Best Apple Orchards  

Minnesotan’s love their apple orchards.  We asked you what your favorites were and we narrowed down the long list to four.  Local Guy About Town, Mike Marcotte, has his picks across the metro.

Smoothies & Milk  

Without milk in your diet it is really hard to get enough nutrients. Decades of research supports the benefits of drinking milk. Kids ages 9 to 18 need 3 cups of milk a day.    Data suggest that 60% of boys and 83% of girls are not drinking enough milk. This means they are not getting nutrients to grow. Its really hard to replace the nutrients from milk.

Keller Grille at Keller Golf Course  

Keller Golf Course has a lot of history in Maplewood. It’s just a short drive from Saint Paul and the cities. The champion style course opened back in 1929. But it was just a few years ago when it underwent a major renovation. When it re-opened with a new look in 2014, it was called the “Best Municipal Renovation of 2014” from Golf Magazine. Golf Inc. also called it the “Renovation of the Year”. 

The Great Midwest Rib Fest  

Some of nation's best rib cookers will be at the 4th annual great Midwest Rib Fest this weekend at Mystic Lake Casino hotel! Two of the contestants are here in our studio to explain their tips on cooking the best ribs.

TCL in Your Town: Ptacek’s  

Ptacek’s IGA is a fixture in Prescott, WI. This family-owned and operated grocery store has over 100 years of history in the community and a world record too. They’ve cooked up the longest brat ever at 301 feet nine inches, so when it comes to brats, they know what they are talking about! Two of the Ptacek brothers, store manager Patrick and meat department manager Raphael stopped by to explain why you should never boil those brats. After all, you wouldn’t boil a ribeye, would you?

Urban Organics  

The historic Schmidt Brewery is home to something you may not expect. A portion of it is now a farm. Urban Organics opened its second location in June. Urban Organics first launched three years ago in the historic Hamm’s Brewery. Their new location is in a 87,000 square foot space. This expansion helps them keep up with the demand from area grocery stores and restaurants.

Ideas for Your BBQ  

Alice Seuffert, creator of Dining with Alice, has some fun drinks and foods to bring to your summer BBQs or picnics.

Summer Sampler from The Olive Grove   Back To Top

The owner of The Olive Grove has put together a package of her four summer essential olive oils and balsamic vinegar that you should have in your pantry.  They are just perfect for 4th of July celebrations.

Grilling Gadgets   Back To Top

You don't have to keep your grilling to hot dogs and burgers - there are tons of things you can make on the grill instead. Christine Cook from Nordic Ware brought a few of their favorites to show us.

The Food at Valleyfair   Back To Top

Luis Carrillo, Valleyfair Executive Chef, takes “carnival food” to a new level!  He shows Steve and Elizabeth how it’s done.

Strawberry Salsa   Back To Top

Now is the time to start making recipes with strawberries since their they are in season. Here are some fantastic recipes you must make this summer. Owner of the Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell shows us how.

Cooking with Cider   Back To Top

Jim Watkins from Sociable Cider Werks shows us what’s new for them. Besides drinking the cider, he shows us how to cook with it too.

Salad Dressing Ideas Without the Salad   Back To Top

Baseball games, barbecues, cabin trips… Many of us get swept up in the fun of summer activities so when it comes to cooking dinner for your family this summer, something quick and easy is always your best bet!

Cooking for a Grad Party   Back To Top

Rob Barrett from Cooking For Dads thinks it's crazy how people who have never cooked for crowd need to feed potentially hundreds of people for a graduation party. So he stopped by the TCL kitchen with advice from his own experiences with grad parties (including one that ended with a trip to the hospital!) along with great recipes for a crowd.

Best Spots to Picnic in the Twin Cities   Back To Top

It’s time to pack up a picnic basket and enjoy the nice weather in Minnesota. The Editor of Edina Magazine, Angela Johnson, and her team compiled a list of the best Twin Cities parks for having a picnic, along with nearby spots where you pick up food to-go.

What to eat Before, During and After Your Workout   Back To Top

Figuring out the best thing to eat before and after a workout is almost as challenging as the workout itself! Fitness expert and owner of the warehouse, Nickie Carrigan has tips on how to get back to the basics with your nutrition and to clear up any confusion!

Summer Essentials   Back To Top

Natalie Jaeger from The Olive Grove shares her essential olive oil and vinegars to get you all set for grilling season. 

Hog Wild Week: Dellwood Candied Bacon   Back To Top

It’s "Hog Wild" week with the Minnesota Pork Board! Executive Chef, Peter Christenson from Dellwood Country Club, has a Candied Bacon recipe that will go perfect in your next BLT!

Best (Protein) Bars   Back To Top

When you hear the words Best Bar on Twin Cities Live, you might expect a craft cocktail on the show. But this time around, we’re talking about Protein Bars.

Minnesota Salsas   Back To Top

May is National Salsa Month. To celebrate, reporter Emily Engberg has four Minnesota Made Salsas that not only taste great, but also have interesting stories. Here are four.

Many Uses for Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar   Back To Top

Olive oil and balsamic vinegar are great for salad dressing and to drizzle over a chicken breast, but a bottle can provide so many more uses. The owner of The Olive Grove in Mendota Heights, Natalie Jaeger, shares how it works on ice cream, in tap water, and more.

WNBA Player Rachel Banham   Back To Top

Rachel Banham is a shining star in the WNBA. She graduated from Lakeville North High School and had a huge career with the Minnesota Golden Gophers. She’s currently one of only 11 basketball players in NCAA history to rack up over 3,000 points in her collegiate career.

All Things Pork with Cochon555   Back To Top

On Sunday, February 19, five Twin Cities chefs will each receive an entire pig with the challenge to feed 500 people six different dishes. One of the competitors, J.D. Fratzke from The Strip Club Meat & Fish, stopped by with a preview along with tips for cooking pork.

Prince’s Personal Chef: Ray Roberts   Back To Top

This week’s TCL in Your Town series takes us to Chanhassen. We of course can’t talk about that lovely community without mentioning one famous resident. We all know Prince was recording amazing music at Paisley Park, his estate in the southwest metro, and now we know he was eating very good too. His personal chef, Ray Roberts, stopped by to whip up a few of Prince’s favorite sweet treats.

Olive Grove Essentials for Your Kitchen   Back To Top

The owner of the Olive Grove in Mendota Heights, Natalie Jaeger, put together a special pack of products that she says are essential to every kitchen.

National Peanut Butter Day   Back To Top

People who love peanut butter have reason to celebrate. January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day. TCL Reporter Emily Engberg has three peanut butters made in Minnesota that are worth checking out.

Blender Recipes   Back To Top

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.

Unleash Your Awesome: Lindsey Bomgren with Nourish Move Love   Back To Top

Many of us know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but your morning boost can turn into a bust if you’re not too careful.  Fitness instructor and author of the blog Nourish Move Love, Lindsey Bomgren, has tips on how to improve your breakfast.

Good Company: Rustica Bakery Back To Top

Rustica Bakery is a go to for many folks looking for that sweet fix or good cup of coffee. It has a special feel of a neighborhood hot spot and that’s exactly what has made Rustica Bakery so popular. It has locations in Minneapolis, Edina and Mall of America. It will soon open a fourth location in Wayzata.

2017 Food Trends   Back To Top

It’s a great time to be hungry in the Twin Cities! For the second year in a row, Elizabeth sits down with three esteemed local food writers to find out which restaurants we’ll want to visit, which ingredients we should be picking up at the grocery store and what types of cuisine we’re missing in the metro.