Joachim "Aki" Berndt knows a thing or two about baking bread. The former cabinetmaker immigrated to the United States from Germany in 2000, and soon realized the land of lakes was sorely lacking in the dark, hearty bread department. In 2010, Berndt turned his bread making hobby into a full-time gig, ... More >>
Besides being blood-related, sisters Jen and Kate Lloyd have one major thing in common: their love for artisan bagels. But a little digging on their part revealed some major holes in Minneapolis's bagel scene. Where were the locally-grown and organic ingredients? The traditional techniques? Where we ... More >>
"Love to cook, hate to bake" is a commonly held sentiment among chefs. Why? Baking in general, and confection in particular, has a reputation for being tedious, inflexible, and focused on perfection. But baking blogger and cookbook author Amanda Rettke thinks that shouldn't be the case. She makes wh ... More >>
The St. Louis Park bakery boasts more than just baguettes and croissants
For Honey and Rye Bakehouse co-owners Emily Ackerman and Anne Andrus, food has always been part of their foundation. "We met in 6th grade during lunch," says Ackerman. "Our friend Lyndsey brought our two groups of friends together. We were sitting across the lunch table from each other." Years ... More >>
As American television networks are wont to do, CBS announced it is developing its own version of the popular UK series The Great British Bake Off, a competition show that pits the country's best amateur bakers against one another over the course of several weeks. Contestants must display proficienc ... More >>
Zoe FrancoisMake them for the first night of Chanukah With the first night of Chanukah coming up fast (it starts next Tuesday, December 20, at sunset), the Hot Dish started asking around for some great recipes by local chefs. We got a chance to get up close and personal in a two-part interview with ... More >>
Normally our week of food events has a running theme, like heaps of beer tastings or charity dinners. But this first week in October is full of random, which is just how we like it. You can get over your fear of bread, learn to make cheese, brew the perfect cup of coffee, and shuck an oyster all bet ... More >>
Mill City Farmers Market and the Mill City Museum are joining forces to celebrate the Bread Festival, sponsored by Gold Medal Flour. This will be the first of an annual event celebrating the traditions of American bread-baking. The festival will include demonstrations and a bread-baking contest. He ... More >>
Everyone is German at the Black Forest InnFans of all things German and sausagey will be pleased with this week's offerings, which skew heavily toward a meat-and-beer theme thanks to Oktoberfest activities. 9/25 If you made it through the weekend without attending the Black Forest Inn's Okt ... More >>
The sourdough starter will live on.A St. Paul bakery located near the Wabasha caves met its untimely demise last week after a rock slide caused severe damage to the kitchen. Owners of Bread, Coffee, Cake -- a.k.a. "BC2" -- say a giant boulder rolled down a nearby bluff and crashed into the b ... More >>
Lisa GulyaRustica Bakery: the breads Bon Appetit lovesToday we wrap up our interview with Rustica Bakery owner and baker Steve Horton. Horton also shares a sweet recipe with readers. (Read the rest of our interview here and here.) What is your best culinary tip for a home cook? I always reco ... More >>
Mark LuinenburgZoe Francois is pro-carbsLocal baker and author Zoë Francois is most well-known for convincing us all to keep a bucket of bread dough in our refrigerators at the ready. Her book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day (co-authored with Jeff Hertzberg) and the follow-up Healthy Bre ... More >>
Martin OuimetBaker Solveig TofteToday baker Solveig Tofte, formerly of Turtle Bread Company, explains her dream for turning Minneapolis into "a baking mecca." She also shares her picks for the best baking cookbooks, in part two of this week's chef chat. (Read part 1 here.)
Martin OuimetBaker Solveig Tofte, making use of her weaving skills Solveig Tofte's baked goods are familiar to fans of Turtle Bread Company and Tofte's farmer's market stand, Sun Street Breads. Recently, Tofte announced she would leave Turtle Bread to take Sun Street from summer staple at th ... More >>
www.sunstreetbreads.comSun Street takes its farmers market stand four seasons!After getting her feet wet with a stand at the Kingfield Farmers Market, Solveig Tofte, Turtle Bread's longtime head baker--and fourth-place finisher in the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie international artisan bak ... More >>
Skin art for local foodies
courtesy of Food NetworkA game day extravaganza.When you go to the ball game and sit in the stands, do you gaze longingly into the suites and imagine what it's like to have an endless food supply? Since most of us never get to sit there, we wanted to share these recipes that the Food Network rece ... More >>
Remember Wonder Bread, that white tasteless loaf of sugar and gluten? There was a time when we probably thought it was good. Luckily, time has moved on. Baking no knead bread is an easy way to get fresh, healthy bread in to your system and takes very little time and effort. While there are ... More >>
Your Kingfield neighbors are going all Iron Chef on sweet corn this Sunday!
Make use of the stifling summer heat collecting in your car--solar baking is the new hotboxing.
A local scientist has engineered the typical chocolate chip cookie to achieve "the gooeyness of cookie dough without all the salmonella."