Cheese Sambusak from “The Jewish Cookbook” by Leah Koenig

For your Hanukkah meal, celebrate the miracle of oil by deep-frying more than potatoes

Step aside, potato latke. Celebrate Hanukkah by frying, well, almost everything else.

8 holiday beers and winter warmers that make for a festive fridge

December 11
These once-a-year drinks offer a welcome addition to the coldest season.
These once-a-year drinks offer a welcome addition to the coldest season.

Minnesota will be the setting for remake of Oscar-winning film 'Babette's Feast'

December 11
A Scene from Babette's Feast, a film by Gabriel Axel.
Oscar-winner Alexander Payne will direct.
Eat & Drink
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5 best things our food critic ate in Twin Cities this week

5 best things our food critic ate in Twin Cities this week

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson highlights the favorites of his recent dining-out schedule.
Eat & Drink
December 12
Dilled Onion Cheese Balls

Recipe: Appetizers for Thanksgiving

Waldorf 'Salad' Serves 4.Note: This recipe must be prepared in advance. "The apple-celery-walnut trinity forms the base of the classic Waldorf salad, something we've played…
Bartender Robyn Koger Kidd pours a cocktail at Celeste Hotel and Bar, a former convent in downtown St. Paul.
Don't Miss Restaurant roll call: Eddington's returns to the skyway, Hockey Mom Brownies in St. Paul
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What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.
Taste
December 11
Comfort in a bowl with soup made with sweet potatoes

Comfort in a bowl with soup made with sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes make a great base for a soothing, creamy soup.
Taste
December 11
Celeriac and Apple Salad With Mustard Vinaigrette

Celeriac and apples offer delicious winter salad

This subtle root vegetable can find its way into many seasonal dishes.
Taste
December 11
Smoked salmon sandwiches. Food Stylist: Iah Pinkney.

Tiny sandwiches save the day (and holiday party)

From open-faced to croque monsieur and every possibility in between, these appetizers are not only filling but a lovely surprise.
Taste
December 11
Keep mealtime simple, but delicious, for busy weeks

Keep mealtime simple, but delicious, for busy weeks

Sesame salmon and stir-fried vegetables give a needed break from heavy holiday meals.
Taste
December 11
Freshly grated nutmeg is the finishing touch for Aaron Goldfarb’s eggnog.Goldfarb's new book, “Gather Around Cocktails," is a compendium of holida

Make your own classic eggnog

Or go for something more unexpected, as suggested in new cocktail book.
Eat & Drink
December 10
Bartender Robyn Koger Kidd pours a cocktail at Celeste Hotel and Bar, a former convent in downtown St. Paul.

Restaurant roll call: Eddington's returns to the skyway, Hockey Mom Brownies in St. Paul

What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.
Eat & Drink
December 10
This closure joins other recent area shutterings, including Libertine and Piggy Bank.

Minneapolis's Lyn-Lake is losing another restaurant by year's end

Mercado by Jester Concepts calls it quits.
Eat & Drink
December 10
The Naughty Greek Restaurant

St. Paul's Naughty Greek restaurant adding lunch-only spot in Mpls. skyway

It takes over an Au Bon Pain in the Capella Tower.
Variety
December 9
Best international: Bryggen in Bergen, by the Daughters of Norway.

A wonderland for the child at heart at Minneapolis' Norway House

Meander the streets of this gingerbread kingdom for plenty of oohs and aahs.
Eat & Drink
December 9
Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest: The People's Choice Award goes to ...

Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest: The People's Choice Award goes to ...

It's pecans and coconut for the win!
Variety
December 9
Non-meat Herbivorous Butcher products in the Minneapolis store.

Vegan meat raffle? A plant-based spin on the Minnesota tradition

Minnesota's favorite bar game gets a meatless makeover.
Variety
December 9
The 17th annual Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest winners

Cookie finder: Try nearly 100 of our best recipes

Nearly 100 recipes to use all year long.
Eat & Drink
December 7
Cafe Lurcat's bar area.

3 Christmas dining-out (and drinking) ideas in Minneapolis

Dining out for the holidays? Here are three spots to consider.
Variety
December 7
The 17th annual Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest. Five winning recipes, plus short stories on each cookie/contestant, sidebars on events. ] GLEN ST

Recipe: Whiskey Gingers cookie, first place in Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest

Whiskey Gingers Makes about 3 dozen cookies. Note: We preferred using salted cashews. Bourbon can be substituted for whiskey. Crystallized ginger is found in the…
Eat & Drink
December 6
5 best things our food critic ate in the Twin Cities this week

5 best things our food critic ate in the Twin Cities this week

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson highlights the favorite of his recent dining-out schedule.
Variety
December 5
Caption for cookies: The 2014 Taste holiday cookie contest winners include: Italian Almond Cookies, Tart & Sassy Cranberry Lemon Drops; Chocolate Thum

Nearly 90 foolproof holiday cookie recipes just got easier to find

Find nearly 90 gotta-bake recipes — from 17 years of the Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest — in an upgraded, easy-to-use format at Startribune.com/cookies.
Eat & Drink
December 5
The winning cookies: Whiskey Gingers, Smoky Blue Cheese and Cherry Biscuits, Minnesota Sundae Cookies, Italian Cream Cake Cookies and Orange Ginger Tu

The winning cookies of the 2019 Star Tribune Cookie Contest

Out of 207 entries, we have four finalists and a winner. They're appealing on many levels, especially the way each one introduces a wide range of delicious ingredients into our cookie universe: whiskey, sunflower seeds, turmeric and tea.
Eat & Drink
December 5
Graduate student Jenn Carnell makes her selection from the dairy case. Popular items at the campus Dairy and Meat Salesroom often run out.

Inside the University of Minnesota's secret meat and cheese market

A small shop on the U's St. Paul campus has been selling dairy and meat at bargain prices for decades.

Poll: What is Minnesota's *real* favorite Thanksgiving pie?

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