Main Dishes

St Paul Grill Crab Cakes with Tarragon Aioli  

Chef Rick Frazier from the St. Paul Grill shows us one of his favorite recipes.

Sausage Gorgonzola Pasta Bake  

The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten says this is her favorite pasta bake and people go crazy over it.  

Chorizo Verde Tacos  

Alcapulco Restaurant has teamed up with Lift Bridge Brewery to serve an exclusive beer and some tasty tacos.  Acapulco’s, Bernice Reyes, prepares Chorizo Verde Tacos to go along with Lift Bridge’s El Viaje beer.     

Shake it to Make it: Gold'n Plump Chicken Shakers  

If you're looking for a meal that is easy to make, you can try these ideas from Jimmy Shaker!

All Things Pork with Cochon555  

On Sunday, February 19, five Twin Cities chefs will each receive an entire pig with the challenge to feed 500 people six different dishes. One of the competitors, J.D. Fratzke from The Strip Club Meat & Fish, stopped by with a preview along with tips for cooking pork.

Bull Bites  

On February 28, you can join the Minnesota Beef Council for a special event at Bent Brewstillery pairing beef and brews. The Culinary Director for Bonfire’s, Kevin Petroske, stopped by to share their recipe for Bull Bites and Brisket Sliders.

Three Course Weeknight Steakhouse Dinner For Two  

If you don’t want to go out to eat on Valentine’s Day, that’s ok! Antigoni Sander is here to show you how to bring the romantic dinner scene to the comfort of your own home.

"El Diablito" Shredded Chicken and Vegetable Stew   Back To Top

Amalia Moreno-Damgaard is an award-winning and bestselling author. She was born and raised in Guatemala City but we're lucky she calls the Twin Cities her home. She stopped by to share her recipe for "El Diablito" Shredded Chicken and Vegetable Stew.

Baked Gnocchi with Cream Pomodoro Sauce   Back To Top

Creator of Dining with Alice, Alice Seuffert, creates a dumpling version of Gnocchi using Red Gold Tomatoes.

Steak and Rice with Peanut Sauce   Back To Top

One survey says on average we spend 35 hours a year looking at the refrigerator. That's why having a stash of homemade freezer meals on hand not only saves you time, but also money.  Cooking with Dads host Rob Barrett explains his favorite lunch that you can freeze.

The Ultimate Super Bowl Spread   Back To Top

The cooking mom, Amy Hanten -- is here to show us her favorite super bowl snacks.

Mandy’s Farrell’s Fitness Challenge: Week 3   Back To Top

TCL Executive Producer Mandy Tadych is 3 weeks into the Farrell’s 10-Week Fitness Challenge.  She checks in to share some of the things she is doing to stay on track.   Farrell’s co-owner and head coach Krista Berbig joins her with some easy ways to “eat clean”.    Including a super simple Mexican chicken.  All you need is 1 can of diced tomatoes & green chilies, 1 packet of taco seasoning (look for one with no added sugar) and 3-4 frozen chicken breasts.  Cook for no more than 6 hours in the crockpot and serve on whole grain tortillas, over brown rice or quinoa or over mixed greens.

Blender Recipes   Back To Top

Get ready to bust out your blender! From smoothies, milkshakes, frosty cocktails there are plenty of tasty recipes you can make in a blast. Robin Asbell is a chef, Instructor and author of a new book called 300 best blender recipes using your Vitamix.

Roast Pork Loin with Thyme and Parsley and Butternut Squash   Back To Top

Deciding what to make for dinner isn't always an easy task! But if you're in the mood for healthy protein and vegetables, it might be time to shake up your chicken and pork chop routine.

Southwest Chicken Chili   Back To Top

This Southwest Chicken Cili from Red Gold Tomatoes is a fun twist on the classic chili recipe. With the southwest spices, canellini beans, and corn, it satisfies without feeling too heavy.  Better yet, the chili is ready in 30 minutes! Fun, fast, and satisfying - there is not better kind of meal.  Creator of Dining with Alice, Alice Seuffert, shows us how easy it is.

Fix My Food: Zoodles with Meatballs in a Rustic Tomato Sauce   Back To Top

There's nothing like a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs when you're looking for delicious comfort food.  But in honor of the New Year, we’re ditching those calories and carbs with a lightened up version of this classic with the  help of Chef Mary Jane Miller.

Healthy Quinoa Stir Fry   Back To Top

This week on TCL we are bulldozing away those extra calories, carbs and fat in a series called "fix my food" to help you have a healthier start in 2017. TCL contributor, Rob Barrett made guilt free sizzling stir fry by swapping out rice for quinoa.

Fix My Food: Healthy Pizza Margherita   Back To Top

We're fixing unhealthy recipes all this week. In this recipe, we ditch the dough and use a vegetable as a flatbread pizza crust. Nutritionist and exercise expert, Maria Emmerich starts us off with a flatbread pizza recipe that has a unique crust.

Just Leave It Beef and Wine   Back To Top

Imagine opening up your home to guests for the holidays...that's a lot of cleaning and cooking! Although hosting a holiday party might take your stress level from 0 to 60 we have the solution that will calm your nerves. The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten, shares tips and recipes to avoid stress.

Pot Roast Brunch Ideas   Back To Top

Putting a pot roast into the slow cooker is easy enough.  Toss one in there in the morning and by dinner it’s ready to go!  The leftovers make for a tasty breakfast too.  Registered Dietitian from Coborns Delivers, Emily Parent, shows us a few different recipes.

Duck Burger Sliders   Back To Top

TCL's Wine Guy, Haskell's Ted Farrell, is a man with many talents. Not only does he have a wealth of knowledge about wine, he knows his way around the kitchen, too. He shares his own recipe for duck burger sliders along with a couple wines that pair well with wild game.

Rustic Italian Chicken   Back To Top

Family schedules are busy enough as it is, but add in the holiday hustle and bustle, and finding time to prepare a fresh meal that tastes great is a challenge to say the least! That’s where you put your slow cooker to work!  Creator of Dining with Alice, Alice Seuffert uses hers to prepare a Rustic Italian Chicken recipe from Red Gold Tomatoes.  

Raghavan Iyer’s Potato Lasagna   Back To Top

Minneapolis chef Raghavan Iyer is an award-winning recipe developer. The 2016 James Beard Award winning cookbook author was featured in the New York Times, Weight Watchers Magazine, and Fine Cooking. He’s back in the TCL kitchen to chat about his latest cookbook, “Smashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked – And Fried, Too!” and share a recipe for Italian Potato Lasagna.

Baked Cranberry Orange Oatmeal and Cranberry Orange Bread   Back To Top

The Cooking Mom Amy Hanten knows how to feed a crowd of guests staying at your home over the holidays. She shares her recipes for baked cranberry orange oatmeal and cranberry orange bread.

Grandma Bessie's Pancakes Back To Top

Steve tries his hand at making pancakes!

Crowd Pleasing Beef   Back To Top

Serving beef to a crowd can be tricky.  Uncle Frank likes his holiday roast rare but your brother will only eat it well done.  Charlie Cory from Big Steer Meats joins us to share the one cut of beef that is sure to please everyone.

Family Slaw Night   Back To Top

Cooking for Dads host Rob Barrett says he knows what the next big family get together will be – Family Slaw Night!  He’s the man to show us all how cabbage can be fun!

Comfort Food Workout and Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes   Back To Top

Comfort food doesn't have to fill you up with calories. Ali Holman from shares some of her favorite healthy slow cooker recipes and a "comfort food workout" if you've indulged a bit too much already.

Homemade Halloween Recipes   Back To Top

Turn "scary" inspiration like Jack O'Lanterns and spider webs into tasty Halloween-themed dishes! The Cooking Mom Amy Hanten shows us how.

Chili Showdown Presented by MN Beef Council   Back To Top

As if sitting down to watch the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday won’t be entertaining enough for you, we are amping up game day even more!  The Minnesota Beef Council presents a chili showdown.

Seared Fish Tacos and a TCL Margarita   Back To Top

In honor of TCL’s beach party at Grand Casino Hinckley, Chef Michael Engel shares his recipe for Fish Tacos with a cilantro lime cream and a pickled onion salsa! Plus, he shares news about the newest restaurants under construction at Grand Casino, including a brand new buffet! 

Recipe for Day of the Dead   Back To Top

The Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd by people in Mexico, Guatemala, and other Latin countries.  It’s an opportunity for families to gather to remember their departed loved ones.  The décor and food are elaborate and colorful.  Latin Food and Culture Consultant, Amalia Moreno-Damgaard shares some traditional Day of the Dead recipes.  

Sausage and Sweet Potato Slow Cooker Chili   Back To Top

Making this chili dish in the slow cooker makes this a super easy dinner idea.  Plus, when you add a can of Red Gold Tomatoes it will also help feed a family in need!

Baked Pastas   Back To Top

Hot dish is a staple for Minnesota moms, but it isn’t always something that you want to serve to guests.  Antigoni Sander, co-owner of Kafe 421, says she can change that with her one dish suppers that are not only impressive, but healthier too.

Recipe Rescue: Chicken & Rice   Back To Top

A TCL viewer emailed us asking for a little help from our recipe expert, Mary Jane Miller.  She just couldn’t seem to get her Chicken and Rice recipe to turn out right.  Mary Jane did a little tweaking and found just the right combination.

Soups and Bread   Back To Top

With the weather cooling down, it’s time to get out the soup kettle.  Chef Robin Asbell has two recipes for soups and quick and easy breads to make.

TCL Goes Hog Wild: Roasted Boneless Pork Loin   Back To Top

We mark the end of our week of going “Hog Wild” with a recipe from Von Hanson’s Catering.  Chef Andrew Stack prepares a Roasted Pork Loin with a Maple Bacon Bourbon Glaze that is perfect for a cool fall evening.  Thanks to the MN Pork Board for sponsoring TCL Goes Hog Wild week.  You can find more recipes and cooking videos at

TCL Goes Hog Wild: Lemon Rosemary Pork Scaloppini   Back To Top

Executive Chef of Doubletree by Hilton, Bryan Schouten, prepares a thinner cut of pork – a Lemon Rosemary Pork Scaloppini.  Thanks to the MN Pork Board for sponsoring TCL Goes Hog Wild week.  You can find more recipes and cooking videos at

TCL Goes Hog Wild: Tuscan Pork Shoulder   Back To Top

Executive Chef of Crooners Lounge and Supper Club, Benjamin McCallum, prepares a Tuscan Pork Shoulder for TCL Goes Hog Wild week.  Thanks to the MN Pork Board for sponsoring TCL Goes Hog Wild week.  You can find more recipes and cooking videos at

TCL Goes Hog Wild: Pork Chops   Back To Top

Pork Chops are a go-to for many mom’s when it’s time to make dinner.  With pork chops, it’s pretty easy to turn them into dry chewy hockey pucks.  Executive Chef of the Dellwood Country Club, Peter Christenson, shows us an easy but fancy recipe for a bone-in pork chop.  Thanks to the MN Pork Board for sponsoring TCL Goes Hog Wild week.  You can find more recipes and cooking videos at  

TCL Goes Hog Wild: Bahn Mi Burger with Sriracha Mayo   Back To Top

Charlie Torgerson just might be BBQ royalty.  He operated restaurants for decades, he placed second in a national BBQ competition, and this summer, rolled out the new RC’s BBQ at the Minnesota State Fair.  Charlie is creating a easy dinner recipe using pork.  Thanks to the MN Pork Board for sponsoring TCL Goes Hog Wild week.  You can find more recipes and cooking videos at

Oktoberfest Beef Stew   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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.