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Cauliflower Recipes  

Owner of Golden Fig Fine Foods, Laurie Crowell, believes you can get kids to eat anything, even if it is a vegetable. She stopped by with a variety of ways to cook a vegetable all over restaurant menus this year: cauliflower. 

Recipes from Target Center's New Chef  

Nearly $140 million will help transform Target Center into a top venue for professional sports, concerts and more. But it's not just the exterior receiving a facelift. The Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx brought on the owner of Faces Mears Park, David Fhima, to transform the culinary experience at the stadium. He stopped by with recipes you'll find on their new menus.

Dip Off: Final Round  

It’s the final day of the TCL staff going against each other in our Super Bowl Dip Off!  TCL’s Executive Producer, Mandy Tadych takes on the Local Guy About Town, Mike Marcotte!

TCL Staff Dip Off: Round Two  

We paired up our TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson and TCL Senior Producer Christian Unser to battle for the best dip leading up to the Super Bowl.

TCL Staff Dip Off  

Super Bowl Sunday is four days away so get ready to get your “scoop” on. Break out your chips, crackers, and veggies. Since everyone loves dips we decided to have some fun in a friendly competition. We paired up our TCL crew members, Producer Brittany and Photographer Dew to battle for the most touchdown worthy dip from now until Friday.  One winner will be decided on each day!

Blender Recipes  

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.

Baked Crab Cakes  

Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell, explains how she cuts 1000 calories from her tasty crab cake recipe just by baking them instead of frying!

Swedish Rice Pudding   Back To Top

It’s a meal, it’s a dessert, and if you’ve never tried it, we think you’re missing out. Rice Pudding can be found in nearly every area of the world, but this Swedish dish is often served during the holidays. Of course we wanted to learn how to make it so we turned to the most lovely Swede we know. Eva Sabet, owner of Swedish Crown Bakery in Anoka, joined us to make Rice a la Malta.

Elizabeth's Mayo Recipe   Back To Top

Elizabeth shows Steve her recipe for homemade mayo. To get the recipe for yourself, visit Elizabeth's blog, Home to Homestead, by clicking here.

Pumpkin Spice Recipes   Back To Top

Just walk through the grocery store, or hit up the coffee shop, and the flavor you’ll see all over?  Pumpkin spice of course!  Chef and cookbook author Robin Asbell shows you how to create the flavor right out of your own kitchen! 

Thanksgiving Side Ideas   Back To Top

The owner of The Olive Grove in Mendota Heights, Natalie Jaeger, says one ingredient in your mashed potatoes recipes can completely change the taste!

Tomato Risotto   Back To Top

Cooking for the holidays usually means cooking for groups of people you love. Many think risotto is hard to make, when in reality it takes only about 30-40 minutes from start to finish.  Alice Seuffert, creator of Dining with Alice, shows us how easy it is using Red Gold® Tomatoes.

"Grandma Rita's" Thanksgiving Dressing   Back To Top

Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig grew up eating her Grandma Rita's dressing on Thanksgiving. She's updated the recipe with her own twist.

Green Bean Casserole and Fall Fruit Terrine   Back To Top

Mary Jane Miller tackles a Thanksgiving "Recipe Rescue" by upgrading green bean casserole and jello recipes you'd find on the back of a box. For more about Mary Jane, click here.   

Corn Crab Cakes   Back To Top

Mystic Lake is a busy spot for Thanksgiving. A ton of food is made. Chef Erik from the Mystic Steakhouse will be cooking non-stop all day for guests. Some of the traditional foods have a unique flare. Emily went to Mystic to see how cranberry sauce or jam can used with Corn Crab Cakes for a delicious appetizer on the big day.

Make Ahead Three Cheese Baked Mashed Potatoes   Back To Top

Avoid working up a sweat when preparing your Thanksgiving meal.  Antigoni Sander shares her recipe for make ahead mashed potatoes.

Homemade Halloween Recipes   Back To Top

Turn "scary" inspiration like Jack O'Lanterns and spider webs into tasty Halloween-themed dishes! The Cooking Mom Amy Hanten shows us how.

Pumpkin Risotto   Back To Top

Making the perfect risotto can be tricky.  Laurie Crowell from Golden Fig says the trick fro making the perfect risotto comes down to the temperature of a specific ingredient – the stock.

Queso Fundido   Back To Top

The owner of Saint Paul’s El Burrito Mercado, Milissa Silva-Diaz, shares her family’s recipe for Queso Fundido, a chorizo dip perfect for a party.

Whole Grains Recipes   Back To Top

Cookbook author and chef Robin Asbell helped Steve and special guest host Marjorie Johnson celebrate Whole Grains Month with four recipes, including a tasty after-school snack!

Light and Healthy Recipes   Back To Top

With the State Fair quickly approaching, we asked Natalie Jaeger from The Olive Grove in Mendota Heights to serve up light and healthy recipes.

Broccolini with Grilled Lemon & Pine Nuts   Back To Top

Sameh Wadi is well known in the foodie world.  Nearly a decade ago, he opened Saffron, a hot spot that fuses Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. Most recently, he opened MilkJam Creamery, an ice cream shop that’s a little out of the ordinary. 

12 Days of Grilling: Tacos de Carne Asada   Back To Top

We’re grilling around the globe with the Minnesota Beef Council  in our 12 Days of Grilling.  We are spicing things up as we head to Mexico!  Milissa Silva-Diaz, co-owner of El Burrito Mercado, with her Tacos de Carne Asadas. 

Pineapple Fried Rice with Katie Chin   Back To Top

Katie Chin is a chef and author and you've probably eaten her mother's cooking. Katie helped her mom Leeann Chin in the kitchen when she was creating food for her popular restaurants. Now Katie is continuing that tradition with her own children and her new book Everyday Chinese Cooking passes on those traditions to you! 

Summer Dinner with the Olive Grove   Back To Top

We’re in the middle of summer and it’s time to put together a classic hot weather dinner.  Owner of The Olive Grove in Mendota Heights, Natalie Jaeger, shows us how to make Baby Back Ribs, Cabbage Slaw and Strawberry Shortcake.

Cooking with Berries   Back To Top

Now is the time to get out and go berry picking here in the Twin Cities!!  Now that you have bushels of berries what are you going to do with them?  Owner of Golden Fig, Laurie Crowell, shows us how to create a meal all around blueberries and raspberries!   

4th of July Summer Salads   Back To Top

Enjoy your 4th of July party instead of getting stuck in the kitchen.  Owner of The Olive Grove in Mendota Heights, Natalie Jeager, shows us make ahead salads that you can keep outside all day long without fear of spoiling.  

Cold Summer Soups   Back To Top

We’re celebrating a super summer with cold summer soup ideas!  Owner of the Golden Fig in Saint Paul, Laurie Crowell, shows us 3 soup recipes perfect for the dog days of summer: Cucumber Dill Soup, Grilled Strawberry Balsamic Soup and Chilled Avocado Soup.

Recipe with MATTER Box   Back To Top

MATTER is just one of the non-profits that we’re raising money for through Summer Harvest for Kids!  MATTER, a Minneapolis based organization that uses materials that normally go to waste and it into people hands that need it. Food blogger, Diane Fluin creates a recipe using the ingredients from the MATTER box.

Dinner for Dad   Back To Top

With Father’s Day right around the corner it’s time to head to store and get ready for the perfect Dad’s Day Meal.  Owner of The Olive Grove in Mendota Heights, Natalie Jaeger, show us a Smoked Salmon Tarte for an appetizer, a great Chimichurri Sauce to add to your steak and brownies for desserts!