Crystal 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.
As we rush from store to store, wait in line at the post office, and continue checking items off numerous lists, remember to take some time for yourself to enjoy the little holiday celebrations. Perhaps that’s not possible this year, but if it is, I’ve rounded up a few food related activities to keep the festive mood.
In a recent job interview I was asked a couple of thought-provoking questions about my cooking style. While I was quite prepared for those questions and answered them adequately, I couldn’t help but ponder my answers throughout the following weeks in an effort to learn more about myself.
Sometimes the Bite of Minnesota blog goes on a little road trip to take a bite out of another state. This time it took a bite of Iowa; Des Moines, Iowa to be a little more specific.
Walking into work this morning, I was convinced it was Thursday. As I warmed up my oatmeal I opened the paper to look for the Taste section (a regular Thursday activity) but couldn’t find it.
It was already hard to believe that we’ve entered November, so it’s even harder to believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It’s so close I can smell it! Well, OK, I suppose I can smell it because I’ve been testing out recipes in advance and boy does my house smell good right now!
Amidst all of the election buzz, we still have to eat. As much as I’ve been craving tacos, chips, and even Jucy Lucys (thanks, WCCO web staffers), I’m trying to stick on the healthy path this week.
Do you sometimes dread the thought of making dinner? I’ve been there, actually, I’ve been there a lot lately. Sometimes life feels too chaotic and I just want dinner to magically appear without having to dig for a recipe (mentally or physically), create a bunch of dishes, or wait impatiently for a dish to finish baking.
It’s a little hard to believe that we’re at the tail end of farmers market season already, but this weekend brings the close of several markets in the Twin Cities area. Thankfully, the Minneapolis and St. Paul markets are open year-round.
Family gatherings can bring about some interesting traditions, especially when it comes to food. For example, we have a family chip dip that is made for every family gathering.
I’ve long been a fan of chow mein. When we were younger, my brother worked at Chung King Garden in Burnsville and our family would devour big containers of chicken chow mein and egg rolls after his shifts.
Whether it be the journey or the destination, there are some places that will always be memorable. For me, it’s the pizza farm in Stockholm, Wisconsin.
I pulled out a few local cookbooks and came across a great recipe from Beth Dooley’s most recent cookbook, “The Northern Heartland Kitchen” that used apples, sausage, and onions for a main dish.
Last week I talked about the abundance of produce at the markets and I saw it again over the weekend. Buckets of tomatoes priced under $10, bushels of cucumbers for $5 and a very nice selection greens.
Walking around the markets recently, I’ve seen an abundance of produce, which is quite exciting. However, in just a matter of weeks, the bundles of greens and the bushels of tomatoes will be hard to […]
The weather turned hot and sweltering again just to give us one last chance at summer fun before school starts up again.
Quite a few years ago, I signed up for a bi-weekly crop share from a small organic farm (Loon Organics) getting their start in the farming business. It was so exciting to see how the box contents grew and evolved over the season and I had a blast creating new recipes from their outstanding produce. It’s actually one of the reasons I started blogging as I wanted to share my excitement with others and got tired of e-mailing pictures of my meals to family members.
Don’t worry about firing up the grill for this one. Pull out your griddle or grill pan instead and it only takes a couple of minutes.
Miniature is cute. It works for most things: Babies, puppies and even mini food can cause the standard Minnesota exclamation, “Oh, for cute!” That’s why I couldn’t resist making mini cherry pies over the weekend.
Sharing a harvest certainly isn’t a new concept, but it’s something that has become a bit more mainstream in recent years. Consumers want more of a connection with their food and the best way to […]
Last week, Cooking Light tweeted a recipe for a summer quinoa salad using sweet corn, yellow squash and mint. The only cooked item was quinoa and I could easily do that in 15 minutes on the stovetop, so it was a no-brainer that I try this recipe in preparation for sweet corn season.
Remember how I talked about grilling on the 4th of July? I was quite excited about grilling pizza and had several flavor combinations in mind, but in reality it never happened.
It’s going to be a hot Fourth of July and an even hotter one for those on grill duty. For as long as I can remember, grilling and Independence Day go hand in hand (along with fireworks, of course).
Strawberry season flew by quickly again this year. The season usually lasts until the Fourth of July holiday, but due to odd weather conditions over the past couple of years, strawberry crops have been increasingly unreliable.
If you’re a gardener, chances are you’ve grown zucchini at some point in your gardening career.
The Minnesota Twins announced after losing 9-8 to the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday night that they are recalling pitcher Lester Oliveros from Triple-A Rochester.