Who Wu! Coming To Target and More!

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Jason Wu is the latest designer coming to Target.  Wu, designer for such notables as First Lady Michele Obama, Diane Kruger,and Natalie Portman,  has produced a collection of 53 pieces ranging in price from $19.99-$59.99 with the theme American Girl In Paris, arriving at Target Stores and its’ online site February 5th.  Target has lured designers  beginning in 1999 into its’ retail stores in recent years and Wu is its’ latest offering.  Wu’s line, unlike the recognizable Mossimo stripes, will not be as easily identified, but will be a very youthful and sport classic lines.

In yet another move to spark sales, on May 6 Target will be offering limited items from well known specialty shops such as The Candy Store in San Francisco, The Privet House home accessories of Connecticut; The Webster House, an apparel store in Miami; Polka Dog Bakery in Boston; and The Cos Bar, cosmetics in Aspen.  Additionally it will test market Apple stores in 25 of its’ stores.

MDM Says: If you want to have a chance at getting any of the Wu designs at Target, you will have to act fast on February 5th since not only buyers scoop the deals, but also speculators to resell on Ebay®.

MDM's Savory Garden Risotto


Description: MDM’s Savory Garden Risotto is MDM’s take on The Good Earth’s delicious Summer Risotto.  This dish can be eaten alone or served as a side dish with baked chicken or salmon.  This dish is colorful to look at, savory, and fragrant.  Best of all, it is easy to make!  Any grocery store will carry these ingredients, but MDM recommends going to a farmer’s market or local organic co-op for vegetables, herbs, and cheese.  You can use boxed risotto, which is the fastest.  Or if you have your own favorite home-made recipe, you may use this as well.


  • 1-pint sweet bell peppers (red, yellow, and orange)
  • 2 medium sized zucchini (quartered and chopped)
  • 2 medium sized summer squash (quartered and  chopped)
  • Virgin olive oil to sautè vegetables
  • 1 to 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 medium sized lemon (use juice and grated rind)
  • 2, 5.5 ounce boxes of Creamy Parmesan Risotto
  • Fresh grated parmigiano reggiano  cheese
  • Fresh dill (chopped)


Chop sweet bell peppers, zucchini, and summer squash and mix into a medium-sized bowl.  Chop garlic cloves and add to frying pan with virgin olive oil.  Sautè vegetables from bowl and set aside.  Cook creamy parmesan risotto (per box instructions) in pot [or use own recipe for making creamy risotto].  In medium-sized bowl mix risotto with sautèed vegetables.  While still hot, mix in grated fresh parmigiano reggiano cheese, chopped fresh dill, and grated lemon rind.  Squeeze lemon juice over dish to taste.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy!

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 to 15 minutes

Serves: 4 to 8 people

Authentic Chinese Meals for Under $10

United Noodles Oriental Foods is the largest Chinese market in Minnesota.  This market is excellent for the novice as well as the expert in      Chinese cuisine.  Inside you’ll find an array of cookware, tea sets, decor, rice (white, brown, black, and sweet rice), noodles (rice, pho, etc…), sauces and spices, produce, fresh seafood, frozen goods, beverages, candy, and more!  Also unique is an aisle dedicated to Hawaiian goodies such as sweet potato chips, pink sea salt, coconut and tropical drinks.  There is an indoor restaurant that serves delicious hot meals such as beef noodle soup, teriyaki beef, chicken curry, BBQ ribs and Pho for $7.  Tea is free!


2015 East 24th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404


Directions: Heading east on Franklin Avenue, make a left at Minnehaha. Drive straight until you see the Coastal Seafood store on East 24th Street and make a right. On the left side, look for the Snelling District sign and make a left into the alley.

Eating Healthy In The Twin Cities

Food Co-ops are a great source for fresh organic food, but not all are created equal–some are more equal than others.  Seward Co-op, located at 2823 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis,MN, offers an array of fresh food and new products.  This store not only continues to offer spices and teas in bulk, has one of the best deli buffets where you can sample the hot before buying, but continues to look for new products worthy of their customers. MarkdownMom recently visited the Co-op and experienced a sensory overload to all the wonderful aromas and bright colors of its current inventory. Can’t find something?  Just ask their knowledgeable and friendly staff, but above all just enjoy!

For A Quick Tour Of SEWARD CO-OP Click On Photo

MarkdownMom Exclusive: For those of us that have been looking for a local source of farro, MarkdownMom was told by the buyers at Seward that they expect to have a supplier in a month. Farro is one of the most nutritious grains and following the historic adage that an army marches on its’ stomach, this was the principle fare of the Roman Legions. Farro is usually soaked before being prepared, unlike spelt which it is often compared with, but also unlike spelt it remains  chewy not mushy when cooked. Farro is a very versatile grain and can be used in soups, salads, as a vegetable dish, or as a substitute for rice.


When You Visit Seward’s Please Tell Them MarkdownMom Sent You!