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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Off The Menu

Off The Menu


  • 10/18/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    October 19, 2014

    This "mushroom & sprouts" show includes talks with Peter McCoy (Radical Mycology) and chef Alan Bergo. Plus, the top five ways to cook with beer.
  • 10/11/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    October 11, 2014

    Dara talks with Uli Koester (about cuisine for elementary schools), beer expert Michael Agnew, and Jorge Guzman (chef at Surly Brewery).
  • 10/4/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    October 5, 2014

    It's an Apple Fest as Dara talks with author Rowan Jacobsen and U of M horticulturalist David Bedford. Plus, Dara's top five Fall apple recipes.
  • 9/27/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    September 28, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market.
  • 9/20/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    September 21, 2014

    This week, Dara chats with authors Dan Jurafsky (food menus), Jennifer McLagan (the taste of bitter), and Robin Asbell (juicing).
  • 9/13/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    September 14, 2014

    Dara speaks with geologist Jim Doten (about biochar) and Yumzar developers Steven Lauder & Abbey Smalley. Plus, Dara's top five apple salads.
  • 9/6/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    September 7, 2014

    Dara talks to oyster farmer/food writer Tamar Haspel and Upper Mississippi Valley teaching chef Dina Berray. Plus, the top five watermelon recipes.
  • 8-30-14 - Off The Menu with Dara LIVE at the Fair

    August 30, 2014

    Becky Wahlund of the Land O' Lakes Test Kitchen joins Dara at the State Fair WCCO booth. Dina Kountoupes of Harvest Moon Edible Landscapes tells us about backyard gardening. Brewmaster Chris German explains malted barley.
  • 8/23/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    August 24, 2014

    Dara talks with Cherie Peterson (Sausage Sisters), Michelle Gayer (Salty Tart), & Dustin Brau (Brau Bros.). Plus, her top five new Fair foods.
  • 8/16/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    August 17, 2014

    This week, Dara speaks with Heritage Foods USA founder Patrick Martins and the team behind Mighty Axe Hops. Plus, the top five Summer squash recipes.
  • 8/9/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    August 10, 2014

    This week, Dara talks to Herbivorous Butcher owners Kale & Aubry Welch, writer Chris Clayton, and New Scenic Cafe (Duluth) chef/owner Scott Graden.
  • 8-02-14 - Off The Menu with Dara

    August 2, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market.
  • 7/26/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    July 27, 2014

    Dara takes a natural approach to this week's edition. She talks with Urban Organics' Fred Haberman and master gardener Bonnie Blodgett.
  • 7/19/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    July 20, 2014

    This time around, Dara talks chicken & fish with reporter/author Maryn McKenna and duck farmer Katie French. Plus, Dara's top five salmon recipes.
  • 7/12/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    July 13, 2014

    This week, Dara features a couple local brewers in Kevin Welch (Boom Island) and Jim Watkins (Sociable Cider Werks). Plus, her favorite kabob recipes.
  • 7/5/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    July 6, 2014

    Dara talks with seafood author Paul Greenberg and ice cream entrepreneur Ashley Olds. Plus, Dara's top five garden herb sauces.
  • 6/28/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    June 29, 2014

    This week, Dara talks with Red Cow Pub owner Luke Shimp and bartender Jesse Held. Plus, our host's top five local spots to get an iced coffee.
  • 6-21-14 - Off The Menu with Dara

    June 21, 2014

    Ree Drummond of the Food Network talks farm girl cooking. Top 5 picnic resources. Pilar Gerasimo of Life Magazine talks about obesity and diet.
  • 6/14/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    June 15, 2014

    This week, Dara speaks with the owners of Angelica's Garden and Pig & Fiddle chef Stephanie Kochlin. Plus, the top 5 places for a Father's Day picnic.
  • 6-07-14 - Off The Menu with Dara

    June 7, 2014

    MN's first James Beard Award winner Tim McKee is in studio. Top 5 underrated patios. Scott Ervin is behind Minenapolis's first distillery since prohibition. He discusses the business with Dara.
  • 5/31/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    June 1, 2014

    This week, Dara talks with food author Nina Tycholz and Safa Hill cooking school owner Marianne Miller. Plus, her top five places that serve...toast.
  • 5/24/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    May 25, 2014

    On this week's show, Wedge & Wheel cheese shop owner Chris Kohtz and Far North Spirits co-founder Mike Swanson. Plus, the top five places for brats.
  • 5-17-14 - Off The Menu with Dara

    May 17, 2014

    How do you start a mushroom farm in MN? Jeremy McAdams joins the show to tell us. Today's top 5 list takes a look at baking books. Piccolo Shef Doug Flicker in studio to talk about his latest venture.
  • 5/10/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    May 11, 2014

    On this Mother's Day edition, Dara talks with the mother-daughter teams behind Thumbs Cookies and Bars Bakery. Also, the top grilling cookbooks.
  • 5/3/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    May 4, 2014

    This week's guests include Hot Indian food truck owner Amol Dixit & Clint Roberts of the MN Craft Brewers Guild. Plus, a top five for Comic Con.

Recent Articles & Blog Posts

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Ways To Cook With Beer

After talking with a chef for a brewery last week, Dara got a bunch of questions from listeners excited to cook with beer at home. Here are her top five beer recipes on tap here (insert groan)!

10/20/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Green Tomato Recipes

The garden tomato season is finished. Done. Kaput. Over! And if your garden is anything like mine there are still lots and lots of green ones to deal with. What to do with them all? Plenty! Here are Dara’s Top 5 Green Tomato Recipes!

10/10/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Apple Pie Recipes

We wanted to give you all kinds of good ideas for filling your house and your life with those good apple pie smells and flavors. Here are Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Apple Pie recipes!

10/03/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Recipes For Cucumbers

It’s peak pickling cucumber season right now. They are stacked up everywhere in pyramids and heaped in bushel baskets. But what to do with them? Here are Dara’s Top 5 Cucumber recipes!

09/26/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Recipes For Cherry Tomatoes

Everywhere cherry tomatoes! If you’re thinking they just go in green salads, guess again. There are scads of other great things you can do with them. Here are Dara’s top 5 recipes for those nutrient-packed little gems!

09/23/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Apple Salads

Apples are rolling in to the farmer’s markets, and all the apple orchards are open for the season. But don’t forget there are lots of glorious ways to eat raw apples besides out of hand! Here are Dara’s Top 5 Apple Salads!

09/12/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Watermelon Recipes

Do you even need watermelon recipes? Yes you do, because at the height of the season, it’s fantastic to get watermelon into other parts of your meal, not just slices on the table at the end of the picnic. Here are Dara’s Top 5!

09/05/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Muskmelon Recipes

It’s absolutely the height of muskmelon season. They are at all the Farmer’s Markets and you should be making good use of them! Here are Dara’s top five canteloupe and muskmelon recipes!

08/30/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Summer Squash Recipes

Summer Squash is very much in season. Always terrific charred on the grill, this veggie lends itself to many different types of cooking and they’re cheap at the farmer’s market right now. Here are Dara’s favorite things to do with them!

08/21/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Zucchini Recipes

it’s the height of Zucchini season right now! Also known as the time of year you look around and think: Why did I plant all of these zucchini? There are too many too many! So, here are Dara’s top 5 recipes for using summer zucchini!

08/14/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Green Bean Recipes

It’s the height of green bean season! Green beans are extra extra good for you. And tasty. Here are Dara’s favorite ways to eat them. Get in on the green bean scene!

08/07/2014

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Cured And Crafted: An Evening Of Prosciutto And Craft Beer

Prosciutto, craft beer, an evening in downtown Minneapolis….what’s not to love! We enjoyed and shared a night full of great pairings at Cured and Crafted.

08/01/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Corn Recipes

It’s here! The most glorious season of the year, sweet corn season. Dara has her favorite recipes to get you through a couple bushel bags. So get on out there and find your favorite roadside corn-stand, sweet corn is upon us!

07/28/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Summer Salmon Recipes

It’s the height of our Alaskan wild salmon season! So Dara thought it would be fun to put together a top five salmon recipes to get you cooking something wild, healthy and delicious!

07/22/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Street Food Kabob Recipes

Dara’s thought this week revolves around all the cultures of the world that have great skewer, kabob or whatever you want to call it street-food cultures. We thought it would be fun to pull together a Top 5 Recipes for your grill!

07/14/2014

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