Everything I ate at the Minnesota State Fair!

Ok, maybe not everything. I’m skipping the staples I always eat, cheese curds, Sweet Martha’s cookies, etc., and focusing on the new!

But first…one of my favorite state fair games. Which do you think weighed more this year? The giant pumpkin, or the giant pig? Find the answer way down past all this tasty food.


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I know why Canadians are so nice

It’s because they have amazing food. For real, they know what they’re doing.

I’m starting to suspect that Canada has this amazing secret to awesome-ness that the rest of us are just waiting to figure out. Before heading to British Columbia for vacation, everyone who had ever been to Canada warned us that the Canadians were the most pleasant people on the planet.

Not only are they the happiest, perkiest, and politest group of people I have ever met, but their cities are beautiful, the scenery is amazing, and the food is fantastic.

Is it all the maple syrup you guys have? Is that what makes you such a sparkly people?

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Chickpea Tabbouleh

Can we talk about how much I enjoy Thug Kitchen for a minute? If you haven’t checked them out yet, be warned, it’s NSFW, but I just find their mix of creative, healthy eats and epic profanity hilarious.

Chickpea tabbouleh

And they have the goods to back up that potty mouth. This chickpea tabbouleh, for example, is delightful. Light, but filling – the perfect lunch to ensure you stay full but stay awake for the rest of your afternoon.  Continue reading

It’s that time of year.

The time of year when they announce the new Minnesota State Fair foods, and I get SUPER excited about it.

It looks like we’ve got 3 major themes this year: Sriracha, Asian/Indian inspiration, and very gross flavors of ice cream. Here are my predictions.

The Good

Kimchi ‘n Curry Poutine from The Rabbit Hole at Taste of Midtown Global Market in the International Bazaar. This (and the rest of Rabbit Hole’s offerings) will only be available September 2-7. I think this looks awesome. A big giant flavor punch coming at you. I want some. I’m very excited to see The Rabbit Hole represented at the State Fair this year.

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Twin Cities Burger Battle 2015 Review

If you haven’t been to the Twin Cities Burger Battle, I highly recommend adding it to your to-do list for 2016. It’s a wonderfully planned event. For the crowds they draw, the wait time is relatively short for each burger, and I have yet to see anyone run out of food.

Last year, 13 burgers faced off. This year, they had an incredible 19. I only (only!) made it through 16 of the entries, so apologies for the less-than-100% review. If there’s someone out there who tasted the 3 I missed, please fill in the blanks!

Some tips on burger battling before we get to the entries:

1. Bring a friend. They say they are only giving you sliders, but they are the most generous sliders I have ever. Sharing one portion lets you get through as many as possible before you find yourself lying in a beef haze on the grass.

2. Take it easy on the beer. This year both Summit and Fulton were represented, but if you’re serious about the burgers, watch out for the filling beverages.

And now, on to the beef!

First up, and our personal favorite and People’s Choice Award Winner…

The St. Paul Grill – Triple Beer Grill Burger St. Paul Grill

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Chorizo, Caramelized Onion, and Kale stuffed Sweet Potatoes

It’s cold outside. For real. And it had the nerve to practically blizzard today.

Chorizo, Kale, and Caramelized Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

It’s the type of week where you don’t want to leave your house, so you start raiding your pantry and seeing what you have to make so you don’t have to leave your house to go to the store.  Continue reading

Pizza Pull Apart Bread

This has to be the easiest Christmas appetizer I ever put together.

Cheesy pull apart christmas tree bread

Easy and delicious. And when you’re a week behind in your shopping, you forgot you had to cram a trip to the grocery store into your already busy schedule, and that potluck party is looming, you want easy, but don’t you dare sacrifice delicious. Continue reading

Cheesecake Stuffed Baked Apples

Apparently Minnesota is the land of scandal this holiday season. First there was pointergate. And now? Now we have grapegate.

Cheesecake stuffed baked apples

It all started when the New York Times ran an article on what Thanksgiving dish best “evokes” a given state. They bestowed grape salad upon our unsuspecting state, to which they earned a collective response of “Um….what’s grape salad?” which is passive aggressive code for “WTF NYT?!” Continue reading