Local Food Products for a Healthy 2019  

So you want to get healthy in 2019? It’s the perfect time to start adding new foods into your routine, and why not support Minnesota food makers it the process. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson rounded up food products made right here in the Twin Cities to help you kick off a healthy new year.

MN Wild Guest Chef Takeover  

Minnesota Wild fans, say goodbye to shoving hotdogs and pretzels into your mouths during the game this season. Instead you could experience fine dining, eating from an exclusive menu prepared by an amazing local chef. The 3rd annual Guest Chef Takeover is happening this season at the Xcel Center, featuring chefs like Thomas Boemer of Revival and Justin Sutherland of Handsome Hog. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson was hanging out by the ice to get a sneak peek of this seasons menus.

Healthy Snacks for On the Go  

Laurie Crowell of Golden Fig stopped by with some healthy homemade snacks recipes that are good for when you're on the go. 

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Protein Balls  

Angel Food Bakery owner Katy Gerdes stopped by the TCL kitchen with a tasty yet healthy protein ball recipe.

Smoked Fish  

Josh Nelson of Almanac Fish in Lowertown St. Paul stopped by the TCL kitchen to share some tips on how to smoke fish. 

Strawberry Santas and Raspberry Vodka Martinis with Driscoll's  

Chef Daniel from Driscoll's stopped by with some fun holiday recipes! For the kids, we made strawberry Santas and for the grown ups, we made raspberry vodka martinis! 

Veggie Buds Club  

If your kids struggle with eating veggies then Monica Irwin is going to become your new best friend. She is the creator of the Veggie Buds Blog she has made it her mission to help you find creative ways to introduce veggies to your kids and make them more tasty and fun.

Taste the Trend: Monkey Bread   Back To Top

The viral recipe channel, Tasty, posted a recipe for Monkey Bread Brie Fondue and it has since reached 6.6 million views.  Recipe developer, Mary Jane Miller, gave the recipe an overhaul for a much better version.

Coalition Restaurant - TCL In Your Town: Edina   Back To Top

Owner of Coalition, Eli Wollenzien, stopped by the studio to share some tasty breakfast recipes. We are celebrating all things Edina this week with TCL In Your Town.

Must-Have Holiday Products   Back To Top

Registered Dietian and Nutritionist Carissa Bealert stopped by the TCL studio with some good advice on how to stay healthy this holiday season. 

Couch Potato Week: Minnesota Made Snacks   Back To Top

We have been celebrating the couch potato all week long, kicking our feet up and getting comfy.  We’ve helped you make your couch cozy, found the perfect snuggly jammies to relax in and now we’re helping you binge on Minnesota made snacks!  Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson brought a few of her favorites!

Couch Potato Snacks & Workout   Back To Top

Nickie Carrigan, certifed fitness instructor, shared a tasty popcorn trail mix recipe and some simple workout moves to try out while lounging on the couch. 

Pumpkin Palooza Week: Pumpkin Kegs   Back To Top

Cooking for Dads, Rob Barrett stopped  to show us how he turned an ordinary pumpkin into a fun pumpkin party keg that's perfect for your Halloween get-together.

Market House Collaborative   Back To Top

There’s a new spot in Saint Paul that’s all about a unique experience for food. It’s called Market House Collaborative. It’s an indoor market that includes OCTO Fishbar, Peterson Craftsman Meats, Salty Tart Bakery, Almanac Fish by the Fish Guys and Birch's.

Healthy For Life Meals   Back To Top

Stephanie and Lee Flaig from Blaine are enjoying life after losing a total of 44 pounds together on the Healthy For Life Meals Plan.  Kelli Hanson found out how the program has changed their lives.

Good Company: Hastings Co-op Creamery   Back To Top

It’s TCL in Your Town, celebrating all things Hastings. The town is home to something pretty unique. It's where the Mississippi, Vermillion, and St. Croix rivers meet.  Also just as cool, a business there that's been a staple in the community for more than 100-years. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson takes us inside the Hastings Co-op Creamery in this Good Company.

Apples with Sweetland Apple Orchard   Back To Top

Now is the time to make tasty apple treats using different apple varieties. Gretchen Perbix from Sweetland Orchard and Recipe Developer Mary Jane Miller put Gretchen’s Apples to good use and made delicious apple recipes for the fall.

DIY Baking Steel   Back To Top

Cooking with Dads, Rob Barrett, showed us how to make baking steel at home to cook pizza, bread, meat and more. 

After School Snacks with Beef   Back To Top

Becky Church with the Minnesota Beef Council shares some after school snack ideas that are a little "beefed up"!

University of Minnesota Apple Varieties   Back To Top

Jim Luby, fruit breeder with the University of Minnesota, shared several of the apple varieties they've developed over the years. They have released 27 apple varieties, including the Honeycrisp. It takes between 20 and 30 years to develop a new apple variety. For more information about their program, click here.   

Keg and Case   Back To Top

What’s old is new again. The old Schmidt Brewing building is home to Keg and Case. Keg and Case features all sorts of pop up events and vendors. You’ll find a variety of interesting spots to check out. The market is made up of 25 spots where you can dine, grab a drink and shop.

Bone Appetit – a Fundraiser for Secondhand Hounds   Back To Top

The Depot in downtown Minneapolis is hosting a fundraiser for Secondhand HoundsBone Appetit takes place Wednesday, September 12th and will be full of puppies and some of the finest chefs in the state.

Batch Cooking Breakfasts with Coborns Delivers   Back To Top

Starting out your morning with a healthy and nutritional breakfast is key to kickstarting a successful day. Registered Dietian Emily Parent stopped by the TCL studio to share how Coborns Delivers can help you do just that. 

After School Snack Ideas   Back To Top

Cook and author, Amy Hanten stopped by to share three different was to make dips that are perfect for an after school treat.

Deep-Fried Cheese Curds   Back To Top

Want to bring a state fair classic food to your own kitchen? Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell taught us how to make deep-fried cheese curds.     

Blue Barn’s Blue Farm   Back To Top

The Minnesota State Fair is full of food and drink options. Among the popular stops, The Blue Barn. The Blue Barn is known for its delicious list of foods, but it’s also their Blueberry Basil Lemonade that gets people excited about the fair.

Dowling Community Garden Celebrates 75 Years   Back To Top

The Dowling Community Garden in Minneapolis is believed to be one of the last two remaining Victory Gardens in use today. It’s located in Minneapolis and Elizabeth visits a couple of the self-proclaimed “old timers” to find out more about the history of the garden as it celebrates 75 years of growing.

Healthy Lunch Ideas   Back To Top

Emily Dingmann  is a nutritionist and mom, she’s also the creator of “My Everyday Table.” It's full of recipes and meal plans, which is great for busy parents on-the-go. She stopped here with healthy school lunchbox ideas to simplify your morning routine before sending the kids off to school.

Cooking Eggs   Back To Top

Make sure your kids get a good start to their day before heading off to school.  Eggs are a good choice and pack a lot of protein.  James Beard Award winning chef, Alex Roberts (owner of ALMA), shares tips for making the perfect eggs.

Chef Camp 2018   Back To Top

At the end of August something magical will take place in northern Minnesota. It’s a camp unlike any other. There’s swimming, canoeing, archery and crafts. But there’s also award winning chefs, teaching you cooking skills you won’t learn anywhere else. It’s called Chef Camp, an outdoor cooking adventure in Sturgeon Lake.