Curiosity makes the food and travel writer. Edina resident Terri Peterson Smith loves exploring new cuisines and culture. Interminable passion leads her to destinations worldwide but great finds are close to home too. This award-winning author’s latest book, Unique Eats and Eateries of the Twin Cities, covers 89 restaurants within Minneapolis and St. Paul, along with one suburban honorable mention (Robbinsdale-based Travail Kitchen and Amusements.) Some of the restaurants featured are nationally renowned, while others are lesser known, yet worthy finds.
It’s time to expand your garden and your dinner plate, because tomatillos are in and these little fruits are packed full of flavor. And no, tomatillos are not “baby” tomatoes. They are an entirely different fruit and bring an entirely different flavor to the plate.
Sometimes called husk tomatoes, tomatillos are small, green tomatoes with a dry, leafy husk wrapped around the outside. Though they aren’t as acidic as typical tomatoes, the flavor has a little bit of spice. Ben Albaugh, manager of Rojo Mexican Grill, says they can be prepared in any way tomatoes are prepared.
Winter in Minnesota means cold weather. For winter sports enthusiasts, this is good news. For everyone else, it can be hard to find the motivation to get outside. Luckily, many Plymouth restaurants are ready to welcome you in from the cold. What better way to reward yourself after a long day of skiing or skating than with a nourishing bowl of warm chili? Even if you don’t enjoy the outdoors in the winter, these dishes are good enough to leave the house for, even if it just means running from your car to the restaurant’s front door.
When the winter weather is getting you down, try making a hot buttered rum recommended by Tim Won, manager of Sid’s Discount Liquor. This recipe is from the Food Network.
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 c. light brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. grated nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
Bottle dark rum
Craving food from your favorite local restaurant, but don’t want to go get it? Enter Food Dudes Delivery, a fast and convenient service which will deliver to your home or office. The service began delivering to Plymouth residents this summer, partnering with restaurants such as Rock Elm Tavern, Bawarchi Indian, India Palace, Solos Pizza and many more. Check the Food Dudes website for the most recent listing of participating restaurants.
Most parents are well acquainted with the word no. But for parents of children with dietary allergies and restrictions, saying no can be a daily reminder of missing out on the fun, especially when it comes to fair and festival season.
Since its opening in 2006, Ray J’s American Grill has brought a fun, family-friendly, sports bar atmosphere to Woodbury. Recently voted best wings in Minnesota by WCCO-TV, Ray J’s really knows how to sauce up the local wing scene. The chicken wings are fresh, jumbo and available in one-and-a-half- or three-pound orders. “We serve the whole wing and we make all of our sauces in-house,” says co-owner Mark Jacob.
Tammy Brooks loves cooking and collecting recipes, and she’s found a way to use those passions to give back to the community. For the past couple years, Brooks, who has lived in Eden Prairie for 33 years, has collected recipes from her friends, neighbors and family members, compiling them into three cookbooks. She’s used the proceeds from the sale of the What’s Cooking in Eden Prairie? cookbooks to help local organizations, including The Prop Shop, Eden Prairie Firefighters, Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools and others.
Summer is a time to enjoy the great outdoors—mow the lawn, splash in a lake, tend the garden. Summer also has a sultry side, one that is sensual and slow moving. It’s the song of summer, when the living is easy and the summer breeze makes you feel fine. It’s a late night under the stars, an extended lunch al fresco, cocktail hour with a glowing sunset, a star-kissed romantic date. Riotous colors, juicy flavors, dishes to share and beauty on the plate await you. Put a flower behind your ear and dig in.