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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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  • 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.
  • 4/26/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    April 27, 2014

    Sandy Hill of the Minneapolis Farmer's Market and contributors from the Heavy Table help Dara celebrate her annual Spring Show.
  • 4/19/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    April 20, 2014

    This Easter Holiday edition includes Local chefs Tyler Shipton and Nick O'Leary, Mike Hoops of Town Hall Brewery, and cookbook author Beth Dooley.
  • 4-12 - Off The Menu with Dara

    April 13, 2014

    Renowned winemaker Randall Graham joins the show to talk about bio-dynamic farming. Top 5 breakfasts for a sweet tooth. Erik Anderson of Catbird Seat is in studio.
  • 4/5/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    April 7, 2014

    On this week's show, kitchen designer Michael Anschel, Emily and Joel Vikre of Vikre Distillery in Duluth, and Dara's top five vegetable-based cookbooks.
  • 3/29/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    March 30, 2014

    This week, author Tricia Cornell on Farmer's Market cooking, Heartland chef Lenny Russo about MN representation at the upcoming World's Fair, and the top 5 area wine bars.
  • 3/22/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    March 23, 2014

    This week: Joe Marrocco of Cafe Imports talks coffee; Rabbit Hole owner Thomas Kim makes an appearance; the top five flower-filled lunch dates.
  • Off The Menu with Dara - 3/15/14

    March 16, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market. This week, it's the St. Patrick's Day program. Dara speaks with Washington D.C. chef/owner Cathal Armstrong about his new cookbook, "My Irish Table." Later, Twin Cities restaurant/pub owner Dermot Cowley explains the m
  • Off The Menu with Dara - 3/8/14

    March 9, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market. This week, Dara covers a plethora of topics. Prairie Restorations founder Ron Bowen tells us why he wants homeowners to convert a quarter of their land to house native prairie plants. Then, Strip Club owner/chef J.D. Fratzke talks about h
  • 3-01 - Off The Menu with Dara

    March 2, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market.
  • Off The Menu with Dara - 2/22/14

    February 23, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market. In this "Bees & Sprouts" edition of the program, Dara speaks with Lucia's owner and chef Lucia Watson about a new form of cooking called bee-friendly cuisine. Then, as a kid, you probably avoided brussel sprouts like th
  • 2-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    February 15, 2014

    Marla Spivek of the U of M Bee Lab talks about threats to pollinators. Top 5 Beach Getaways right here in the middle of a harsh MN winter. Kim Bartmann owner of Bryant Lake Bowl, amongst others, joins the show to talk about her newest restaurant.
  • Off The Menu with Dara - 2/8/14

    February 9, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market. It's a "Ramen & Romance" edition of the program. Dara speaks with chef Ivan Orkin, the definitive American expert on ramen cuisine. Then, we hear about one of the most romantic restaurants in the Twin Cities, as Gray Ho

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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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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Herb Garden Sauces

Herbs are going bonkers in the garden right now. That’s why it’s the perfect season to throw them into a food processor with some oil and a couple other things and take full advantage of the season. Here are a few of Dara’s favorite recipes to use some of your herbs!

07/05/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Iced Coffees

The weather’s hot, but you still want the delicious cup of coffee. How about something craft, and something different? Dara decided to go all summery and share her Top 5 Iced Coffees! Bottoms up.

06/28/2014

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Slow Foods MN Dinner: ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

An afternoon spent among the sheep of Star Thrower Farm and a lunch courtesy of Chef Doug Flicker of Piccolo sounds like a perfect day. It is. Enjoy a slice of life at a grass-fed, local, sustainable farm along with Slow Food MN!

06/02/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Bratwurst

There are a lot of great brats out there, and only one summer of 2014 in which to devour them. Here are Dara’s Top 5 Bratwurst for your grilling pleasure.

05/29/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Best Baking Books

A couple of weeks ago, Dara shared five of the great grilling books. But recently she got a question from a listener named Kate—what about baking? Well in honor of Kate, here are Dara’s favorite baking books for a good and easy life!

05/17/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Grilling Cookbooks

It’s time to take advantage of the good weather and cook up some amazing food. Light a match. Fire up the charcoal (or gas)! We’re hungry. Here are Dara’s Top 5 Grilling Cookbooks!

05/05/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Cheap Fancy Dates

Nobody wants to be accused of being a “Cheap Date”. Or even worse, accused of taking someone on a cheap date! So Dara has a fix. Here are her Top 5 Cheap Fancy Dates!

04/30/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Sweet-Tooth Breakfasts

Every once in a while you deserve a treat. You work hard, sometimes it’s OK to just say “I want the French Toast”. Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl has mined the sugary and indulgent menus for her Top 5 Sweet-Tooth Breakfasts!

04/12/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Vegetable Cookbooks

Now that Spring has sprung (finally, sort of), we can start talking gardens, farmer’s markets and vegetables. Sometimes we need some help taking it from the garden to the plate and Dara helps with her Top 5 Vegetable Cookbooks!

04/07/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Wine Bars

It’s about appealing to the “wine snob” and the “wine novice”. To communicate what tastes good and give it to customers in a very accessible way. And to offer up amazing selections with food to match. Here are Dara’s Top 5 Wine Bars in the Twin Cities!

04/03/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Lunch Dates to Look At Flowers

Everybody loves flowers! And good grief do we love them after THIS winter. This week, the Macy’s Flower Show opened up on the 8th floor of the downtown Minneapolis store and that inspired Dara to come up with her Top 5 Lunch Dates to Look at Flowers!

03/22/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Shrimp Dishes

Where do you go to find a creative and delicious shrimp dish in the Twin Cities? Dara broke it down for you in ways from classic and exotic. You’ll be sure to find these abundant sea creatures prepared to your liking on Dara’s Top 5 Shrimp Dishes in the Twin Cities!

03/18/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Fish And Chips (Fancy Beer Edition)

For many people, this time of year means Lent. And Lent brings the height of the Fish and Chips season! Expect your favorite fish joint to be busy on a Friday. So we decided to look at it a different way. Here are Dara’s Top 5 Fish and Chips (Fancy Beer Edition)!

03/11/2014