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Summer Dinner with the Olive Grove  

We’re in the middle of summer and it’s time to put together a classic hot weather dinner.  Owner of The Olive Grove in Mendota Heights, Natalie Jaeger, shows us how to make Baby Back Ribs, Cabbage Slaw and Strawberry Shortcake.

Red White & Basil Burger  

Turn off the oven to help keep inside cool and enjoy a classic grilled burger that is kicked up a notch by a can of tomatoes.  Creator of Dining with Alice, Alice Seuffert, show us how to make the award winning Red White & Basil Burger using Red Gold Ingredients.

Great Bowls of Food  

Bowls are a big trend in the foodie world right now and there are so many ways you can make them.  Cookbook author, Robin Asbell, put all the different ways in her newest cookbook: Great Bowls of Food.  She stops by TCL to show us how to make a pizza bowl, quinoa bowl, broth bowl and breakfast bowl!

Picking The Perfect Cut of Meat  

The beef counter at your local shop can be a bit overwhelming. But not if you know exactly what you should pick up! We get expert advice from our friends at the Minnesota Beef Council!

Chicken & Waffles  

Chicken and waffles is a classic southern dish that you don’t see too often in the Twin Cities.  The Girvan Grille in Brooklyn Park serves up this dish.  Chef Jason Libel shows us how they do it.

Cooking with Oysters from Louisiana  

When the Louisiana Travel and Seafood board offered to send us a husband-and-wife team of chefs straight from their restaurant in New Orleans to cook oysters in our kitchen, we jumped at the chance!

Grilled Cheesesteak Pizza  

School is out for the summer and kids have a lot of time on their hands and their hungry!  Head out to grill for a pizza party.  Creator of Dining with Alice, Alice Seuffert, show us a Grilled Cheesesteak Pizza recipe using Red Gold ingredients.

Cooking w/ Celebrity Chef Amanda Freitag   Back To Top

Celebrity Chef Amanda Freitag stops by the Twin Cities Live kitchen to show us how to make Pork on Pork chops! Plus, she tells us how she got in the culinary world and what it is like to be a judge on Food Network’s “Chopped”.  

Cold Summer Soups   Back To Top

We’re celebrating a super summer with cold summer soup ideas!  Owner of the Golden Fig in Saint Paul, Laurie Crowell, shows us 3 soup recipes perfect for the dog days of summer: Cucumber Dill Soup, Grilled Strawberry Balsamic Soup and Chilled Avocado Soup.

T-Bone Steaks Back To Top

As the weather warms up, everyone is itching to get outside to experience the thrill of the grill with beef especially with Father’s Day just ahead. As summer grilling heats up, the Minnesota Beef Council wants to share a beef recipe for Father’s Day.  The T-Bone steak is the most popular cut of beef for Father’s Day. 

Recipe with MATTER Box   Back To Top

MATTER is just one of the non-profits that we’re raising money for through Summer Harvest for Kids!  MATTER, a Minneapolis based organization that uses materials that normally go to waste and it into people hands that need it. Food blogger, Diane Fluin creates a recipe using the ingredients from the MATTER box.

Cooking with Beer   Back To Top

Here in Minnesota the craft beer scene is booming!  Chef Mike Engel from Grand Casino says don’t just drink your locally brewed beer cook with it too.  He stops by the TCL kitchen to give us the 4-1-1 on local beer plus all the new renovations happening at Grand Casino including a new local beer bar!

Easy Graduation Party Ideas   Back To Top

When you put all the hard work into throwing a grad party you want to enjoy it.  Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell, shares three recipes for your party so you’re not stuck in the kitchen.  A Grilled Citrus Chicken salad, Strawberry Melon salad and Lavender Berry Lemonade are make a head recipes to keep you out of the kitchen.

Taste the Trend: Ham & Cheese Chicken Roll-up   Back To Top

Once a month, recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller, tackles a recipe that has gone viral on social media.  This month she’s testing a “Ham & Cheese Roll-up” recipe.  She gives this a 3 out of 5 wooden spoons but shows us why owning a meat mallet is so important when cooking chicken.

Lettuce Free Summer Salads   Back To Top

The unofficial start to summer is here and that means salad season!  Host of Cooking for Dad’s, Rob Barrett, is here showing off three summer salads, no lettuce included.  

Southwest Quinoa Salad   Back To Top

An quick make-ahead salad for your Memorial Day potluck using Red Gold Tomatoes.  Creator of Dining with Alice stops by to show us how to make it and why using a rice cooker is the easiest way to make quinoa.

3 Creative Chopped Salads   Back To Top

It’s the season of the salad and Co-owner of Kafe 421 and creator of A Pinch of Lemon, Antigoni Sander, shows us why it’s so important to let your salt and sweet ingredients sit before adding oil to the dressing.  She shares recipes for a Tex Mex Chicken Chopped Salad, a Minnesota Chopped Salad, Upper West Side Chopped Salad.   

Cooking with Champagne   Back To Top

St. Paul Grill Executive Chef George Snyder shares a recipe for chicken in a mushroom champagne cream sauce!

2016 SPAM® Recipe Contest   Back To Top

Our very own Alice Seuffert, creator of Dining with Alice, got to check out the 2016 SPAM® Jam in Hawaii.  She stops by the TCL kitchen to make the winning recipe and tell us about her trip.

Loaded Baked Potato Casserole   Back To Top

One of our favorite cooking guest is getting some national attention in the Food Network Magazine!  The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten, had her Loaded Baked Potato Casserole in the magazine and shares it with us in the TCL Kitchen. 

Cooking w/ Asparagus   Back To Top

It’s asparagus season!  This spring veggie is one of the first to be ready to eat in the spring and owner of Coalition, Eli Wollenzein, show us two different recipes to make with asparagus. 

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo   Back To Top

Raise your class for Cinco de Mayo as we celebrate this Holiday with the owner of Acapulco, Sam Leon.  He shows us how to make Al Pastor Tacos plus tells us about a margarita contest happening on Saturday to benefit the United Way. 

Taste The Trend: Ham & Cheese Fry-tata   Back To Top

Every month, recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller, tackles a recipe that has gone viral on social media.  This month she’s testing “Ham & Cheese Fry-tata”.  She give this 2 out 5 wooden spoons and gives her suggestions on some variations!

"Ten, Ten, in Ten" Cooking Challenge   Back To Top

We gave TCL regulars Mary Jane Miller, Laurie Crowell, and Rob Barrett 10 kitchen tools, 10 ingredients, and 10 minutes from start to finish, to make a meal. The results of our "Ten, Ten, in Ten" Cooking Competition are wild! 

Potluck Club: Greek Quinoa Salad   Back To Top

Our Potluck Club at Inspiration Design Center continues with Hayley from Burnsville who is bringing a gluten free option inspired by her daughter to  the party, Greek Quinoa Salad.

Red Gold’s Cheesy Pizza Soup   Back To Top

Red Gold has taken a family favorite, pizza, and has turned into an easy weeknight soup recipe.  Yes, you read that right, soup! It’s the perfect solution for an easy, fun and nutritious weeknight meal for the family.  Creator of Dining with Alice, Alice Seuffert shares the recipe in the TCL kitchen.

Ramp Pesto Pasta w/ Shrimp   Back To Top

The first sign of spring is here, ramps are sprouting up around the Twin Cities.  This culinary delicacy has a short season that many chefs take advantage of.  Private Chef, Justin Davis, shows us how to make a ramp pesto and pairs it with pasta and shrimp.

Grilled Asparagus and Tenderloin Salad   Back To Top

It’s time to pull the grill out of storage and start enjoying the sunshine.  Executive Chef from St. Paul Grill and this year’s Beef Baker Award winner, George Snyder, shares one of their post popular menu items perfect to make on a beautiful spring night.

Baseball Inspired Meal   Back To Top

We challenged TCL Regular and Cooking for Dads YouTube host Rob Barrett to create a baseball-themed meal for your favorite little leaguer.

Brunch Around the World   Back To Top

Eli Wollenzein, owner of Coalition in Excelsior, shows us recipes from around the world for yummy brunch ideas. 

Halibut & Spring Salad   Back To Top

Spring is here and it’s time to make a simple dinner that won’t take up a lot of your night.  Here’s the best part, it’s so easy to make the non-cook in your life can make it.  Private Chef, Justin Davis, stops by with the recipe and some do’s and don’ts to cooking with fish.

Easter Dinner: Leg of Lamb, Potatoes w/Lemon Vinaigrette & Lemon Drop Cookies   Back To Top

For the owner of The Olive Grove in Mendota Heights, Natalie Jaeger, it’s a family tradition to enjoy a leg of lamb for their Easter feast.  She shows us how to break down this intimidating dish for you to make for your family on Easter.  She also shows us how to make potatoes with a lemon vinaigrette and lemon drop cookies to complete the meal.

National Sloppy Joe Day   Back To Top

Let’s all rejoice! Today is National Sloppy Joe Day and we’re celebrating with The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten.  She’s showing us a recipe, no Manwich required.  This recipe is easy and will easily serve a crowd.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner   Back To Top

Our Luckiest Cook winner, Patty Morrissey, has some extra inspiration this St. Patrick’s Day.  Trafalgar and Twin Cities Live sent her to Ireland last fall and she brought back some ideas for the perfect St. Patty’s Dinner.  She stopped by the studio to show us how to make Leprechaun Sliders, a Shamrock Salad and an authentic Irish Whiskey.

Corned Beef Recipes   Back To Top

The classic Reuben sandwich was created in the Midwest to feed a group of poker players.  The creator’s first name was Reuben so that is what he called his sandwich.  The Executive Chef at Dellwood Country Club, Peter Christenson, shows us how to take the sandwich and make it bite size! Whether you're celebrating your Irish heritage or you just really love Corned Beef, the Minnesota Beef Council has some great St. Patrick’s Day-approved recipes that may be even better than a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow!

30 Minute Meal w/ a Workout   Back To Top

We first met Lindsey Bomgren in January as our Potluck winner, showing us how to make a Cherry Wild Rice Salad.  Come to find out, Lindsey has her own lifestyle blog full of recipe and workout ideas called “Nourish Move Love”.  We’ve invited her back to show us how to make a Lemon Chicken recipe that won’t take longer than 30 minutes to make and a workout move that we can do while it’s cooking!

Luck of the Irish Cooking   Back To Top

St. Patrick’s Day is just weeks away and we’re helping you get into the spirit of Irish.  Cookbook author, Robin Asbell, stops by to show us a meatless Monday version of an Irish Dinner.

Spicy Sriracha Meatballs from Red Gold Tomatoes   Back To Top

Heading to a potluck means you want to bring a recipe that will impress the guests!  Red Gold Tomatoes has just the recipe. It's easy to make but will WOW the crowd.  Our TCL Kitchen Star and creator of Dining with Alice, Alice Seuffert show us how to make Spicy Sriracha Meatballs with Red Gold Tomatoes.

Taste the Trend: One-Pot Basil Pasta   Back To Top

Once a month, recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller, tackles a recipe that has gone viral on social media.  This month she’s testing “One-Pot Basil Pasta” recipe.  She gives this a 3 out of 5 wooden spoons but says it’s worth boiling the pasta separately.

Taste of Spring Recipes   Back To Top

Spring is less than a month away but who wants to wait for the fresh veggies to sprout?  You can enjoy the taste of spring now all you need is olive oil in your pantry.  Owner of Olive Grove in Mendota Heights, Natalie Jaeger, shows us 3 recipes you can make now that give that taste of spring you’ve been craving.

Thai Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wrap with Harding High Students   Back To Top

Students from the Saint Paul school district are competing to create recipes for school lunch. And the team with the winning recipe heads to Washington D.C. for the national competition. Three students from Harding High School stopped by to share their entry.  

Naan for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner   Back To Top

Naan bread is Indian Flatbread that you’ve probably seen in the grocery store but what do you make with it?  Cooking For Dads host Rob Barrett loves Naan so much that he’s created recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Plus, he shares his recipe for making homemade naan.

Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup   Back To Top

Move over baked potatoes it's time to turn this classic side dish into dinner. The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten shares her recipe for Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup with all the toppings.

Fish Dinner at Home During Lent   Back To Top

In honor of Lent, Owner of Coalition in Excelsior, Eli Wollenzein, shares an easy fish dinner recipe, showing us how to make blackened fish, an easy technique to spice up your dinner! 

Spicy Italian Vodka Rigatoni   Back To Top

Not making a big deal about Valentine’s Day but still want to create a special dinner?  Try Red Gold Tomatoes Spicy Italian Vodka Rigatoni.  Our Kitchen Star and Creator of Dining with Alice, Alice Seuffert show us how.

Romantic Dinner for 2   Back To Top

It doesn’t matter if you’re planning a romantic night in or out for Valentine’s Day we have the dish for you straight off the menu at CRAVE. Chef Daniel Green shows us how to make a Salmon & Shrimp Duo that he said is easy enough to make in your own kitchen.

Haskell’s Cookbook: Shrimp Fritters   Back To Top

For over 80 years, the family that owns and operates Haskell’s have provided Minnesotan with expert advice when it comes to wine selections. The Farrell clan also know their way around the kitchen. Our Wine Guy, Haskell’s Ted Farrell, shares his recipe for Shrimp Fritters.  

Valentine’s Day Steak   Back To Top

Valentine’s Day is almost here!  If your plans include staying in for a romantic dinner, we can help!  Chef Steve Vrianian from Gianni’s Steakhouse in Wayzata shows us how to make a delicious steakhouse steak dinner and pair it with a delicious wine to celebrate the holiday.  

Walleye with Garlic and White Wine   Back To Top

Emily takes us around the All Canada Show at Canterbury Park to give us a taste of what you can find. That includes a lesson in making the perfect walleye with Chef Krista Cheeseman.

Island Inspired Recipes: Breakfast Pina Quinoada Pudding Bowl   Back To Top

We’re escaping to a warmer place… in our minds!  In honor of the new Minnesota Lottery game “Escape to Margaritaville” we’re creating island inspired recipes to help get rid of the Winter blues.  Our last recipe is the Breakfast Pina Quinoada Pudding Bowl from co-owner of Kafe 421 and creator of A Pinch of Lemon, Antigoni Sander McCloud