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Taste the Trend: Retro Spaghetti-O Jello  

We tasked cookbook author and recipe developer Mary Jane Miller with updating a viral recipe for Spaghetti-O Jello for another edition of "Taste the Trend". 

Stuffed Steaks  

When Twin Cities Live producers found a Saint Paul butcher shop stuffing meat and cheese inside ribeye steaks, they had to investigate. Thanks to the Minnesota Beef Council, owner of Big Steer Meats, Charlie Cory, stopped by to make Al Capone stuffed steaks. 

FireLake 21 days Aged Tomahawk Steak  

The Twin Cities Live Book Club is back and once again, members will be meeting inside Firelake Grill House and Cocktail Bar at Radisson Blu in Mall of America.  Firelake’s executive chef, Dinesh, is cooking up a steak straight out The Flintstones and will have you yelling “Yabba Dabba Do!”

Cast Iron Skillet Recipes  

Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell says you can liven up just about any meal by using a cast iron skillet, even steak!

Rob’s Easy Dinner Ideas  

Rob Barrett with Cooking For Dads shared has over 15,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel. It includes easy family recipes like how to make low carb chicken pizza,  a Chicken Chalupa, and stuffed popovers with bacon and cheese! He stopped by Twin Cities Live to share his favorite Back-to-School dinner recipes.

Back to School Lunch Ideas  

Many schools are back in session! So we want to make sure you know how to liven up your child's lunchbox with foods they love!  The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten explains how to make traditional pepperoni pizza and a PB&J with a twist.

12 Days of Grilling: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner  

The Minnesota Beef Council has tons of recipe ideas so you should never be at a loss for what to make for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  Registered Dietitian, Jena Pape, from HyVee, gives us her ideas for all three meals.

Basil Flank with Sundried Tomato Chimichurri   Back To Top

The Minnesota Beef Council presents…12 Days of Grilling!  Laurie Crowell, owner of Golden Fig prepares one of her favorite recipes.

12 Days of Grilling: Steak Burgers   Back To Top

What’s better than a steak or a burger?  A Steak Burger.  Cooking for Dads host, Rob Barrett, says there are two keys to making a delicious grilled burger. It's Day 10 in our 12 Days of Grilling presented by the Minnesota Beef Council.

12 Days of Grilling: Steak w/ Cherry Coke Sauce   Back To Top

There are two types of cooks; one does things easy and fast and the other kind takes their time in the kitchen.  Private Chef Justin Davis prefers the second way…but shares a version for those who take the easy way in 12 Days of Grilling presented by Minnesota Beef Council.

Moroccan Beef Kebabs   Back To Top

12 Days of Grilling presented by the Minnesota Beef Council continues on with Mary Jane Miller’s Moroccan Beef Kebabs.

12 Days of Grilling: Thai Steak Salad   Back To Top

Chef Eli Wollenzien (from Coalition Restaurant) takes over Day 7 in our 12 Days of Grilling presented by Minnesota Beef Council.

12 Days of Grilling: Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos   Back To Top

Chef and owner of The Exchange Food and Drink in New Brighton, Kyle Nelson, shares a recipe for marinated skirt steak tacos with chili lime quinoa as part of Twin Cities Live's 12 Days of Grilling, presented by the Minnesota Beef Council.

12 Days of Grilling: Jerk Short Ribs   Back To Top

We get a taste of the Caribbean in our 12 Days of Grilling presented by the Minnesota Beef Council.  Tomme Beevas, owner of Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, prepares his short ribs recipe with a Caribbean twist!

12 Days of Grilling: 1 Steak – 3 Salads   Back To Top

Registered dietitian Renee Korczak shows us how one lean cut of steak can be served in three salad options giving your family a punch of protein for dinner.

Crab and Mango Salad with Katie Chin   Back To Top

LeAnn Chin loved the combination of crab and mango but it was never served at the any restaurants, they made it for family and friends.  LeAnn’s daughter who is an Asian Food Expert and Cookbook Author, Katie Chin made a crab and mango salad.

12 Days of Grilling: Grilled Flat Iron Steak   Back To Top

Minnesota native Thomas Boemer is the man behind two popular Twin Cities restaurants, Corner Table and Revival. To celebrate the 12 Days of Grilling, sponsored by the Minnesota Beef Council, he shares a recipe for a Grilled Flat Iron with Wild Mushrooms, Peaches and Pancetta.

Jerk Steak & Sweet Potato Foil Packet   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live’s 12 Days of Grilling for 2017 kicks off with a recipe from the woman responsible for making sure the Minnesota Vikings are well-fed! Steve headed to Winter Park in Eden Prairie to make jerk steak and sweet potatoes with Geji McKinney-Banks. Get the grocery-store brand of seasoning she loves!

Taste the Trend: Buffalo Chicken Biscuit Bites   Back To Top

This recipe for pull-apart buffalo chicken bread has almost 90 million views, but our recipe expert and cook Mary Jane Miller says it needs a lot of help. In this edition of "Taste the Trend", she turned this loaf of messy chicken into tasty chicken bites.

St. Andrews Salad from Girvan Grille   Back To Top

Today we're tossing out the iceberg lettuce and adding a pop of flavor, starting with homemade strawberry vinaigrette. Executive chef from Girvan Grille in Brooklyn Park, Mike Nagan explained great ways to make salads taste delicious.

Double Dose of Pork Belly   Back To Top

Executive Chef and Owner of Charlie T's Foods, Charlie Torgerson made a Double Dose of Pork Belly! it's a hot new item that’s available at the Minnesota State Fair this year. He opened Charlie T’s Foods in March of 2016 in order to simplify restaurant operations with high quality meats that are easily executed and can easily adapt to a restaurant’s individual concept. He uses under-utilized and common cuts of meat to create new and innovative appetizers and center-of-the-plate items, as well as selected products for a retail line.

July Restaurant Week: The Copper Hen   Back To Top

Minneapolis St Paul Magazine is celebrating the best of Twin Cities Dining with a weeks’ worth of deals and The Copper Hen is one of the many places you can choose from. Chef Josh Hedquist made Lobster Gnocchi.

Uncle Franky’s Hot Dogs   Back To Top

Next time you eat a hot dog, don’t put ketchup on it because those are the rules. It’s National Hot Dog month in July and Steven Krelitz, owner of Uncle Franky's Hot Dogs, explains what you can do to make your hot dog less boring to eat!

Ideas for Your BBQ   Back To Top

Alice Seuffert, creator of Dining with Alice, has some fun drinks and foods to bring to your summer BBQs or picnics.

Caribbean Backyard Bash   Back To Top

If you've got a summer BBQ in your upcoming plans, we want you to put down that package of hotdogs. Don't even think of buying that relish tray. Instead, escape to the Caribbean. The owner of Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, Tomme Beevas, stopped by to show us how to pull together a Caribbean Backyard Bash.

The Ultimate Asian Brat
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If you'd like to cook brats on the grill at your next summer BBQ, chances are you'll boil them in beer first. Next time, try preparing them in a crock pot instead.  The Executive Chef from the Mayo Clinic Foundation, Tim McCarty explained how to make the Ultimate Asian Brat.

Father’s Day Prime Rib   Back To Top

Find a dad and ask him if he wants prime rib... chances are he's going to say yes!  Chef Josh Hedquist from the Copper Hen shows us how you can enjoy prime rib on Father’s day or on any day!

Taste the Trend: Mississippi Roast   Back To Top

Cook book author and recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller was put to the task again with a recipe for Mississippi Roast that has taken over the internet!  Mary Jane actually liked the recipe as it was, saying it was “soooo yummy.”  What she didn’t like was all of the pre-made mixes it uses because of the sodium and preservatives they contain.

MATTERbox Kid Chef - Black Bean & Corn Pasta Salad   Back To Top

MATTER is teaming up with our Summer Harvest for Kids campaign. They're using their MATTERbox program to provide healthy meals and recipes to families at hospitals. They have a new "Kids Chef" campaign, where Minnesota kids work with local chefs to create recipes. Owain stopped by to show us his Black Bean & Corn Pasta Salad.

Salad Dressing Ideas Without the Salad   Back To Top

Baseball games, barbecues, cabin trips… Many of us get swept up in the fun of summer activities so when it comes to cooking dinner for your family this summer, something quick and easy is always your best bet!

Memphis Egg Roll: The Lookout Bar & Grill   Back To Top

Food trucks continue to be all the craze and Owner and Chef of the Lookout Bar and Grill, Mike Kinnan says their Memphis Egg Roll is a food truck sensation!

Hog Wild Week: Mojo Pork la Chuleta Can Can   Back To Top

Tim McCarty has been the Executive Chef at the Mayo Clinic Foundation House in Rochester, Minnesota for 20 years. In 2016, Chef McCarty won a Golden Ticket to the World Food Championship in the sandwich category, finishing 5th in the world. Tim McCarty shared his recipe for Mojo Pork la Chuleta Can Can, which is a deep fried pork chop in honor of TCL’s Hog Wild Week with the Minnesota Pork Board!

Hog Wild Week: Pan Roasted Belly on Chop   Back To Top

It’s "Hog Wild" week with the Minnesota Pork Board! It’s Handsome Hogs Chef Justin’s Sutherland’s goal to let the food's natural flavor stand out by cooking with the best seasonal ingredients! He has tips on how to make flavorful pork chops.

Hog Wild Week: Fennel & Garlic Pork Tenderloin with Gruyere Cheese Sauce   Back To Top

We're going "Hog Wild" with the Minnesota Pork Board! Executive Chef Ben McCallum from Crooner's Lounge and Supper Club shares his recipe for fennel and garlic pork tenderloin with gruyere cheese sauce!

Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed: Peanut Butter and Nutella Waffles   Back To Top

Alice Seuffert, creator of “Dining with Alice,” is sharing what she calls, a “fancy-easy” breakfast option that is perfect for Mother’s Day.

Grilled Buffalo Steak with Blue Cheese Ramp Butter   Back To Top

TCL is Your Town is in Buffalo! Chef Mary Jane Miller coincidentally calls the lovely town of Buffalo home. She's grilled up some buffalo steaks!

Marguerite Doran's Meatloaf   Back To Top

Friends from 5 Eyewitness News are cooking up some of their mom’s favorite recipes.  Kevin Doran prepares his mom’s meatloaf.  He says, "This is very easy and using ground beef and ground pork gives it extra flavor. Tabasco Sauce adds a little kick!  We always make a double batch because left-over meatloaf sandwiches are the best!"

Chris Egert’s Beef Stroganoff   Back To Top

We’ve covered countless cooking segments and this week we're picking out our favorite recipes on Twin Cities Live and calling it Best Week Ever! Elizabeth and Steve picked out their favorites but former TCL co-host, Chris Egert wanted to share his as well and it’s one that he made himself.

Pumpkin Lasagna   Back To Top

Best week ever continues with Chef Mary Jane Miller! Over the years, Twin Cities Live has prepared a lot of yummy food on the show.  Elizabeth loved her Pumpkin Lasagna recipe, which is simple to make! 

Susie’s Southern Fried Chicken   Back To Top

Over the past 9 years, there have been over 2,000 episodes of twin cities live dedicated to food, fashion and fun!  We’ve covered countless cooking segments and this week we're picking out our favorite recipes! Elizabeth raves about her mom's southern fried chicken! Susie made this classic on the show in June of 2014. The recipe got tons of clicks on our website so we decided to bring it back again!

BBQ Chicken Crescent Rolls   Back To Top

For the past nine years, Twin Cities Live has prepared a lot of yummy food on the show.  Steve and Elizabeth certainly have their favorites, but they aren’t the only ones who have sampled the food.  Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig recreates our former co-host’s, John Hanson’s favorite recipe.

Batch Cooking Recipes   Back To Top

Bust the tradition of staring into the fridge each night to figure out what's for dinner. The wave of batch cooking, or pre-making a week's worth of meals in advance, is a growing trend. Registered dietitian with the Minnesota Beef Council, Renee Korczak, shares recipes you can make over the weekend that pack plenty of protein.

Easter Brunch Ideas: A Fruity Spin on French Toast   Back To Top

The Cooking Mom - Amy Hanten has writing two cookbooks that included a variety of recipes. Today she shared ideas on what you can serve at your Easter Brunch.

What to do with Your Leftover Hard Boiled Eggs   Back To Top

There's a good chance you may end up with leftover hard boiled eggs from the neighborhood Easter egg hunt.
If that's the case, we've got you covered! Chef and cookbook author Robin Asbell has a variety of ideas.

Rob’s Chicken Chalupa   Back To Top

There was a lot of hype when a popular fast food chain ditched the traditional tortilla shell for a fried chicken shell. We tried the “Naked Chicken Chalupa from Taco Bell on the show… and it wasn't too bad. But it's no longer on the Taco Bell menu. It turns out you can create your own at home that's arguably even healthier than the original. Cooking For Dads, Rob Barrett explains how.

The Dude Diet   Back To Top

Serena Wolf recently released her first cookbook called, “The Dude Diet.” She was inspired to help dudes flatten their beer bellies. On Twin Cities Live she made Sesame Orange Chicken.

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen: Wicked Wings   Back To Top

Close your eyes, imagine the Caribbean life, Jamaica, a Red Stripe in your hand. But don’t pack your bags just yet, instead check out Pimento Jamaican Kitchen in Downtown Minneapolis. The owner, Tomme Beevas stopped by to show us how Jerk Seasoning can be done right.

Flaming Irish Sliders
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Cooking for Dads host Rob Barrett stopped by for our St. Patrick's Day celebration with a recipe for Flaming Irish Sliders!

Cooking with the Instant Pot   Back To Top

The 7-in-1 pressure cooker called The Instant Pot is all the rage so we challenged the Food and Dining Editor from Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Stephanie March, and her co-host from the Weekly Dish, Stephanie Hansen to create their favorite recipes using the Instant Pot. 

Mushroom and Truffle Mac and Cheese   Back To Top

This is a grown up version of mac and cheese and is bold in flavor! Chef and owner of Wyatt Hospitality added mushrooms and Italian cheese infused with it with black truffle.