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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  • 5-23-15 - Off The Menu with Dara

    May 23, 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 9, 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 21, 2015

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

    March 14, 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.
  • 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.

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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

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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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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