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Carrot Leek Soup

This time of year always has my taste buds confused. I’m ready for spring, but sometimes the Minnesota weather doesn’t agree. So, when it comes to meal-planning, I crave something light, yet comforting. That’s where Carrot Leek Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons comes in! This soup is filled with spring produce and made extra special with croutons made of grilled cheese sandwiches.

Carrot Leek Soup with
Grilled Cheese Croutons

Serves: 4

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Lifestyle Blogger Kelly Zugay Chats About the Benefits of Vegansim

vegan mac-n-cheese

The vegan diet, also known as veganism, has been growing in popularity in the past several years. People have been cutting out animal products and byproducts for environmental and ethical reasons. But many people have questions about veganism, and finding the answers isn’t always easy.

I sat down with Kelly Zugay, a Twin Cities-based lifestyle blogger, who is vegan and shares her favorite recipes on her blog (

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An Easy Weeknight Recipe

Sheet Pan Teriyaki Salmon and Vegetables

We could all use a few more back-pocket weeknight recipes, don’t you agree? Sometimes deciding what to make for dinner is the hardest decision I make all day. Sheet Pan Teriyaki Salmon and Vegetables is a super easy and flavorful weeknight dinner, all cooked on one sheet pan. This salmon dish is made with a homemade teriyaki marinade, half of which the salmon and vegetables are tossed in, and then the other half is cooked on the stovetop and combined with cornstarch to create a thick and delicious teriyaki glaze. Read more about An Easy Weeknight Recipe

Let’s Talk Turkey

turkey dinner and sides

Somewhere, someone in your family or friend circle is already 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. And, at the center of most Thanksgiving banquets or buffets is most often a turkey. Read more about Let’s Talk Turkey

Taking Stock

Chicken broth in a glass

The old adage, and once popular book title, Chicken Soup for the Soul is no joke. Turns out chicken broth truly is a restorative food. Dieticians claim that broth can help keep you hydrated, clear congestion and ease cold symptoms. Bone broth, commonly referred to as stock, may be even more beneficial for health conscious consumers and local business owners of Freak Flag Organics and Taking Stock Foods are making bone broths that are a tasty and convenient source of nutrition.

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Pie Squared

Ham Egg and Cheese Slab 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

Tortellini and Spinach Soup

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.

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