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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: Spring Sangria

Hosting a party can be a lot of work and is also quite rewarding to see your hard work pay off. The key is to allow time to enjoy it yourself. To cut down on busywork during the party I try to prep as much as I can ahead of time so I can get out of the kitchen and mingle.

05/21/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Simple Vinaigrette

Last week I shared a delicious tri-colored salad on this blog that appears to be just in time for some 90-degree temperatures this week. It wasn’t anything fancy, just arugula, radicchio, and endive with an equally un-fancy dressing of red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

05/15/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Tri-Color Salad

With spring gatherings and summer picnics approaching quickly, I’m often on the hunt for something healthy and flavorful to bring to the party.

05/07/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Red Onion Pickles

It’s officially garage sale season! I saw my first sale of the season over the weekend and got quite giddy with excitement.

04/30/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Sicilian Pizza

Recently I fell off the pizza train. On purpose. My pizza intake was reaching an all time high: that stuff is addicting!

04/23/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Parmesan Green Beans

Since it seems that spring is reluctant to show its face in Minnesota, there’s no need to turn off our ovens quite yet.

04/16/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Honey Poached Oranges

A few years ago I was a guest on the Fresh and Local Show on AM950 along with a talented blogger and photographer, Susan Powers.

04/09/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Pretzel Coated Cheese Eggs

From the posts on this blog, it’s easy to assume that I cook healthy all of the time and for the most part, it’s true. Most of the unhealthy food I consume comes from takeout joints and restaurant visits but from time to time I’ll whip up an indulgent appetizer or two.

03/26/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Peanut Lime Noodle Bowl

Throughout the years I’ve both developed my own recipes and altered already existing recipes. It’s rare that I make a recipe exactly as written, and it’s a fun creative outlet to play around in the kitchen and make something that tastes great.

03/19/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Winter Brighteners

Is it spring yet? Winter sure is dragging on, but that’s nothing new for Minnesota. As we adjust to Daylight Savings Time and yearn for blue skies, sunlight, and warmer weather, it’s a good time to strengthen our resolve and start preparing for those exciting spring days.

03/12/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Spicy Tomato Chickpea Soup

School canceled? Check. Work canceled? Maybe! Today is most definitely a soup day.

03/05/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: From Trucks to Tables

It’s not even spring and the food truck scene is already buzzing. It seems the newest thing in food trucks is to secure a place without wheels where customers can sit down and enjoy great food and service.

02/27/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Play With Your Food

Food lovers often seek out new and different foods and dishes to try. They revel in the deliciousness that surrounds them.

02/20/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Fitger’s Wild Rice Burgers

For those of you who have visited Duluth, you’ve probably dined at, or at least driven, by the historic Fitger’s brewery.

02/05/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Asiago Pesto Pasta

If you are planning a Super Bowl party and want to try something new, be sure to check out last week’s post on Italian nachos. You’ll likely have some asiago cheese sauce leftover and I have just the idea for you!

01/29/2013

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