Cooking Connection

Applebee’s: Big and Bold for the Summer

Cooking Connection: Grilling Favorites with Applebee's

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland is beginning to feel the heat of Summer and many people are also heating up their grills. Applebee’s is doing just that as well. The restaurant has introduced its new Big and Bold Grill Combos at its locations throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. The New Big and Bold Grill Combos include: Grilled Shrimp Skewer with lemon…

Making a Shake with Cold Fusion

Cooking Connection: Cold Fusion and Fit Lab

DULUTH, Minn. – A local nutrition club is keeping folks healthy downtown. The owner of Cold Fusion, Annie Call, tells us the goal of the business is to bring a healthy, active lifestyle to the community. Call described the business as “healthy fast food.” While there customers get a shot of aloe to help with disgestion, a 16 oz. energy…

Beatrice Ojakangas Displays Many Uses of Rhubarb Juice

Cooking Connection: CHUM Rhubarb Festival

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend rhubarb will be filling Duluth for an annual festival. CHUM’s Rhubarb Festival is Saturday, June 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m There will be everything rhubarb from pies and jams to sausage and juice. There will also be games, crafts, music, auctions and stage shows. This is all taking place at 11th Ave. E….

Fall-off-the-bone Ribs with Texas Roadhouse

Cooking Connection: Texas Roadhouse

DULUTH, Minn. – The weather is warming up and summer celebrations are beginning to take place. Barbecue ribs are a staple at many gatherings. For this week’s Cooking Connection we make some smoked, fall-off-the-bone ribs with Texas Roadhouse. Season pork ribs on both sides, rub it in Add liquid smoke and water to bottom of pan with drainer grate in place Transfer…

Grilling a Steak with Texas Roadhouse

Cooking Connection: Preparing for Grilling Season

DULUTH, Minn. – Summertime is nearly here and that means it’s time for grilling. Texas Roadhouse in Duluth features grilled hand-cut steaks the meat cutters carve fresh every day. For this week’s Cooking Connection kitchen manager Justin Beacom described the differences between several cuts of meat. The three main cuts of meat are sirloin, ribeye, and filet mignon. Grilling a…

Baking a Roasted Pear with Salted Caramel Sauce

Cooking Connection: A.G. Thomson House

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Cooking Connection we cooked with the A.G. Thomson House. The A.G. Thomson House was built in 1909 in Duluth and now serves as a Bed and Breakfast. Tim and Angie Allen own the establishment and do all the cooking for guests. For this week’s Cooking Connection we made a Roasted Pear with a Salted Caramel Sauce….

Heading into the Kitchen with the A.G. Thomson House

Cooking Connection: Cranberry Wild Rice Strata

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Cooking Connection we cooked with the A.G. Thomson House. The A.G. Thomson House was built in 1909 in Duluth and now serves as a Bed and Breakfast. Tim and Angie Allen own the establishment and do all the cooking for guests. Angie makes a several breakfast dishes and showed FOX 21 how to make a Cranberry…

Wine Tasting: Behind the Scenes at Chalk Hill Estate

SONOMA, Cal. – A wine producing company in California is selling their wines across the United States and that includes right here in the Northland. Several times Regional Sales Manager Marc Carrigan has visited FOX 21 on the morning show for wine tasting and this morning he took us to California. Carrigan and Master Sommelier, Robert Smith, gave the background of…

In the Kitchen with FOX 21 Meteorologist Gino Recchia

Cooking Connection: Italian Sausage Rigatoni in a Red Wine Tomato Sauce

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Cooking Connection the FOX 21 morning crew welcomed Chief Meteorologist Gino Recchia to the kitchen. Gino grew up around good food as his father owns a prominent restaurant in Chicago near Wrigley Field, Calo Ristorante. For the segment, Gino whipped up an easy, yet flavorful, rigatoni dish. Italian Sausage Rigatoni in a Red Wine…

UMD Chef Heads to National Competition

Cooking Connection: UMD Chef Conor Maki

DULUTH, Minn. – A University of Minnesota Duluth chef is heading to a national competition, the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) regional conference. Conor Maki will be competing against six other chefs from across the country. Maki won the gold medal at the NACUFS culinary competition in Fargo, N.D. on February 21, 2017. Conor’s winning dish was…

Crafting Wild Rice Walleye Cakes

Cooking Connection: Burnt Onion Kitchen & Brews

BIWABIK, Minn. – Burnt Onion Kitchen and Brews is the restaurant in the new chalet at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik, Minnesota. It’s headed up by Chef Dan Schimka. There is hand-crafted beer, hand-cut steaks, seafood flown in from Hawaii and fresh pasta. For this week’s Cooking Connection Chef Dan taught FOX 21’s William Seay how to make wild rice walleye cakes….

Hot and Cold Salad Perfect for Spring

Cooking Connection: Burnt Onion Kitchen & Brews

BIWABIK, Minn. – Burnt Onion Kitchen and Brews is the restaurant in the new chalet at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik, Minnesota. It’s headed up by Chef Dan Schimka. There is hand-crafted beer, hand-cut steaks, seafood flown in from Hawaii and fresh pasta. For this week’s Cooking Connection Chef Dan taught FOX 21’s William Seay how to make a hot and cold…

Cooking up a Classic with Bucktales Cantina & Grill

Cooking Connection: Chilaquiles

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A Mexican restaurant in Superior is bringing traditional flavor to town. Bucktales Cantina & Grill is owned by Dee Morales, who also does all the cooking by himself. For this week’s Cooking Connection, Morales showed FOX 21’s William Seay how to make Chilaquiles. Bucktales Cantina & Grill is located at 6098 WI-35, Superior, WI 54880, which is about half a mile…

Cooking up Tradition with Bucktales Cantina & Grill

Cooking Connection: Bistec Ranchero

SUPERIOR, Wis. – A Mexican restaurant in Superior is bringing traditional flavor to town. Bucktales Cantina & Grill is owned by Dee Morales, who also does all the cooking by himself. For this week’s Cooking Connection, Morales showed FOX 21’s William Seay how to make Bistec Ranchero. Bucktales Cantina & Grill is located at 6098 WI-35, Superior, WI 54880, which is about half…

Texas Roadhouse Creating Dockside Favorites

Cooking Connection: Grilled Shrimp

DULUTH, Minn. – Many Northlanders are currently recognizing Lent and Texas Roadhouse wants these folks to know the restaurant is not just a steakhouse. Jeff Fort, the Managing Partner at Texas Roadhouse, says there are many other options if someone is trying to avoid red meat. The restaurant is offering an entire Dockside Favorites menu. For this week’s Cooking Connection, FOX 21’s…

Texas Roadhouse Offering Options for Those Recognizing Lent

Cooking Connection: Norwegian Salmon

DULUTH, Minn. – Many Northlanders are currently recognizing Lent and Texas Roadhouse wants these folks to know the restaurant is not just a steakhouse. Jeff Fort, Managing Partner at Texas Roadhouse, says there are many other options if someone is trying to avoid red meat. The restaurant is offering an entire Dockside Favorites menu. For this week’s Cooking Connection, FOX 21’s William…

Baking Pavlova with The Exchange

Cooking Connection: The Exchange Deli, Bakery & Catering

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Cooking Connection Lisa Quarles, the pastry chef at The Exchange Bakery, showed the FOX 21 crew the ropes in the kitchen. Quarles showed FOX 21’s William Seay how to make pavlova. The Exchange Bakery is located at 301 West 1st Street, Duluth, MN 55802. Their phone number is 218-727-8836. Find them online at www.theexchangecateringanddeli.com….

Crafting Cream Puffs with The Exchange

Cooking Connection: The Exchange Deli, Bakery & Catering

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Cooking Connection Lisa Quarles, the pastry chef at The Exchange Bakery, showed the FOX 21 crew the ropes in the kitchen. Quarles showed FOX 21’s William Seay how to make cream puffs. Quarles says these are perfect sweets to impress your friends with at parties. Cream Puffs: Add 1 cup of water to pan on…

Cooking Connection: Bread Making With Great Harvest

The Staff at Great Harvest Bread Company in Duluth Show How to Prepare Bread, Granola and More

DULUTH, Minn. – The FOX 21 Morning Crew hit the road for this week’s Cooking Connection, stopping by Great Harvest Bread Co. in Duluth. Lee Davidson, Co-Owner of Great Harvest, gave Brett Scott a tour of the facility, while employees were hard at work shaping fresh baguettes. The team typically gets to work around 3:45a.m., with one baker sponging breads, while…

Sweeden Sweets Prepares for Valentine’s Day

Cooking Connection: Sweets for your Sweetheart

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Sweeden Sweets is preparing for Valentine’s Day. Apart from their homemade fudge, truffles and chocolate, they are making some special treats for the holiday. To place an order you can stop in the store, or call (715) 718-0713. For more information head to sweedensweets.com. Sweeden Sweets is located at 601 Tower Ave, Superior, WI 54880. Categories: Cooking…

Local Bakery Offers Specialized Baked Goods for Holidays

Cooking Connection: Johnson's Bakery

DULUTH, Minn. – A romantic holiday is just around the corner and a local bakery is preparing. Johnson’s Bakery is offering cookies, cakes, mini cakes, cookie cakes and cupcakes for Valentine’s Day. Lakeside Branch Manager Megan Spitzley suggests ordering early so customers don’t miss out on what they want. The bakery will also be making football cookies for the Super…

Making Valentine’s Day Gifts on a Budget

Do-It-Yourself Crafts with Pure Event Planning

DULUTH, Minn. – Valentine’s Day is just a couple weeks away, so Mary Carlson, owner of Pure Event Planning, stopped by FOX 21 to help Northlanders prepare. Instead of putting off getting a gift until the last minute, why not work on some do-it-yourself gifts? Carlson gave two ideas for romantics to stay on budget. The first is a giant,…

Fixing a Quick and Healthy Meal with Pita Pit

Cooking Connection: Pita Pit

DULUTH, Minn. – Did you make a New Year’s resolution to eat healthy? If so, you can pick up a quick lunch and not break your resolution at the same time. Pita Pit worked with FOX 21 for this week’s Cooking Connection. Pita Pit employee Erica Koski showed FOX 21’s William Seay how to make a veggie and hummus pita….

Duck Confit Salad with Ledge Rock Grille

Cooking Connection: Larsmont Cottages

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – For this week’s Cooking Connection, we worked with Chef Alex from the Ledge Rock Grille at Larsmont Cottages. Chef Alex showed FOX 21’s William Seay how to make duck confit salad. Ledge Rock Grille is located within Larsmont Cottages at 596 Larsmont Way, Two Harbors, MN, 55616. They can be reached by phone at 218-595-7510. You…

Bison Short Ribs with Ledge Rock Grille

Cooking Connection: Larsmont Cottages

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – For this week’s Cooking Connection, we worked with Chef Alex from the Ledge Rock Grille at Larsmont Cottages. Chef Alex showed FOX 21’s William Seay how to make braised bison short ribs. Ledge Rock Grille is located within Larsmont Cottages at 596 Larsmont Way, Two Harbors, MN, 55616. They can be reached by phone at 218-595-7510….