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The History of Wild Rice | Duluth Pack

The History of Wild Rice

One of Minnesota’s claims to fame is our wild rice. You will find no shortage of wild rice in our grocery stores, gift shops, and even in our very own Duluth Pack. Us Minnesotans love to use it in soups, casseroles, pilaf, just on its own, and some use it in desserts like Wild Rice Krispy Bars. Wild rice is harvested mostly in August and September, so to celebrate harvest season almost being upon us, your friends at Duluth Pack want to give you the history of our state grain.
Good Eats: Chicken of The Woods | Duluth Pack

Good Eats: Chicken of The Woods

Chicken Of The Woods Foraging and Recipes

Morel season may be at an end, but that doesn't mean that wild mushrooms, in general, are done for the year. For these summer and fall months, it’s time to be on the lookout and forage for chicken of the woods. For all you foragers out there, be ready for this delicious and unique mushroom. Let's get into everything you need to know about looking for this delectable fungus.

Good Eats: Venison Stew | Duluth Pack

Good Eats: Venison Stew

In Minnesota, venison is one of our specialties when it comes to hunting and consuming. In northern Minnesota, deer are incredibly common animals, and therefore are great for hunting along with processing. Venison is incredibly tender and lean protein. It's healthy and delicious. Today we have a recipe for a tasty venison stew. This simple and hands-off recipe is ideal for busy nights when you need to feed the whole family. You can either use a dutch oven or a slow cooker, whichever you prefer. Here is how we recommend you make venison stew. 

Foraging For Dandelions | Duluth Pack

Foraging For Dandelions

Most are familiar with that pesky yellow weed that grows in the lawn every year. Dandelions can grow from spring through fall and are recognizable to almost all. But before you bring out the weed killer this year, consider another option: foraging.

You may not know this, but dandelions are edible and full of nutrients. If you or someone you know is interested in foraging, these are the right natural ingredients to begin on. Dandelions are some of the most abundant and recognizable foraging targets out there, which make them ideal for beginners.

Good Eats: Cooking With Morel Mushrooms | Duluth Pack

Good Eats: Cooking With Morel Mushrooms

Morel season is underway and mushroom enthusiasts everywhere are scouring the woods hoping to find the delicacy appreciated around the world. Many people sell morels at grower's markets as they can fetch quite the price. But for the casual morel hunter, their mind is set on cooking them for their leisure. What are the easiest ways to prepare morels? Grab your pans and your aprons and let's dive into it. 

First things first, cleaning the morels is a necessity. To clean them, place them under running water and make sure no bugs or dirt are hiding in any of the pores. The last thing you want is to bite into a nice crispy insect when you least expect it. Don't worry about any impurities, those will be gone once the mushrooms are cooked.

Good Eats: Cast-Iron Cooking | Duluth Pack

Good Eats: Cast-Iron Cooking

As our spring nights quickly dawn upon us and summer is on its way, what better way to spend them than engaging in some creative cooking? Cooking by yourself, for two, or even a whole crew, Cast-Iron cooking is a great and innovative way to make some delicious meals. Whatever your favorites are, there is a delicious recipe waiting for everyone; from breakfast with eggs to lunch with pizza, to a hearty steak dinner, or even cooking in the middle of the woods while camping, there is an abundant amount of meal ideas ready to be shared and go around. Grab your apron and let’s get cookin’.
Good Eats: Dalgona Whipped Coffee and Cocktail Recipe | Duluth Pack

Good Eats: Dalgona Whipped Coffee and Cocktail Recipe

A.M. Recipe:

There is nothing like starting a productive day with a delicious cup of coffee; whether the sun is shining above or the snow is piled high, a cup of coffee is the first step to a prosperous day. Your morning coffee offers a moment to relax and reflect upon the day to come, along with preparing you for the challenges and apprehensions that may be presented.

Whipped coffee is an adventurous way to tackle the start of your day, it is simplistic and easy to make, but you will find your inner creativity while taking the time to produce this delicious treat. All you need are these few ingredients;

- 2 tablespoons instant espresso/instant coffee

- 1 to 2 tablespoon sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)

- 2 tablespoons hot water

- 1 cup of milk (your preference, we recommend almond milk)

- Cubed or crushed ice

- Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon on top (Duluth Pack recommendation!)

Once you have compiled all of your ingredients, the first step is to combine the instant espresso/coffee, sugar, and hot water in a mixing bowl. Whisk with an electric hand mixer until it is thickened and frothy (1 to 2 minutes). The second step is then to pour the milk into a glass or mug that is filled with ice and cold milk, top with the whipped coffee and stir with a straw. Finally, enjoy your whipped coffee and the start to your morning!

- Recipe from The Food Network

P.M. Recipe

After a long fearless day of productive adventuring, the perfect way to wind down and to begin your night of relaxation, whether it is with your friends, family, or by yourself, is to make an enjoyable cocktail during happy hour. Your friends at Duluth Pack have another idea that is just as tasty as the whipped coffee but adds a little more kick and spunk to your cocktail hour. This beverage, Whipped Coffee White Russian, is perfect for a night in, celebrating happy hour with your friends, or a trendy beverage to bring to a picnic dinner. Here are the few ingredients needed for your tasty happy hour cocktail;

 

- 1 tablespoon hot water

- 1 tablespoon instant espresso/ instant coffee powder

- 1 tablespoon honey/granulated sugar

- 2 ounces (1/4 cup) vodka (we recommend Grey Goose or Titos)

- 1 - 1½ ounces (2-3 tablespoons) Kahlua

- 1 - 2 ounces (2-4 tablespoons) whole milk/nut milk

-  ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

- Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or hot cocoa powder on top (Duluth Pack recommendation!)

Once all of the ingredients have been established, the first step is to combine the hot water, instant espresso/instant coffee, and honey in a bowl. Using an electric mixer/whisk, whip until fluffy (light 2-3 minutes). The second step would be to fill a glass with ice. Add the vodka, Kahlua, and a splash of vanilla. Pour the milk and stir to combine. Spoon in the whipped coffee overtop. Finally, drink and enjoy your sweet happy hour treat!

-Recipe from Half Baked Harvest

 

Cheers, friends!