Main Dishes

Spaghetti Squash with Creamy Squash Sauce  

Mary Blissenbach from St. Cloud submitted her recipe for the Twin Cities Live Potluck Club for a chance to cook with Elizabeth at Inspiration Design Center

Patti’s Over the Rainbow Mac & Cheese

This is our most requested recipe.  Elizabeth prepares this version of macaroni and cheese every Thanksgiving.

Gourmet Ground Beef

Ground beef is versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes, from one-skillet or one-pot meals to ethnic cuisine.  Chef Jim Kyndberg from Firelake in downtown Minneapolis is taking ground beef gourmet with his Bolognese sauce and Beef Picadillo-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Game Day Recipes with Rob  

Whether or not you’ll be cheering for the Vikings or Packers during this weekend’s big game, you know what really matters if the game day food. Cooking for Dad’s Host, Rob Barrett stopped by with 2 simple recipes that will satisfy even the biggest football fan.

Red Gold Texas Hash  

Time for dinner to get a bit of a makeover with Texas Hash - and don’t get the dishes out - you can eat these right out of the homemade wonton cups.  TCL Kitchen Star, Alice Seuffert shows us how it’s done!

Pie Five  

Pie Five is new to the Twin Cities and celebrates everyone’s individual pizza tastes!  You can create custom personal pizzas with high quality ingredients in just minutes!   Check them out at their Eden Prairie and Woodbury locations.

Fall Dinner Ideas  

Fall season means eating dinner in the dark, unfortunately.  It’s time to try out some new fall recipes to wake up those tired dinner ideas.  Owner of The Olive Grove, Natalie Jaeger, jazzes up pork chops, chicken, and Brussels sprouts. 

Seared Scallops with Summer Risotto   Back To Top

Having to prepare dinner for a group can be stressful.  Executive Chef from CRAVE in Woodbury, Heather VanHorn, is taking the stress out of it for you with a recipe that will impress them all.

Comfort Food   Back To Top

The Corporate Vice President of Food and Beverage at Grand Casino, Michael Engel, stops by the TCL kitchen with a spin on corned beef and cabbage and details about a free buffet for veterans.

Chili Season   Back To Top

Secret ingredients and award-winning recipes – chili certainly has a way of uniting people around a warm bowl of goodness. How you like your chili is another story. Some people like it chunky while others prefer something with more broth. Many like beans in the mix, but some purists stick to beef only. Whatever tickles your chili fancy the Minnesota Beef Council has tips to help!

Pumpkin Recipes   Back To Top

You know its fall when you find all the pumpkin flavors in the stores and restaurants.  Cooking mom, Amy Hanton shares some recipes that will give you the pumpkin flavor for starting and ending your days!

Potluck Club: Pulled Pork Tacos   Back To Top

The Twin Cities Live kicks off our Potluck Club!  Elizabeth heads to Inspiration Design Center in Burnsville to show us around and to cook up one of her favorite slow cooker recipes.

Quinoa Bowls   Back To Top

Cooking for Dads host Rob Barrett says there is an easy way to prepare your days meals.  It’s as easy as cooking up a large pot of quinoa!  He shows us what you can do with it and prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert! 

Greek Meat Loaf   Back To Top

Antigoni Sander McCloud, co-owner of Kafe 421 and author of A Pinch of Lemon puts a Greek spin on the classic meatloaf!

15 Minute One Pan Meals   Back To Top

Cooking instructor, Donna Nowicki, says you don’t have to go any further than your kitchen pantry for dinner ideas. Plus it will only take you about fifteen minutes to make it!

Midwest Dairy   Back To Top

Skyview Dairy in Hutchinson, Minnesota started way back in the late 1960’s.  That is when the father of the current owner, Garrett Luthens, bought the farm. At that time there were only six cows at the farm.

Tailgating with Beef   Back To Top

Alice Seuffert of Dining with Alice has you covered with the best beef dishes to bring to your next tailgating event.

Muffin Tin Frittatas   Back To Top

Elizabeth got a big response to a picture of her egg breakfast made in a muffin tin. So we asked cookbook writer Mary Jane Miller to share her recipe for Muffin Tin Frittatas. 

12 Days of Grilling: Juicy Lucy   Back To Top

We wrap up our 12 Days of Grilling brought to you by the Minnesota Beef Council  with the classic Juicy Lucy.  Aaron Frank, The chef of the 5-8 Club, prepares his Bacon and Cream Cheese version. 

12 Days of Grilling: Grinding Beef   Back To Top

Many restaurants in the Twin Cities make delicious burgers by grinding their own beef.  Doing it at a restaurant is one thing but you might think it’s a chore to do at home.  Gianni’s Steakhouse in Wayzata shows us how it’s really easier than you think and will really kick up your burgers a notch! Click here for information.

Blender Recipes with Olive Oil   Back To Top

Summer is not over yet! Natalie Jaeger, owner of The Olive Grove Olive Oil, shows us how to make some delicious recipes without even turning on the stove.

12 Days of Grilling: Sliders   Back To Top

Alice Seuffert of Dining with Alice says sliders can be family-friendly and fun for both kids and adults!

12 Days of Grilling: Caprese Burgers   Back To Top

Laurie Crowell, owner of Golden Fig in St. Paul takes a favorite salad and creates a burger from it!

12 Days of Grilling: Surf & Turf   Back To Top

Chef Jim Kyndberg from FireLake Restaurant in downtown Minneapolis puts together two favorites for a Surf & Turf burger.  You can try the Surf & Turf burger through this weekend at FireLake.

12 Days of Grilling: Burger Toppings   Back To Top

Chef Eli Renn from Gold Nugget Tavern and Grill is focusing on the topping for your burger.  We aren’t talking about the regular old lettuce and tomatoes either.  Besides grilling the burger, Chef Eli says use the grill for your toppings too. 

12 Days of Grilling: Patty Melts   Back To Top

Ground beef plus cheese between two pieces of bread = the patty melt!  Chef and owner of Coalition, Eli Wollenzein, changes up the classic burger.

Linguine Aglio & Oglio Positano Con Gamberetti   Back To Top

Chef Angelo Montes was born in Sicily and worked his way through restaurant kitchens in Italy.  He brought his culinary skills with him when he opened Sole Mio Ristorante in Woodbury.  He shares a recipe for shrimp linguine that you can make at home in just 12 minutes. 

12 Days of Grilling: Burgers 101   Back To Top

The chef from Peppers and Fries is bringing us back to the basics when it comes to making a good burger.

12 Days of Grilling: Restaurant Quality Burgers   Back To Top

There is just something special about your favorite burger joint that keeps you coming back.  Doug Preston from My Burger shares some secrets that you can do at home to get a restaurant quality hamburger.

12 Days of Grilling: Burger Bar   Back To Top

If you have a big crowd to feed but don’t want to be stuck at the grill, Cooking for Dads host Rob Barrett, has the answer.  In our 12 Days of Grilling brought to you by Minnesota Beef Council, Rob shows us how to put on a burger bar!

12 Days of Grilling: Paddy Shack   Back To Top

Chef Jack from Paddy Shack created the Bulgogi Burger for 12 Days of Grilling brought to us by Minnesota Beef Council.  Stop into the Paddy Shack before Friday, August 21st to try the creation.  Or you can make your own at home! 

From the Garden to the Table   Back To Top

TCL’s Luckiest Cook winner, Patty Morrissey, is back in the kitchen putting dinner on the table – straight from the garden.

Poppy Cashew Chicken Salad Back To Top

TCL Kitchen Star Alice Seuffert shares her recipe for a favorite chicken salad.

Cold Soups   Back To Top

When you think of soup, images of a hot soup on a cold day come to mind.  Summer time doesn’t mean you don’t eat soup.  It means you eat them cold!  Eli Wollenzien, owner of Coalition, shows us a few soups that are actually meant to be cold!

Burgers for Memorial Day   Back To Top

It’s officially the beginning of grilling season!  Fire up the grills but let’s kick those burger up a notch!  Owner of The Olive Grove, Natalie Jaeger, says it’s all in the olive oil with her Rosemary Smoked Burger and Southwest Burger

Beef Tenderloin Dinners   Back To Top

You can put a beef tenderloin dinner on the table in less than 15 minutes.  Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell, shows us two ways to prepare it! 

Shred Diet Cookbook   Back To Top

Dr. Ian Smith is a health and fitness expert that has appeared on shows like Celebrity Fit Club, The Doctors, Oprah Winfrey, and The View.  He’s the mastermind behind Shred the Revolutionary Diet. 

Date Night Meals   Back To Top

It’s always fun to go out to dinner with your sweetie.  It also can be pretty romantic to stay in and make a date-night meal too.  Personal chef and creator of A Simple Kitchen, Sarah Lang, creates a three course menu that will sure to impress your sweetheart.  

Cinco de Mayo Celebration Menu   Back To Top

The Mexican culture is celebrated on this day every year.  Stephany Wieland, creator of Making it with Stephany, has recipes for you to celebrate at home. 

Lisa Lillien: Hungry Girl Diet   Back To Top

Author of The Hungry Girl Diet, Lisa Lillien, proclaims herself to be a “Foodologist.”  Not because she has some kind of fancy degree, but simply because she loves food! 

TCL’s Luckiest Cook: Beer-Braised Irish Pot Roast   Back To Top

The ladies have taken their turn at taking the title of TCL’s Luckiest Cook.  The last finalist up for the title is Nate Midolo.  He is hoping that his recipe for FINNEGANS Beer-Braised Irish Pot Roast with Caramelized Onions will be the one to give him the title and the trip to Ireland, courtesy of Trafalgar and AAA Minneapolis.

TCL’s Luckiest Cook: Wild Wandering Irishman Soup   Back To Top

Patty Morrissey from Apple Valley is making her Wild Wandering Irishman Soup using FINNEGANS Blonde Ale.  She’s hoping she’ll become TCL’s Luckiest Cook and win the trip to Ireland courtesy of Trafalgar and AAA Minneapolis.

TCL’s Luckiest Cook: FINNEGANS Paddy Cakes   Back To Top

The first of our four lucky finalists is competing for her chance to be TCL’s Luckiest Cook and win a trip to Ireland courtesy of Trafalgar and AAA Minneapolis.  Meg Hillary from Eden Prairie tries her luck with her FINNEGANS Paddy Cakes.

Cauliflower Recipes   Back To Top

Named one of the trendiest veggies of 2015, Cauliflower is having a big year!  Kafe 421’s co-owner, Antigoni Sander McCloud, shows us some fun ways to cook with cauliflower.

Workout Nutrition   Back To Top

Rasa Troupe knows the importance of taking care of her body through nutrition.  This former athlete ran track and field in the 2008 Olympics, representing Lithuania.  Rasa decided to become a registered dietitian to help others learn about nutrition.

Slow Cooker Ideas   Back To Top

The slow cooker was invented in 1936 and has been a staple in kitchens since.  It’s used quite often in the winter for those comfort foods.  Natalie Jaeger, owner of The Olive Grove, shares some recipes that are perfect for springtime in the slow cooker.

Leftover Easter Ham Recipes   Back To Top

If you still have some of that Easter ham left over, there is more to do with it than just plain old ham sandwiches.  Amanda Paa, author of the cook book, Smitten with Squash, and of the blog, Heartbeet Kitchen, has some creative recipes to use that ham in.

Cooking with FINNEGANS Beer   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live is looking for our “Luckiest Cook”!  TCL’s Luckiest Cook will win a trip for two to Ireland, courtesy of AAA Minneapolis and Trafalgar!  All you need to do is create an original recipe that includes FINNEGANS Amber or Blonde beer.     

Easter Brunch   Back To Top

Brunch is a favorite meal to serve at Easter.  The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten, has some easy recipes that will wow a crowd.

Jazzing Up Leftovers   Back To Top

Nobody likes to waste food, but sometimes you can get bored with the leftovers.  Cooking for Dads host, Rob Barrett, shows us some easy ways to “jazz up” the leftovers for a whole new meal.  The key to jazzing up leftovers is to add one easy new element to them.