Start your ovens!

Bread bakers, both of yeast breads and quick breads, get to show their stuff on Saturday at the always popular Bread Festival hosted by Mill City Farmers Market with Mill City Museum, sponsored by Gold Medal Flour. You can register now at www.millcity, but day-of submissions also will be accepted. You just bring your loaf and a copy of the recipe to the market, 704 S. 2nd St. in Minneapolis, between 8 and 9 a.m. on Sept. 21. Entrants agree that Mill City Farmers Market and Gold Medal Flour may use and publish their recipe, name and photos of them and their products. The winners will be announced around 11 a.m., but in the meantime there’ll be plenty of action with food demos by “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” authors Zoe Francois and Jeff Hertzberg, along with Salty Tart’s Michelle Gayer, music, a crop art booth for kids and educational demos about grain and flour.


Upgrade your shopping list

Each year, Cooking Light magazine bellies up to the grocery aisles to test food staples for the best-tasting and healthiest products out there. The initial elimination takes out those products not widely available, or those that contain added trans fats, too much salt, or too much saturated fat. Fifteen staffers tasted almost 200 foods in blind tests. Coconut is big this year, with testing in coconut ice bars, coconut water and coconut oil. To see the top in each of 20 categories, visit


More gluten-free resources

Simply Gluten Free is another magazine that’s offering useful info by way of a newly-launched website, It combines its Simply Gluten Free blog with the magazine’s website. Looking for gluten-free recipes that taste like conventional food? They have tons of recipes, with an eye toward keeping family harmony, along with health.


Don Draper may be lurking

If the “Mad Men” character ever took a vacation to Wisconsin, we’re guessing he might end up at one of the state’s classic supper clubs, nibbling on a relish tray. Ron Faiola documented and photographed more than 50 of them in “Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience” (Agate Midway, $35). On Sept. 25, he’ll be at the Laurel in New Richmond, Wis., about 17 miles from Stillwater, for a special dinner of classic supper club dishes. Cost is $60, which includes a copy of the book. Reservations are required; call the Laurel at 1-715-246-5121. On Sept. 21, he will be at the Indianhead Supper Club in Balsam Lake, Wis., from 6-8 p.m. for a meet and greet and book-signing event. (Balsam Lake is about 60 miles northeast of the Twin Cities, near St. Croix Falls.) Ask him about the traditional cuisine, special amenities and history that make each club unique, then stick around to order some walleye.