Main Dish Recipes

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    January 18, 2012

    Bar La Grassa has Italian galore for under $12

    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 big. It's boisterous. It's a little bit of Manhattan's Mulberry Street brought to the Midwest. Welcome to Nancy St. Pierre and Isaac Becker's Bar La Grassa. "Bar L ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Tilia slings tasty eats for $12 or less

    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. Steven Joel Brown thought maybe it was time to move on. "I was kind of thinking I was done working in restaurants," he confesses," and that part of my life was over." I ... More >>

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    January 4, 2012

    La Belle Vie offers exquisite fare for $12 or less in the Lounge

    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. Tim McKee's fingerprints are scattered around the Twin Cities. And we all eat better because of it. The first Minnesotan to be anointed Best Chef: Midwest by the James Be ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    December 21, 2011

    Pig & Fiddle comes to 50th and France

    Offering plenty of old-country fare

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    November 21, 2011

    Top 5 strangest ingredients in Thanksgiving stuffing [ACTUAL RECIPES]

    Maybe you've been serving the same boring turkey dressing at Thanksgiving for years and you're ready to break out of your rut. Or maybe you'll just enjoy watching Aunt Martha gag when you tell her, after dinner, what her two helpings of stuffing were made from. Either way, here are five real Thanksg ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    Pig & Fiddle: A first look

    Joy SummersA pig and a pint, now available at 50th and France​Another restaurant lands in the midst of 50th and France.  Just three weeks ago the new Pig & Fiddle opened in the former Pearson's space. Brought to Minneapolis by Mark van Wie and Paul Schatz, who also run St. Paul's Muddy Pi ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    October 5, 2011

    Sonora Grill comes to Midtown Global Market

    Scratch-made Spanish-Latin fast food

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    September 28, 2011

    The Bachelor Farmer celebrates the Nordic palate

    Governor Dayton's sons open first-rate restaurant

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    September 21, 2011

    Saffron reboots for the Target Field crowd

    Middle Eastern mainstays remain on the menu

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    September 7, 2011

    Solera's sun rises again

    Spanish eatery offers more than just a great rooftop

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    August 17, 2011

    Muddy Waters transforms into restaurant and bar

    Iconic coffee shop gets new digs

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Jorge Guzman of Solera: Chef Chat, Part 3 [RECIPE]

    ​This week we've been chatting with chef Jorge Guzman, executive chef at Solera. Thus far we've covered his growing years and career. (Get caught up here and here). Today we wrap up our conversation talking about what really matters: food--Spanish food, Mexican food, comfort food, and shrimp heads ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Oceanaire's Rick Kimmes talks Copper River salmon plus a recipe

    Oceanaire's Rick Kimmes​So what's the big deal about this Copper River Salmon we've been hearing about? To get the scoop, the Hot Dish went to Oceanaire general manager Rick Kimmes to find out more about the bounty from this Alaska river and what makes it so delish. He not only educated us but gra ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011
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    May 11, 2011

    Tilia in Linden Hills feels like it's been around forever

    Steven Brown's comeback rings out loud and clear

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Saffron's Sameh Wadi: Chef Chat, Part 1

    photo by Saed WadiSameh Wadi​Saffron's Sameh Wadi has a lot on his proverbial plate. He was named as a semifinalist for the "Rising Star Chef of the Year" James Beard Award and was invited to cook at the awards ceremony this May. He's also collaborating on a family book of Palestinian cooking ... More >>

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    March 26, 2011

    Annona Gourmet's balsamic vinegars: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 47

    Mo PerryAnnona Gourmet has a whole wall lined with delicious flavored vinegars​Tucked away in a sleepy corner of Northeast Minneapolis, in the Saint Anthony Village strip mall, lies a hidden gem. Annona Gourmet, a small shop whose motto is "educate your appetite," invites guests to do just t ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011
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    February 18, 2011

    Sea Change introduces new prime-time happy hour

    Not your average filet o' fish​It's been a busy week at Sea Change in Minneapolis. First chef de cuisine Erik Anderson was nominated by Food & Wine magazine as one of the Midwest's best new chefs, then he was recognized as one of the semi-finalists for a James Beard Award for best Midwestern c ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    February 16, 2011

    Jack's and People's Organic cafes reviewed

    Minneapolis and Edina get new java-based joints

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    February 9, 2011

    Mozza Mia Pizzeria gets fresh

    Gourmet pizza for mozzarella lovers

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Turn White Castle slyders into chili, party dip for Super Bowl entertaining [RECIPES]

    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 >>

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    January 28, 2011

    DiGiorno Pizza and Cookies makes life worth living

    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 >>

  • Restaurants

    January 19, 2011

    Prairie Ale House introduces better class of pub grub

    Eden Prairie restaurant merges sports and great eats

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Chino Latino's Tuan Nguyen: Chef Chat, part 3 [RECIPE]

    Lisa GulyaChino Latino's executive chef Tuan Nguyen tells the secret to his baby back ribs​Chino Latino's executive chef, Tuan Nguyen, is an award-winning chef. Outside work, he is also a typical Minnesota guy and dad: While Nguyen is passionate about "pushing the envelope" with Chino Latino's ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Cooking with chocolate: chefs' tips (RECIPE)

    Lisa GulyaRuby Moon chocolate truffles​Frazzled by the holiday hubbub? A little chocolate cookery could help soothe those frayed nerves. Three chefs share their tips for cooking with chocolate, plus a recipe for mole sauce.

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    November 17, 2010

    Chris Stevens of Blackbird: Chef Chat, part 2

    Michelle BruchChef Chris Stevens overhauled the old Blackbird menu. ​Blackbird is back, and we sat down with chef Chris Stevens for an early look at the menu. The restaurant shut down in February after a grease fire destroyed a line of businesses at 50th and Bryant. Blackbird reopened for dinne ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Two pumpkin recipes from local chefs--one savory, one sweet

    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 >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Stewart Woodman's Shefzilla cookbook helps you cook Heidi's at home

    Learn how to cook like Heidi's. ​Stewart Woodman has created a monster. His new cookbook, Shefzilla: Conquering Haute Cuisine at Home, (Borealis Books, $27.95) might just put his forthcoming restaurant, a.k.a. Heidi's 2.0, out of business. Yeah, right. The Hot Dish recently received a revie ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    Minnesota History Center cooking class goes wild with duck and rabbit

    Brian Crouch from La Belle Vie​Last Sunday, the Minnesota History Center in partnership with Fabulous Catering and Gastro Non Grata, hosted a DIY wild game class. Just in time for hunting season, a group gathered at the Fab Cat compound in south Minneapolis to learn the ins-and-outs of preparing f ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 29, 2010

    Heartland launches ambitous complex in Lowertown

    St. Paul's most lauded restaurant thinks big

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    September 20, 2010

    Target Field recipes from the Food Network

    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 >>

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    September 10, 2010

    Grilling recipes and wine pairings for the season's last barbecues

    Turkey dinner and Barbera​Late summer and fall can be a terrific time for getting in your last barbecues of the year. Earlier we discussed simple grilling options and affordable wines . Now it's time to talk about creating more exciting dishes on the grill. As always, a perfect wine pairing is ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    Spoonriver's Brenda Langton: Chef Chat, Part 3

    A.J. OlmscheidOwner Brenda Langton and pastry chef Kristen Schafbuch of Spoonriver​Today we conclude our chef chat with Brenda Langton, owner of Spoonriver restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. (Here are parts 1 and 2.) Langton talks about the need to revitalize American food culture and her dre ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Spoonriver's Brenda Langton: Chef Chat, Part 2

    A.J. OlmscheidSpoonriver owner Brenda Langton outside the Mill City Farmers Market​Today we bring you the second part of our chat with longtime Twin Cities restaurateur and chef Brenda Langton. (Here's part 1 if you missed it.) Langton talks more about her upcoming Spoonriver cookbook, the imp ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    August 25, 2010

    Parma 8200 revives Bloomington's staid dining scene

    D'Amico-owned Italian makes strides with modern dishes

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    August 18, 2010

    Uptown Cafeteria is tray chic, but can it keep up the pace?

    Hennepin and Lake gets another Parasole joint

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    August 13, 2010

    Broders' Michael Rostance: Chef Chat, Part 3

    A.J. Olmscheid​Today we wrap up our talk with Broders' executive chef, Michael Rostance. (Here's parts 1 and 2 for the latecomers.) In this installment, Rostance shares stories about eating eyeballs, hanging out with Mario Batali's dad and messing up a meal for the shah's wife.

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    August 11, 2010

    Justin Grecco creates a mini food dynasty

    Bellanotte's former chef runs Roman Anthony's, Grecco's, and Chef In A Box

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    August 2, 2010

    Pecan crusted catfish recipe to celebrate National Catfish Month

    It's August--time for catfish ​ In honor of National Catfish Month, here's a fabulous recipe from New Orleans, where they know a thing or two about cooking catfish. It's a dish made famous at the beloved Upperline Restaurant.

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    July 23, 2010

    Burke Forster of Cafe Maude: Chef Chat, part 3

    Courtesy of Burke ForsterHe fed trout eyeballs to his kids​Today we conclude our chat with chef Burke Forster of Cafe Maude. Forster has created a new lunch menu at Maude, bringing his love of farm fresh ingredients prepared in lovely simple ways to the table. You can read part 1, and part 2 o ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    Tommy Begnaud of Town Talk Diner: Chef Chat, part 3

    courtesy of Tommy BegnaudTommy, its been great getting to know ya!​ Today we conclude part 3 of our series with chef Tommy Begnaud, who has created a new summer menu at Town Talk Diner. You can read Part 1 and Part 2 of our discussion here.

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    June 28, 2010

    Wasabi salmon and bacon wrapped trout: recipe 2 for 1!

    Steve Neuharth How could you go wrong with bacon wrapped trout?​ There really is nothing nicer right now than grilling: lighting the coals, cracking open a beer, and hanging out on the patio. But sometimes the recipe repetoire can get a little boring, so we are here to help. Let DIY-on-the ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    Lenny Russo: Chef Chat, Part 3

    ​ While Lenny Russo takes on his biggest endeavor yet, Heartland Restaurant and Farm Direct Market, opening in Lowertown next month, he took the time to talk to Hot Dish, and shared one of his favorite recipes, in the third part of our series. You can read Part 1 and Part 2, here if you missed t ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Jeff Mitchell of Gastro Non Grata's grilled pork

    ​In case you are not fortunate enough to make it to Seachange for the Gastro Non Grata Patio Series kick-off tonight, Gastro's Jeff Mitchell shared this recipe with Hot Dish, a simple pork preparation for you to try from the comfort of your own patio.

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    May 28, 2010

    Memorial Day BBQ: Top 5 taste-tastic recipes!

    ​On a long weekend like this, with the sun a-shining, surrounded by family and friends, and a cooler full of brewskis, it is only right to fire up the grill. Here at Hot Dish, we wanted to share five of our favorite recipes that are a little off the beaten path. Clams with white wine and her ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    A tour of the Twin Cities' barbeque scene: Dickey's

    ​I don't own a smoker and I don't barbeque. Barbecuing is all about low temperature and slow cooking. I'm a griller - high heat, fast cooking, instant gratification. Most of the recipes I create are meals that can be made in under an hour so ribs aren't something I do on my show. But I do li ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    Muffuletta's Asian burger: Restaurant Recipes

    ​ It's springtime in Minnesota, and that can only mean one thing for home cooks--grill season! Instead of grilling up the old standby hamburger, we asked Muffuletta chef Jason Schellin to share the recipe for the St. Paul restaurant's popular Asian burger.

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