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Continued: Anoka chef pairs comfort foods with gourmet sauces from her garden

  • Article by: SHANNON PRATHER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 11, 2013 - 4:36 PM

Fyten-Swap liked to experiment with different flavor and herb combinations, including thyme pickles and ginger pickled carrots.

“I spent a lot of hot days in the kitchen sweating over pots of pickles,” she said.

Saucy success

She sold her creations at local farmers markets to rave reviews. She and her husband bought and outfitted the food truck in 2012 and borrowed their daughters’ middle names, calling it Jellybean and Julia’s.She knew her sauces would be the secret to her success. Most of her food truck creations feature some of her homemade sauces, jams, garnishes or pickled vegetables.

They parked the food truck in different locations to attract the lunch crowd last summer. Their deli, at 300 E. Main St., is across from the county government center.

They still sell from the food truck at Rum River Wine and Spirits on Friday evenings, the farmers market at Goose Lake Farm and Winery in Nowthen on Saturday afternoons, and the Anoka Classic Car Show on Saturday evenings.

She lets her own taste buds guide her.

“It’s stuff that we like to eat,” she said.

Christianson said she puts a lot of stock in locally grown and prepared food. She recalled once seeing a man in downtown Anoka walking with a fast-food bag. She stopped him and recommended Jellybean and Julia’s.

“You know where your food is coming from with Jellybean and Julia’s,” Christianson said. “You know they are putting their heart into it.”

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