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: One-Pot Sticky Wings

It’s hard to believe that the Super Bowl has already come and gone. I’m not much of a football fan but I do enjoy the rituals of Super Bowl Sunday such as menu planning, a lazy Sunday, and an excuse to eat copious amounts of queso dip — yes, the Velveeta + Rotel kind.

02/10/2016

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Bite Of Minnesota: Pomegranate Parfaits

When I think of winter fruits, there aren’t many that come to mind. The first fruit that pops into my head is winter citrus, merely because I’ve been ordering citrus from Fruitshare for several years now and it’s certainly my bright spot in the middle of winter.

01/28/2016

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Bite Of Minnesota: Roasted Winter Vegetables

Desperate times call for desperate measures and during frigid temperatures like these ones, I don’t have patience for cold spots in our house. I use any excuse to turn on the oven to complete the circle of heat that I’m longing for. Tonight’s excuse? Roasting vegetables.

01/19/2016

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Bite Of Minnesota: Citrus Date Muesli

With 2015 ending in a fast-and-furious way, planning for 2016 was nearly impossible. Between family commitments, workload and general craziness during the holidays, a quiet moment to ponder upcoming goals was elusive. Or maybe I was too busy squeezing in episodes of “Making A Murderer” before and after our New Year’s Eve celebration. I know I wasn’t the only one!

01/05/2016

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Bite Of Minnesota: Homemade Co-Worker Gifts

Do you exchange gifts with co-workers during the holiday season? In some of my past workplaces, I’ve been incredibly close to my co-workers while at other places, I barely know my team members, which creates a dilemma.

12/18/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Roasted Salmon With Winter Vegetables

Fennel is readily available from fall through winter, making it a popular vegetable throughout the colder months. While the bulb is the most coveted, the stalks and fronds do well in stocks, roasts, and as garnish for salads and other dishes.

12/09/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Homegrown Foods Pizza

As someone who keeps up on trends, especially when it comes to local food and drink, imagine my surprise when local company Homegrown Foods reached out and asked me to try their meal delivery service. I had never heard of them! Somehow I completely missed the launch last year but I’m ready to get caught up on what they have to offer now.

12/02/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Thanksgiving Foods

If cooking isn’t your thing, Minneapolis St. Paul magazine has a handy guide to everything Thanksgiving that includes a “Fake it Like You Made It” resource list so you can order dinner already made.

11/18/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Canning Jalapenos

It really is fall, isn’t it? Time to accept the change of seasons, especially after attending the last outdoor markets at both Kingfield and Mill City recently. The final sign? Daylight Saving Time. At least we still have a few warm weather days ahead, so soak up all the sunshine you can!

11/03/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Local Crate Meal Delivery

After recently trying the Hello Fresh meal delivery service (more on that another time), I was eager to give another service a try and came across a local service, Local Crate, on Kickstarter.

10/13/2015

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Bite of Minnesota: Fresh Figs With Crumbled Goat Cheese

I’m pretty sure I grew up never seeing a fig or even knowing what they were. When I did start to notice figs, they appeared to be a strange fruit with squishy insides and deemed too expensive to try on a college student’s budget.

09/25/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Grilled Peaches With Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

This time of year is great for wandering around the neighborhood and taking in the sounds and scents of the approaching fall season. A little leaf crunch here and the waft of grilling there, it makes me want to throw open my windows and let all of the fresh air in. We don’t grill too often at our house, but on occasion we’ll buy a steak or come across some brats that are grill worthy. In most cases, we leave the grilling up to friends and family but did have occasion to fire it up recently to char some peaches.

09/16/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Eggplant Parmesan

Last weekend I had my 4-year-old niece tag along with me to two farmers markets: Mill City & Minneapolis, with an ice cream stop in between, of course. The girl loves her ice cream and orders it by its color rather than its flavor, totally kid style.

09/03/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Healthy & New Fair Foods

Yep, it’s here … well, almost here. The Minnesota State Fair opens on Thursday and I am not prepared at all. Typically I have lists upon lists that cross reference new foods, old favorites and the best route to try it all in one day (or two or three). This year I’m taking a more laid-back approach and instead of rushing from booth to booth, I’m going for the Minnesota Cooks event on Sunday, Aug. 30.

08/25/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Blueberry Margaritas

The last 10 years have been filled with blogging, trying out new recipes and spending a lot of time in the kitchen. My life has revolved around food, gathering ideas and listening to others talk about food. When I dine at a new restaurant with a fellow food lover, we’re often bellied up to the bar to get the inside scoop on what’s good, what’s new and what’s happening.

08/18/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Adult Freeze Pops

When we hit the dog days of summer (you know, those summer days with unusually-warm temperatures), frozen treats are oh-so-craveable. Popsicles, fudge bars, ice cream sandwiches, you name it. If it comes from the freezer, count me in. Heck, even snacking on frozen fruit will do the job.

08/04/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Sour Cherry Lemonade

“Refresh, replenish, and rehydrate” has been mantra over the last couple of weeks with temperatures in the 80s and the humidity reaching uncomfortable levels. Chugging water is typically my first choice (and healthiest option), but sometimes other beverages are a little more exciting.

07/22/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Minnesota Cherries

I hope your 4th of July weekend was as fun and food-filled as mine was. We kicked off the weekend by heading down to Cherry Leaf Farm in Northfield to do some cherry picking.

07/07/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Blistered Shishito Peppers

While it’s tempting to pop over to a patio for some small bites, sometimes it’s nice to settle in at home and leisurely nibble and sip on your own time. No servers to interrupt, no meters to feed, and no one to judge you when you spill on yourself.

06/30/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Strawberry Wine Slushies

If this beautifully sunny and warm weekend wasn’t enough proof that summer is in full effect, then the emergence of strawberry season surely serves as a giant clue from mother nature that summer in Minnesota is here.

06/23/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: The Revival Burger

Last time I talked about a unique fermentation bar off Eat Street in Minneapolis, Gyst Fermentation Bar. If you travel further south on Nicollet, you’ll run into another one of my new favorite restaurants, Revival. Continuing with the theme of highlighting a few local eateries, this is a new place you will want to visit.

06/10/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Gyst Fermentation Bar

There are times when a restaurant opens and upon first visit, I vow to eat my way through the menu. Over the past year, there have been several restaurants that had me singing their praises from day one. While I typically write about recipes here on Bite of Minnesota, truth is, I eat out just as much as I cook at home, so why not highlight a few local eateries?

05/27/2015

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Bite of Minnesota: Treats From Swedish Crown Bakery

Wouldn’t it be glorious to have treats delivered to you all of the time? Imagine my excitement when I got a text from the WCCO offices saying I had an edible package from Swedish Crown Bakery.

05/19/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Spring Market Finds

As soon as we start to have warm weather and sunshine, the talk turns to farmers markets and we start to get antsy about cooking fresh and local again. Typically at this time, the abundance of produce hasn’t quite hit us yet – it is Minnesota after all! However, thanks to an early spring the first markets will likely offer more than in years prior.

05/12/2015

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Bite Of Minnesota: Ramp Polenta Cakes

Another sign of warmer weather is the arrival of ramps, a wild leek that tastes a little like onion and garlic. Its scent is certainly pungent but because of its short season and limited availability, people go crazy for ramps while they can.

04/28/2015

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