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3 Creative Chopped Salads  

It’s the season of the salad and Co-owner of Kafe 421 and creator of A Pinch of Lemon, Antigoni Sander, shows us why it’s so important to let your salt and sweet ingredients sit before adding oil to the dressing.  She shares recipes for a Tex Mex Chicken Chopped Salad, a Minnesota Chopped Salad, Upper West Side Chopped Salad.   

Good Company: Schwan Food Company  

Schwan Food Company started in March of 1952. Marvin Schwan and his family ran a local dairy. Business was struggling. So, Marvin packed his 1946 Dodge panel van with dry ice and ice cream and drove around selling it to families. He sold all fourteen gallons. Marvin was just 23 years old and he was on to something.

Food Network Star Contestant  

Woodbury resident and General Manager of Nadia Cakes in Woodbury is going head to head with some of the best chefs around the country as Erin Campbell fights for the title of Food Network Star.  Season 12 starts on Sunday at 8PM.  Erin stops by the TCL kitchen to talk about her experience and give us some graduation dessert ideas. 

Minnesota Monthly’s Grill Fest  

There is no doubt that this time of year brings out the grills.  You can smell the grilling going on in the air!  Minnesota Monthly is celebrating with their annual Grill Fest.  Joy Summers, Minnesota Monthly’s Food Editor, shares her favorites from the event. 

Farmers Market Trends  

Spring is here and that means that farmers markets all over the Twin Cities are opening up for their regular season hours.  You’ll have fresh produce and flowers and your fingertips!  We’ve brought in our farmers market pro, owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell, to share what trends she’s seeing this year! 

Ramp Pesto Pasta w/ Shrimp  

The first sign of spring is here, ramps are sprouting up around the Twin Cities.  This culinary delicacy has a short season that many chefs take advantage of.  Private Chef, Justin Davis, shows us how to make a ramp pesto and pairs it with pasta and shrimp.

Blender Banana Bread  

Banana Bread is a Minnesota classic!  The first recipe in the US was published back in 1933 by Minnesota’s own, Pillsbury.  But The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten, says she has the best banana bread recipe EVER and her secret is a blender!

Minnesota Twins New Food   Back To Top

Long gone are the days of just nachos, beer and hot dogs or brats at a baseball game. The Minnesota Twins home opener is Monday, April 11th and you can expect another year with lots of new things to eat. The Twins and Delaware North Sportservice are hosting their seventh annual Target Field food and beverage preview. It’s a chance for them to showcase their new foods. The food ranges from poutine to pizza.

Spring Food Trends   Back To Top

It isn’t only fashion that follows the trends.  Food moves in seasonal trends too, especially at the local level.  Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell, shares some of the hottest food trends hitting our tables this spring.

Good Company: Angie’s Boomchickapop   Back To Top

Angie’s Boomchickapop was started by Angie and Dan Bastian. They were making their product at home in a garage and they thought if they sold their kettle corn, they could have something fun to do with the kids while also saving money for their college education. They started selling it at fairs and festivals. Then, they got into a few grocery stores. Soon, the Twins were calling. Before they knew, Angie and Dan were selling what was then known as “Angie’s Kettle Corn” in thousands of stores.

Seattle Sutton’s Slim Down Challenge Update   Back To Top

If you’re looking for a fresh start in 2016, it’s not too late. In fact 175 people across Minnesota and Western Wisconsin have taken on a challenge to do just that and more. They signed up for the Seattle Sutton’s Slim Down Challenge and have lost over 2,000 pounds total in just 8 weeks. TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson caught up with two women on the program who are hopeful for the grand prize, a healthy new life and $5,000 cash!

Taste of Food & Wine Experience   Back To Top

For over 20 years Minnesota Monthly has been bringing great food, craft beers and delicious wine together for the Food & Wine Experience.  This year it’s happening at the Legend’s Club at Target Field next weekend.  Minnesota Monthly’s Editor, Rachel Hutton stops by Twin Cities live for an early taste of the fun.

It’s Sap Season!   Back To Top

Here in Minnesota, winter has a habit of carrying on and on.  And on.  But the way we see it, that just gives us more opportunities to embrace the magic of the season.  With that in mind, Steve and Elizabeth head outdoors with a camera and an open-mind.

Couples Cooking Class   Back To Top

Erin and Bay are a couple from Savage who are getting married in Mexico in just a few weeks! They won TCL’s “Marriage in Mexico” contest and will tie the knot at Generations Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Before they leave on a jet plane, they are enjoying a date night out at Kitchen in the Market in Minneapolis. It’s a couples cooking class where participants learn to make an entire meal from scratch. Both Bay and Erin tell Elizabeth that Bay is the cook in their house, specializing in sticky rice with bacon and eggs.

The 411 on CSA's   Back To Top

Community Supported Agricultures, or CSA’s, is best known for getting a box of vegetables from a local farm.  Essentially you are purchasing a share of their crops.  Vegetables aren’t the only options anymore  when it comes to CSA’s.  Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig has some unique options.

Meal Planning Ideas and Advice   Back To Top

Carrie Rocha from the website Pocket Your Dollars shares advice and resources to plan meals every week, including the plan she uses for her own family.

Olympian Brian Boitano   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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   Back To Top

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.