Food & Drink

Maybe your travels will take you to faraway destinations in the new year or perhaps you're just dreaming about exotic locations.

If there is one thing Minnesotans know about the long, cold winter, it’s that every once in a while you need a good, stiff drink to take the edge off.

McCormick’s is an Irish pub, and a delightful one at that. The food exceeds expectations, pushing this pub into the realm of gastropub, a place to enjoy a pint that also has finely crafted, thoughtful and creative food.

Order the turkey; make sure it’s organic, local and free-range. Find a new stuffing recipe that incorporates organic and local wild rice. Stop by the farmers’ market to pick up some local, organic squash. Find out where to get an organic, local pie.

Food and wine needn’t get all the attention during holiday meals. This season, bless your guests by layering your table with simple or luxurious accoutrements that will make your dinner party shine. Not sure where to start? No problem.

Wuollet Bakery

Piles of ornately decorated sugar cookies, lavish cakes, tins of homemade brittle—these are the things that holiday celebrations are made of. Whether you’re throwing an extravagant holiday bash or need the perfect hostess gift, nothing rings in the season like a fantastically festive dessert.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Birch’s Restaurant and Bar in Long Lake has a blast concocting yummy seasonal drinks as the owner, manager and servers share creative input. Staunch supporters of local ingredients, they love Minnesota-made Prairie Organic vodka.

The perfect time for chili is when temperatures drop, people opt for sweaters and Friday nights mean football.

If I never ate a steak again, I’d be perfectly fine. But if I were deprived of cheese for one measly week, I’d go mad with urgent cravings for the creamy stuff. Obviously I’d never make it as a vegan, but not because I’m indifferent to animal rights: Simply put, cheese is my favorite food.

Dumas Apple House Rich in tradition, this orchard has been growing apples for more than 70 years. Fresh picks: Fireside, Prairie Spy, Redwell and Regent Dumas Family Apple Cobbler:5-6 apples, peeled, cored and sliced2 eggs 1 cup sugar 8 Tbsp.

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