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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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.
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 →
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.
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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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
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It’s cold outside. For real. And it had the nerve to practically blizzard today.
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 →
Merry Christmas! We’re edging closer to 2015, but there’s still time for Frosty to get his party on.
These Oreo snowmen are super easy to make, and always a safe bet at parties. Who doesn’t love a chocolate covered Oreo? Continue reading →
This has to be the easiest Christmas appetizer I ever put together.
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 →
Apparently Minnesota is the land of scandal this holiday season. First there was pointergate. And now? Now we have grapegate.
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 →
I think I’m my boyfriend’s new favorite person.
I know that should go without saying. But when you split the chores and he gets the dishes, and I happily dirty every dish we own baking a three layer cake, I sometimes wonder if my cooking habit isn’t slowly driving him crazy.
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It’s unseasonably cold in Minnesota right now. We’re talking snow, and single digit low temps overnight.
It’s exactly the sort of weather that makes me want to throw in a Christmas movie, roll up my sleeves, and bake a million cookies.
Except I can’t. I just can’t. I have a very strong belief that we can’t ignore Thanksgiving. Continue reading →