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: 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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Bite Of Minnesota: Game Day Italian Nachos

A few years ago I won several gift certificates to Macaroni Grill. I’m pretty sure I used almost all of the money on plates of Italian Nachos. The indulgent fried pasta sheets paired with creamy cheese and the vinegary kick of banana peppers made them hard to resist. Luckily I got my hands on the recipe and tried it at home with mouth-watering success.

01/22/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Cinnamon Stick Puffs

Happy New Year! Now that all of the obligatory holiday duties have passed, it’s nice to relax and plan for the new year.

01/02/2013

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Bite Of Minnesota: Holiday Activities

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.

12/18/2012

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Bite Of Minnesota: Roasted Grapes & Sweet Potatoes

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.

12/11/2012

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Bite Of Minnesota: Road Trip To Des Moines

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.

12/04/2012

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Bite Of Minnesota: Pumpkin Lasagna

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.

11/20/2012

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Bite Of Minnesota: Thanksgiving Prep

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!

11/13/2012

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Bite Of Minnesota: Balsamic Roasted Squash & Wild Rice

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.

11/06/2012

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Bite Of Minnesota: Delicata Squash Bisque

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.

10/31/2012

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Bite Of Minnesota: Winter Market Season

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.

10/23/2012

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Bite Of Minnesota: Deviled Eggs For Fall

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.

10/16/2012

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Bite Of Minnesota: Subgum Chow Mein

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.

10/09/2012

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Bite Of Minnesota: Pizza Farm

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.

10/02/2012

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Bite Of MN: Sausage With Apples & Onions

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.

09/25/2012

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Bite Of Minnesota: Tomato Jam Recipe

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.

09/18/2012

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Bite Of Minnesota: Swiss Chard Quiche, Redux

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 […]

09/11/2012

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Bite Of Minnesota: Bread & Butter Pickles

The weather turned hot and sweltering again just to give us one last chance at summer fun before school starts up again.

09/04/2012

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Bite Of Minnesota: Crop Share Week

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.

08/14/2012

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Bite Of Minnesota: Grilled Zucchini Salad

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.

08/07/2012

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Bite Of Minnesota: Mini Cherry Pies

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.

07/31/2012

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