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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: 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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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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