Crystal Grobe

crystal grobe Crystal GrobeCrystal Grobe is a local food writer who truly enjoys creating new dishes using fresh and local ingredients. Although she likes trying new restaurants for inspiration, the best dishes come from her own kitchen and she wants to share them with her readers.

Crystal created Café Cyan in 2006 as a way to share recipes and inspire others to try new foods. In early 2009, she created a food blog for WCCO called Bite of Minnesota, which focuses on local food in Minnesota and the surrounding area.

Crystal loves Minnesota and its vibrant community of interactive and innovative people. She is constantly on the go in search of new foods, events, music, and friends. She lives in the south metro with her husband, Ryan, which gives them easy access to both the bustling cities and the local farms.

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Bite Of Minnesota: Forbidden Black Rice With Hazelnuts

Do you ever come across an ingredient that looks intriguing but you have no clue how to use it? If you’re anything like me, you buy the ingredient and store it for what seems like an eternity. It happened with the plantain cups that were made into a Super Bowl appetizer a couple of months back.

04/14/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Buttermilk Onion Rings

After the cold depths of winter, it’s delightful to throw open the windows and get some fresh air circulating through the house. There’s something about the smell of fresh spring air that brings feelings of hope. Maybe it’s the snow melting or the trees blooming, but whatever it is, it’s nice to smell the outdoors once again.

03/31/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Travail Experience

By now you’ve likely heard of Travail, the popular chef driven restaurant in Robbinsdale. You’ve probably read stories both about the long lines and the amazing dining experience. Perhaps you even read about their new ticketing system, where tickets are purchased well in advance, something I’m a huge fan of.

03/18/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Spicy Korean Stew

As a somewhat experienced home cook, I’ve gotten to the point where I feel like I know what I’m doing in the kitchen. I’ve dealt with my share of lengthy and difficult recipes and I don’t typically shy away from learning something new. Case in point: whole wheat blue cheese crackers, pretzel crusted cheese eggs, and bacon jam.

02/25/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Broccoli Cashew Stir Fry

Looking for more ways to infuse vegetables into your diet? A stir-fry is a quick and easy way to do it. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to use bits and pieces of vegetables left in the crisper drawer.

02/10/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Spicy Plantain Bites

If you haven’t heard already, the big game is on Sunday. Yes, the Super Bowl. Otherwise known as a perfect excuse to grab friends and throw a fantastic food party.

01/28/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Simple Salads

Simplicity is a major focus for many after the New Year. Less plans, less stuff and less work. It’s almost like spring cleaning but without the chirping birds and spring thaw. Since the days are short and the winter is long, there is plenty of time to figure out ways to simplify before summer hits.

01/21/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Miso Soup

New year, new you? It doesn’t quite work that way, but now is as good of a time as any to implement changes in your life. I’m never been one for resolutions and didn’t make any this year, but I do believe in always striving for better. So, for the first couple weeks of January, we’re doing a bit of a “cleanse” through Bon Appetit.

01/06/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: New Year’s Pancake Bar

Celebrating the new year traditionally happens with a bang. Whether it’s the pop of the champagne cork or the boom of fireworks, a new beginning is something to celebrate. After years of less-than-satisfactory celebrations, I now prefer to celebrate with a small group of friends at dinner.

12/31/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Local Food Gifts

It seems that people are in one of two camps: early shoppers or last-minute shoppers. I grew up in a family of last-minute shoppers. My mom would be finishing her shopping list on Christmas Eve, and still be wrapping as we arrived. As an adult, I have retained some of those last-minute tendencies, but certainly not in the gift-buying department.

12/16/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Sausage And White Bean Cassoulet

It is cold. There’s no denying that we’ve been experiencing some cold temperatures lately, causing our bodies to crave warm comfort food.

12/03/2014

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Bite of Minnesota: Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

If the recent snowfall hasn’t caused you to start thinking of the holidays, the calendar will.

11/13/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Power Pie Mondays

There’s a new pop-up in town and it has one focus: pie. Yep, it’s that simple. Michelle Gayer of Salty Tart (read more about her here in WCCO’s Chef Profile) has partnered with Hola Arepa to host Power Pie Monday each Monday in November from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. I was one of the lucky ones to score a whole pie on Monday, so we delighted in malted banana cream pie all week.

11/07/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Bacon Jam

As an adult, I was able to add many more bacon recipes to my repertoire and I just found another winner: bacon jam. I tested out a half batch over the weekend and regretted that I didn’t make more. However, I have a dinner party coming up and since I learned my lesson, I’ll be making a full batch this time.

10/30/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Nuworld Cream Sauce

Every so often, I visit the U of M Dairy Salesroom and pick up a few cheeses. Last time, I purchased a tub of Nuworld cheese spread. Nuworld is a cheese developed at the U of M and is considered a white “blue” cheese instead of the more traditional blue veined blue cheese.

10/14/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Habanero Hot Sauce

Have a hankering for hot sauce but can’t seem to find a brand you like? Have you tried making your own? We grew habaneros in our container garden this year with the hopes of creating a hot sauce.

10/08/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

Does your family ever fight over the crispy edges of a casserole, especially when cheese is involved?

09/25/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Eggplant Parmesan

I knew I had to make eggplant parmesan. It’s something I ate for the first time in college, when it was prepared by my roommate’s Italian aunt. While her fried version is delicious, I went for a baked version instead, hoping to save some fat and calories.

09/16/2014

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Bite of Minnesota: Homemade Cheese Curds

Cheese curds always have a spot in my stomach at the fair no matter how full I am from other foods.

08/27/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Peaches And Cream Crepes

I read somewhere that it is National Peach Month. I’m not one for insignificant holidays, but it does coincide with peach season, so I’m going with it. And since I just ordered 25 pounds of organic peaches, it’s officially peach week in my house.

08/19/2014

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Bite Of MN: Blueberry Picking Season

Let me share my blueberry picking struggles from this past Saturday. Don’t worry, it isn’t too dramatic or long, but it was a good reminder of how flexible one needs to be when seeking out seasonal produce.

07/22/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: U of M Dairy Salesroom

I’m always on the hunt for hidden food gems throughout the Twin Cities. Whether it’s a farmer’s market in the dead of winter or a roadside farm stand, I like to share my good finds. One such find is the University of Minnesota’s dairy salesroom.

07/15/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Spicy Grilled Summer Squash

At a recent barbecue, we threw slices of summer squash in a plastic bag with some herbs to quickly marinate before grilling. It’s easy to transport and easy to dispose of when finished. You don’t need a recipe for this but I’ve included instructions below.

07/08/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Strawberry Goat Cheese Squares

On Sunday morning I made a mad dash for Lorence’s Berry Farm in Northfield and picked 16 pounds of strawberries just before a storm came through. The fields had plenty of berries to pick and they were large, juicy, and delicious.

06/25/2014

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Bite Of Minnesota: Bourbon Lemon Thyme Cocktail

Turns out I went herb shopping just in thyme (time, I mean time) to make an herby cocktail with bourbon, lemon juice, and thyme. It requires making simple syrup and while you’ll have to wash a saucepan, I swear the syrup is truly simple to make.

06/03/2014

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