Food & Drink

Darling’s Salts & Rubs

When COVID restaurant closures forced chef Kyle Darling out of the kitchen, the Maple Grove resident decided to work toward his dream of opening his own butcher shop. “Nobody knew what was going to happen,” Darling says about the initial restaurant closures.

red wine

I love to entertain, whether it’s for a planned dinner or an impromptu gathering of friends. Here are my rules and some go-to wines that make this really easy.

Thai-Style Red Curry with Turkey and Green Beans

Somewhere, someone in your family or friend circle (or maybe it’s you!) is planning this year’s Thanksgiving meal.

Tanya Denny

The holiday season is back on in full force, and many home cooks are gearing up to serve Thanksgiving and December holiday meals that will put the exclamation point on “Dinner is served!”

Maureen Reagan

Can a cake make a difference? Can a concoction of batter meets frosting cure what ails?

Baking It Real cookies

Sweet memories were a primary ingredient for Sarah Lofgren’s business, Baking It Real, a cookie kit design company.

Puerto Rican coconut eggnog

How about treating holiday guests to a new twist on traditional eggnog? Consider Maple Grove’s Pamela Mercado Michelli’s recipe for Puerto Rican coconut eggnog.

Wine and the holidays go hand in hand.  When hosting, a great pairing can make a meal so much better. Wine makes the dish taste better, and great food makes wine taste amazing.

This cocktail is very easy to prepare and noncommittal, too, as these ingredients are often available in smaller format bottles, so give it a try.

Beer Bread

The North Star State, the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the Gopher State, the Bread-and-Butter State—though Minnesota has numerous trademarks, its culinary scene is also unlike any other.

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