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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’

Pie Squared

plated square apple pie

Pie–she’s often the underappreciated sister in the dessert family. Cake gets all the glory—candlelit entrances at birthdays and tiered seating at weddings, and all eyes are on her first slice at a host of gender reveal parties. Read more about Pie Squared

Soup’s On!

By now, even the most fervent cooks have grown a bit weary as the holidays and heavy-food season begin to fade into the distance.

As with nature, cooking has its own seasons—enter the time for comfort cooking. Soup tops the list, providing warmth against winter’s chill and soothing what ails us—one glorious spoonful at a time. Our editors from across the Twin Cities celebrate soup’s restorative qualities by sharing some of their favorite recipes. Read more about Soup’s On!

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