Eat At Cecil's

IN THE GRAVY: Congratulations to Famous Dave's BBQ for winning first place at the renowned American Royal International BBQ Sauce Contest, beating out 73 other sauces from around the country. It's now official that the Best BBQ sauce in America can be found at Famous Dave's BBQ Shack, 43rd and Upton in Linden Hills, Minneapolis , which opened last June (929-1200). Nothing fancy I hear, just some picnic tables stocked with rolls of paper towels and a kitchen overflowing with slowly smoked spareribs, baked honey corn bread, creamy coleslaw, and Southern-style baked beans, all made from scratch. For additional stuffing, add some bread pudding or fresh strawberry shortcake to your paunch. So if you haven't made your way over, there's no better time and no tastier way to fatten yourself up.

CROWNING COLD GLORY: Weather be damned, it appears that ice cream is more in season than ever, especially when dished out by Dreyer's & Edy's. They have announced three limited-edition flavors--pumpkin, peppermint, and eggnog--all available October through December. If this information is too much for you, and you find yourself writhing on the floor in agony trying to figure out just how the heck to serve them, fear no more. You're always free to call the Dreyer's and Edy's Cold Facts Hotline (1-800-888-3442), in operation October 2 through December 31, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Here's a little start on your recipe collection to get you through.

Petite Pumpkin Patch

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Cecils Delicatessen and Restaurant

651 Cleveland Ave. S.
St. Paul, MN 55116

Category: Restaurant > Deli

Region: Highland Park

Ingredients:

  • 4 tiny pumpkins, about 3 inches in diameter
  • 1 quart Dreyer's or Edy's Grand Pumpkin Ice Cream
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Warm caramel sauce

Preparation:

  • Pierce the bottom of pumpkin with a knife in 3 or 4 places. Microwave on High for 6-7 minutes, just until pumpkins are tender when pierced or gently squeezed. Cool.
  • Slice off the tops and scoop out seeds and pumpkin meat, leaving the shells intact. Reserve tops.
  • Using dessert plates, arrange pumpkin shells in middle of plate.
  • Place a large scoop of Dreyer's or Edy's Grand Pumpkin ice cream in center of each pumpkin shell.
  • Pour warm caramel sauce over ice cream and around pumpkin on dessert plate. Dust with cinnamon and arrange pumpkin tops to the side of shells.
  • Serve immediately.

LICENSE TO WINE: Hurrah! Broders' Southside Pasta Bar (5000 Penn Ave. South, Mpls.; 925-9202) has beaten the system, or at least made amends with it. Because of the rule restricting liquor licenses in the city of Minneapolis to commercial districts of at least seven contiguous acres, Broders' was unable to apply for a liquor license. Tom Broder managed to change this situation at the location of his pasta bar, with support from 4,000 loyal customers and the neighborhood. Says Broder, "Without this license, the good restaurant we opened last year would not have survived." So now is as good a time as any to drop in for some divine and affordable Italian cuisine, and toast their (and your) good fortune with a bottle of Italian wine (the medium-sized list ranges from a $14 bottle of Valpolicella Classico to a $40 of Amarone).

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