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New Fair Foods  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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. 

Savory Peaches   Back To Top

Peaches aren’t just for desserts, they can be used in savory dishes too.  Eli Wollenzein, owner of Coalition, shows us a few ways to do that.

Summer Meal Planning   Back To Top

Meal planning is hard all year, but especially challenging during the summer, here are 5 things Alice Seuffert of Dining with Alice says you need to know about Summer Meal Planning.

Boat-Friendly Snacks   Back To Top

In the land of over 10,000 lakes, it’s safe to say Minnesotan’s love spending time on their boats!  Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig has some snack ideas that are perfect for taking out on the boat with you.

Best Summer Ever Awards: Best Brewery   Back To Top

The craft beer scene has blown up in the Twin Cities over the last few years.  There were a lot of local breweries hoping to get the title.  TCL’ers, staff members, and local foodies voted for their favorite brewery.

Best Summer Ever Awards: Best Burger   Back To Top

We continue with our first ever, Best Summer Ever Awards!  We compiled suggestions from TCL’ers, our staff, and foodies from around the Twin Cities to find your favorites.  Emily shares with us who walks away with the best burger in the Twin Cities!

Condiment Hacks   Back To Top

TCL chef and cookbook author Mary Jane Miller stops by to help kick the condiments in your fridge up a notch.

Best Summer Ever Awards: Food Truck   Back To Top

Our inaugural Best Summer Ever Awards compiled suggestions from TCLers, our staff, and foodies from around the Twin Cities. Emily awards the first award for the best food truck.

Pampered Pumpkin   Back To Top

If you are familiar with CSA’s, then you know that it is a way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.  You usually receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

Creative Dips   Back To Top

When it comes to your pot-luck’s and barbeques, dips are where it’s at.  Chef and author, Robin Asbell, shares some recipes for creative and unique dip recipes. 

4th of July Foods   Back To Top

Minnesotan’s love their ranch dressing and is a go-to for so many things.  Natalie Jaeger, owner of The Olive Grove, has a homemade version of the dressing that is healthier and a little more friendly  to your hips!

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From the Garden to the Table   Back To Top

TCL’s Luckiest Cook winner, Patty Morrissey, is back in the kitchen putting dinner on the table – straight from the garden.

Happy Hour at Home   Back To Top

You don’t need to go somewhere to enjoy a patio for happy hour.  Have your own at home!  Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine food and dining editor, Stephanie March, has some suggestions for the best places to stop and pick up happy hour to bring home!

4th of July Side Dishes   Back To Top

With Father’s day, graduation parties, 4th of July, and weekend barbeques, there’s always summer potlucks that you need to come up with a dish for.  Meg Dhamer, owner of Pigtale Twist, has a few recipes for you. 

Thrill of the Grill   Back To Top

With Father's Day coming up, many dads will be heading outside to fire up the grill. But just like cooking with an oven, there are things to consider when it comes to safety. Steve suited up with firefighters to make sure your grilling experience goes well.

Perfect Picnic   Back To Top

With the sun out and the warm weather, it’s the perfect time for a picnic! TCL Kitchen Star, Alice Seuffert says when planning on what you are bringing to keep it quick and easy! 

Good Company: Gerhard’s Brats   Back To Top

Gerhard’s Brats is a fairly new company, but what they serve has been around for a long time.  With their brats, the timing is perfect to take part in the Twin Cities food and beer scene.  They don’t just serve regular brats, however.  Their healthier recipe has been around for decades and comes from Austria.

Quick & Easy Summer Snacks   Back To Top

It’s summer, the kids are hungry, but you don’t want to spend a lot of time inside figuring out what to feed them.  Here are 4 quick thing you can make in a jiffy from Cooking for Dads host, Rob Barrett

Delicious Dips   Back To Top

Some things are perfect all by themselves such as, a BLT and a Snickers. Amy Hanten, The Cooking Mom, kicked it up a notch and made them into dips on Monday's show. 

Hello Kitty Sushi   Back To Top

What do you get when you put Hello Kitty, Spam, and sushi together?  Hello Kitty Sushi – a very popular dish in Hawaii!  Katie Chin, daughter of the famous Leeann Chin, shows us how to make them at home. 

Unjunk Your Junk Foods   Back To Top

The official start of barbequing season is upon us.  Don’t worry, you can still partake in the barbeques, desserts, and dips and chips.  Registered Holistic Nutritionist and author of Unjunk Your Junk Food, Andrea Donsky, says all you have to do is “unjunk” them!

Gluten Free on a Budget   Back To Top

When going gluten-free, the food can be expensive.  Amanda Paa, blogger, recipe developer and photographer of the Heartbeet Kitchen blog says it doesn’t have to.  She shares her ways to be gluten-free on a budget.

Date Night Meals   Back To Top

It’s always fun to go out to dinner with your sweetie.  It also can be pretty romantic to stay in and make a date-night meal too.  Personal chef and creator of A Simple Kitchen, Sarah Lang, creates a three course menu that will sure to impress your sweetheart.  

Good Company: Lucille’s Kitchen Garden   Back To Top

For Zoie Glass, food has always been the center of family traditions.  Zoie and her wife Amy’s specialty was the homemade jams they made.  Soon, it was more than just family wanting the jams.  Before long, the stores started calling.