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    July 26, 2012

    Pickled trout: Eat like a Scandinavian

    See also: Homemade aquavit Since we created a homemade variation of traditional aquavit last week (and in honor of this week's City Pages cover story on Scandinavian cuisine) we thought you might dig a Nordic appetizer that highlights those aquavit herbal notes. Starting with a basic recipe for pi ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Kim Ode's 'Rhubarb Renaissance': How to use your bumper crop [RECIPE]

    Summer in Minnesota is a beautiful thing. It may be just a few fleeting months, but the seasonal produce is plentiful, interesting, and inspires some of the most memorable dishes we eat all year. Right now we're nearing the end of rhubarb season, and for those of us with home gardens and CSA boxes t ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    Robin Asbell's vegan quesadillas and cranberry-jicama salsa make the season bright [RECIPE]

    ​Robin Asbell, cooking instructor, culinary advisor to the Whole Grains Council, and author of Big Vegan: More Than 350 Recipes, No Meat/No Dairy, All Delicious, will be appearing at the Kitchen in the Market (in Midtown Global Market) on December 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. The author will be s ... More >>

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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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    August 1, 2011

    Esquire names Al's Breakfast pancakes the best in America [RECIPE]

    Esquire's Best Pancake in America!​Our hometown favorite flapjack, those plate-size, buttermilk beauts from Al's Breakfast--one of our 100 Favorite Dishes and last year's Best Pancakes winner--just got some big props from Esquire, with a piece called "How to Make the Best Pancakes in America." ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Peas, please: Minty, sweet garden beauty in a bowl [RECIPE]

    ​Is there anything more optimistic than a sweet little pea? Imbued with all an early season's fleeting sweetness, best at their fresh peak, a pea ought to be coddled and cared for, rather than abused in frozen potpies. Chef Jason Blair of Red Stag Supperclub, a supporter of seasonal cooking, creat ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Watermelon: It's not just for seed spitting anymore [RECIPE]

    Watermelon salad from Gather: A sweet, salty, tart, spicy slice of summer​Is there anything better than golden sun on bare skin and a juicy wedge of watermelon cradled in sticky hands? As the fruit finally comes into season, we were considering more creative outlets for the fruit. Why not somethin ... 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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    May 26, 2011

    National Strawberry Month: Five ways to celebrate

    ​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 >>

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    March 15, 2011

    National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day--make a batch to celebrate [RECIPE]

    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 >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Make your own Girl Scout Cookies

    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 >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Soup swap is a healthy alternative to wife or cookie swapping

    Soup's on!​'Tis the season of cookie swapping. (Wife swapping has no seasonal bounds, I presume?) And while stocking up on dozens of sweets has its perks, all that sugar can be overwhelming. Here's a healthier, more practical alternative: swap soup. Each participant makes a big batch of soup ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Grossest Halloween recipe, ever: The Puking Pumpkin

    For a first-class Halloween.​Most of us have seen some version of the legendary Halloween Puking Pumpkin. With eyes bulging, pumpkin seeds and gook spilling from the mouth--it's a true Hallow's Eve classic. But here at the Hot Dish, we believe that this can be taken one step further. Hence, our ve ... 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 27, 2010

    Halloween cupcake recipes--there's no trick to these treats

    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.

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    October 25, 2010

    Top 5 tasty things to do with pumpkin seeds

    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 >>

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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 >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Hotdish recipe for National Noodle Day

    eraPhernalia/flickrThe perfect cookware for this dish.​Today is National Noodle Day, and we couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than to share a favorite recipe for hotdish, prepared Minnesota-style using cream of mushroom soup and potato chips on top. We checked in with Nick Oliveri, w ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Canning 101: Herbes de Provence Wine Jelly & Garlic Jelly

    Garlic Jelly & Herb de Provance Wine Jelly​While people generally think of jellies as fruit-based, savory jellies bring both sweet and spice to the palate. These two recipes use basic hot water bath canning techniques (boiling the jars as opposed to using a pressure cooker) and only have four ingr ... More >>

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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 17, 2010

    David Bedford is the apple king of Minnesota

    Rachel HuttonDavid Bedford in the field​You may not know David Bedford's name, but you've certainly tasted his work. As one of the inventors of the Honeycrisp apple--also known as Minnesota's official state fruit--his job entails tasting (sometimes up to 500 apples in a day) and creating the p ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    DIY cocktail ingredients: homemade cherries, orgeat syrup, and grenadine

    The cherry on top. ​It's the newest trend in high-end bars around town: artisan cocktails made with house-made ingredients, which can add a whole new level of flavor and sophistication to drinks. So why not adopt that trend for your own homemade cocktails? Since some fancy syr ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    Top 5 rum cocktail recipes

    Rum infusing in Madagascar​We are feeling just terrible about missing National Rum Day last Monday (we were a little distracted by it also being National Bratwurst Day, and we don't recommend mixing the two) but you don't really need an excuse to drink a beautiful cocktail. With the summer winding ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Top 5 s'mores recipes for National S'mores Day

    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 >>

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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 14, 2010

    Key lime pie--easiest recipe, ever

    Michelle LeonOh so cool and limey.​In this weather it is really fine to have a dessert that is not too heavy, and also does not bake long. This recipe has both of those qualities, and it only needs four ingredients. If you want to be super home-style you can try this easy recipe to make a home ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    Bastille Day is tomorrow--celebrate with this fabulous risotto and shrimp from Colette

    What's more French than ratatouille?​Bastille Day, the French national holiday, is tomorrow, and even though Americans have little reason to celebrate the French Revolution, we can always use another excuse for a holiday (see Cinco de Mayo). We may be thousands of miles from France, but it doe ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    Zombie Season make music in the kitchen with Eggplant Bake

    courtesy of Zombie SeasonAbigail Roman Faulkner and Ali Jaafar ​ When Zombie Season are not entertaining us with their mystical song stylings, you might just find singer Ali Jaafar and bassist Abigail Roman Faulkner in the kitchen, cooking up some lovely vegetarian fare, "This is a pseudo-fam ... 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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    July 2, 2010

    Fourth of July cocktails celebrating the red, white, and blue

    Michelle LeonIt's your patriotic duty to drink this​ If ever a holiday was worthy of its own cocktails, Fourth of July is the clear winner. On a day spent sitting on blankets in the grass with friends and family with a cooler full of snacks and brewskis--not to mention the fireworks overhead-- ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    St. Paul Farmer's Market recipes rev up beans and blueberries

    400 ways to use those fresh-from-the-farmer's-market vegetables that would otherwise rot in the back of your fridge. ​ July in Minnesota--when the sky is abundant with pyrotechnics and the farmers' markets are overflowing with beans and blueberries. To celebrate the season, we turned to our ... More >>

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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 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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    June 4, 2010

    Beth Dooley's pan roasted radishes: celebrity dish

    ​Beth Dooley is a food lovin' gal about town. The author of several cookbooks, including Savoring the Seasons of the Northern Heartland --co-written with restaurateur Lucia Watson--her mastery of cooking with the freshest local ingredients, as well as her warm and rich writing style, are highlight ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Leftovers, memories of Memorial Day

    ​We went through two pound of butter this past weekend. Two pounds! Now, we did have four parties, grilled 30 ears of corn, made two pies, baked four loaves of bread, and grilled a few pieces of meet, but two pounds? So if you're like us, you probably have a few items leftover from the festi ... More >>

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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 25, 2010

    Parsnips: great ideas for a misunderstood veggie

    ​Parsnips are vegetables that prove a baffler to some cooks. Often lumped with turnips and rutabagas in the "what should I do with these?" category, they are looking so fresh and lovely at the market right now that it pays to experiment with them.  

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    May 13, 2010

    TCHO Chocolate: killer bars & baking drops now sold here!​Early 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 >>

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    May 10, 2010

    Rhubarb recipes that rock

    ewan and donabel/flickr​ With a goal of creating something delicious out of rhubarb--other than a pie or a crisp--we were feeling a little skeptical. In our kitchen, we have a little nickname for rhubarb--rude-barb. So it was a pleasant surprise to find something to make out of the dreaded red s ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Nick and Eddie's butterscotch pudding: Restaurant Recipes

    Nick and Eddie dishes up the recipe for one of its classic desserts

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    January 14, 2010

    Top 5: Winter comfort foods

    We rattle off a short list of our favorite winter warmers.

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    December 23, 2009

    Best. Christmas Cookies. Ever.

    And, they're super easy, to boot, and make a great hostess gift...

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    December 15, 2009

    Superrich hot chocolate fights single-digit temps

    A cup of whipping cream? A can coconut milk? Survive today's dismal temps with the world's most caloric hot chocolate.

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    December 11, 2009

    Noshin' blogger Sara Rice offers fresh take on Hanukkah traditions

    TC Jewfolk's killer latke recipe kicks of the Festival of Lights.

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    October 19, 2009

    Restaurant Recipe: Barbette's Red Curry Mussels

    Chef Sarah Master spices things up!

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    July 1, 2009

    Garlic scapes: just like garlic but bad breath x1,000

    Garlic scapes a suitable, more colorful substitute for garlic. Just remember mouthwash.

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    June 1, 2009

    Savor the Season: Citizen Cafe chef pairs walleye, morels

    Citizen Cafe chef stuffs wild morels with walleye mousse as a quick appetizer or entree.

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