Crystal Grobe

crystal grobe Crystal GrobeCrystal Grobe is a Minneapolis-based food writer who enjoys exploring seasonal and local foods. She can be found wandering farmers markets, picking produce at local farms (a lot of it), and enjoying the fantastic food community in Minnesota.

She loves to dine out as much as she loves to cook at home and is always in search of what’s new in food and drink. You can follow along on Instagram, Twitter, and here, on Bite of Minnesota.

Crystal has spent over a decade writing about food for outlets like WCCO, City Pages, and Twin Cities Food Finds. She has developed recipes for General Mills, tested recipes for chefs, and had a very short-lived morning show segment on WCCO-TV talking about ingredients at the farmers market.

When she’s not writing about food, she’s working as a corporate content strategist and freelance social media consultant while trying to travel the world as much as possible.

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Bite Of Minnesota: A Farewell to Surly Brewer’s Table

Despite winning several awards and receiving great reviews over the last two years, Brewer’s Table is closing on August 5th.


Bite Of Minnesota: TC Tastes in June

I had a very hard time narrowing down my tastes from June, so I went with a guilty pleasure, a food truck lunch, and a happy hour delight.


Bite Of Minnesota: Mango-Pineapple Mojito Sorbet

What’s better on a hot day than a really cold, desserty beverage?


TC Tastes In May

Looking for a few new dishes to try? Three new Twin Cities tastes from the month of May coming at you.


Bite Of Minnesota: Minnesota Cider Week & Festival

The activities all lead into the big celebration at the Minnesota Craft Cider Festival June 10 in downtown St. Paul.


Bite Of Minnesota: Roasted Cauliflower with Greens and Peanut Sauce

Three family birthdays, a work presentation, and a long weekend in Seattle has me feeling a bit disorganized.


Bite Of Minnesota: TC Tastes In April

WCCO’s food blogger Crystal Grobe was traveling a bit this month and trying to eat at home more, but she still made it out to eat some delicious foods around town.


Bite Of Minnesota: Spicy Chickpeas And Kale Caesar Salad

I’m one of those people who loves to plan; vacation planning, meal planning, you name it! There’s something comforting about planning for the future. I’m not saying I always stick to my plans, but it sure helps to know what’s ahead of me and sketch out possible options.


Bite Of Minnesota: Smoothie Bowl

The concept of a smoothie bowl is quite simple: fill a bowl with a smoothie base, top with fresh fruit, granola, and other toppings and serve!


Bite Of Minnesota: Maple Roasted Squash With Chard, Olives And Feta

I was in one of those “clean out the fridge” modes last week and threw together a couple of recipe ideas to make one big dish. One is a recipe from an Australian food blog and brings together maple syrup, butternut squash and walnuts. The other recipe comes from a dish I ate in my work cafeteria four years ago and combines chard, olives and feta cheese.


Bite Of Minnesota: Garlic Butter Croutons

Garlic butter croutons can be incredibly tasty and, and the recipe is a great use of leftover bread.


Bite Of Minnesota: Instant Pot Corn Risotto

The Instant Pot is electric, sits on the counter and has several programmable settings to cook all in one pot. So far, I’ve made a few batches of steel cut oats, cooked chickpeas, curried broccoli soup, kalua pork and a super amazing corn risotto.


Bite Of Minnesota: Parmesan Skillet Eggs

My grown up winter break would have to include these Parmesan Skillet Eggs from Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook, “Cravings.”


Bite Of Minnesota: Now Open – Young Joni

The restaurant scene is always evolving. When one restaurant closes (we’ll miss you, Saffron), another opens. And lately, the Twin Cities is seeing a lot of openings.


Bite Of Minnesota: Homemade Almond Milk

When I first started on this food journey, I lived in the suburbs and was writing a vegan and vegetarian food blog. Since I rarely cooked anything with meat in it, I became so much more creative with vegetables, grains, beans and nuts.


Bite Of Minnesota: Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

In the pursuit of an easy dinner, slow cooker cabbage rolls are one of the meals that can make your life easier.


Bite Of Minnesota: Kick Cancer – Buy Jam

With flavors like ginger-pear and blueberry pepper, it wasn’t long until Lucille’s Kitchen Garden started to get shelf space in local stores and even received national exposure.


Bite Of Minnesota: Fresh Pasta With Basil Pesto

There are a few precious weeks in Minnesota when the weather is cool enough to have the windows wide open both day and night.


Bite Of Minnesota: Chinese 5-Spice Chicken With Roasted Figs & Onions

Last year I tried a box from HelloFresh and found an amazing combination of flavors with Chinese 5-Spice rubbed chicken, figs, and pan sauce. I vowed to make it again and it was a success.


Bite Of Minnesota: Roasted Tomato Salsa

Looking at the produce offerings lately, I figure it must be peak muscle season for farmers. Bushels upon bushels of tomatoes are on display along with melons of all types and sizes and let’s not forget about those giant heads of cabbage.


Bite Of Minnesota: Blueberry Crumble

A month or so ago someone asked me if I eat a lot of fruit. I quickly responded, “no, not really”, thinking only of the apple I eat each day at work and completely forgetting about the 20 pounds of strawberries I had picked the weekend prior.


Bite Of Minnesota: Cauliflower Crust Pizza

No time to make dinner? Feeding a crowd? Late night hunger? Pizza to the rescue!


Bite Of Minnesota: Rhubarb Shrub

Making this drink takes a couple of days so if you want it ready in time for the 4th, get some rhubarb and start the process!


Bite Of Minnesota: Strawberry Jam

Strawberries are here! I get so excited for pick-your-own season and strawberries kick it off. We trekked down to Lorence’s Berry Farm in Northfield on Saturday to join the crowds.


Bite Of Minnesota: Grilling Tips – Veggie Edition

Even though our temperatures continue to fluctuate, it’s grilling season.




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