Homemade food is all the rage these days, with everything from basement breweries to kimchi-making in the kitchen. However, sometimes the goods don't turn out as well as expected. Yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Health revealed that more than two dozen people in Minneapolis have gotten sick f ... More >>
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Food & Wine magazine has called out Pizzeria Lola as one of the 50 best pizza joints in the U.S. Pizzeria Lola has become a quick Twin Cities classic for thin-crust, wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizza.Here's where the restaurant ranked on the national list, and what local food personality Andrew ... More >>
Edward Zahn was cleaning out the walk-in cooler in his Oconto, Wisconsin-based County Line Cheese shop when he came upon a very happy accident: several boxes of cheddar cheese that had been repeatedly pushed back by new products over the years.If it were almost any other foodstuff, Zahn's discovery ... More >>
Wine and coffee bistro keeps it plain and simple
Minnesotans love their summer festivals. It makes sense. This is a horrifically cold and awful place to live (It's true. Admit it. Give up the ghost. Winter is awful) most of the year, so we try to cram as much fun as we can into our two habitable months. This sense of urgency might also explain why ... More >>
Broadening your knowledge of international cheeses can be a very enjoyable--but very expensive--project. And with over 670 recognized types of cheese, it's hard to know where to start without getting overwhelmed ... and over-cheesed. Finding small-scale, local events here and there can cut a lifetim ... More >>
Minnesota is known for lots of things. Lakes, casseroles, and an intentional lack of eye contact immediately come to mind. What Minnesota in not particularly known for is cheese. That's been the hallmark of our neighbors to the east since the borders were drawn. Whitney McChane is on a one ... More >>
If ever there was a loaded dish, it is this. A dish full of fat, cream, cheese, and nostalgia, and so hearty it can redeem the saddest, most downtrodden day. When eaters speak of comfort food, so often they speak of macaroni and cheese. After scouring the Twin Cities for the dishes, armed w ... More >>
To kick off 2012, we're highlighting 12 of the best dishes under $12 in the Twin Cities. Scroll down to view the complete list. It's a chilly January evening, but the soft yellow walls, honey-colored wood, and blond exposed brick at Restaurant Alma make it feel warm and cozy. We're sitting at the ... More >>
What's in Heartland's basket for less than $12?We should all be so lucky to live in Lenny Russo's neighborhood. As the executive chef of Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market, which he co-owns with his wife, Mega Hoehn, Russo focuses his efforts locally--on the people who live and work cl ... More >>
Gourmet pizza is crowded territory around here
Cafe has small but thoughtful menu
Now that the turkey is done, the relatives have made themselves scarce, and the cranberry sauce stains have been addressed, it's time to kick this holiday season business into high gear. It's time to get our bake on. For ideas we turned to area cookbook author, chef, and television personal ... More >>
Turkeys from Ferndale Farms will be available for pre-order.Seward Co-op will be hosting a Holiday Warm-Up on November 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where you'll be able to get a small taste of everything from free-range turkey from Ferndale Farms to holiday desserts from the Co-ops' own deli.
There aren't many things Minnesotans enjoy more than sitting on a patio, and time is growing short. Recently, we decided to visit the Aster Cafe to check out the new brunch menu. If you haven't been to the Aster's patio, go quickly, at least for one drink, before the cold comes and stays for go ... 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 >>
Flax USAA local alternative to soy or rice milk.Health nuts like to sprinkle a little flax seed into granola, smoothies, and the like, to give their diet a boost of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, with the hopes of reducing cholesterol and helping their hearts, among other things. Historically ... More >>
Tom PilcherSimply Steve's, awaiting the lunchtime hordes. Steve Ramlow has been busy lately. The other day, the owner of the new Minneapolis food truck Simply Steve's was rummaging around his kitchen as he finished up a batch of Strawberry Shortcake Sliders for the Minneapolis Farmer's Market la ... More >>
Heartland opens its doors for weekend brunch!Exciting news from chef Lenny Russo: starting this Saturday, June 18, Heartland will be serving weekend brunch. Former Heartland chef de cuisine Robb Moore, who left to open the now-shuttered Cru in Blaine, collaborated on the menu with Russo and w ... More >>
Gourmet pizza for mozzarella lovers
First, White Castle comes in candle form, now as chili? The White Castle slyder slips down so easily that it's difficult to conceive of the little steam-grilled burgers as anything other than a three-bite snack. So the Hot Dish was a little stunned to receive these recipes that call for slyde ... More >>
kthread on FlickrRaw Milk: some lawmakers want more of itState senators Sean Nienow, Gary Dahms, and Claire Robling are pushing legislation to make raw milk more widely available in Minnesota, even though the state health department says drinking it poses a serious health risk. The bill would al ... More >>
Hot on the heels of this weekend's wildly successful hat trick of Doomtree Blowout shows in the Mainroom, the Aster Cafe has announced a very cool New Year's Eve show in their limited-capacity space with Dessa. As we wrote about last month, the Aster has recently been revamped as an intimate "lis ... More >>
We're thankful for cheeseWant to impress your Thanksgiving guests with some of the best--and, at times, hardest to get--cheeses in the country? The two cheeses produced by Uplands Cheese in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, fit the bill: the extra-aged Pleasant Ridge Reserve was recently named Best in S ... More >>
Eggs, potatoes, Gruyere, and proscuitto...on a pizza? Yep, and Pizza Nea will let skeptical diners try it for free, as long as they order another pie (we like the Melanzana, with eggplant, roasted red and yellow peppers, mozzarella, goat cheese, onions, parsley and crushed San Marzano tomat ... More >>
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