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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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  • 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.
  • 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.

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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

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Thanksgiving Pies To-Go

We’d bet Thanksgiving is equally split between those who go for the stuffing and turkey (the savory folks) and those who are just in it for the pie (sweet tooth). If you’re one of the latter, or if you’re just wanting to bring pie everywhere you go Thanksgiving weekend, you need to know the top bakery pies in the Twin Cities. Dara found you the Top 5 Thanksgiving Pies to-go!

11/18/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Meals For $5 And Under

Tough days for those cheapskates out there. $5 is not what it used to be. Even a simple burger at most places will run you over $5. So where do you go with a five dollar bill hoping to get a rib-sticking, crazy meal? Well, there are places if you know where to look. Good thing for us Dara has our wallets covered!

11/14/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Indian Food Buffets in Minnesota

Indian Buffets are popping up all over town. They have quickly become a “Dara Favorite”. The all-you-can-eat buffet can be really good, or it can be a train-wreck of bad food. Dara dug through the curry and vindaloo for you and came out the other end with a list of her top 5 Indian Food Buffets in Minnesota!

10/25/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Tap Rooms in Minnesota

There are many small suds makers turning into major players in the beer world. The Minnesota “Giants” such as Summit, Schell’s and now Surly continue to churn out great craft beers but some of the lesser known makers are doing amazing things in small batches. This week Dara shares her Top 5 Tap Rooms in Minnesota!

10/16/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Oktoberfests

Is there really a better way to celebrate fall then a tall beer and a brat? We don’t think so. And with a heavy German background, many Minnesotans know exactly how to celebrate the changing season and that’s with Oktoberfest! If you can’t make it to Munich, just look up the street because chances are there’s a great festival going on not far from you. Here’s Dara’s Top 5 Oktoberfests!

10/07/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Frozen Yogurt

It’s a sweet tornado rolling through town. We think it’s fair to say frozen yogurt has exploded around the Twin Cities. If you have kids, you already know this. Fro-Yo has taken over! Dara shares her Top 5 for your noshing pleasure.

07/29/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Pizza Farms

What’s a pizza farm? Good question. It’s a farm that on a certain day of the week makes pizza in a wood-fired oven using ingredients grown on the farm. It’s a great idea and Minneapolis-St. Paul is becoming the world’s center for the pizza farm movement! Dara shares her top 5 so you know where to find the best!

07/24/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Cookies

It’s a good time to be a cookie lover in the Twin Cities! These are not mom’s chocolate chips or your basic snickerdoodle (as good as they are!). So Dara went off the beaten path to discover the best cookies in the Twin Cities. Here’s her top 5!

07/15/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Minneapolis Food And Drink Tourist Attractions

Hundreds of thousands of people visit Minneapolis every year, eat at restaurants, drink local brews, and enjoy all that the city has to offer. So Dara decided to make a Top 5 for them! What are the places we can brag about that are basically within walking distance of Loring Park? Dara knows!

07/01/2013

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Dara Moskowitz’s Grumdahls Top 5 Places For Grass-Fed

Farmers and ranchers all over Minnesota are turning to grass pasturing their animals, instead of raising them indoors, on grain. Name your animal and traditional farm product, they can be raised out of doors on pasture. Come out to the farm with us and find out about places doing it on grass!

06/24/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top Buffalo Wings

Everybody loves buffalo wings. But where can you go for the best of the best that might be a little off the normal wing path? Here’s Dara’s list of the top sticky, saucy, buffalo-like wings in the Twin Cities!

06/20/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Tacos

There are a lot of traditional tacos in the Twin Cities. However, there is a different breed of tacos around town, called Nuevo Tacos. Think of tacos but chef-driven. Rebellious. Outrageous. All of the above. It’s more than meat, cheese and lettuce. So why not think outside the shell a bit and find some Nuevo Tacos and here are the Twin Cities’ best according to Dara!

06/10/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Hot Dogs

We may not be Chicago and we certainly aren’t New York City. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make a great hot dog. Meat in tube form can be one of life’s great pleasures. So let’s celebrate the places that do the dog right. Here’s Dara’s list of the Top 5 Hot Dogs!

06/03/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Great Food With A View

The holy grail of the Minnesota summer: A spot with a staggering view, and fantastic food. Does it exist? Yes! Of course, we all know of the summer hotspots with great views and average, to be kind, food. But there are places to go for off-the-charts good food and a view that’s fit for a postcard. Here is Dara’s top five!

05/31/2013

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