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July Restaurant Week: The Copper Hen  

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  

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  

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

Caribbean Backyard Bash  

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

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  

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  

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. 

Gypsy Bacon and Comte Mac and Cheese   Back To Top

Private Chef Justin Davis made a gourmet spin to the classic Mac and Cheese with this Gypsy Bacon and Comte recipe.

Mac and Cheese Blueberry Wontons   Back To Top

It’s a classic American staple, but we are kicking up Mac & Cheese to a whole other level.  Cake decorator and baking instructor, Nancy Burgeson gives us her spin.

Stovetop Mac & Cheese   Back To Top

We are amping up the regular ol’ macaroni and cheese recipes this week.  Owner of Golden Fig,  Laurie Crowell, gives us her version.

Smokey Mac n Cheese   Back To Top

When it comes to comfort food, there isn’t a lot that compete with good ol’ Mac & Cheese.  Owner of Coalition, Eli Wollenzein kicks it up a notch with his version of the favorite food.

St Paul Grill Crab Cakes with Tarragon Aioli   Back To Top

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

Sausage Gorgonzola Pasta Bake   Back To Top

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

Chorizo Verde Tacos   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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.