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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  • 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.
  • 11/29/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    November 30, 2014

    This week: the Food & Mood show. Dara talks with health/nutrition writer Julie Beck and Experience Life Magazine founder Pilar Gerasimo.
  • 11/22/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    November 23, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market.
  • 11/15/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    November 16, 2014

    Dara hones in on small farms. She talks with Brian Fredericksen (Ames Farm), Gretchen Perbix (Sweetland Orchard), and author Elizabeth Millard.
  • 11/8/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    November 9, 2014

    Dara digs into food allergies this week. She talks with Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist Dr. Joseph Murray and authors Zoe Francois & Stephanie Meyer.
  • 11/1/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    November 2, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market. This week, Dara talked to Mandy Aftel from Berkeley, CA about her perfume line. Then she talked with NY Times reporter Alex Stone about his latest book. Plus, what can you make to make your house smell awesome? Find out!
  • 10/25/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    October 26, 2014

    This week, web host/author Dan Pashman, FEAST organizer Jan Joannides, and sheep rancher Janet McNally. Plus, the top five recipes for ground lamb.
  • 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.

Recent Articles & Blog Posts

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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

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Foods To Boost Your Mood

We all could use a pick-me-up and some good mood boosting once in a while. This week Dara breaks out her Top 5 Foods to Boost Your Mood! So turn that frown upside down and enjoy!

12/02/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Honey Recipes

Local bees are very important. They make the fruits, they make the seeds. Without them we would have no wildflowers, no apples, no oranges. So I like to usE good honey in all sorts of recipes. Here are Dara’s Top 5!

11/14/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Healing Soup Recipes

The best thing to heal you when you’re sick is: Simple soups, especially broths. These are not complicated foods! But they do require time and attention. Here are Dara’s Top 5 Healing Soup Recipes!

11/11/2014

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Recipe: Chili Con Carne

It’s chili season! Here’s a different riff, done in a more classic, Mexican way (in other words, no beans). Check out our recipe for Chili con Carne!

11/04/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Recipes To Make Your House Smell Awesome

Dara talked a lot about fragrance on Saturday’s Off the Menu Show on WCCO Radio. It got her thinking about recipes that will make your house smell amazing. Here are her Top 5!

11/03/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Ground Lamb Recipes

Lately I find myself buying ground lamb as often as I buy ground beef—I like the flavor, I like supporting local grass-pasturing lamb producers, and I really like the flavor. Here are Dara’s Top 5 Ground Lamb Recipes!

10/27/2014

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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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