Olympian Brian Boitano  

Three-time Olympian Brian Boitano is not only a pro on the ice, but also in the kitchen! Brian stopped by the TCL kitchen to share his recipe for Mini Pastrami Sandwiches and chat about the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the Xcel Energy Center.

Minnesota Beef Council’s Protein Challenge  

Dinnertime is not the only meal that you should be packing full of protein.  The Minnesota Beef Council says your meals all day long need to be protein packed. Registered Dietitian Rasa Troup shows us ways to incorporate protein in your meals in ways you may not have thought of. 

The 4 "Superfoods" You Should Eat In 2016  

You hear the buzzword, "superfoods" all the time. What does that actually mean?  They’re foods that are stocked full of health benefits. You’ve heard about pomegranates, kale and chia seeds but our Holistic Health Expert, Senia Mae says there are some new superfoods you should be adding to your diet.

Best Wings in the Twin Cities  

Sunday the Vikings are taking on the Seatle Seahawks and TCL wants to make sure you’re enjoying the best wings while watching the game. We assembled a panel to claim the best wings and Steve and Elizabeth will decide the winner.

Healthy Dips  

With holiday eating behind us it's time to enjoy snacks that won't add to your waist line.  Move over chips and unhealthy dips Personal Chef, Sarah Lang, shares healthy dip ideas.

2016 Food Trends  

Elizabeth heads to Firelake Grill House and Cocktail Bar inside the Radisson Blu at the Mall of America to meet up with three of the Twin Cities’ top food writers and dish about what we’ll be eating and drinking in 2016. What are these ladies loving in the New Year? Ramen, vegetables, Kewpie Mayonnaise, Gochejang, local spirits and ice cream, just to name a few.

Zio Cucina & Bar  

The newest restaurant to pop up at Mall of America is Zio Cucina & Bar.  Chef Daniel Green shares a recipe from them that is sure to impress your holiday guests. 

Easy Holiday Snacks   Back To Top

Getting ready for the holidays is stressful enough, don't sweat the small stuff, like the snacks you have around before the feast is served. Cookbook Author, Robin Asbell has quick and easy snack ideas!

Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery   Back To Top

If you thought you had to go all the way to Napa to experience a picturesque winery, you thought wrong. Elizabeth takes us to Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery in Kasota, Minnesota. It’s a little over an hour’s drive from the Twin Cities and features a full winemaking operation. Elizabeth tries some of their most popular wines, plus a wine-based cordial called North Forest Valnot Krem that can be served in hot coffee or over ice with a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

Good Company: Ingebretsen’s   Back To Top

Ingebretsen’s has been a Minneapolis staple since the early 1900’s. The family came here from Norway and wanted to offer traditional foods that they grew to love. Their business began as a meat market, but over the years it has continued to expand. Today, you can get meat, gifts, and you can even take classes to learn how to do quilting and wood carving. Despite lots of changes, the heart of the business has remained the same. In this week’s Good Company, Emily introduces us to the family that still makes this such an iconic spot for all sorts of families.

Cameron's Coffee   Back To Top

A couple of months ago, Steve and his wife tried a new coffee.  It blew them away! Steve's wife went on to declaire it was her favorite cup of coffee ever.  As in all time!  So, Steve decided he needed to know more.  Turns out the coffee wasn't new.  It was just new to them.  Go along with Steve as he takes you inside the doors of Cameron's coffee in Shakopee.

Nordic Ware   Back To Top

Elizabeth visits the Nordic Ware Factory Store in St. Louis Park and brings back a half-price deal. Plus, she learns how to make a savory twist on the classic Danish pancakes called ebelskivers. It’s a recipe that’s perfect to make and serve as an appetizer at your holiday parties (click here for recipes).  She also checks out some of the new made-in-Minnesota pans that can turn your baked goods into gifts like mini-loaf pans and snowflake molds. Plus, she brings a few of her favorite holiday baking supplies into the studio to show Steve.

Thanksgiving at Walmart   Back To Top

Patti LaBelle teamed up with Walmart and created a Sweet Potatoe Pie. A video was made showing how big of a fan of the pie one guy was.  After the video went viral, one pie per second sold for 72 hours straight.  The pie became the most visited food item page on Walmart.com and is now the second most searched food term on their website, second only to turkey.

Sweetland Orchard   Back To Top

Elizabeth visits Sweetland Orchard in Webster, Minnesota as they wrap up their fall apple harvest. Owners Gretchen and Mike Perbix show us how they harvest dozens of varieties of apples from their 20 acre orchard and turn many of them into hard cider.

Project Down & Dirty: Restaurant Takeover   Back To Top

Our friends at myTalk 107.1 are taking over the Free House in Minneapolis as they are underway in their fifth annual charity event – Project Down & Dirty.  If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant in some capacity, you know what a big job it can be.  Kelli Hanson checks in with them.

Good Company: Pearson’s Candy Company   Back To Top

Things are busy this time of year at Pearson’s Candy Company in St. Paul.  They are working on the 128,000 pounds of caramel and 19 miles worth of mint patties that are made in just one shift at the iconic candy manufacturer. 

Midwest Dairy   Back To Top

Skyview Dairy in Hutchinson, Minnesota started way back in the late 1960’s.  That is when the father of the current owner, Garrett Luthens, bought the farm. At that time there were only six cows at the farm.

Good Company: Finer Meat Co.   Back To Top

Known to his customers as “Grandpa,” Tim Knopik has been working for Finer Meat Company in Minneapolis since 1963.  That’s when Tim’s father took over the business and Tim went to work by his side. 

Popcorn for Premiere Week   Back To Top

We are celebrating ABC Premiere Week presented by Mall of America.  Grab the popcorn, curl up on the couch and turn on the TV!  Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten, has ideas for flavoring your popcorn beyond salt and butter. 

Good Company: Patti’s Granola & Nuts   Back To Top

Just one year ago, Patti Heimbold, dropped off a bag of nuts that she made to a woman in Excelsior who makes gift baskets.  Six months later, she started her company, Patti’s Granola and Nuts.  Now she spends most of her free time making, mixing, and marketing her creations. 

Bacon Bash   Back To Top

The second largest bacon festival in the country is taking place in River Falls, Wisconsin.  It’s a weekend full of live music, beer, and a whole lot of bacon!  Owner of Croix Valley Foods, Damon Holter, gives us a taste of Bacon Bash

Afternoon Snacks   Back To Top

The next time you head to the grocery store, leave the peanut butter on the shelf.  Owner of The Olive Grove, Natalie Jaeger, shows us how to make it yourself – including other snacks that are healthier when you make them yourself.

Fair Food Combinations   Back To Top

When you go to the State Fair, is there one food you just have to get?  Pronto Pups or Mini Donuts?  Maybe it’s Sweet Martha’s Cookies or the roasted corn.  Cooking for Dad’s host, Rob Barrett, is doing one better.  He’s combining some of the favorites for a whole new taste.

New Fair Foods   Back To Top

There are over 40 new foods at the fair this year and Steve and Elizabeth get a taste of some of them.  Food and Dining editor of Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, Stephanie March, makes it even more interesting by putting a blind fold on them!

Good Company: Gedney Pickles   Back To Top

They are the Minnesota Pickles and a popular stop at the Minnesota State Fair.  Emily gives us a taste of what makes Gedney Pickles so special. 

Blender Recipes with Olive Oil   Back To Top

Summer is not over yet! Natalie Jaeger, owner of The Olive Grove Olive Oil, shows us how to make some delicious recipes without even turning on the stove.

Salts for Seasoning   Back To Top

Putting salt on your steak is not all that unusual, but there is a new restaurant in Bloomington that will change the way you think about salt.  Salt that looks more like lava, salt that has been smoked with old wine barrels, pink Himalayan salt, and even a chipotle salt are just some of the flavors you’ll find at Lela Restaurant

Make Ahead Meals   Back To Top

Make ahead meals are essential to any kitchen that feeds a busy lifestyle. When you have a few tried and true meals that are always ready to go you will never worry about what is for dinner again.   Food stylist, Rachel Sherwood, shows us some easy recipes and shares some of her tips. 

Bruschetta Recipes   Back To Top

Co-owner of Kafe 421, Antigoni Sander McCloud, is skipping the tomatoes that you usually find on bruschetta and toping it with something more unusual.

Maple Grove Farmer’s Market   Back To Top

Kelli Hanson is live at the Maple Grove Farmer’s Market.  There is over 50 vendors and everything is local – from fruits and veggies to flowers to homemade Bloody Mary mix.  At the Maple Grove Farmer’s Market they have a special program that lets the kids do all the shopping.  It’s the perfect way to get the kids to eat more fruits and vegetables.