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It’s Lunch

Natalie Webster

Were you hot or cold? Did you have coveted snacks to share, or did you spend time at the table longingly looking at other kids’ goodies? Did you sport the latest lunch box, or were you a brown bagger? Sit alone or with your crew? Face it; school lunch could serve up a whole lot more than rectangle-shaped pizza slices, late-in-the-week hotdishes made from early-in-the-week entrée leftovers or trade-worthy goodies from home. Read more about It’s Lunch

Grain Elevators


Why does pasta get so much of the culinary glory? Granted, it transforms dishes, comes in shapes galore and has “comfort food” written all over it. As we’re in the midst of high cooking season (for holiday entertaining purposes, a dose of hygge or otherwise), let’s take a closer look at grains—including some emerging trend-makers and recipes to keep you ahead of the grain game.  Read more about Grain Elevators

Let’s Talk Turkey

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. This annual celebratory feast serves as an expression of gratitude and helps us connect or reconnect with loved ones around a bountiful table of nostalgia-inducing dishes—the center of which is typically turkey. Read more about Let’s Talk Turkey

The Flying Chef

Spencer Olson

Excelsior aspiring chef Spencer Olson may only be 18 years old, but he’s already packed in three years of culinary training.

“The first job I was able to get was a senior living place,” Olson says, where he received plenty of work experience. While there may be some stigma around the menu options at some senior living communities, Olson says there are many instances where well-trained, professional chefs spend their days working at such locations, as they provide job security and stable hours. Read more about The Flying Chef

Minnesota Menu

Lefse is a Minnesotan favorite

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.

We’re no strangers to comfort foods (I’m talking about you, tater tot hotdish!) and easy-to-make meals, but Minnesota also offers unexpected discoveries, such as Indigenous and Asian foods and crave-worthy dishes. Read more about Minnesota Menu

Garden Goodies

homemade balsamic vinaigrette

With a mere 150 square feet, I only grow what I know I’ll eat and only the easy stuff—tomatoes, peas, zucchini, herbs and lots of lettuces, for the most part. I humbly admit I am a below-average, somewhat lazy gardener. By September, I am truly sick of weeding and harvesting, yet somehow, each April, I’m eager to dig in again. Read more about Garden Goodies

Canadian Bakin’

Elizabeth Lepage with her two children

Elizabeth Lepage (née O’Connor) grew up in Minnetonka, where she credits her mother, Kathleen O’Connor, with having a natural ability to create and maintain beautiful gardens. “She taught me a lot about how to care for different plants and how to set up a garden visually and thoughtfully to ensure it would continue to grow year after year,” Lepage says. “When I was young, she showed my sister and me how to grow our own large herb garden. Read more about Canadian Bakin’


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