We may disagree about corn dogs versus pronto pups, where to find the best cheese curds, and which political candidate deserves our vote, but most Minnesotans agree that there are two kinds of people: State Fair People and everyone else. Drop off an entry for a State Fair competition and it is a saf ... More >>
The team behind the Robbinsdale culinary powerhouse has done it again
When it first touched our lips, all we could think of was the hairy, humped creature it came from. We wanted answers to our paranoid questions: When was this stuff shipped? Has it been properly refrigerated? Will we be projectile vomiting within a half hour? How did someone manage to get a seven-foo ... More >>
For many people over the age of eleven, the holidays feel less like a cheerful sleigh ride and more like a grueling biathlon where disappointment lurks at every turn. It can be tough to believe in the restorative power of holiday cheer: The long lines and the punishing weather, the endless bundling ... More >>
Zac and Jill Stafford are a special Minnesota breed of crazy. When asked what would send them out onto the icy streets in the dead of winter in a converted food truck just to freeze their bits off, they answered: Sharing steaming rich cups of liquid chocolate topped with marshmallows handcrafted wit ... More >>
How to live without wheat in the metro
Lots of little things – good beer, a charming patio, miraculous fries – make a satisfying whole at Longfellow cafe
Offering plenty of old-country fare
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 >>
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 >>
Governor Dayton's sons open first-rate restaurant
May is National Strawberry Month. First bred in Brittany, France, around 1740 from plants harvested in eastern North America, Chile, Argentina, the garden strawberry is known for its fragrance, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweet, sometimes tart taste. Whether eaten fresh or in prepare ... More >>
Mrs. Fields SecretsOatmeal cookies get skinny. We're happy for any type of nationally recognized excuse to gorge on sweets. Chocolate Cake Day was a big hit, and National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day may be a bit more obscure but promises to be just as delicious. March 18 is the official day of celebr ... More >>
oldfashionedsodafountain.blogspot.comForget the box and DIY A recent declaration by some Minnesota Girl Scouts that they would refuse to participate in the annual cookie fundraiser because their council sold off four beloved summer camps got our attention. Sure, we love the delicious cookies, ... More >>
What has science done?"In a few years it will read Pizza and Cookies and Weed." That was the first comment that made sense to us when we saw DiGiorno's latest product: a cheese or pepperoni pizza packaged with Toll House cookie dough in one giant $8 box labeled "Pizza and Cookies." Yes, we al ... More >>
Velveeta Fudge inside; snow outsideWell, apparently the weekend snowstorm brought on some cabin fever. And so, in a fit of deep Americana-inspired food bravery, the Hot Dish decided to take one for the team and solve a longtime mystery of treat-making. With a view to a snow drift, we did the unth ... More >>
Fresh pumpkin is the best. While we love Halloween candy as much as the next guy, we also dig the pumpkin dishes that pop up at area restos during the season. Some are savory and some are sweet, but all give you that fall feeling. The Hot Dish spoke with a few local chefs who share our orange ent ... More >>
Alcohol whipped cream = fun!We heard about "whipahol"--alcohol-infused aerosol whipped cream--a few months ago, back when it wasn't yet being sold in Minnesota. Lo and behold, a recent trip to Surdyk's found a whole stash of Cream brand whipahol in multiple flavors (chocolate, caramel, vani ... More >>
www.marthastewart.comWicked Witch cupcakes Halloween is the time for sweet treats. Today we share a couple of our favorite Halloween cupcake recipes that are simple, yummy, and super cute--no tricks involved.
Public Domain Photos via flickrDon't throw them away!We know you usually just throw them on the compost heap, but wait... we've got some ideas about how to use all those pumpkin seeds that your October decorating scheme has left you with. And not to worry, we know that a "wild honey-hazelnut-pump ... More >>
Canned and deliciousTis the season to buy a pumpkin, gut it and carve it to hell. But did you know pumpkins are laden with antioxidants and beta carotene? That's right, the rotund orange squash has more to offer than crispy seeds and general jack-o-lantern jackassery. In this month of chocol ... More >>
Get in my mouth.When we think of s'mores, we think campfire, a star-filled sky, a cool summer breeze, and lots of gooey yumminess on our hands and face. All good things, which is why it is a great pleasure to let you know that today, August 10th, is National S'mores Day! And with s'mores gain ... More >>
www.tcho.comEarly on, San Francisco established itself as a hotbed of American-made gourmet chocolate, raising up the likes of Ghirardelli, Guittard, and Scharffen Berger. The city's latest entrant into the market, TCHO--pronounced "choh," as it's the phonetic spelling of the first syllable o ... More >>
My wife was the one who first introduced me to Monkey Bread. It was love at first sight (and I was fond of my wife as well. :-)). Those little chewy, doughy bits of goodness instantly won me over. While they've beena faithful friend over the past years, I've done a lot of experimenting recen ... More >>
Nick and Eddie dishes up the recipe for one of its classic desserts
And, they're super easy, to boot, and make a great hostess gift...
A cup of whipping cream? A can coconut milk? Survive today's dismal temps with the world's most caloric hot chocolate.
Chef Asher Miller fuels himself on an array of eats, including, recently, a 2-pound dorade.
Minneapolis firefighter's Tabasco recipe wins her $10,000.
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Minnesota's newest luxe Italian bistro and wine bar is good enough, fast enough, nice enough, and, generally, enough all over
Stewart Woodman's long-awaited solo venture is stylish, costly, and absolutely unique
20.21, the Walker's hotly anticipated Wolfgang Puck restaurant, is very good in many ways, but not great
The most extravagant cookies in the Twin Cities revealed, devoured
A terrific bar lurks within East Lake Street's newest fine-dining restaurant
Three Minnesota gems with ice cream cakes and frozen pies prove you can have your cake and lick it too
Mission American Kitchen gives the people what they want, from upscale potato chips to ribs and root beer floats
Local boy comes home from the Culinary Institute of America to make good in Nordeast
Brian McElrath's Zinfandel-Balsamic Vinegar Truffle is so potent and rich it seems almost meaty.
Ciao Bella may not be playing in the big leagues with Italian heavy hitters, but out in the minors of the first-ring suburbs it is kicking major keester.