Main Dishes

Baked Ziti Arrabbiata  

Dana Cowin, the Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine Magazine, shares a recipe for Baked Ziti Arrabbiata from her cookbook, "Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen."

Fall Soups  

As soon as the temperatures drop, that’s the time that people start making their homemade soups.  Personal Chef Sarah Lang shares some of her favorite fall soup recipes.

Chili Recipes  

Homemade chili just gets better the days after you first make it.  Instead of just putting a bowl in the microwave, Antigoni Sander McCloud from Kafe 421, has some other creative ways to use the leftover chili.       

Nachos for Dinner  

Usually chips covered in cheese and jalapenos, the nachos are getting a boost!  Golden Fig’s Laurie Crowell turns the yummy snack food into a healthy, balanced dinner. 

Festive Fall Dinner  

One of our favorite ways of entertaining usually involves guests offering to bring something. The Oilerie invited Elizabeth to bring one of her favorite salads, and Mecca with the Oilerie St Paul prepared a wonderful fall feast that’s perfect for entertaining friends.

Italian Balsamic Roast Chicken and Potatoes

Laying fresh, dried and infused herbs in this dish is the trick to boosting flavors.

Fun & Easy Halloween Recipes  

Getting the kids to eat anything but candy on Halloween night can be difficult.  Cooking Mom Amy Hanten says she has a quick meal idea that keeps in the Halloween spirit.

Pork Tenderloin with White Balsamic Vinegar   Back To Top

TCL Kitchen Star, Alice Seuffert, shows us how mushroom soup can be used for a fancy (and easy) pork tenderloin dinner.  Although it isn't what you might think.

Cheese Stuffed Meatball with Chunky Tomato Sauce   Back To Top

Sarah Lang is a Minnesota Chef who walked away with the grand prize on the show Pressure Cooker on the FYI Network.  The show pits a professional chef and an amateur chef against each other on the streets of an unknown city to recreate their food staples.

Thai Food   Back To Top

When you feel like eating Thai food, that usually means you head to the restaurant.  Cookbook author, Robin Asbell, says you can make it at home and it’s easy to do.   

Rob’s Stuffed Popovers   Back To Top

Popovers are a light, hollow roll made from an egg batter, usually topped with honey or jam.  Cooking for Dads host, Rob Barrett, takes it up a notch and stuffs it with bacon and cheese instead.  

Alessi Products: Easy Dinners   Back To Top

Spaghetti is an easy go-to for weeknight dinners.  Making the pasta and warming up the sauce is quick but it can get boring too.  Alessi products kick it up a notch for a fancy alternative that takes only 30 minutes to make.  TCL Kitchen Star, Alice Seuffert shares her easy recipe. 

Soup & Toppers   Back To Top

Soup is a staple in Minnesotan households.  Chef and owner of Coalition Restaurant, Eli Wollenzien, shows us ways to jazz up the soups with different toppers.  Plus we get some recipes for some of Eli’s favorite soups. 

Meals in Bowls   Back To Top

Cookbook Writer, Mary Jane Miller, has a couple of recipes for serving up a delicious, healthy, nutritious dinner – all in one bowl.

Panini and Gnocchi Dishes   Back To Top

Owner of the Maple Grove Oilerie, Terri Chaffer, shows us how to make easy Panini and gnocchi dishes using products from the Oilerie.  Proving, once again, that homemade week night meals don’t have to be challenging. 

King Crab & Cheese Curd Po’ Boy   Back To Top

On Day four of our Big Cheese Chef Challenge, co-owner of Smack Shack, Josh Thoma, steps up.  He thinks his creation using Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery’s cheese curds has what it takes to walk away with the title.

Zucchini Recipes   Back To Top

Got zucchini?  Most of us do.   It's everywhere! Farmers markets, road side stands, and lots of friends and neighbors begging you to take extra from their gardens! Amy Hanten, the Cooking Mom, is here to zucchini rescue!

Cheese Curd Quesadillas   Back To Top

Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery teamed up with us to challenge chefs in the Twin Cities to use their cheese curds in a whole new way.  They are coming up with their best creations in the hopes of walking away with the title, “The Big Cheese!”  Chef  Mauricio  from Rosa Mexicano thinks he has the title in the bag with his variations of the quesadillas. 

Fast Gourmet Breakfast Ideas   Back To Top

Grabbing a quick breakfast, for many, usually means grabbing a bowl of cereal.  Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell, says you can still have a gourmet style breakfast, quickly.  Laurie shares some recipes for some pretty fancy breakfasts that you can make really fast.

Harry’s Café Chicken Florentine   Back To Top

After spending the evening at Harry’s Café, Elizabeth loved the Chicken Florentine they served so much she talked Harry into sharing the secrets to making it at home.  Harry even gave her the scoop of the perfect wine to pair with it.  

Apple Recipes   Back To Top

It’s apple picking season!  There are so many more ways to use apples than just biting into it.  To prove it, chef and cook book author Robin Asbell, gives us some recipes for making dinner apples!  

Crock Pot Recipes   Back To Top

Are you ready for some football?  Get your crock pots ready for some game day snacks!  Co-owner of Kafe 421, Antigoni Sander McCloud, has some crock pot recipes for game day.

On-A-Stick Chef Challenge Finals   Back To Top

Two TCL regulars round out our On-A-Stick Challenge.  Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell, is putting her Elvis Twinkie up against TCL’s Kitchen Star Alice Seuffert’s Chili-On-A-Stick.  Both are hoping they can take the first place prize away from the Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie Bites made by baker and auther, Amanda Rettke.

China on a Chop Stick   Back To Top

Cooking for Dads host, Rob Barrett, steps up for his chance in our On-A-Stick Chef’s Challenge.

12 Days of Grilling: Kabobs   Back To Top

It’s the final day of our 12 Days of Grilling brought to us by the Minnesota Beef Council.  The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten, wraps it up with kabobs – from the appetizer to the dessert – all on the grill!

Fresh Meals with The Oilerie   Back To Top

One of the best things about this time of year is all of the fresh produce available from gardens, at the Farmers Markets, and in the grocery stores.  Professional cook and food writer, Mecca Boss, stocked the kitchen full of fresh produce and ingredients from The Oilerie to make an easy weeknight dinner.

Shrimp Tacos with Avocado-Corn Salsa Recipe Back To Top

One of the best things about this time of year is all of the fresh produce available from gardens, at the Farmers Markets, and in the grocery stores.  Professional cook and food writer, Mecca Boss, stocked the kitchen full of fresh produce and ingredients from The Oilerie to make an easy weeknight dinner.

12 Days of Grilling: Grilled Meatballs   Back To Top

It’s day eleven of our 12 Days of Grilling brought to us by the Minnesota Beef Council.  Host of the Weekly Dish on myTalk 107.1, Stephanie Hansen, is here grilling up something you might not think to put on the grill – meatballs!

12 Days of Grilling: Stuffed Steaks   Back To Top

TCL Kitchen Star Alice Seuffert gets pretty creative with her recipes – and it’s no different with steak.  She prepares a Stuffed Steak on the grill on day ten of our 12 Days of Grilling brought to us by the Minnesota Beef Council.

12 Days of Grilling: Spicy Mexican Hotdogs   Back To Top

We’ve seen a lot of steaks get grilled up in a variety of different ways – in our 12 Days of Grilling brought to us by the Minnesota Beef Council.  Author and food blogger, Amanda Paa, is changing it up a bit and using an old grilling favorite – the all beef hot dog!

12 Days of Grilling: Steak & Pear Salad   Back To Top

If anyone can grill a good steak, we think it would be our Cooking for Dads host, Rob Barrett.  He proves us right – plus shows us how to add some fruit on the grill – in our 12 Days of Grilling brought to us by the Minnesota Beef Council

12 Days of Grilling: Over Open Fire   Back To Top

Cookbook Contributor Mary Jane Miller shows us how to grill over an open flame on day seven of our 12 Days of Grilling brought to us by the Minnesota Beef Council.  Mary Jane uses some cuts of beefs that you might not be real familiar with.

12 Days of Grilling: Beef Fajitas   Back To Top

It’s day six of our 12 Days of Grilling brought to us by the Minnesota Beef Council.  Kirsten Shabaz is grilling up fajitas that you can use the leftovers for breakfast!

12 Days of Grilling: Beef Tenderloin   Back To Top

Chef John Schiltz from Lake Elmo Inn helps us out on day five of our 12 Days of Grilling brought to us by the Minnesota Beef Council.  Chef John shows us how to grill a Beef Tenderloin up right.

12 days of Grilling: A Perfect Steak & Compound Butter   Back To Top

Day four of our 12 Days of Grilling brought to us by the Minnesota Beef Council  not only shows us how to grill the perfect steak but also how to whip up some compound butter.  Steve gets a lesson from Chef Chris DeKoster from Hog-n-The Road

Fresh Summer Salad Back To Top

Kowalski Market’s Culinary Director, Rachael Perron, prepares a fresh summer salad.

12 Days of Grilling: Salt & Pepper Flat Iron Steaks   Back To Top

It’s day three of our 12 Days of Grilling brought to us by the Minnesota Beef Council!  Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig prepares a Salt & Pepper Flat Iron steak that will be a favorite off the grill.

Pimento Cheese   Back To Top

It’s known as “the Caviar of the South” and Minnesotan’s are starting to love it too.  Pimento cheese is a cheese spread that can be used for more than just sandwiches.  Kafe 421’s Antigoni Sander McCloud shares a few recipes.

12 Days of Grilling: Juicy Lucy   Back To Top

12 Days of Grilling brought to us by the Minnesota Beef Council continues!  Raphael Looney from The Nook in St. Paul has Steve experiencing a Juicy Lucy for the first time – and they teach us how you can make it at home!

12 Days of Grilling: Grilled Beef Panzanella   Back To Top

The Minnesota Beef Council brings us the 12 Days of Grilling!  Gianni’s Steakhouse knows a thing or two about beef.  Emily checks out a recipe that she thinks you’ll want to add to your backyard barbeque. 

Meatless Mondays: Sweet Corn   Back To Top

It’s sweet corn season and you can find it everywhere!  Chef and cookbook author, Robin Asbell,  shows there are more ways to make it than just boiling or grilling it.

Breakfast Egg Sandwich   Back To Top

Elizabeth feels – very strongly – that the egg sandwich is way underrated!  Laurie Crowell with Golden Fig agrees so she came up with a few ways that takes the egg sandwich and kicks it up a few notches! 

Korean Pork Ribs   Back To Top

The 9th Annual Minnesota Garlic Fest is next Saturday, August 9th, and cookbook author Mary Jane Miller is busy getting ready for it!  Mary Jane shows us a recipe for Korean Pork Ribs.  She says the sauce is similar to the more traditional Korean Kalbi, which is made with beef ribs.  These flavors taste great on pork. 

10 Minute Pasta Sauce   Back To Top

Spaghetti during the week usually involves using a jarred pasta sauce.  Making a homemade sauce can take hours to make so it’s typically not a quick easy dinner idea.  Cooking for Dads host Rob Barrett is here to change that!  He has a recipe for spaghetti sauce that will only take  you ten minutes to make! 

The Great Midwest Rib Fest   Back To Top

Mystic Lake Casino will be hosting the Great Midwest Rib Fest this weekend.  Eight of the top national rib cookers will compete to see who makes the best ribs.  Steve Vaughn from Texas Outlaw BBQ is confident his ribs will take the prize!

Breakfast Ideas with St. Paul Farmers Market   Back To Top

The St. Paul Farmers Market is the perfect place to go for fresh produce.  Laurie Crowell, owner of Golden Fig and a vendor at the Farmers Market, takes us shopping for some fresh breakfast ideas to make on the grill. 

Bisquick Pizza Waffles   Back To Top

TCL Kitchen Star, Alice Seuffert, created a recipe last year that ended up winning her second place in the Bisquick competition at the Minnesota State Fair.

Creative Burger Ideas with The Oilerie   Back To Top

If you are getting a little bored of the same old burgers off the grill this summer, The Oilerie has some creative ways to change things up.  Terri Chaffer of the Maple Grove Oilerie shows us how easy it is to wake up your taste buds.

Fresh and Fiery Tilapia Taco   Back To Top

Chef Jamie Malone has been named one of Food and Wine’s top ten best new chefs in America, has a Sustainability Award for her work at Sea Change in Minneapolis, and was a semifinalist for a James Beard Award (which is like the Grammy’s for chefs!)  Let’s just say she knows a thing or two about cooking and she proves it with her Fresh and Fiery Tilapia Taco!  

Creative Pasta Salads   Back To Top

You may find several different options of pasta salads at any of the pot-luck gatherings you go to this summer.  Our kitchen star, Alice Seuffert, has three salads that you can probably count on being unique options.