot more than I ever thought I would. It is so fulfilling and WHAT a learning experience it has been! From a trial and error, I’ve figured out what grows well here and what doesn’t do so well. Right now my garden is looking really full!!   How…

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The Beef Jar’s Pickled Blueberries

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If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that my obsession to pickle all things is strong. It may even be a problem. If you’re new to this page, welcome! My name is Jenny and I am addicted to pickling. I’ve shared recipes for pickled peppers, onions, and eggs. But the pickled section of my pantry contains many more recipes that need to be shared: pickled celery, carrots, fennel, and recently corn. Can’t stop. Won’t…

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Coteau des Prairies Lodge Summer Beer Dinner with Surly Brewing Company

Coteau Des Prairies Lodge Summer Beer Dinner with Surly Brewing Company

If you’ve never heard of the Coteau des Prairies Lodge, let me introduce you! There’s this gorgeous log cabin style lodge quite literally in the middle of nowhere North Dakota, which if you’ve surmised from my postings, is a gorgeous place to be! If you’re ever traveling through South Eastern North Dakota through fields filled with cows and crops and several miles down a gravel road, suddenly you’ll come to this massive lodge on the hill. And you’ve made it.  The…

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Breakfast Recipes What I've Been Cooking

Five-Ingredient Buttermilk Pancakes

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This week my sweet friend Phi of SweetPhi Blog is launching her new cookbook Fast & Easy Five-Ingredient Recipes: A Cookbook for Busy People. A cookbook full of recipes all with five ingredients. Sounds pretty amazing, right? It is!  If you’re not familiar with Phi’s blog, she’s had a regular series entitled Five-Ingredient Fridays for quite some time. Because of the success around Five-Ingredient Friday’s she has put many of these recipes and more into a cookThe idea behind both Five-Ingredient…

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Potluck Taco Salad

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One of the things I love about small town Midwest is that whenever there is a need, whether it be a wedding, funeral, or just a significant event in the community, people come out in the droves with food. Small town America shows love in food, and especially small town North Dakota.  Shortly after finding my church home here in North Dakota, I became a part of one of our kitchen committees. It is clear that God has given me…

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Drinks & Cocktails Recipes

Blueberry Mojitos

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This spring I purchased a mint plant and as anyone who has grown mint knows, it has gone wild! I decided to do what one does with an excess of mint and MAKE MOJITOS!  It is pretty depressing for me to admit this, but I had never had a mojito! So I google’d a couple recipes and as I was digging in the fridge to get my limes, I saw the blueberry syrup I had made a couple weeks before….…

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