Thursday, June 16, 2011

Stillwater breakfast program aims to serve home-cooked food of local origins and connect the community

From Minnesota-

Lee Lennartson took his first bite of scrambled eggs with spinach topped with homemade salsa on Tuesday morning and smiled.

"Pretty good," he said, wiping his mouth with a napkin. "I'll be back."

Lennartson, 72, of Stillwater, was one of 50 people who stopped by Ascension Episcopal Church in downtown Stillwater for a healthy, home-cooked breakfast prepared by volunteers.

The breakfast program, dubbed Our Community Kitchen, is part of Washington County's Living Healthy initiative. Breakfasts made with locally grown ingredients will be offered at the church from 7 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer.

"Our goal is to have a place to gather together and really see what it's like to cook and eat healthy food together," said Kristin Klemetsrud, who prepared much of the meal Tuesday.

Klemetsrud and her husband, Jeff, own Savories Bistro in downtown Stillwater. So many people came to the first breakfast that organizers had to run to the River Market Co-op to buy more spinach and fruit, she said.

"We're trying to expand people's horizons," she said. "I've had so many people try these steel-cut oats (cooked in fruit juice) who have never had them before, and now they're coming back for seconds. Really, in just that short amount of time, we're exposing them to whole grains and a way to cook it that's a little bit more interesting than just a pot of water - the little things that make healthy food taste good."

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