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Fun & Easy Halloween Recipes  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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

Cheesecake Pops  

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!  

42 to Say I Do: Wedding Cakes   Back To Top

Our 42 to Say I Do couple, Mollie and Sam, are busy checking off their “to-do” list in preparation of their big day.  Deciding on the wedding cake is one of the tastier tasks to tackle.  Emily tagged along with Mollie and Sam to Dorothy Ann Bakery in Woodbury to do some taste testing.

Birthstone Inspired Cakes   Back To Top

We're bringing the sparkles into the Twin Cities Live kitchen! Amanda Rettke stole the show with her Surprise Inside Cakes and now she is back to show off more amazing cakes!

Grilling Desserts in the Summer   Back To Top

Turning on the oven in the middle of summer is about the last thing you want to do, but how else can you make those delicious chocolate chip cookies? Michael White with Napoleon Products saved our dessert filled day by showing us how to grill our favorite treats.   

Chocolate Walnuts   Back To Top

At one point or another, we've all tried to eat healthy. However, we still need to satisfy our sweet tooth. Bradley Traynor from myTalk 107.1 stopped by to show us his favorite chocolate recipe! 

Selma’s Ice Cream   Back To Top

Ice cream is one of the best summer treats – if not a favorite year round.  Emily is a lover of the delicious cold sweet treat.  She’s live at Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour in Afton for some sampling.

A Dinner for Dad from the Oilerie   Back To Top

Using espresso in your recipes is one way to make sure it’s full of rich flavors.  Professional cook and food writer, Mecca Boss, shows us how it’s done with ingredients from the Oilerie in St. Paul.

Espresso Brownies Back To Top

Espresso is a great compliment to chocolate, you won’t taste the coffee – only a richer chocolate flavor!  Professional cook and food writer, Mecca Boss, shows us how it’s done with ingredients from the Oilerie in St. Paul. 

Dad Approved Meals   Back To Top

Time to get your grill on!   We’re making the Ultimate Father's Day or perfect summer dinner! Starting with Ribs 'n Beer.  Ribs can be kind of a pain to make.   The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten, found a way to make it easy breezy with her own rib rub!  Add to that her fancy potatoes on the grill, and for dessert- Death By Chocolate Cupcakes

Surprise Inside Cakes   Back To Top

Whether it’s a birthday party or a summer BBQ, you can wow your guests with a Surprise Inside Cake. Today author and creator Amanda Rettke stopped by to show us one method to bake a surprise inside.
 

Creative S’mores   Back To Top

There is just something delightfully yummy about making s’mores over a campfire.  Katy Gerdes, co-owner of Angel Food Bakery, is kicking it up a notch from the regular old chocolate and marshmallows, starting out with homemade marshmallows and graham crackers.

Cooking with Citrus Oils   Back To Top

Terri Chaffer from The Oilerie in Maple Grove is showing us how cooking with citrus oils makes, can make an already delicious meal so much more flavorable.

Lemon Bread Back To Top

Terri Chaffer, owner of the Maple Grove Oilerie uses citrus olive oil to bring out the the flavors!

Cupcake Bouquets   Back To Top

Mother’s Day means flowers for many people, right?  Not for The Cooking Mom!  Not unless she can it’s a bouquet she can eat!  Amy Hanten, The Cooking Mom, shows us how to make a Cupcake Bouquet – that’s just right for eating!

Homemade Churros   Back To Top

Alicia Hinze, co-owner of The Buttered Tin, is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with some fried dough with sugar and cinnamon known as a Churro – filled with Dulce de Leche!

Baked Alaska   Back To Top

Our lovely co-host, Dez, spent a big part of her childhood growing up in Alaska.  We thought we would give her a taste of home with some Baked Alaska.  While Dez has eaten the dish before in Alaska, she says she thinks it’s more of a tourist thing.  None the less, cake decorator and baking instructor, Nancy Burgeson took a try at making the dessert she’s never made before.

Whoopie Pies   Back To Top

The Whoopie Pie has been around for a long time yet it’s debated where it originated.  What is not debatable is they are a delicious treat!  Co-owner of Angel Food Bakery, Katy Gerdes, shows how you can make them at home and get creative with them at the same time. 

Gluten Free Brunch Ideas   Back To Top

Making brunch is always fun but if you have to do it gluten free, you might think it’s a little tricky.  Cook and blogger, Amanda Paa, takes the stress away with her gluten free recipe ideas that every guest will love.

Lemon Thyme Fool Back To Top

Making brunch is always fun but if you have to do it gluten free, you might think it’s a little tricky.  Cook and blogger, Amanda Paa, takes the stress away with her gluten free recipe ideas that every guest will love.

Marjorie Johnson   Back To Top

Blue Ribbon Baker Marjorie Johnson has been with Twin Cities Live right from the start.  She has celebrated every birthday with us along the way.  Of course, it wouldn’t be a celebration without her, so Marjorie joins us for our 6th birthday today!

Sour Cream Streusel Coffeecake Back To Top

This is a favorite recipe of Marjorie Johnson’s.

Triple Berry Fruit Salad with Vanilla Vinaigrette Back To Top

Professional cook and food writer, Mecca Boss, uses ingredients from The Oilerie to put together a few dishes for  Easter brunch. 

Easter Cupcakes   Back To Top

You don’t have to be a pastry chef or a cake decorator to make beautiful cupcakes for Easter.  Co-owner of The Buttered Tin, Alicia Hinze, is here with some easy Easter Cupcake designs that you can do at home!

Regina’s Candies   Back To Top

Three generations of making candy have made Regina’s Candies a St. Paul tradition.  TCL producer Kelli Hanson visits the “Candyland” that is full of varieties of chocolates and candies where they immediately put her to work! 

Upside Down Cakes   Back To Top

Most people know about the Pineapple Upside Down Cake but did you know that there are other kinds you can make?  Cake decorator and baking instructor, Nancy Burgeson, shows us how to go beyond the basic one with a Clemintine Upside Down Cake, a No-Bake Turtle Upside Down Cake, and a Cranberry Upside Down Cake.

Dessert-In-A-Box   Back To Top

Everyone loves a homemade dessert but who doesn’t love the convenience of a cake mix?  The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten, shows us how to make two delicious desserts from ordinary boxed cake mixes! Both are so easy, and perfect for Easter and spring too!  

Homemade Marshmallow Peeps   Back To Top

Peeps have been a favorite treat for Easter for years.  Lately, though, they are available really for any holiday.  Now, there really is no reason to be without the marshmallow-y treats because Katy Gerdes the co-owner of Angel Food Bakery is showing us how to make them at home. 

Mini Desserts   Back To Top

Alicia Hinze, co-owner of Buttered Tin with Jennifer Lueck, quickly realized her life’s calling was to be a pastry chef when she figured out she liked the treats she made at home better than the baked goods she bought from the grocery store.

Spring Parfaits   Back To Top

Katy Gerdes, co-owner of Angel Food Bakery in Minneapolis, helps celebrate the arrival of spring with recipes for springtime parfaits! 

An Irish Meal   Back To Top

On St. Patrick’s Day, undoubtedly you will find Corned Beef popping up on menus everywhere.  Did you know that corned beef is NOT the national dish in Ireland?  It is, however, an Irish-American dish!  The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten, shares some recipes to get an Irish meal on your table at home. 

Buttercup Marshmallow S’mores   Back To Top

Park Rapids native, Amy Thielen, can be seen for a second season on Food Network’s Heartland Table.  Amy shares a recipe from the first episode.

Gluten Free Apple Crisp   Back To Top

Harry Brand from Harry's Cafe in Lakeville shares a recipe for a gluten-free and dairy-free apple crisp.

Marjorie Johnson's Refrigerator Cookies   Back To Top

She has won over 2,700 blue ribbons and has served her ginger snaps to Pamela Anderson, Kid Rock, Helen Mirren, and other celebs. Blue Ribbon Baker Marjorie Johnson stopped by our stage at the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show to share her recipe for Refrigerator Cookies and to answer a few questions from members of our audience.

Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Twist   Back To Top

Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig is a regular in our kitchen but the cookies she makes are definitely not “regular”!  Laurie takes the chocolate chip cookie and puts a twist on them for a more “gourmet” cookie.

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies Back To Top

Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig is a regular in our kitchen but the cookies she makes are definitely not “regular”!  

Oatmeal Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies Back To Top

Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig is a regular in our kitchen but the cookies she makes are definitely not “regular”!

Orange & Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies Back To Top

Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig is a regular in our kitchen but the cookies she makes are definitely not “regular”!