Easter Dessert Ideas  

Our next guest says you shouldn't feel any pressure to make something homemade. Cake decorator and baking instructor Nancy Burgeson has last minute dessert ideas and on how to jazz up boxed cake recipes if you're in a hurry to make something for Easter Sunday.

Best Desserts from Twin Cities Restaurants  

Food and Dining Editor from Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Stephanie March, stops by with her favorite desserts you can order in the Twin Cities!

Taste the Trend: Mango Sorbet

This three ingredient Mango Sorbet is blowing up on Facebook. We thought it would be the perfect recipe for Mary Jane Miller to get her hands on!  She tried out the recipe for herself and then kicked it up a notch.

Eton Mess Meringues  

Katy Gerdes from Angel Food Bakery + Donut Bar stopped by to help us celebrate a warm February day with a spring-inspired recipe for Eton Mess Meringues!

Chocolate for Every Meal  

This valentine's day, why not treat your loved one to breakfast in bed? Author of The Vanilla Bean Baking Book, Sarah Kieffe, show us how to make a chocolate bundt cake...made with a steaming cup of hot coffee.

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.

Blender Recipes  

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.

Fix My Food: Healthy Brownie Sundae   Back To Top

All this week, we've taken delicious but unhealthy recipes and swapped out an ingredient or two to make them healthier for you and fittingly we're wrapping up our fix my food series with dessert with chef and owner of Wyatt Hospitality, Ray Wyatt.

Hazelnut Browned Butter Spoon Cookies   Back To Top

Our final recipe in this year’s 12 Days of Cookies series just may be our best one yet. And they prove that looks can be deceiving. Elizabeth visits the test kitchen of our sponsor, Land O’Lakes, to learn how to make Hazelnut Brown Butter Cookies. These sweet treats aren’t flashy, but they are absolutely delicious. Cookie cheers!

Cardamom Sugar Cookies   Back To Top

It’s Day 11 in our annual 12 Days of Cookies series and we can’t do the holidays without a sugar cookie. But this version, from blogger Sarah Kieffer, turns the cookie itself chocolate before it’s rolled in a special cardamom-sugar blend and baked until perfectly crisp on the edges and chewy on the inside. When Elizabeth brought these cookies back to the Twin Cities Live office, the team couldn’t stop eating them. Don’t miss this recipe for Cardamom Sugar Cookies!

Stained Glass Cookie Ornaments   Back To Top

Day 10 in our 12 Days of Cookies series, presented by Land O’Lakes, took an unexpected turn when pastry chef Zöe François busted out a pile of watermelon Jolly Ranchers and blitzed them up in a spice grinder. Turns out, those super sweet candies melt perfectly into a colorful “stained glass” that fill Zöe’s ginger cookies. The gorgeous treats can even be hung on a tree as an edible holiday decoration!

Saltine Cracker Cookie Butterscotch Bars   Back To Top

It’s Day 9 in our annual 12 Days of Cookies series, presented by Land O’Lakes. Elizabeth is warning you: today’s recipe is so perfectly sweet and salty, so deliciously chocolately and butterscotchy and so incredibly addictive that you might have to hide the pan from your family members if you have any hope of giving some of these treats as gifts. Elizabeth visits the home of TCL Kitchen Star Alice Seuffert to learn how to make Saltine Cracker Cookie Butterscotch Bars.

12 Days of Cookies: Pumpkin Streusel Bars   Back To Top

Okay, okay, we know it’s not technically a cookie. But Pumpkin Streusel Bars certainly have their place on a holiday cookie platter and that’s why they’re our Day 8 recipe in this year’s 12 Days of Cookies series, presented by Land O’Lakes. These bars are the creation of food blogger Sarah Kieffer and Elizabeth loved that they maximize streusel by using it both as a crust and a topping. 

Red Velvet Blossom Cookies   Back To Top

The Peanut Butter Blossom is a classic holiday treat – you know, the peanut butter cookie with the chocolate kiss pressed into the center? But this year, our friends at Land O’Lakes decided to take that classic and add a few twists. On Day 7 of our annual 12 Days of Cookies, Elizabeth visits the Land O’Lakes test kitchen to learn how to make Red Velvet Blossom Cookies that are perfectly festive.

Chocolate Brownie Mint Sandwiches   Back To Top

Day 6 in our 12 Days of Cookies series is all about super rich, delicious chocolate. Elizabeth visits the home kitchen of Zöe François, the pastry chef behind the blog “Zöe Bakes” and the co-author of the “Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day” book series. Zöe shows us how to make Chocolate Brownie Mint Sandwiches garnished with a candy cane crunch perfect for the holiday season.

Turtle Bonbon Cookies   Back To Top

Buckle up, because today’s 12 Days of Cookies recipe contains all the good stuff: chocolate, peanut butter, caramel and pecans. In Day 5 of our annual sweet treat series, Elizabeth visits the home of our TCL Kitchen Star and food/parenting blogger Alice Seuffert to do what’s she’s always dreamed of doing: sit around and eat bon bons. But first, Alice shows us how to make these Turtle Bon Bon cookies that are jam packed with decadence, just in time for the holidays.

Spice Cookies with Coffee Glaze   Back To Top

The cookie platter is filling up! In today’s installment of our annual 12 Days of Cookies series presented by Land O’Lakes, Elizabeth visits the home kitchen of a baker who’s new to Twin Cities Live. Sarah Kieffer is the pastry chef and mom of two behind The Vanilla Bean Blog and the author of The Vanilla Bean Baking Book. Sarah teaches us how to make elegant, light and crispy Spice Cookies with a Coffee Glaze.

Triple Almond Biscotti   Back To Top

It’s the most wonderful time of year! In Day 4 of this year’s 12 Days of Cookies series, presented by Land O’Lakes, Elizabeth visits the kitchen of Zöe François, pastry chef and co-author of the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day book series. Zöe shows us how to make Triple Almond Biscotti, the perfect cookie to package up and gift for the coffee lover in your life.

Brownie Bark   Back To Top

It’s the most wonderful time of year! Elizabeth visits the Land O’Lakes test kitchen in today’s installment of the 12 Days of Cookies. Test Kitchen Director Becky Wahlund shows us how to make Brownie Bark, the perfect holiday treat for those who love the edges of the brownie pan.

White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies   Back To Top

It’s the most wonderful time of year! Elizabeth visits four local bakers to deliver 12 Days of Cookies to you this holiday season. TCL Kitchen Star and the blogger behind “Dining With Alice” is kicking it off with White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies, a delicious shortbread studded with cranberries, lemon zest and dunked in white chocolate.

Holiday Baking with Nordic Ware   Back To Top

Nordic Ware are celebrating their 70th anniversary and they stopped by with holiday recipes and the pans to match, perfect for baking up some tasty treats.

Coconut Cream Dream Pie Back To Top

The late great John Micheal Lerma prepared this pie on our show and it became one of our favorites.

Swedish Rice Pudding   Back To Top

It’s a meal, it’s a dessert, and if you’ve never tried it, we think you’re missing out. Rice Pudding can be found in nearly every area of the world, but this Swedish dish is often served during the holidays. Of course we wanted to learn how to make it so we turned to the most lovely Swede we know. Eva Sabet, owner of Swedish Crown Bakery in Anoka, joined us to make Rice a la Malta.

Gigi’s Cupcakes   Back To Top

From working in a bank to running her own business, you could say things are going pretty sweet for Krista Kook.  She’s now the owner of Gigi’s Cupcakes in Woodbury!  Krista gives Elizabeth and Steve a lesson in their signature swirl! 

Pumpkin Spice Recipes   Back To Top

Just walk through the grocery store, or hit up the coffee shop, and the flavor you’ll see all over?  Pumpkin spice of course!  Chef and cookbook author Robin Asbell shows you how to create the flavor right out of your own kitchen! 

Pumpkin Pie Parfait with Cinnamon Whipped Cream and Salted Graham Cracker Crumble   Back To Top

Personal Chef Sarah Lang (A Simple Kitchen), prepares a pumpkin dessert but it’s not your typical pumpkin pie!

Pumpkin Sheet Pan Pie   Back To Top

Pie for everyone! Classic pumpkin pie topped with the most delicious caramel whipped cream is perfect for your Thanksgiving dessert. Plus, when you serve it up out of a sheet pan, you have enough for everyone!  Samantha Kelly from Land O’Lakes shows us how it’s done. 

Best Pie in the Twin Cities   Back To Top

We asked the Food and Dining Editor of Mpls St.Paul Magazine, Stephanie March, to share her favorite restaurants serving up pie you can bring to your Thanksgiving dinner.

Food & Drinks with Left Over Halloween Candy   Back To Top

If your kids bring home a ton of Halloween candy after Trick-or-Treating and you're thinking, I gotta get this out of my house, we're going to help you rethink that idea.

How to Make Halloween Bark   Back To Top

Halloween bark is a tasty way to turn your extra Halloween candy into a brand new treat! Katy Gerdes, owner of Angel Food Bakery shows us how easy it is!

Afternoon Snacks Packed with Protein   Back To Top

Halloween candy will soon take over the house. Instead of grabbing for those empty calories, grab for snacks packed with protein that will give you an energy boost. Personal Chef Sarah Lang shares her ideas.

La La Palooza   Back To Top

There is something pretty sweet making a comeback at the fair this year.  It’s Bridgeman’s Ice Cream La La Palooza!  This family sized sundae consists of 8 scoops of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and butter brittle ice cream, pineapple, butterscotch, chocolate, syrup, nuts, a sliced banana, whipped cream and a cherry…all served up in a souvenir goblet. 

Sprinkle Cakes   Back To Top

You don't have to be a master with a piping bag to make a fun cake - you just need some parchment paper and a bunch of sprinkles! Blogger and creator of I Am Baker Amanda Rettke shows us how!

Sweet Treats Using Wine   Back To Top

It’s time to make desserts using wine! Haskell’s Ted Farrell shares ice cream and slushy recipes you can make as a sweet treat!

Recipes Using Honey   Back To Top

Guest co-host, Falen from KDWB, shared with us that one of her hobbies is raising bees.  A beehive can produce up to 100 pounds of honey every year.  Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell, shares some recipes to use all that honey in! 

Taste the Trend: Blueberry Pancake Muffins   Back To Top

Recipes are being shared on Facebook and when you see them you probably think they look so good and it looks so easy to make!  But are they really as good as they look? Who better to test out these recipes than a recipe developer?  We put Cookbook writer, Mary Jane Miller, to work testing out Blueberry Pancake Muffins that have been shared over 38,000 times.

Summer Dinner with the Olive Grove   Back To Top

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.

Cooking with Berries   Back To Top

Now is the time to get out and go berry picking here in the Twin Cities!!  Now that you have bushels of berries what are you going to do with them?  Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell, shows us how to create a meal all around blueberries and raspberries!   

Beach Cups   Back To Top

Need a break for the summer heat but not a break from summer fun?  The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten, has the perfect treat to keep the kids busy: Beach Cups!  These are a play on dirt cups and the perfect warm weather treat. 

Wedding Dessert Trends   Back To Top

Move over traditional wedding cake and cupcake there are new desserts for guests to enjoy at weddings.  Founder and co-owner of Taste of Love Bakery in Saint Paul, Marie Philipp, share three dessert trends you’ll enjoy this summer at weddings.  A donut buffet, a fake cake (don’t worry you’ll still enjoy cake) and a mini dessert display.     

Dinner for Dad   Back To Top

With Father’s Day right around the corner it’s time to head to store and get ready for the perfect Dad’s Day Meal.  Owner of The Olive Grove in Mendota Heights, Natalie Jaeger, show us a Smoked Salmon Tarte for an appetizer, a great Chimichurri Sauce to add to your steak and brownies for desserts!

Cooking with Honey Back To Top

The students at The Art Institutes International Minnesota are gearing up for their bee focused display at the Northern Sparks Festival. Northern Sparks is an annual arts festival in Minneapolis. The year’s theme is related to climate change. There are four areas of study at AIM: fashion, media, culinary and design. Students from various programs within those areas of study have put together interactive art projects and displays that will be featured in the Guthrie Theater during Northern Spark.

Ice Cream Cake Popsicles   Back To Top

Two summer essentials: Popsicles and ice cream!  It would be tough to get through a Minnesota summer without them.  Owner of Angel Food Bakery, Katy Gerdes, has put those essentials together to create Ice Cream Cake Popsicles.

Desserts with Olive Oil   Back To Top

You usually don’t think about dessert recipes when using olive oil.  Natalie Jaeger, owner of The Olive Grove, shows us three desserts that olive oil is perfect in.

Food Network Star Contestant   Back To Top

Woodbury resident and General Manager of Nadia Cakes in Woodbury is going head to head with some of the best chefs around the country as Erin Campbell fights for the title of Food Network Star.  Season 12 starts on Sunday at 8PM.  Erin stops by the TCL kitchen to talk about her experience and give us some graduation dessert ideas. 

Fuss Free Party Appetizers   Back To Top

During the months of May and June, millions of high school seniors across the country will have Pomp and Circumstance stuck in their head and parents you know what that means right? Freedom? No, it means it's time to plan their graduation party.

Swedish Crown Bakery in Anoka   Back To Top

The Swedish Crown Bakery in Anoka has become a popular spot in town, known for its authentic Scandinavian & European baked goods. It’s a spot Eva Sabet and her husband brought to Anoka a few years ago. Eva stopped by our studio to show Steve and Elizabeth how to make a traditional Swedish Princess Cake. 

Monster Pie Bar   Back To Top

Move over cookie and forget it cookie cake there is a new dessert in town!  It’s called the Monster Pie Bar and it was created by owner of Angel Food Bakery, Katy Gerdes.  She stops by the TCL Kitchen to show us how to make it.

Blender Banana Bread   Back To Top

Banana Bread is a Minnesota classic!  The first recipe in the US was published back in 1933 by Minnesota’s own, Pillsbury.  But The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten, says she has the best banana bread recipe EVER and her secret is a blender!

Taste the Trend German Apple Pancake   Back To Top

Every month, recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller, tackle a recipe that has gone viral on social media.  This month she’s testing “German Apple Pancake”.  She give this 3 out 5 wooden spoons and gives her suggestions on some variations!