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St. Patrick’s Day French Silk Pie  

Cake decorator and baking instructor, Nancy Burgeson, shows us how easy it is to make a French silk pie – and give it a little twist for St. Patrick’s Day.

Peppermint Pistachio Meringues

Cake decorator and baking instructor, Nancy Burgeson, makes a treat perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

Sour Cream Cookies

Cake decorator and baking instructor, Nancy Burgeson, makes a treat perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

French Truffles

Cake decorator and baking instructor, Nancy Burgeson, makes a treat perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

Voodoo Valentine's Day Treats  

Steve and Dez try some Valentine's Day treats with a twist from Angel Food Bakery in downtown Minneapolis.

Citrus Recipes  

Unlike other fruits, the peak citrus season is actually in the winter.  Right now is the best time to eat those juicy fruits.  Cookbook contributer and professional cook Mary Jane Miller shares a couple of recipes to spotlight the citruses in season.

Meyer Lemon Curd

6 Tbsp. butter, very soft
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
2/3 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
2 tsp. finely grated Meyer lemon zest

  1. In a medium sauce pan, whisk together butter, sugar and eggs until smooth.  Whisk in lemon juice.
  2. Place pan over medium heat and cook, stirring and scraping the bottom with a rubber spatula until mixture thickens and just begins to bubble.
  3. Remove from heat, stir in zest and scrape into a bowl.  Press waxed paper onto the surface and chill.  When cold, you no longer need the paper and curd can be stored in a jar.

 

How to use your lemon curd:

  • On toast or English muffins for breakfast
  • As a filling between white cake layers
  • Spooned on top of pound cake, angel food cake or berries
  • Mixed with equal parts whipped cream and used to fill a tart shell
  • Spread on top of a plain cheesecake

Makes about 2 cups


Grandma Rose’s Orange Cookies

Grandma’s original recipe called for one big orange.  Most likely a navel orange.  To give Rose’s cookies a pretty rose color I like to use blood oranges.

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
2 tsp. grated orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 3/4 cups all purpose flour

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line baking sheets with parchment or lightly grease.  In a large electric mixer bowl, beat butter and sugar together until fluffy. 
  2. Beat in egg and zest.
  3. Beat in orange juice, buttermilk
  4. Stir in baking soda, salt, and flour until just mixed.
  5. Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheets.  Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until set and barely brown at edges.  Cool 2 minutes on sheets before moving to rack to finish cooling.  Frost when cool

Frosting

2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 Tbsp. orange juice
2 tsp. grated orange zest

Stir together and spread over the top of cooled cookies.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Chiffon & Angel Food Cakes  

A baker in Los Angeles kept his recipe secret for twenty years until he sold it to General Mills in 1948.  Baking instructor and cake decorator, Nancy Burgeson, show us how to make this spongy chiffon cake.  Plus, another favorite cake that’s light known as an angel food cake.

Naked Cakes   Back To Top

Baker and blogger, Amanda Rettke shows us how to create a naked cake.

Jules Caramels   Back To Top

Kelli Hanson introduced us to sisters who create gooey, sweet and salty caramels all because of a special gift their aunt used to give them.  Sweet Jules Giftsis sold in four different states.

Mini Desserts   Back To Top

Co-owner of the Buttered Tin, Alicia Hinze shows us how to make some delicious mini treats.

Drew’s Caramel Corn   Back To Top

Emily takes us to Drew’s Caramel Corn where they make some amazing caramel corn right here in the Twin Cities.

Favorite Chocolate Dessert   Back To Top

One of the most viewed recipes on our website is all about the chocolate, with the Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten.

12 Days of Cookies: Gingerbread White Chocolate Biscotti   Back To Top

Perfect with morning coffee or on your holiday cookie tray, Becky from the Land O’Lakes test kitchen wraps up our 12 Days of Cookies with her Gingerbread White Chocolate Biscotti.

12 Days of Cookies: Russian Tea Cakes   Back To Top

Alicia Hinze from The Buttered Tin has the next recipe on Day 11 of our 12 Days of Cookies presented by Land O’Lakes.  

12 Days of Cookies: Temple Cookies   Back To Top

It’s Day 10 of our 12 Days of Cookies presented by Land O’Lakes.  Katy Gerdes from Angel Food Bakery creates a cookie with the taste of a traditional holiday treat.  

12 Days of Christmas: Minnesota Wild Rice Cookies   Back To Top

Alice Seuffert, TCL’s Kitchen Star, is next on day 9 of 12 Days of Cookies presented by Land O’Lakes.

12 Days of Cookies: Triple Chocolate Cherry   Back To Top

Alicia Hinze from The Buttered Tin prepares a Triple Chocolate Cherry cookie on the 8th day of 12 Days of Cookies presented by Land O’Lakes.

Homemade Fudge & Caramels   Back To Top

The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten, shows us two recipes that she says are super simple but delicious and make great homemade gifts!

12 Days of Cookies: Salted Pistachio Spritz Cookies   Back To Top

Ground pistachios add great flavor and texture to the traditional spritz cookie. Becky from the Land O’Lakes test kitchen shows Elizabeth how it’s made. 

12 Days of Cookies: Lumberjack Cookies   Back To Top

Katy Gerdes from Angel Food Bakery continues to surprise us with unusual ingredients in her cookies on this, the 6th day of our 12 Days of Cookies presented by Land O’Lakes

12 Days of Cookies: Nutella® Buckeyes   Back To Top

Our TCL Kitchen Star, Alice Sueffert, is back on day 5 of our 12 Days of Cookies with a no-bake treat to enjoy!

12 Days of Cookies: Jodi's Cinnadoodles   Back To Top

Alicia Hinze from The Buttered Tin prepares one of her favorite cookies on our fourth day of 12 Days of Cookies.

12 Days of Cookies: No Way Jose Peanut Butter Cookies   Back To Top

Katy Gerdes from Angel Food Bakery makes a peanut butter cookie with an ingredient that you would never think to put in it. 

Rocky Road Fudge Bars   Back To Top

It’s been a while since blue ribbon baker, Marjorie Johnson, has been around.  We couldn’t let the holidays sneak by without catching up with her.  She treats us with another blue ribbon recipe of hers!

12 Days of Cookies: Strawberry Vanilla Bean Cookies   Back To Top

These linzer butter cookies are a special cookie for your holiday cookie tray.  Becky from Land O’Lakes shows us how to make them. 

12 Days of Cookies: Snickers Surprise   Back To Top

Our TCL Kitchen Star, Alice Seuffert, kicks off the 12 Days of Cookies presented by Land O’Lakes.

Holiday Savings Series: Homemade Gifts   Back To Top

Middle school art teacher, Julie Pyle from Prior Lake, uses her talents to save money over the holidays.  She makes everything from gifts to decorations and saves a lot of money doing so.  You may think it’s not something that you could do, but she shows us how just making a portion of your gifts could save you a lot of money.

Cranberry Orange Cupcakes   Back To Top

Cooking Mom Amy Hanten, knows that pumpkin pie is usually the go-to dessert for Thanksgiving.  She goes "out of the box" with a delicious Cranberry Orange Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting that the kids are going to love.

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes   Back To Top

If you have family or friends coming to your Thanksgiving that are sensitive to gluten, there is no need to worry.  Author and food blogger, Amanda Paa, has recipes for gluten free gravystuffing, a pie crust, and a pumpkin pie that she says are easier than the ones you are use to making! 

Gluten-Free and Amazing Pumpkin Pie Back To Top

If you have family or friends coming to your Thanksgiving that are sensitive to gluten, there is no need to worry.  Author and food blogger, Amanda Paa, has recipes for gluten free gravy, stuffing, a pie crust, and a pumpkin pie that she says are easier than the ones you are use to making!

Coconut Oat Pie Crust (Gluten-Free, Nut-Free) Back To Top

If you have family or friends coming to your Thanksgiving that are sensitive to gluten, there is no need to worry.  Author and food blogger, Amanda Paa, has recipes for gluten free gravy, stuffing, a pie crust, and a pumpkin pie that she says are easier than the ones you are use to making! 

Naked Cakes   Back To Top

The newest trend in cakes is all about not putting any frosting on them.  It’s called naked cakes.  Baker and author, Amanda Rettke, is here to show us how it’s done and still have your cakes looking good.

Use What You’ve Got   Back To Top

Instead of running out to the store and getting more, owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell, says get creative!  If you don’t have enough of something use what you have and make them a different way to stretch what you have.  She shows us some ideas of ways to do that.

Molasses Treats   Back To Top

Alicia Hinz the co-owner of Buttered Tin, created what was one of Elizabeth’s favorite cookies last year – the molasses cookie.  She is now taking them to the next level.    

Halloween Treats   Back To Top

Co-owner of Angel Food Bakery, Katy Gerdes, gives the cupcake a Halloween makeover.  She shows us how easy it is just by tweaking the icing on the cupcake!  

Winter Squash for Sweet Treats   Back To Top

Did you know that squash is not a vegetable at all, but rather a fruit?  Author and food blogger, Amanda Paa, dedicated her first cookbook to the many things you can do with squash.  She shares a recipe for a sweet treat.   

Fun & Easy Halloween Recipes   Back To Top

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.

Pumpkin Spice Goodies   Back To Top

It’s the flavor of the season and you find it everywhere.  Pumpkin spice is showing up in coffee, Oreos, M&M’s, and even in JIFF Whips!  Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig shows us easy ways to make your own pumpkin spice goodies.

Good Company: Sweet Jules Caramels   Back To Top

TCL reporter, Kelli Hanson, introduces us to Sweet Jules Gifts.  It’s where you’ll find a gooey, sweet and salty caramel.  So delicious and decadent that they make the perfect gift!

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!

Caramel Spice Cake   Back To Top

Cake decorator, Nancy Burgeson, mentioned that she had a recipe for a fall cake that included handmade acorns and we could not resist making it.  Nancy threw in a little bourbon to spice things up even more!

Bourbon Bundt Cake   Back To Top

Nancy Burgeson, baker and cake decorator, prepares a special recipe.

Cheesecake Pops   Back To Top

Co-owner of Buttered Tin, Alicia Hinz, comes up with delicious creations all the time.  We took it one step beyond the cake pop and asked Alicia to create a cheesecake pop.  As usual, she did not disappoint! 

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!  

Pub Fritters   Back To Top

From creating Homemade Peeps to Baked Hot Chocolate, the co-owner of Angel Food Bakery, Katy Gerdes, has a flare for the creative. She recently competed on the Cooking Channel's Donut Showdown and took the crown. She stopped by to share her award-winning recipe for Pub Fritters.
 

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.

Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies Brownie Bites   Back To Top

Baker and author of Surprise Inside Cakes, Amanda Rettke, is the first to step up to our State Fair food challenge.  Food on a stick is a staple at the Minnesota State Fair so we challenged our cooks to see what unique creation they could come up with “On-A-Stick”!

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!

No-Bake Cheesecake   Back To Top

It’s National Cheesecake Day!  Alicia Hinze the co-owner of Buttered Tin is helping us celebrate with mini cheesecakes that you don’t even need to turn the oven on for!

Old Fashioned Homemade Ice Cream   Back To Top

The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten, came across an old treasure when she was going through her basement.  She found the old family ice cream maker and it included her dad’s original Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream recipe with it!  It had been at least 15 years since it was used - before Amy got her hands on it!