Off The Menu With Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl is the Twin Cities’ premier expert on food, a critic at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. She brings WCCO’s tradition of nutritional information to new heights, Saturdays from 11 a.m. – Noon. If you have something to say on a topic, call-in at 651-989-9226 or text 81807.

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  • 5-23-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    May 23, 2015

    King of the Brooklyn Hipster BBQ'ers Joe Carroll with some Memorial Day grilling tips. Dara's Top 5 radish recipes.
  • 5/16/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    May 17, 2015

    This week, Dara speaks with Black Forest co-owner Erica Christ about wiener schnitzel. Plus, Dara's best asparagus recipes and news from the food world.
  • 5-09-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    May 9, 2015

    Jim Osland, former editor of Saveur, has set out on a new literary venture. Dara disusses Rodale's Organinc Life with Jim. Dara gives you her top 5 strawberry recipies. MN's only TIron Chef America contestant Sameh Wadi joins Dara to talk about his new cookbook.
  • 5/2/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    May 3, 2015

    This week, Dara speaks with husband-wife team Griffith and Cheryl Day about becoming self-taught bakers and authors. Plus, Dara's top oregano recipes.
  • 4-25-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    April 25, 2015

    Cheesemaker at Lone Grazer and MN native Ruben Nilsson. He joins the show to talk about his journey. Dara delivers her top 5 green onion recipes.
  • 4-18-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    April 19, 2015

    James Oseland of Saveur fame is back and taking on a BIG new project. He stops by to talk to Dara about it. Dara has her 5 frozen beet recipes. Jordan Mckay, co-author of the Franklin BBQ book talks grilling.
  • 4-11-15 Off The Menu with Dara

    April 11, 2015

    Author Marnie Hanel talks picnicking. Top 5 Cheese Balls! Dara recaps the top food news of the week.
  • 4/4/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    April 5, 2015

    Dara talks eggs with food stylist Jenny Park and Easter baskets with Golden Fig owner Laurie Crowell McCann. Plus, the top five brunch dishes.
  • 3/28/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    March 29, 2015

    This week, Dara talks to Kristin Miglore (Food52.com) and Andrew Knowlton (Bon Appetit Magazine). Plus, Dara's top chicken drumsticks recipes.
  • 3/21/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    March 21, 2015

    Dara talks about healthy eating and gives her top 5 hummus recopies.
  • 3-14-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    March 14, 2015

    Vayu Rekdal is teaching science through food. She is in studio with Dara to explain how. You gotta have soda bread on St. Patty's day. Top 5 soda bread uses. Lucas Almendinger of the Third Bird talks whole hog cooking.
  • 3/7/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    March 8, 2015

    In this "healthy eating" edition, Dara talks with Jillian Lampert about when healthy eating might become unhealthy. Plus, Dara's top five squash recipes.
  • 2-28-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    February 28, 2015

    Dara talks with author Brian Abrams about his new book which details the history of partying at the White House. This weeks top five: pickles! A fascinating look at the meaning and history of tea with Lily Duckler of Verdant Tea.
  • 2/21/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    February 22, 2015

    Dara talks with writer Rebecca Harrington and Experience Life Magazine's Pilar Gerasimo about celebrity dieting. Plus, Dara's top five grapefruit dishes.
  • 2-14-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    February 15, 2015

    William Bostwick of the WSJ talks about his book "The Brewers Tale". Dara gives us the top 5 aphrodesiac recipes on Valentines day.
  • 2/7/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    February 8, 2015

    Dara talks with food historian Libby O'Connell about the evolution of American cuisine. Plus, our host's top five lentil recipes.
  • 1-24-15 Off The Menu with Dara

    February 5, 2015

    A big show for Dara! She talks to Dominique Ansel, the amazing pastry chef and creator of the Cronut! Plus Moonshine, Guacamole Recipes and your questions!
  • 1/31/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    February 1, 2015

    This week, Dara discusses the American cocktail renaissance with author Jennifer Fiedler and Bittercube co-founder Nick Kosevich.
  • 1-17-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    January 17, 2015

    Bill Yosses was the pastry chef for the White House for 7 years! He joins Dara to talk about his experience and what's next. Top 5 taco fillings. Food writer Josh Schonwald talkks about what's next for the classic American hamburger.
  • 1-10-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    January 10, 2015

    Sameh Wadi of Saffron in Minneapolis joins the show to tell Dara his story. Dara has her top 5 cauliflower recipes.
  • 01-03-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    January 4, 2015

    Tamar Haspel joins the show from Cape Cod to talk about a possible resurgence of the American Chestnut Tree. Top 5 frozen kale recipes. Dara talks about her culinary resolutions for the new year.
  • 12-27-14 - Off The Menu with Dara

    December 27, 2014

    Adrew Lawler lend new perspective to out favorite edible bird in "Why Did The Chicken Cross the World?". Jodi Ohlsen rean is the states most notorious cheese maker and she's in studio. Top 5 black eyed peas ideas.
  • 12/20/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    December 21, 2014

    It's a look at Christmas past when Dara talks with historian Annie Gray and author David Wondrich. Plus, we hear the top five shortbread recipes.
  • 12-13-14 - Off The Menu with Dara

    December 14, 2014

    Top seafood chef Ben Pollinger talks about his new cookbook. Top 5 oyster recipes. Paul Greenberg wrote the book on cooking fish and it's called "American Catch". He talks about it with Dara.
  • 12-06-14 - Off The Menu with Dara

    December 7, 2014

    Kara Nielsen of the sterling-Rice group discusses culinary trends. Top 5 coconut recipes. Freelance food writer David Sax joins Dara.

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Radish Recipes

Radishes are all over the farmers markets right now, and they’re mild and good—the really spicy ones are the ones that sit out in the hot sun of summer. So Dara breaks out her Top 5 ways to use the Radish!

05/22/2015

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Asparagus Recipes

Have you heard of Spargelfest? It’s how Germany celebrates spring and the bounty of Asparagus! Good reason to celebrate here too. Here are Dara’s Top 5 Asparagus Recipes!

05/15/2015

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Strawberry Recipes

The strawberry is the fruit equivalent of a picture-perfect long stemmed rose. What do do with them? Glad you asked. Here are Dara’s top five strawberry recipes!

05/11/2015

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Oregano Recipes

It might be taking over your garden already this spring. What to do with all that Oregano? We’ll help you out. Here are Dara’s Top 5 Recipes!

05/01/2015

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Green Onion Recipes

Farmer’s Markets open all over Minnesota in the next couple of weeks. What you’ll see everywhere are Green Onions. But what to do with them? We have ideas. Here are Dara’s Top 5 Recipes!

04/28/2015

Top Valentine’s Day Aphrodisiacs

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Frozen Beet Recipes

Frozen Beets are everywhere in the store right now. But what to do with them? Dara to the rescue! Here are her Top 5 Frozen Beet Recipes!

04/16/2015

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Cheese Ball Recipes

Embrace the Cheeseball! It’s not something that everyone avoids at a party. It’s a vehicle for some amazing and perhaps even “fancy” flavors. Here are Dara’s Top 5!

04/13/2015

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Do-Ahead Brunch Dishes

Why are you stressing out slaving over a hot stove for your loved ones when you can do mostly everything the night before and just sit around and relax? Stop the madness! And start learning to love these, my top five do-ahead brunch recipes, for Easter or any time.

04/03/2015

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Chicken Drumstick Recipes

Don’t forget the drumsticks! They might be cheap but that doesn’t mean they’re not totally excellent, and there are many brilliant ways to cook them, like this! Here are Dara’s top five!

03/27/2015

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Hummus Recipes

Did you know that there’s a next level of hummus? True. There is. Here are Dara’s Top Five Hummus Recipes!

03/20/2015

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Soda Bread Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day is this coming Tuesday. Forget the Corned Beef and Beer. Well, don’t forget that. Just don’t forget the Irish Soda Bread! Here are Dara’s Five Favorite Recipes!

03/12/2015

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Squash Recipes

Before we get everything greening up and the Farmer’s Markets start hopping, Dara has one more winter staple to get in your meals: Winter Squash. Here are her Top 5 Recipes!

03/09/2015

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Pickle Recipes

What can you do with a good jar of pickles? A lot more than you think you can. Here are Dara’s Top 5 Pickle Recipes!

02/27/2015

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Grapefruit Recipes

It brings a great, complex sweetness to your savory dishes, it’s wonderful used in salads and can add a nice zip to your cocktails, not to mention being very high in vitamin C. Here are Dara’s Top 5 Grapefruit Recipes!

02/20/2015

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Aphrodisiac Recipes

It’s Valentine’s Day! How about some foods that are aphrodisiacs? You should make them for dinner because it’s Valentine’s Day! What a lovely way to say you love someone.

02/13/2015

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Lentil Recipes

Another “superfood” but this one is extra special because it’s also super on your wallet! Here are Dara’s Top 5 Lentil Recipes!

02/10/2015

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To Gluten Or Not To Gluten And Why Should I Care?

Confused by Gluten? Feeling like Paleo is the way to go? Or are you just not sure who to believe? You’re not alone. Here’s why I changed my attitude towards food and why you should care!

02/05/2015

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Guacamole Recipes

There are two types of guacamole eaters in this country—those who would love guacamole every day, and those who only love guacamole during the Super Bowl. Here are Dara’ Top 5 Guacamole Recipes!

01/23/2015

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Taco Fillings

What’s better to warm up the dead of winter than Tacos! But you can do more than adding that seasoning packet to the skillet of ground beef. Here is Dara’s Top 5 Taco recipes!

01/20/2015

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Cauliflower Recipes

Could Cauliflower be the “Star Food of 2015″? Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl thinks it might and she shares her Top 5 ways to use it here!

01/12/2015

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Frozen Kale Recipes

Looking for ways to eat more healthy greens? You’re not alone. It isn’t about New Year’s Resolutions, it’s about finding ways to delicious-up food that’s good for you! Here are Dara’s top 5 recipes for Frozen Kale!

01/06/2015

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Shortbread Recipes

I was trying to think of the single Christmas food that is most historical and most contemporary—and I came up with shortbread! Here are Dara’s Top 5 Shortbread Recipes!

12/23/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Oyster Recipes

I wanted to pull together something Christmas(y) in the sustainable seafood realm for this week so of course: Oysters! They’re delicious and here are my top five ways to eat them!

12/12/2014

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“Friendsgiving Dinner” At Wise Acre Eatery

What is “Friendsgiving”? Besides being a great meal with great people at Wise Acre Eatery and Food Should Taste Good, we found a little inspiration for ourselves during this holiday season.

12/11/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Coconut Recipes

I feel absolutely confident saying the food trend for 2015 is coconut! We’re going to see it everywhere! Here are my top five coconut recipes to get you ready for the next big thing.

12/10/2014