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 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

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Places I’d Take Rick Bayless To Eat

So, Dara got a call from Chicago this week from celeb chef Rick Bayless asking where to eat in Minneapolis? Here’s what Dara came up with, to impress any foodie elite who is taking a whirl through town. It’s Dara’s Top 5 Places She’d Take Rick Bayless To Eat!

03/01/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Ramen

While we slip and slide through yet another winter blast, let’s lean over a steaming bowl of Ramen together, breathe in the goodness and enjoy the warmth pouring forth from the broth and noodles. Skip the box you had in college because here are Dara’s Top 5 Ramen dishes in the Twin Cities!

02/24/2014

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