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Top Five Gourmet Foods  

Every year at the Minnesota State Fair, new foods pop up.  This year, many of the new foods are pretty gourmet.  Brienna Schuette from the fair has her top five gourmet foods – and she’s putting Steve to the taste test!

Blue Ribbon Baker Marjorie Johnson  

Head over to the Ag-Hort Building and you’ll see bee’s making honey right before your eyes.  The Bee and Honey Division has live demonstrations going every day – including beewax artwork and a food competition.  Blue Ribbon Baker Marjorie Johnson has a few of her creations competing in that completion.

West End Market  

At the state fair, there is always something new.  This year, there’s a big change to the Heritage Square area.  In its place is the West End Market featuring entertainment, specialty shops, and food.  Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine’s Food and Dining Editor, Stephanie March, and Shopping Editor, Allison Kaplan, are here with a sampling. 

Cooking Sweet Corn 101  

At the St. Paul Farmers Market, locally grown sweet corn can be found in abundance.  Owner of Golden Fig and Farmers Market vendor, Laurie Crowell, shows us three ways to prepare sweet corn – along with some delicious toppings.

Indian Inspired Corn on the Cob

At the St. Paul Farmers Market, locally grown sweet corn can be found in abundance.  Owner of Golden Fig and Farmers Market vendor, Laurie Crowell, shows us different ways to prepare sweet corn.

Pesto Parmesan Corn on the Cob

At the St. Paul Farmers Market, locally grown sweet corn can be found in abundance.  Owner of Golden Fig and Farmers Market vendor, Laurie Crowell, shows us different ways to prepare sweet corn.

Bacon and Blue Cheese Corn on the Cob

At the St. Paul Farmers Market, locally grown sweet corn can be found in abundance.  Owner of Golden Fig and Farmers Market vendor, Laurie Crowell, shows us different ways to prepare sweet corn.

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!

Fresh Meals with The Oilerie   Back To Top

One of the best things about this time of year is all of the fresh produce available from gardens, at the Farmers Markets, and in the grocery stores.  Professional cook and food writer, Mecca Boss, stocked the kitchen full of fresh produce and ingredients from The Oilerie to make an easy weeknight dinner.

12 Days of Grilling: Over Open Fire   Back To Top

Cookbook Contributor Mary Jane Miller shows us how to grill over an open flame on day seven of our 12 Days of Grilling brought to us by the Minnesota Beef Council.  Mary Jane uses some cuts of beefs that you might not be real familiar with.

Seared Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops   Back To Top

Owner of Harry’s Café, Harry Brand, is giving us a little taste of the appetizer that will be served at the Dinner with Elizabeth event - sea scallops wrapped in thinly shaved Prosciutto ham pan seared and served with a side of Lemon Buer Blanc.

Frozen Pizza Challenge   Back To Top

We’ve given you many fresh homemade dinner recipes, but let’s face it:  from time to time all you’ve got time or energy for is to reach into that freezer.  You grab the frozen pizza and throw it in the oven and in 15 minutes, dinner is served.  We put a few to the test to see which frozen pizza is kid approved!

12 days of Grilling: A Perfect Steak & Compound Butter   Back To Top

Day four of our 12 Days of Grilling brought to us by the Minnesota Beef Council  not only shows us how to grill the perfect steak but also how to whip up some compound butter.  Steve gets a lesson from Chef Chris DeKoster from Hog-n-The Road

Fresh Summer Salad Back To Top

Kowalski Market’s Culinary Director, Rachael Perron, prepares a fresh summer salad.

Pimento Cheese   Back To Top

It’s known as “the Caviar of the South” and Minnesotan’s are starting to love it too.  Pimento cheese is a cheese spread that can be used for more than just sandwiches.  Kafe 421’s Antigoni Sander McCloud shares a few recipes.

Smoked Salmon Volovant Puff Pastry Bowls   Back To Top

Author of "The Pretty Plate," Rachel Sherwood gave us a quick tutorial on how to fold the little puff pastry bowls that were on the show today!

Easy Appetizers with Puff Pastry   Back To Top

All of a sudden, you find yourself inviting over a group of people.  You hadn’t planned for this get together and you don’t have anything planned to serve them.  What do you do?  Author of The Pretty Plate, Rachel Sherwood, says to keep some puff pastry’s on hand and you can make easy appetizers that will impress anyone.  

Meatless Mondays: Sweet Corn   Back To Top

It’s sweet corn season and you can find it everywhere!  Chef and cookbook author, Robin Asbell,  shows there are more ways to make it than just boiling or grilling it.

Classic Cocktails & Food Pairings   Back To Top

Craft drinks are a popular trend in the Twin Cities.  Foodie and author of the website Joy on the Rocks, Joy Summers, joins Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine food editor, Stephanie March, for some cocktail and food pairing suggestions.

Smitten with Squash   Back To Top

Summer squash and zucchini are now in season - ready to be picked from your garden or picked up on the cheap at the Farmers Market.  Cookbook author and blogger, Amanda Paa, shows us two recipes using summer squash from her new book, Smitten with Squash.

Creative Burger Ideas with The Oilerie   Back To Top

If you are getting a little bored of the same old burgers off the grill this summer, The Oilerie has some creative ways to change things up.  Terri Chaffer of the Maple Grove Oilerie shows us how easy it is to wake up your taste buds.

Creative Pasta Salads   Back To Top

You may find several different options of pasta salads at any of the pot-luck gatherings you go to this summer.  Our kitchen star, Alice Seuffert, has three salads that you can probably count on being unique options.

Meatless Mondays: Salads   Back To Top

Chef and cookbook author Robin Asbell stopped by to share meatless salad ideas, including a lime quinoa salad with mango and avocado.

Cooking with Sriracha   Back To Top

The condiment is becoming as popular as ketchup and mustard for some folks.  A touch of sriracha to any dish will add some heat.  Private chef, Justin Davis, shares some of his favorite recipes using the hot stuff.

Em’s Adventures: Cooking   Back To Top

Emily has tried many things in her days here at Twin Cities Live.  She is usually up for trying just about anything, and does so bravely.  The adventure she’s about to embark on has her a little terrified because she has never really done it before.  We are talking about cooking!

Cheese Curds Appetizers   Back To Top

The folks at Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery say cheese curds aren’t just for the state fair anymore!  In fact, they are seeing couples serve them at their wedding receptions!  Beth Ingli from Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery has some appetizer ideas using cheese curds for any party you may be having. 

Freezer Meals   Back To Top

Maybe you do this: you figure out your meal plan for the week, prepare them on the weekend and put them in the freezer.  Our Kitchen Star, Alice Seuffert, goes even further than that.  She’s organized a Freezer Meal Exchange.  Alice says the way you freeze your meals makes all the difference.  If you freeze them wrong all your hard work would be wasted.

Protein Bars   Back To Top

You might assume that a protein bar would be the healthy choice when you're looking for something easy to keep you full. That's not always the case. Health coach Kelley Suggs shares some healthy options, including one that you can make at home.
 

Home Chef Showdown: Summer Appetizers   Back To Top

Antigoni Sander McCloud, co-owner of Kafe 421, is a familiar face on Twin Cities Live.  She has cooked up many recipes on the show.  Now you can see her do a whole lot more cooking on TV.  She is going to be a part of a cooking show on the Live Well Network called, Home Chef Showdown.

Summer Beer Bucket List   Back To Top

Craft breweries are popping up all over the place and it’s hard to keep up.  Our Kitchen Star, Alice Seuffert, has found a way!  She’s creating a “Summer Beer Bucket List.”