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DeRusha Eats: Smart Associates

The Kenwood in Minneapolis looks and feels like its namesake neighborhood: elegant, understated and comfortable. Jim Smart designed the eatery, which is just one of his more than 320 restaurants around the country.

09/13/2014

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Get Movin’ Monday: 9Round Kickboxing In Brooklyn Park

Now that summer’s winding down, a lot of us are going from working out outdoors to a more regular gym routine.

09/08/2014

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DeRusha Eats: From-Scratch MN State Fair Foods

Mancini’s is known for steak, but it’s their gelato that’s winning fans at the Minnesota State Fair. Sarah Williams starts with milk, cream and sugar – creating gelato right on site. She adds Italian flavorings to make flavors like caramel apple. St. Paul’s Summit Beer goes into the oatmeal stout gelato.

08/30/2014

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WCCO 4 Live At The Minnesota State Fair (2014) Day 4

On Sunday, the WCCO team, and fans, put up with the heat and rain during the newscasts. As always, our reporters explored the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

08/24/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Blue Barn At The MN State Fair

It’s not just what bacon and what muffin you’re going to use for your breakfast sandwich. The uniform choice and the building design also matter. Blue Barn is the newest restaurant at the Minnesota State Fair. Stephanie Shimp, co-owner of Blue Plate Restaurant Group, says they’ve been trying to get into the fair for almost a decade. She tried to get in last year, but Mancini’s ended up winning the old Pizza Palace.

08/23/2014

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DeRusha Eats – Cry Baby Craig’s Hot Sauce

We’ve all been there: we meant to order one thing, and instead we get something else. A Twin Cities Chef had that happen with hot peppers, but he turned that mistake into a growing business. This week Jason DeRusha Eats Cry Baby Craig’s Hot Sauce.

08/16/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Jamie & Jason Visit Walker (Day 2)

August is halfway over, and Minnesotans are soaking up all the summer they can before fall arrives. We’ve been celebrating the season by Goin’ to the Lake every week. And now, we’re sad to say, we’re bringing a full season of trips to a close.

08/15/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Jamie & Jason Visit Walker (Day 1)

August is halfway over, and Minnesotans are soaking up all the summer they can before fall arrives. We’ve been celebrating the season by Goin’ to the Lake every week. On Thursday, Jamie Yuccas and Jason DeRusha headed to Walker, Minn., which is known for its endless things to do outdoors.

08/14/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Tree Fort Root Beer

Eva Duckler, 17, has had a busy summer doing normal teenage stuff. You know, like graduating from high school, building a bottling line and launching a root-beer brand. “I’ve been trying root beer since I was really young, probably tried hundreds of root beers,” Duckler said.

08/09/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Sara’s Tipsy Pies

She took her mom’s pie crust recipe and created something totally different with it: A hand pie with a unique twist. In this week’s DeRusha Eats, Jason checked out Sara’s Tipsy Pies and we find out where to get our hands on them.

08/02/2014

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Mpls. Man Creates Hand Crafted Watches In Northeast Basement

There is a small, but growing, movement of Americans who are making their own crafts and goods again. J. W. Hulme, the St. Paul leather-goods company whose gained attention in fashion magazines ad Hollywood for their makers handcrafted handbags and briefcases.

07/28/2014

Baby Back Ribs

DeRusha Eats: Midwest Rib Fest Competition

On a hot summer day it’s the perfect day to let your grill do the work and slow roast some ribs. Or if you don’t want to be by all that slow, low heat, maybe you want to head to Mystic Lake for their Great Midwest Rib Fest competition.

07/26/2014

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Get Movin’ Monday: Spice Up Your Home With Art

This weekend it’s Prior Lake and Milaca, next weekend it’s the huge Uptown Art Fair. It can be so fun, but also a little overwhelming either in cost or how you make that new artwork, work in your home.

07/21/2014

Fresh Fruit Smoothies

DeRusha Eats: JuicePresso

Daniel Winer drinks a glass of home-pressed vegetables every day. He has a vested interest, after all, as the CEO of JuicePresso. “I’m not a huge believer in skipping all your meals like some people say. I like to think of it as an addition, or if you do one meal,” Winer said.

07/19/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Shoyu At MSP Airport

It’s a strange sight as you head towards the gate in concourse G at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Executive Chef Sara Johannes is at the wok inside Shoyu, which is not your standard airport restaurant. She says a lot of chefs probably think that working at an airport is not the best gig.

07/12/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Jason & Jamie Visit new Richmond, Wis. (Day 2)

On Thursday, Jason DeRusha and Jamie Yuccas headed east to New Richmond, Wis. where they visited the Heritage Center, went kayaking on the Apple River, explored Willow River State Park, enjoyed the 45th Parallel Distillery and visited Star Prairie Trout Farm.

07/11/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Jason & Jamie Visit New Richmond, Wis. (Day 1)

Even when record rains are falling, WCCO makes it to the lake. This summer, until the start of the Great Minnesota Get-Together, we’re highlighting communities in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. This week, Jason DeRusha and Jamie Yuccas visit New Richmond, Wis.

07/10/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Pinstripes In Edina

There’s a certain expectation that comes with food at a bowling alley. But Pinstripes in Edina isn’t that at all. Chef Nelson Pinos runs an all-scratch kitchen. They even make the pasta in house. “We’re not [just] a bowling alley, you know,” Pinos said.

07/05/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Solo Vino Wine Shop

Many of us over the next week will have backyard parties or picnics to celebrate the 4th of July. And while dining outside tends to be a bit more casual, how would you feel about serving boxed wine? For DeRusha Eats, Jason DeRusha is giving you show how boxed win has changed for the better!

06/28/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Smack Shack

For many of us in the Midwest lobster is a fancy, special occasion food. But that has changed in the Twin Cities, thanks to one food truck that’s become one hot restaurant. This morning Jason DeRusha Eats in the busiest neighborhood for food, at one of the busiest restaurants: Smack Shack.

06/21/2014

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Get Movin’ Monday: Changing Your Home’s Interior

This morning, we’re talking about getting movin on changing up the interior of your home. So many of us get stuck in a rut and it can be scary to introduce a crazy, wild color.

06/16/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Old Country Buffett

Old Country Buffet was in bad shape. Stores were closing, and the company was filing for bankruptcy. Then came new CEO Anthony Wedo. “We haven’t done a facelift even for 30 years in this business,” Wedo said. “If you wore the same clothes you wore 30 years ago, you’d be in trouble, right? I mean, you’d stand out in the wrong way.”

06/14/2014

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DeRusha Eats: The Postmark Grille

They’ll forgive you if you carry a stack of letters into The Postmark Grille in Hudson, Wis. “They love how we kept a lot of the characteristics of the building,” said manager Erica Schletty.

06/07/2014

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DeRusha Eats: B-52 Burgers and Brew

Mark Reese of B-52 Burgers and Brew knew he made a great burger. But competing against The Nook, MyBurger and The Gold Nugget? “It was very intimidating,” Reese said. But a panel of chefs and food critics judged the B-52 burger as the best in the Twin Cities Burger Battle.

05/31/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Valley Natural Foods

It looks like every other grocery store from the outside. But for nearly 40 years, Valley Natural Foods has been doing things differently inside. Kirsten Shabaz is the co-op’s “Fresh Food Educator.” “You wouldn’t be able to walk into a big-box store and find dandelion greens or even ramps probably for that matter,” Shabaz said.

05/24/2014

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