What's cooking: Ready for our close-up

  • Article by: BY KIM ODE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 14, 2012 - 12:54 PM
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Minnesota-made Prairie vodka offers recipes for entertaining on its website.

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A new film about Twin Cities' food co-ops will be shown to an international audience at United Nations headquarters in New York City next Tuesday. "Food for Change: The Twin Cities Story" examines how we became the metro area with the nation's greatest concentration of food co-ops. In a news release, filmmaker Steve Alves said, "I wanted to explore what happens when food co-ops have a strong presence in a region and the effect that has on jobs, local food and local economies."

The 15-minute film is one chapter in "Food for Change," a feature-length documentary that Alves is making, with funding from Mississippi Market, Seward Co-op, Linden Hills Co-op, Wedge Community Co-op and Eastside Food Cooperative. To see the film, visit bit.ly/UjOb1n.

We'll drink to this

Minnesota's own Prairie vodka, made from corn grown on three farms in the western part of the state, has some entertaining ideas that begin with making your own vodka infusions, for serving or as gifts. Honeycrisp apple, espresso/cinnamon, jalapeño/horseradish/ garlic -- the possibilities boggle the mind, and tastebuds. Recipes are on its website, www.prairievodka.com.

Food history gets its due

The Smithsonian Institution's first major exhibition on food history opens Tuesday. "Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000" at the National Museum of American History explores major changes in food and eating in postwar America, including food production and processing, who cooks, where meals are consumed and what people know (or think they know) about what is good for them. Julia Child's kitchen, which she donated to the museum in 2001, serves as the opening "story." To learn more, visit americanhistory.si.edu/food.

Turkey e-book

We're such turkeys. Here's the Web address for "Let's Talk Turkey," a new e-book from Hearst with tips and recipes for Thanksgiving and other holidays mentioned in last week's column. It's www.openroadmedia.com/books/lets-talk-turkey-and-all-the-trimmings.aspx.

KIM ODE

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