• Mushroom Crash Course
  • Spring Soup: Tofu with Chicken, Pea Pods & Baby Carrots

    Spring Soup: Tofu with Chicken, Pea Pods & Baby Carrots

  • Asparagus First Crop of the Season

    Aspargus Officinalis

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  • Caprese Submarine
  • Blueberry Pie MOM

    Bake Mom a Pie: Mother's Day, May 8, 2016

  • Mushroom Picking Season

     When is Morel Mushroom picking season?  

  • Goldmine China
  • Strawberry Tart

    Spring-into-Spring: Strawberry Tart

  • Arugala Spinach Salad

    Arugual Spinach Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad with Salsa Verde Dressing

  • Minnesota Fishing Season 2013

    Minnesota Fishing Season 2016, click here

  • Beet and Chicken Terrine

 

 

Minnesota Food...

 

Spring Terrine: Mushroom & Spinach

Why terrines for spring time meals? One reason is they're a departure from the heavy hot meals we eat all winter. They're more than a one-meal-affair, just by virture of its adaptability to cold storage, terrines are made for longevity. Terrines and pates are two different ways to create a meal in a long rectangular pan. Pates can be spread, terrines are not spreadable. Pates generally contains more fat. The terrine pictured here has a chicken base with a mushroom and spinach filling. 

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Remarkable Women...

 

Terri Bonoff Challenges Erik Paulsen

Terri Bonoff, a Minnesota Representative in the 3rd District since 2005, will run against Erik Paulsen (R) who has served in Congress since 2009. The third district is considered moderate, purple, but has only been served by less than moderate Republicans, this is particularly true of Erik Paulsen. Bonoff ran against Ashwin Madia for Paulsen's seat and lost the nomination to Madia in 2008.

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Minnesota Communities...

 

DFL48 Central Meeting EPHS

DFL48 held its Central Committee meeting in April at EPHS Commons to accomodate its district-wide members from Eden Prairie and southern Minnetonka. The evening included candidate presentations from locals running for seats in the Minnesota Legislature, a practise walking sub-caucus, announcements from committees and information for the day of DFL48's Convention in April.

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Home and Garden...

 

2016 Spring Cleaning is on

It’s not exactly an activity we’d choose over the Holiday break, a week-end cleaning indoors? Most of us would much rather spend more time out-doors. A trip where it's not snowing would surely be preferable to mopping and dusting. Some of us tend to put off cleaning, but it's probably not the best option because dirt and dust do continue to accumulate and that means?  A toxic build-up inside your house brought in from outside: a mix of chemicals that we actually bring in on clothes and shoes. 

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Places to Go...

 

Como Park: Ordway Gardens

The Ordway Garden is a new addition to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park that features a nationally acclaimed Bonsai collection at the Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden. The new wing features a meditative garden and a Bonsai Pavillion. Year round viewing of a top-curated Japanese Plant Collection is the first of its kind in Minnesota. You will be impressed with the age and variety of trees grown and cared for in small "bon" containers for sometimes hundreds of years. 

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Minnesota Happenings...

 

Letters to the Editor

Starting with the culmination of the election endorsement/nomination season, prairieHOMEliving will feature Letters to the Editor at Minnesota Happenings. The Letters to the Editor section will only feature support for Progressive candidates from both local DFL48 and CD3, and letters of endorsement for non-partisan city, county and judge positions until November 2016, free of charge. Letters can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with name, city, candidate in subject line. 

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Things to Do...

 

Elections: Register to Vote

Every election is important, but 2016 may be one of the most important elections our country has ever had. Most people agree that issues related to the environment, women's rights, immigration, health care, education, criminal justice, privacy and data security, religion and social issues are critical to the health of our nation. You can find a compendium of all these and where the Presidential candidates stand on them at FiveThirtyEight.  

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Minnesota Grown...

 

Potato Harvest: MN Farm Fresh Food

Prairie fare: the spud is referred to "as the apple of the earth" by the French, "pomme de terre." Spainards carried them in the holds of their ships, the perfect food to store in the darkness of a ship's innards. Marshall's Farm Fresh Foods, on Pioneer and Eden Prairie Road, displays a variety of spuds, from bakers to reds, in season. Still a mainstay, the popular potato is now taking over the state's northern forests.

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  Transportation...

 

SWLRT Town Center Guidelines

A new transit-centered Town Center neighborhood will be developed to include affordable housing and new economic opportunties for people living there. The Eden Prairie Major Center Area Study includes a walkable mainstreet, affordable housing for seniors, families and the increased need for multi-generational housing. The PDF attached includes images and more details on the new Town Center neighborhood.

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Making a President 

 

 

Inventing the Presidency: how some things changed. TEDEd

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History and More...

 

 

The oddities of the very first American election. TEDEd

 

 

Happening 2016...  

 

 

Does your vote count? TEDEd Lessons worth sharing...