All About Food

​It is the best of times

April 24th, 2019

The snow has finally receded under the heat of the spring sun, leaving us with a soggy brown mess. But it is our mess and soon under that same sun will come greener pastures and some delectable food.

I have never been one to succumb to the siren sound of asparagus in the dead of winter. Asparagus from Peru! Pick up a Peruvian cookbook from the library and tell me how many recipes for asparagus are in it, exactly.

Like a masochist waiting for the next crack and sting of the whip, I wait…

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HPR speaks with the Sioux Chef

April 24th, 2019

SXC team at Beard House - photograph provided by Dana Thompson

By Ben Myhre
benmyhre35@gmail.com

When Colonial Americans forced Indigenous Americans onto reservations, many Native American food traditions were lost. Dana Thompson and Sean Sherman, of Minnesota-based The Sioux Chef, seek to revitalize Native American Cuisine and that heritage. They have a goal of empowering Native communities all over North America by reconnecting people to their traditional foods.

The Sioux Chef is a Twin Cities-based catering company who travel all over the world…

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​Central North Dakota dairy farm offers unique service

April 24th, 2019

Photograph by Lea Black

In central North Dakota, just south of I-94, sits a little storefront in the small town of Sterling. It is owned by Blaine and Kathy Goetz, and has been providing a unique service since 2008.

Kathy will tell you, “we just bottle milk,” but if you dig deeper, you will see that the story of Bessy’s Best is much richer than that.

Blaine and Kathy were dairy farmers for nearly 30 years before they opened Bessy’s Best. They milked around 250 cows and it was a business they shared with…

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​Local food stories- What do they mean to you?

April 24th, 2019

Photograph by Nikki Berglund

I am currently obsessed with Barbara Kingsolver’s book “Animal Vegetable Miracle” and it’s really got me thinking about some things. Although she is mainly known for her fiction, this book is a non-fiction account of her family’s decision to eat locally for an entire year. It is a thought provoking read that tempts one into pondering this challenge for themselves, which is much easier said than done, especially considering where we live!

Although my husband and I took the…

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​The frozen pizza king of Jamestown

April 10th, 2019

Photograph by Megan Kitsch photography

After three years Jon Beyer aka “Jonny B” has become the face and the beard behind Jonny B’s Brickhouse in Jamestown North Dakota. Besides the largest selection of craft beers between here and Bismarck, wood-fired pizzas and tasty burgers, he’s found another way to make dough via frozen pizzas and now he’s bringing his ‘za to Fargo.

High Plains Reader: What prompted you to get into the pizza business?

Jon: I've been making pizza at home my entire life and perfecting my dough…

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​Chicago deep dish with Ramshackle Pantry

April 3rd, 2019

Chicago's deep-dish pizza

By Ben Myhre
benmyhre35@gmail.com

Chicago Deep Dish Basics
This is a very thick pizza pie that carries significant weight in yummy pizza goodness. Besides the thickness, the order of ingredients is a bit different than a traditional Margarita or NY style pizza. The cheese in a Chicago Deep Dish goes under the tomato sauce. The reason for this is that this hefty pizza needs ample cooking time and if the cheese were on top, it would burn.

As the name implies, it was created in Chicago. Uno…

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​‘Creativity of necessity’

March 6th, 2019

Amy Thielen in the kitchen

In rural Minnesota, outside of Park Rapids, Amy Thielen was attempting to light her wood-fired oven. It is in her brand-new kitchen that she hopes to teach cooking classes out of, which is a far cry from what it was when she and her husband first moved in back in the late ‘90s.

“The house we live in is kind of rustic,” Thielen said. “This whole house is handmade. My husband built the original part [by hand]. It was a one-room cabin. We had no running water or power or anything.…

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​Here comes Sol Ave

February 13th, 2019

Sole Ave rice dish - photograph by Logan Macrae

Over the past few years Luna has become my favorite restaurant in the FM area. The thoughtfulness of Ryan’s creations and the neighborhood environment of the locale as a whole creates a beautiful experience that can’t be found anywhere else in our area. The petite menu along with the curated wine and beer list gives the consumer a truly inclusive and exclusive experience. You’ll realize this as you walk in and see a large cheese case crammed with selections that can’t be found…

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​Annual game feed helps keep Shrine Temple open

February 6th, 2019

EZ Outdoors Unlimited will be hosting the El Zagal Shrine Wild Game Feed at the Shrine Temple in Fargo from 5 – 10 p.m. this Saturday to benefit Temple operations.

The event will feature games, raffles, and wild game appetizers, which will be served as long as they last. Those purchasing tickets, which cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door, will be entered to win one of three grand prizes.

“With the tickets, we’ve got three prizes you don’t have to be there to win,” said Roger…

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​Ishtar Mediterranean Cuisine now open in downtown Fargo

January 23rd, 2019

Ishtar Mediterranean dish - photograph by Ryan Janke

Fargo has a new Mediterranean restaurant downtown and it is worth your while to head on over and check it out. Ishtar Mediterranean Cuisine opened at the beginning of the year and are serving up some delicious dishes, including Middle Eastern appetizers, gyros, tikkas, kababs, and desserts.

Located at 68 N. Broadway, Ishtar Mediterranean Cuisine blends in with the business of downtown, but when my wife and I walked inside for our first experience there this week, we could smell the…

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