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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  • 4-11-15 Off The Menu with Dara

    April 11, 2015

    Marnie Hanel of the NYT talks picnicking. Top5 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.
  • 11/29/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    November 30, 2014

    This week: the Food & Mood show. Dara talks with health/nutrition writer Julie Beck and Experience Life Magazine founder Pilar Gerasimo.
  • 11/22/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    November 23, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market.
  • 11/15/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    November 16, 2014

    Dara hones in on small farms. She talks with Brian Fredericksen (Ames Farm), Gretchen Perbix (Sweetland Orchard), and author Elizabeth Millard.
  • 11/8/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    November 9, 2014

    Dara digs into food allergies this week. She talks with Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist Dr. Joseph Murray and authors Zoe Francois & Stephanie Meyer.
  • 11/1/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    November 2, 2014

    Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink…at home, in restaurants, and at the market. This week, Dara talked to Mandy Aftel from Berkeley, CA about her perfume line. Then she talked with NY Times reporter Alex Stone about his latest book. Plus, what can you make to make your house smell awesome? Find out!
  • 10/25/14 Off The Menu with Dara

    October 26, 2014

    This week, web host/author Dan Pashman, FEAST organizer Jan Joannides, and sheep rancher Janet McNally. Plus, the top five recipes for ground lamb.

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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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Off The Menu Recipes From Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl: 5/25/13

The farmers markets are in full swing and now it’s time to figure out what to do with all of those fresh veggies! Dara shared an Arugula Mint Pesto recipe, from “Minnesota Bounty: The Farmer’s Market Cookbook” by Beth Dooley, University of Minnesota Press, on her show Saturday!

05/31/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Tap Rooms

It’s time to celebrate the Craft Brew. This weekend is the end of Craft Brew Week in America. When it comes to Craft Brews, Minnesota is at the top of the class with several new breweries debuting in the last year. Dara took some time to sling back a few beers and here’s her list of the Top 5 Tap Rooms in Minnesota!

05/20/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Places For Cakes

Sharpen your sweet tooth and pour the coffee. It’s time for cake! Dara this week is sharing her Top 5 places for cake in the Twin Cities. She’s searched high and low for different kinds, different tastes and things she thinks everyone will enjoy. It’s the Top 5 Cakes in the Twin Cities!

05/16/2013

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Mother’s Day Ideas With Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl and Chad Hartman: 5/9/13

You know mom worked hard to make sure you had plenty to eat growing up.  Now it’s your turn to take care of mom on this Mother’s Day weekend.  But where to go?  And uh-oh, you waited until the last minute?  No worries.  Dara has you covered with plenty of options!

05/10/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Sustainable Seafood Restaurants

Seafood and what to eat has been controversial, with over-fishing seemingly emptying the world’s oceans. So where can you get the best, sustainable seafood in the Twin Cities? Dara has you covered and here’s her Top 5!

05/04/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Drive-Ins

As the weather turns warmer, maybe it’s a good time to take the top down, enjoy a burger and a malt and take in a warm evening at a drive-in? Everyone remembers the classic drive-in restaurant. Did you know there are several, including really great ones, still around the Twin Cities? Dara jumped in the car to check out some and shares her favorites.

05/01/2013

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Off The Menu With Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl and Chad Hartman: 4/25/13

Thursday afternoon, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl of WCCO’s “Off the Menu” stopped by to talk food and more with Chad Hartman. Dara is heading to New York for her 11th nomination for a James Beard Award, Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern of the Travel Channel have a show in town plus more from the local and national food scenes!

04/26/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Places For Fish And Chips

It’s easy to do. Everyone does it. But it’s hard to do well. Let alone great! And Dara did some digging and now she’s sharing it with you. It’s time to reward the best of the Fish and Chips in the Twin Cities and here is Dara’s Top 5!

04/22/2013

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Off The Menu Guests From Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl: 4/20/13

This past Saturday on “Off The Menu” with Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, we found out what we are supposed to be eating according to our ancestors, the best Fish and Chips and all things cooking with Marianne Miller, chef and owner of cooking school Saga Hill!

04/22/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Places For Fried Chicken

The Twin Cities Fried Chicken scene….is weird. Well, according to Dara. There’s never been a quintessential fried chicken place in the Twin Cities. So, Dara took it upon herself to suffer through tasting the best fried chicken the Twin Cities has to offer over the last few weeks and here’s her list of the best of the crispy bunch!

04/15/2013

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Off The Menu Guests From Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl: 4/13/13

We can’t promise any “Bizarre Foods” on weekly episodes of WCCO’s new food show “Off the Menu”. But for this Saturday, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl dove in headfirst with the host of the Travel Channel show’s crazy culinary journey and Minnesota’s own, Andrew Zimmern! Plus, the owners of 112 Eatery, Bar La Grassa and Burch plus the Twin Cities Top 5 Places for Fried Chicken!

04/14/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Pizza Slices

Everyone loves pizza! And suddenly, the Twin Cities are full of great pizza and pizza slices. Dara scoured the MN pizza joints for the quintessential East Coast “slice” and here’s her Top 5!

04/09/2013

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Off The Menu Guests From Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl: 4/6/13

With “No Reservations”, Dara dove headfirst into another version of “Off the Menu” on Saturday . It was Anthony Bourdain from the Travel Channel plus Best Pizza slices and pastry chef’s on this week’s show.

04/09/2013

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Off The Menu Guests From Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl: 3/30/13

Each week on “Off the Menu” with Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, we’ll spotlight the people doing amazing things with food and drink! This week, it was food safety, “Cult” pizzas and help with your Easter meal!

04/01/2013

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Easter Brunch Recommendations

So you missed your chance to get in to the St. Paul Grill. Why not try for 2014. In the meantime, Dara has some great ideas for a perfect Easter Brunch!

03/24/2013

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Off The Menu Recipes From Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl: 3/16/13

Each week Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares a couple of new recipes on her Saturday show, “Off The Menu”. This week, in honor of St. Patty’s Day of course, it’s Beets and Cabbage!

03/20/2013

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Off The Menu Recipes From Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl: 3/9/13

This week’s recipe is a New Orleans classic you can easily make in your own kitchen! It’s Dara’s Bananas Foster.

03/12/2013

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Off The Menu Guests From Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl: 3/9/13

It was food, glorious food this past Saturday on “Off The Menu”. Here’s a rundown of who Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl talked to and where you can find more information including her picks of the “Top Five Healthy Restaurants” in the Twin Cities.

03/11/2013

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Off The Menu With Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl and Chad Hartman: 3/7/13

Dara joined Chad with some great tips on places around Minnesota to get your “eat on”! Here are a few of the places she mentioned on this week’s show.

03/07/2013

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Off The Menu Guests From Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl: 3/2/13

Each week on “Off the Menu” with Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, we’ll spotlight the people doing amazing things with food and drink! Local farmers, experts in food, wine, beer and spirits, chefs, restaurant owners and much more.

03/07/2013

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Off The Menu Recipes From Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl: 3/2/13

Each week, WCCO’s host and resident expert on food, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, will share a few recipes and places for our listeners to check out. This week, it’s easy desserts to entertain with!

03/05/2013

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830 WCCO Adds Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl Food Show ‘Off The Menu’ To WCCO

830 WCCO-AM is announcing that Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl will bring her food writing talents to the WCCO line-up, hosting a one-hour show called “Off The Menu.”

02/15/2013

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Off The Menu Podcasts

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl shares information from the world of food & drink … at home, in restaurants, and at the market.

02/13/2013