Main Dishes

Oktoberfest Beef Stew  

Chef Jeff Anderson, the Culinary Brand Manager for Blue Plate Restaurant Company, shows you how to make a Stuttgart Beef Stew w/ Herb Spaetzle using the Freehouse Beer No 15 Oktoberfest.  The Freehouse is located in Minneapolis in the North Loop neighborhood.   

Brat Tub and Brat Bundles  

Our Cooking Mom Amy Hanten stopped by with a recipe for a "brat tub" that'll feed an army of football fans. Plus, some bite-sized brat snacks perfect for your next party.

Beef Stir Fry  

School is back in session and mom and dads across the country are searching for quick meals they can feed the family, while also juggling homework and hectic extracurricular activities. Fear not, just because you’re short on time doesn’t mean you have to compromise on nutritious dishes for your family. Here are some of our favorite go-to recipes you can have on the table in 30 minutes or less. And the best part? The nutrients in these dishes will fuel growing bodies and help in developing strong brains!

Taste the Trend: Pork Roast with Apples and Sauerkraut  

Chef and cookbook author Mary Jane Miller is our "Taste the Trend" expert. She takes a viral recipe, breaks it down and makes it better! She's tackling this recipe for a "sweet pork loin". She took one look at it and said that the cinnamon was already too much. She added apples and sauerkraut and more!

Mini Corn Dogs  

You don’t have to wait until next year’s fair to enjoy corn dogs.  Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig shares her recipe for mini-corn dogs!

Light and Healthy Recipes  

With the State Fair quickly approaching, we asked Natalie Jaeger from The Olive Grove in Mendota Heights to serve up light and healthy recipes.

12 Days Of Grilling: Gianni’s Grilled Ribeye Steak  

Italian cooking is known for its freshness and quality of its ingredients.  Simplicity rules the day and that’s why grilling steak is perfect.  Italy is where our 12 Days of Grilling presented by Minnesota Beef Council is taking us.  Chef Steve from Gianni’s Steakhouse grills up ribeye steak, Italian style.

12 Days of Grilling: Indian Beef Skewers   Back To Top

In our 12 Days of Grilling around the globe presented by Minnesota Beef Council, Justin Davis is taking us to India.  He beings by marinating the beef in some classic Indian flavors, garlic, ginger, turmeric and vinegar. The curry sauce the beef is served with is a take on Justin’s favorite Indian curry dish, Vindaloo. Vindaloo is a classic Goan dish and available at any Indian restaurant. It's known for being spicy, tangy and vibrant in color.  

12 Days of Grilling: Beef Kotlety   Back To Top

Emily heads to a hot spot in St. Paul that has been around for more than twenty years.  12 Days of Grilling presented by the Minnesota Beef Council is heading to Moscow on the Hill for a Russian recipe.  

12 Days of Grilling: Tenderloin with a French Twist   Back To Top

Our Grilling around the Globe series presented by   Minnesota Beef Council is taking us to France!  Chef David Fhima, owner of FACES Mears Park, shares a recipe for Tenderloin with a French twist.

12 Days of Grilling: Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque   Back To Top

Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque is known for its unique atmosphere and delicious food. The restaurant is in the heart of downtown Stillwater and includes a couple of bars and a patio. Shawn Smalley hooks us up with his take on beef short ribs; Caribbean style in our 12 Days of Grilling brought to you by the Minnesota Beef Council.

12 Days of Grilling: Churrasco   Back To Top

We head to Central America to create a unique recipe bursting with flavor.  It’s Chef Amalia Moreno-Dumgaard’s turn on our 12 Days of Grilling presented by the Minnesota Beef Council.  She’s making a Guatemalan dish. An orange, onion, and oregano-marinated grilled flank steak topped with charred tomato-mint chirmol salsa and served with sides: roasted-pimentón potatoes, cebollitas a la llama, grilled corn with lime, guacamole, and corn tortillas known as a Churrasco.

12 Days of Grilling: Chinese Flank Steak w/Dipping Sauce   Back To Top

Grilling doesn’t usually come to mind when you think of Chinese food. However, like all cultures, the Chinese learned to cook first on an open flame.  But did you know that the Chinese cut up even their grilled food into bit-sized pieces? That’s because they don’t use forks or knives as eating utensils.  Cooking for Dads host, Rob Barrett, continue our 12 Days of Grilling around the globe presented by Minnesota Beef Council  with a recipe for Chinese 5 Spice Steak.  

12 Days of Grilling: Tacos de Carne Asada   Back To Top

We’re grilling around the globe with the Minnesota Beef Council  in our 12 Days of Grilling.  We are spicing things up as we head to Mexico!  Milissa Silva-Diaz, co-owner of El Burrito Mercado, with her Tacos de Carne Asadas. 

12 Days of Grilling: Peppers and Fries Bangkok Burger   Back To Top

We’re grilling around the globe with the Minnesota Beef Council  in our 12 Days of Grilling.  One of our stops is for the award winning Bangkok Burger from Peppers and Fries. It was the big winner at the Twin Cities Burger Battle.

12 Days of Grilling: Scandinavian Short Ribs   Back To Top

Our 12 Days of Grilling presented by the Minnesota Beef Council  brings us to Norway!  A traditional Norwegian Christmas feast usually includes some sort of ribs.  Chef Eli Wollenzien from Coalition Restaurant in Excelsior shares a recipe for Scandinavian Beef Short Ribs.  Beef ribs cook the same as pork ribs, but have more flavor and don't have the potential of getting dry like pork ribs.

12 Days of Grilling: All American Burgers   Back To Top

In our 12 Days of Grilling presented by the Minnesota Beef Council we are grilling around the globe.  Grand Casino chef Mike Engel is keeping close to home with two ways to step up the All American burger!

12 Days of Grilling: Skirt Steak w/Lemon Chimichurri   Back To Top

All eyes are on Brazil as the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Summer Olympics will soon be underway.  That’s where we begin our 12 Days of Grilling presented by the Minnesota Beef Council.  Chef Jeff Anderson from the Blue Plate Restaurant Company prepares a Brazillian grilled skirt steak

Seasoning Classic Grilled Foods   Back To Top

Classics foods like steak and chicken are great on the grill, but it's the seasoning that can really kick things up a notch. Eli Wollenzien, owner of Coalition in Excelsior, is here to teach us the right way to season the classics.

Summer Dinner with the Olive Grove   Back To Top

We’re in the middle of summer and it’s time to put together a classic hot weather dinner.  Owner of The Olive Grove in Mendota Heights, Natalie Jaeger, shows us how to make Baby Back Ribs, Cabbage Slaw and Strawberry Shortcake.

Red White & Basil Burger   Back To Top

Turn off the oven to help keep inside cool and enjoy a classic grilled burger that is kicked up a notch by a can of tomatoes.  Creator of Dining with Alice, Alice Seuffert, show us how to make the award winning Red White & Basil Burger using Red Gold Ingredients.

Great Bowls of Food   Back To Top

Bowls are a big trend in the foodie world right now and there are so many ways you can make them.  Cookbook author, Robin Asbell, put all the different ways in her newest cookbook: Great Bowls of Food.  She stops by TCL to show us how to make a pizza bowl, quinoa bowl, broth bowl and breakfast bowl!

Picking The Perfect Cut of Meat   Back To Top

The beef counter at your local shop can be a bit overwhelming. But not if you know exactly what you should pick up! We get expert advice from our friends at the Minnesota Beef Council!

Chicken & Waffles   Back To Top

Chicken and waffles is a classic southern dish that you don’t see too often in the Twin Cities.  The Girvan Grille in Brooklyn Park serves up this dish.  Chef Jason Libel shows us how they do it.

Cooking with Oysters from Louisiana   Back To Top

When the Louisiana Travel and Seafood board offered to send us a husband-and-wife team of chefs straight from their restaurant in New Orleans to cook oysters in our kitchen, we jumped at the chance!

Grilled Cheesesteak Pizza   Back To Top

School is out for the summer and kids have a lot of time on their hands and their hungry!  Head out to grill for a pizza party.  Creator of Dining with Alice, Alice Seuffert, show us a Grilled Cheesesteak Pizza recipe using Red Gold ingredients.

Cooking w/ Celebrity Chef Amanda Freitag   Back To Top

Celebrity Chef Amanda Freitag stops by the Twin Cities Live kitchen to show us how to make Pork on Pork chops! Plus, she tells us how she got in the culinary world and what it is like to be a judge on Food Network’s “Chopped”.  

Cold Summer Soups   Back To Top

We’re celebrating a super summer with cold summer soup ideas!  Owner of the Golden Fig in Saint Paul, Laurie Crowell, shows us 3 soup recipes perfect for the dog days of summer: Cucumber Dill Soup, Grilled Strawberry Balsamic Soup and Chilled Avocado Soup.

T-Bone Steaks Back To Top

As the weather warms up, everyone is itching to get outside to experience the thrill of the grill with beef especially with Father’s Day just ahead. As summer grilling heats up, the Minnesota Beef Council wants to share a beef recipe for Father’s Day.  The T-Bone steak is the most popular cut of beef for Father’s Day. 

Recipe with MATTER Box   Back To Top

MATTER is just one of the non-profits that we’re raising money for through Summer Harvest for Kids!  MATTER, a Minneapolis based organization that uses materials that normally go to waste and it into people hands that need it. Food blogger, Diane Fluin creates a recipe using the ingredients from the MATTER box.

Cooking with Beer   Back To Top

Here in Minnesota the craft beer scene is booming!  Chef Mike Engel from Grand Casino says don’t just drink your locally brewed beer cook with it too.  He stops by the TCL kitchen to give us the 4-1-1 on local beer plus all the new renovations happening at Grand Casino including a new local beer bar!

Easy Graduation Party Ideas   Back To Top

When you put all the hard work into throwing a grad party you want to enjoy it.  Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell, shares three recipes for your party so you’re not stuck in the kitchen.  A Grilled Citrus Chicken salad, Strawberry Melon salad and Lavender Berry Lemonade are make a head recipes to keep you out of the kitchen.

Taste the Trend: Ham & Cheese Chicken Roll-up   Back To Top

Once a month, recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller, tackles a recipe that has gone viral on social media.  This month she’s testing a “Ham & Cheese Roll-up” recipe.  She gives this a 3 out of 5 wooden spoons but shows us why owning a meat mallet is so important when cooking chicken.

Lettuce Free Summer Salads   Back To Top

The unofficial start to summer is here and that means salad season!  Host of Cooking for Dad’s, Rob Barrett, is here showing off three summer salads, no lettuce included.  

Southwest Quinoa Salad   Back To Top

An quick make-ahead salad for your Memorial Day potluck using Red Gold Tomatoes.  Creator of Dining with Alice stops by to show us how to make it and why using a rice cooker is the easiest way to make quinoa.

3 Creative Chopped Salads   Back To Top

It’s the season of the salad and Co-owner of Kafe 421 and creator of A Pinch of Lemon, Antigoni Sander, shows us why it’s so important to let your salt and sweet ingredients sit before adding oil to the dressing.  She shares recipes for a Tex Mex Chicken Chopped Salad, a Minnesota Chopped Salad, Upper West Side Chopped Salad.   

Cooking with Champagne   Back To Top

St. Paul Grill Executive Chef George Snyder shares a recipe for chicken in a mushroom champagne cream sauce!

2016 SPAM® Recipe Contest   Back To Top

Our very own Alice Seuffert, creator of Dining with Alice, got to check out the 2016 SPAM® Jam in Hawaii.  She stops by the TCL kitchen to make the winning recipe and tell us about her trip.

Loaded Baked Potato Casserole   Back To Top

One of our favorite cooking guest is getting some national attention in the Food Network Magazine!  The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten, had her Loaded Baked Potato Casserole in the magazine and shares it with us in the TCL Kitchen. 

Cooking w/ Asparagus   Back To Top

It’s asparagus season!  This spring veggie is one of the first to be ready to eat in the spring and owner of Coalition, Eli Wollenzein, show us two different recipes to make with asparagus. 

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo   Back To Top

Raise your class for Cinco de Mayo as we celebrate this Holiday with the owner of Acapulco, Sam Leon.  He shows us how to make Al Pastor Tacos plus tells us about a margarita contest happening on Saturday to benefit the United Way. 

Taste The Trend: Ham & Cheese Fry-tata   Back To Top

Every month, recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller, tackles a recipe that has gone viral on social media.  This month she’s testing “Ham & Cheese Fry-tata”.  She give this 2 out 5 wooden spoons and gives her suggestions on some variations!

"Ten, Ten, in Ten" Cooking Challenge   Back To Top

We gave TCL regulars Mary Jane Miller, Laurie Crowell, and Rob Barrett 10 kitchen tools, 10 ingredients, and 10 minutes from start to finish, to make a meal. The results of our "Ten, Ten, in Ten" Cooking Competition are wild! 

Potluck Club: Greek Quinoa Salad   Back To Top

Our Potluck Club at Inspiration Design Center continues with Hayley from Burnsville who is bringing a gluten free option inspired by her daughter to  the party, Greek Quinoa Salad.

Red Gold’s Cheesy Pizza Soup   Back To Top

Red Gold has taken a family favorite, pizza, and has turned into an easy weeknight soup recipe.  Yes, you read that right, soup! It’s the perfect solution for an easy, fun and nutritious weeknight meal for the family.  Creator of Dining with Alice, Alice Seuffert shares the recipe in the TCL kitchen.

Ramp Pesto Pasta w/ Shrimp   Back To Top

The first sign of spring is here, ramps are sprouting up around the Twin Cities.  This culinary delicacy has a short season that many chefs take advantage of.  Private Chef, Justin Davis, shows us how to make a ramp pesto and pairs it with pasta and shrimp.

Grilled Asparagus and Tenderloin Salad   Back To Top

It’s time to pull the grill out of storage and start enjoying the sunshine.  Executive Chef from St. Paul Grill and this year’s Beef Baker Award winner, George Snyder, shares one of their post popular menu items perfect to make on a beautiful spring night.

Baseball Inspired Meal   Back To Top

We challenged TCL Regular and Cooking for Dads YouTube host Rob Barrett to create a baseball-themed meal for your favorite little leaguer.

Brunch Around the World   Back To Top

Eli Wollenzein, owner of Coalition in Excelsior, shows us recipes from around the world for yummy brunch ideas. 

Halibut & Spring Salad   Back To Top

Spring is here and it’s time to make a simple dinner that won’t take up a lot of your night.  Here’s the best part, it’s so easy to make the non-cook in your life can make it.  Private Chef, Justin Davis, stops by with the recipe and some do’s and don’ts to cooking with fish.