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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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Off The Menu

  • 8-22-15 - Off The Menu

    August 22, 2015

    Ana Marie Cox is in studio and we take a look at how politics affect the food service industry. Dara delivers her Top 5 Next Level Tomato Salad recipes.
  • 8-15-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    August 15, 2015

    Kat Kinsman is the editor in chief of Tasting Table. She joins Dara today to talk BBQ and preview her new book, "High Anxiety". Dara delivers her much anticipated Top 5 Blueberry recipe's.
  • 8-08-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    August 8, 2015

    Stephan Eirik Clark delves into the world of artificial flavorings in his new novel "Sweetness #9". Mike Swanson tells us about his experience of returning to the family farm to grow rye and starting the Far North Distillery.
  • 8/1/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    August 2, 2015

    Dara looks into inventing of new wine grapes (wine maker Randall Grahm), crayfish (chef Paul Berglund), and hops in food (food blogger Marie Porter).
  • 7-25-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    July 26, 2015

    Niko Tonks of Fair State Brewing Cooperative talks about how his company is helping the butterflies. Dara's top 5 sausages and hot dogs. Lee Egbert is one of the founders of 11 Wells and is in studio to talk about his Minnesota mad vermouth.
  • 7/18/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    July 19, 2015

    Dara talks with food bloggers Bjork and Lindsay Ostrom and Ilan Klages-Mundt of Insight Brewing. Plus, Dara reveals her top five BBQ sauces.
  • 7-11-15 - Best of Off The Menu with Dara

    July 11, 2015

    This week we revisit some of our favorite segment from the past year. James Osland on the launch of Organic Life Magazine. Tamar Haspel on the resurgence of the American Chestnut tree. Brian Abrams on his book Party Like a President.
  • 7/4/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    July 5, 2015

    Dara celebrates the 4th of July by discussing microbiomes with Pilar Gerasimo, Surly's brand new beer with Todd Haug, and her favorite kohlrabi recipes.
  • 6-27-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    June 27, 2015

    Author Kristen Ohlson joins Dara to talk about her new book "The Soil Will Save Us". Top 5 Swiss Chard recipes. Mike Brown tells us about this weekends Travail Lakeside Party.
  • 6-20-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    June 21, 2015

    Adam Sachs, Editor in Chief of Saveur takes a look at what he feels is America's next great food city. Dara's top 5 cherry recipes. Janet Fletcher is a food writer based out of Napa Valley. She joins the show to talk wine.
  • 6/13/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    June 14, 2015

    Dara talks with Adam Sachs, the new Editor-in-Chief of Saveur Magazine. Plus, cooking lessons for kids out on Summer Break and the best Mason Jar recipes.
  • 6/6/15 Off The Menu with Dara

    June 7, 2015

    Dara chats with documentary filmmaker/cookbook author Aileen Bordman and former Olympic weightlifter/winemaker Nigel Avery. Plus, top rhubarb recipes.
  • 5-30-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    May 31, 2015

    Head brewer at Summit, Damian McConnn is in studio to talk about the Summit expansion. This weeks top 5... green beans! Master Gardener Bonnie Boldgett gives us some tips for these early summer months.
  • 5-23-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    May 24, 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 10, 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 22, 2015

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

    March 15, 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.

Recent Articles & Blog Posts

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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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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