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

  • 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 18, 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 4, 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 20, 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 30, 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 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.

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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

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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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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Warm-Weather Food Getaways

Let’s think this way: beach getaway, for two hours, no airfare required. Sounds like a winner. If there’s no plane ride to somewhere on or near the Tropic of Cancer, then Dara can provide a few places to warm your belly and get at least a “taste” of the beach-life. Here are her Top 5 Warm-Weather Food Getaways!

02/15/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 “Cheapskate “Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day can be a wallet-emptying experience. But for many of you out there, it’s just a chance to spend some quality time with that person you love and maybe you just need a fresh idea. Dara came up with some “cheapskate” ideas for Valentine’s Day and here’s her Top 5!

02/13/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top Bowling Alleys With Foodie Food

Now would be the perfect time to celebrate the indoor sports, thank you very much Polar Vortex. If the temp can’t get close to 100 maybe your bowling games can. Here are Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top Bowling Alleys with Foodie Food!

01/27/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Trends for 2014

Dara decided to take a moment and look into her “Foodie Crystal Ball” and share her top 5 trends to look for in 2014!

01/16/2014

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Local Gift Shopping Destinations

It’s time to start thinking about the next holiday, Christmas. This year, think food when it comes to gift giving. Dara dug into this a bit and shares her Top 5 Local Gift Shopping Destinations!

12/05/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Thanksgiving Emergency Solutions

It’s Thanksgiving and you need options. Disaster has struck, you’ve waited to long and you need help. So, what to do. Dara has ideas and don’t we love ideas! Here are her Top 5 (actually 6…we have a tie) Thanksgiving Emergency Solutions!

11/26/2013