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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  

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  

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  

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

Strawberry Salsa  

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  

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.

Gift Ideas for the Cook   Back To Top

Natalie Jaeger, owner of The Olive Grove in Mendota Heights, shares gift ideas for the person you know who loves to cook!

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.

Fire & Flour   Back To Top

This week on Twin Cities Live, we’re exploring the Modern Mill City. Minneapolis earned the moniker “Mill City” because it was known as the “Flour Milling Capital of the World” for 50 years in the 1800’s. But after World War I, the milling industry moved elsewhere and by the middle of the 1900’s, the once-booming mills were all shut down. But today, many bakers will say we’re in the middle of a bread and flour revolution in the Twin Cities. In our final installment of our special series, “Modern Mill City,” Elizabeth meets Chris Boles, the man behind “Fire & Flour,” a homemade bread baking business based in Chaska. Chris says his use of heritage wheat and a process called extended fermentation created a highly nutritious product. Chris shows Elizabeth how to shape loaves of bread in his home kitchen and shares that the secret to great bread starts with super high quality flour. His favorite flour comes from Sunrise Flour Mill in North Branch.

Bakers Field   Back To Top

Minneapolis was known as the “Flour Milling Capital of the World” for fifty years back in the 1800’s when the industry was instrumental in helping the city grow. But after World War 1, the milling industry went into decline and the mills had all shut down by the mid 1900’s. This week, we’re exploring the current state of flour milling and baking in the Twin Cities in our series “Modern Mill City.”

Modern Mill City: Pumpkin Pie Brioche Back To Top

For fifty years, Minneapolis was known as the flour milling capital of the world.  It’s what the city was built on.  By the mid 1900’s the mills were gone.  Today, we may just be in the middle of a flour and bread revolution and that’s why we’re exploring our Modern Mill City.