Cooking Connection

German Apple Chutney Pork Chop – Perfect Fall Flavor

Cooking Connection: Cast Iron Bar & Grill

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection we are bringing you to Cast Iron Grill in Pike Lake where the chef is cooking up a pork chop drizzled with apples and fall flavors! RECIPE: 10oz pork chop, drizzle butter and salt and pepper on top. Cook for 25min where the inside temperatures is 145°. Chutney: Onions, orange zest, 1/2…

Pulled Pork & Line Dancing With Texas Roadhouse

Cooking Connection: Learn The Legendary Way To Cook Pulled Pork With Texas Roadhouse & Fox 21's Brittney Merlot

DULUTH, Minn. — Cooking Connection: Texas Roadhouse Pulled Pork & Line Dancing with Fox 21’s Meteorologist Brittney Merlot! RECIPE: Tender, slow-cooked pork covered in signature BBQ sauce and served with toasted Fresh-Baked Bread. Served with your choice of two sides. LOCATION: 902 Mall Dr, Duluth, MN 55811 HOURS: M-Th 4-10pm, F-Sun 11am-11pm PHONE NUMBER/CALL AHEAD SEATING: (218) 624-7427 PROMO CODE:…

Rib Fest At Texas Roadhouse

Brittney Merlot Learns How To Make Legendary Fall Off The Bone Ribs

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection we are giving you a face full of BBQ with Texas Roadhouse’s fall off the bone ribs! Why? Because IT’S RIB FEST AT TEXAS ROADHOUSE the entire month of September! RECIPE: Preheat over to 300°, take your slab of ribs and coat it well with seasoning on both sides, fill deep pan…

Make Your Own Spinach Berry Salad & Carbonara!

Cooking Connection With Vanilla Bean & Brittney Merlot

TWO HARBORS, Minn. — Vanilla Bean’s Chef Uriah Hefter creates a Spinach & Berry Salad paired with a hand crafted Carbonara! Delicious quick and easy dinner you can make at home or stop by and get at Vanilla Bean! Spinach & Berry Salad – $10   Fresh spinach, feta cheese, winter berries, almonds, poppy seed dressing (add grilled chicken – $4)….

Cooking Connection: Minnesota Wine Country

Minnesota State Fair Food & Wine Pairings With Brittney Merlot & MN Wine Country

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – The Great Minnesota Get Together is a place to unwind with friends and family and indulge in some of the best fair food finds! In this week’s Cooking Connection, Brittney Merlot takes us into the kitchen of Minnesota Wine Country! Where every dish is made with wine! We even paired our favorite dishes with the best…

State Fair Food: Fried Twinkie & Fried Buckeye

Cooking Connection At The Minnesota State Fair

COOKING CONNECTION: Minnesota State Fair Fried Food Brittney Merlot joined up with a food vendor on opening day of the Minnesota State Fair! Get a behind the scenes look at the friend delicious twinkie and buckeye. Learn tips on how to make them at home! Yum! Categories: Cooking Connection, News, News – Latest News Tags: Cooking Connection, Fried Buckeye, Fried…

Cooking Connection: Baked Omelettes With Vanilla Bean

Vanilla Bean Cooks Meteorologist Brittney Merlot A Quick And Easy Oven Baked Omelette You Can Make At Home!

VANILLA BEAN FAMOUS OVEN BAKED OMELETTES Grand Portage: Wild rice, spinach, mushrooms, green onions and Formaggio cheese – $10   LOCATIONS: DULUTH: 1608 Woodland Ave, Duluth, MN 55803 (At the Mount Royal Center) PHONE: (218) 249-1957 HOURS: All Week 7am – 9pm   TWO HARBORS: PHONE: (218) 834-3714 HOURS: All Week 7am – 4pm, Open late Friday’s for Prime Rib…

All Fired Up? Grab A Fajita Burger!

Hot Temps Pair Well With Northwoods Family Grille Fajita Burger!

Silver Bay, Minn. — In this weeks Cooking Connection Brittney Merlot takes us up the North Shore, in the heat wave, to sink our teeth into a fajita burger! It pairs well with the hot temperatures! So stop by Northwood s Family Grille for the juicy flavor filled burger that took third place in the 2010 Grill Wars! RECIPE: Burger…

Cooking Connection: S’mores French Toast

Bring your backwoods campfire to breakfast at Northwoods Family Grille.

COOKING CONNECTION: S’mores French Toast with Northwoods Family Grille in Silver Bay, MN! RECIPE: Two pieces of Texas toast dipped in vanilla, sprinkled with cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. Add two eggs to the mix as well. Let that cook for a little bit, just like your usual french toast. But this time, no powder sugar. Drizzle chocolate sauce,…

Cooking Connection: Toppers Pizza

Making Unique Pizza's From Scratch

For this week’s Cooking Connection we had the new Toppers Pizza cook us an ‘Old School Sausage and Pepperoni’ pizza! RECIPE: The dough was made from scratch, topped with a homemade pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, thick-cut spicy pepperoni, hand-pinched Italian sausage and garlic-roasted tomatoes. Baked for 6 minutes and voila! They also feature a nacho pizza, buffalo chicken mac and cheese,…

Preparing Panzanella Salad for Hot Summer Days

FOX 21's Victoria Main Teaches

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Cooking Connection, FOX 21’s Victoria Main shared with the crew her favorite recipe for a cold Italian Panzanella Salad. Main says the dish is perfect for hot summer nights, when cooking warm foods just simply isn’t an option. This dish can be spiced up or made simple. The list of ingredients below may seem…

Cooking Connection: S.S. Submarine Sandwich

Featuring the New Corktown Deli & Brews

DULUTH, Minn. — Cooking Connection with Corktown Deli & Brews. Sink your teeth into the S.S. SUBMARINE SUB SANDWICH! RECIPE: Smoked salmon spread, brined onions, capers, dressed greens on a crusty baguette. LOCATION: Corktown is located in the Lincoln Park District at 1906 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806. HOURS: Sun – Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri & Sat 11am-10pm Categories: Community, Cooking…

Cooking Connection: Corktown Deli & Brews

Roast Beef Knuckle Sandwich

DULUTH, Minn. — The new Corktown Deli & Brews restaurant opened up just over 3 weeks ago and head Cheif Conner Maki says, “Business has been booming!” In the video above, we cook up a roast beef sandwich called the “Knuckle Sandwich”! RECIPE: Roast beef, white cheddar, romaine, brined onions, pickled jalapeños, roasted red pepper, ramp vinegar, spicy mustard, horsey…

Cooking Connection: Lucca Pasta

For this week's Cooking Connection we're in the kitchen with the Cove Point Lodge

Recipes  Chicken Norway 4 airline chicken breasts Olive oil                 ½ C. plus 2 T. Thyme dry            1 t. Oregano dry         1 t. Basil dry               1 t. Garlic chopped   1 t. Salt                 …

Cooking Connection: Chicken Norway

In this Week's Cooking Connection, Cove Point Lodge Features Their Delicious Chicken Norway Entree

Chicken Norway Recipe:   4 airline chicken breasts Olive oil                         ½ C. plus 2 T. Thyme dry                     1 t. Oregano dry                  1 t. Basil dry                         1 t. Garlic chopped             1 t. Salt                                  ¼ t. Pepper                            1/8 t. Swiss Cheese                  1 slice Lingonberries                1 T.   Marinate chicken in ½ C. olive oil herbs, garlic, salt and pepper. Saute chicken skin side down on medium high…

Cooking Connection: Savory Salmon Caesar Salad

In this Week's Cooking Connection, Meteorologist William Seay Learns how to Make the Perfect Salmon Caesar Salad

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s cooking connection, Meteorologist William Seay is joined by Texas Roadhouse Managing Partner Jeff Fort. Fort prepares a freshly cut salmon caesar salad, a popular summer item on the Texas Roadhouse menu. Recipe: -5oz. salmon filet -Seasoned with in house seasoning mix, but do not over season -Butter or oil on flat top or frying…

Carving Ribeye Steak with Texas Roadhouse

DULUTH, Minn. -Summer is nearly here and the nice weather has many Northlanders heating up their grills. For this week’s Cooking Connection, FOX 21’s William Seay learned how to carve ribeye steak and got some grilling tips from Texas Roadhouse. Managing Partner Jeff Fort says it’s important to leave the meat on the grill and not disturb it while it’s…

Oat Groat Risotto and Ramp Pesto

Cooking Connection: At Sara's Table Chester Creek Cafe

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Cooking Connection we were back in the kitchen with At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe. The restaurant hosts a locally-sourced, from scratch kitchen. This week we made risotto with pesto and steak and mushrooms. The restaurant is located at 1902 E 8th St, Duluth, MN 55812. For more information head to www.astccc.net. Pesto 1…

Foraged Spring Greens and Fresh Pasta

Cooking Connection: At Sara's Table Chester Creek Cafe

DULUTH, Minn. – Greens are beginning to pop up as Spring makes an appearance in the Northland. For this week’s Cooking Connection we took advantage of the fresh veggies for a dish with Jillian Forte, the Executive Chef and General Manager of At Sara’s Table Chester Creek Cafe. The restaurant is located at 1902 E 8th St, Duluth, MN 55812….

Adding Heat to Your Salad with JJ Astor

Cooking Connection: JJ Astor

DULUTH, Minn. – As the weather begins to warm there are more and more vegetables available to take advantage of in the kitchen. For this week’s cooking connection Robert Boyd, the Director of Food and Beverage for JJ Astor, showed William Seay how to make a warm salad using those vegetable options. JJ Astor Restaurant and Lounge is located in…

Making a Fresh Appetizer with JJ Astor

Cooking Connection: Bruschetta

DULUTH, Minn. – When entertaining guests it’s always tough to come up with a dish everyone will enjoy eating. A commonly-liked appetizer is actually much easier to put together than may be expected. For this week’s Cooking Connection Robert Boyd, the Director of Food and Beverage for JJ Astor, showed FOX  21’s William Seay how to make Bruschetta. BRUSCHETTA Remove…

Fresh Fish Tacos with Bucktales Cantina & Grill

Cooking Connection: Fish Tacos

SUPERIOR, Wis. – For this week’s Cooking Connection, Bucktales Cantina & Grill Owner Dee Morales made fish tacos. Bucktales is located a half-mile from Pattison State Park at 6098 South State Road 35, Superior, WI. For Cinco De Mayo te restaurant will have live music, and taco and drink specials. The restaurant can be reached at (715) 394-4181, or visited…

Making Spicy Barbacoa with Bucktales Cantina & Grill

Cooking Connection: Barbacoa

SUPERIOR, Wis. – As Spring weather enters the Northland several people will be out enjoying the temperatures and heading to Pattison State Park. Just a half a mile from the park is Bucktales Cantina & Grill. Owner Dee Morales showed FOX 21 how to make Barbacoa. His Shredded Beef Barbacoa is simmered in salsa roja, then topped with pico de…

Chef Creates Award-Winning Stuffed French Toast

Cooking Connection: Bacon and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A local restaurant is touting a new title after a successful run at an international competition. Farley’s Family Restaurant got Second Place at the World Food Championships with their Bacon and Cream Cheese Stuff French Toast with Bananas Foster and Candied Bacon recipe. Kelly Trumpold, the Owner and Executive Chef of Farley’s Family Restaurant, showed FOX 21’s…

Farley’s Family Restaurant is Home to Award-Winning Quiche

Cooking Connection: Quiche Lorraine

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – A local restaurant is touting a new title after a successful run at an international competition. Farley’s Family Restaurant got Second Place at the World Food Championships with their Quiche Lorraine recipe. Kelly Trumpold, the Owner and Executive Chef of Farley’s Family Restaurant, says the dish is easy to make at home but packed with flavor. Farley’s…

Spicing up Dinner with Lyric Kitchen Bar

Cooking Connection: Jerked Jamaican Pork Medallions

DULUTH, Minn. – As Spring begins to melt the snow and warm up the Northland, Lyric Kitchen Bar is heating things up in the kitchen. For this week’s Cooking Connection, we’re making Jerk Pork Medallions with Dan Flesch, the Executive Chef for The Holiday Inn and Lyric Kitchen Bar. The Lyric Kitchen Bar is located at 205 W. Superior St.,…

Torching Bananas with Local Cooking Instructor

Cooking Connection: Bananas Foster

DULUTH, Minn. – Ending dinner with a sweet treat is a must for many, but have you ever made a dessert that’s perfect for brunch, too? For this week’s Cooking Connection, local chef Arlene Coco was in the kitchen with FOX 21’s William Seay to make bananas foster, or what Coco calls, Torched Bananas with Salted Caramel Sauce. Coco has…

Mixing up the Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Appetizer

Cooking Connection: Leprechaun Dip

DULUTH, Minn. – St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so for this week’s Cooking Connection we made an appropriate dish for the holiday. Local chef Arlene Coco was in the kitchen with FOX 21’s William Seay to make Leprechaun Dip Coco has three decades of experience, is a professional cooking instructor and gives cooking classes to groups of…

Creating Truffles Featured at Chocolate After Dark

Cooking Connection: Lyric Kitchen Bar

DULUTH, Minn. – Arc Northland is once again holding their Chocolate After Dark Fundraiser. The 21st annual event will include sampling chocolate creations from featured local chefs, a silent auction, a gift card wall and a cash bar. All proceeds from the event go to supporting and expanding Arc Northland’s advocacy and educational programming for individuals and families with disabilities….

Flower-Infused Chocolate Cream Puffs to be Featured at Chocolate After Dark

Cooking Connection: June Apple Kitchen

DULUTH, Minn. – Arc Northland is once again holding their Chocolate After Dark Fundraiser. The 21st annual event will include sampling chocolate creations from featured local chefs, a silent auction, a gift card wall and a cash bar. All proceeds from the event go to supporting and expanding Arc Northland’s advocacy and educational programming for individuals and families with disabilities….

Searing Scallops with New Duluth Restaurant

Cooking Connection: Sound

DULUTH, Minn. – A new restaurant in Duluth is bringing a classy, seafood option to the table for its customers. Sound opened about a month ago in the old city hall building at 132 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802. For this week’s Cooking Connection, Executive Chef Patrick Moore made scallops. For more information call (218) 464-1972 or head to soundduluth.com….

New Restaurant in Duluth Shares Noodle Recipe

DULUTH, Minn — Sound Restaurant opened up in downtown Duluth, in the Old City Hall building, just about a month ago. This week, chef Patrick Scot Moore lends his expertise to a very unique fusion dish – udon noodle carbonara. Chef Patrick says it blends Roman cuisine with Asian, and the dish created an extremely unique experience on the palate!…

Cooking Swedish Meatballs for Hygge Dinner

Cooking Connection: Traditional Swedish Meatballs

LUTSEN, Minn. – Moguls Grille and Tap Room is taking advantage of Scandinavian culture throughout the Northland. Next week, they’re hosting a Hygge dinner celebrating Scandinavian comfort foods. This will be a five-course dinner with cocktails and live jazz music. The dinner is being held on February 8, at 6:00 p.m. For more information on the event head to caribouhighlands.com/moguls-grille/….

Moguls Grille and Tap Room Bakes Swedish Crispbread Ahead of Hygge Dinner

Cooking Connection: Knackebrod (Swedish Crispbread)

LUTSEN, Minn. – Moguls Grille and Tap Room is taking advantage of Scandinavian culture throughout the Northland. Next week, they’re hosting a Hygge dinner celebrating Scandinavian comfort foods. This will be a five-course dinner with cocktails and live jazz music. The dinner is being held on February 8, at 6:00 p.m. For more information on the event head to caribouhighlands.com/moguls-grille/….

Vegetable Risotto with Catering By Bellisio’s

Cooking Connection: Vegetable Risotto

DULUTH, Minn. – During the winter months, a savory dish is always a great dinner choice. Bellisio’s in Canal Park offers many meals that fit that bill. For this week’s Cooking Connection, the Executive Chef of Catering By Bellisio’s, Eric Denney, showed FOX 21’s William Seay how to make a vegetable risotto. VEGETABLE RISOTTO Dice onion Smash and mince garlic…

Catering By Bellisio’s Cooks up Savory Pasta Dish

Cooking Connection: Pasta from Heaven

DULUTH, Minn. – During the winter months, a savory dish is always a great dinner choice. Bellisio’s in Canal Park offers many meals that fit that bill. For this week’s Cooking Connection, the Executive Chef of Catering By Bellisio’s, Eric Denney, showed FOX 21’s William Seay how to make Penne from Heaven. PENNE FROM HEAVEN Heat olive oil in pan…

Dietitian: Eating “SMART” Helps New Year’s Resolutions

Cooking Connection: 2018 Healthy Eating

DULUTH, Minn. – In a new year, many Northlanders are trying to better themselves with a list of resolutions. One of the most common resolutions is to eat better. Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator Debra Anderson with Essentia Health visited FOX 21 to share some knowledge. Anderson recommends following a SMART diet because oftentimes people try to change too many…

Crafting a Cocktail with a Nordic Twist

Cooking Connection: Swedish Sour

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Cooking Connection we’re starting the year off with a Nordic-inspired cocktail. FOX 21 Meteorologist William Seay was behind the bar to learn the steps necessary for this specialty drink. JJ Astor Food and Beverage Manager Kai Soderberg showed William how to make Hot Buttered Rum. Swedish Sour: One egg white Juice of 1/2 of…

Crafting Holiday Cocktails with JJ Astor

Cooking Connection: Hot Buttered Rum

DULUTH, Minn. – The holiday season is here and Christmas is just four days away, with New Year’s Eve not far behind. For this week’s Cooking Connection we’re focusing on holiday drinks. FOX 21 Meteorologist William Seay got some tips to step up his bartending game. JJ Astor Food and Beverage Manager Kai Soderberg showed William how to make Hot…

Mixing Up Holiday Cocktails with Vikre Distillery

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Cooking Connection, FOX 21’s Brett Scott stopped by Vikre Distillery located in Duluth’s Canal Park to test out a few holiday cocktails. Visitor Experience and Events Manager Chelsy Whittington poured two cocktails from the distillery’s taproom. The Orange Whip includes Ovrevann Aquavit, Bent Paddle Bent Hop Syrup as well as grapefruit, lemon and orange…

Preparing Prime Rib with Texas Roadhouse

Cooking Connection: From Ribeye Loin to Prime Rib

DULUTH, Minn. – Prime rib is often a holiday treat for many, but at Texas Roadhouse it’s a year-round delicacy. Kitchen Manager Manny Gotchie says they “go fast”, so it’s best to be on the early end of the dinner rush. For this week’s Cooking Connection we learned what it takes to make the ribeye loin into prime rib. PRIME…

Preparing Side Dishes for Thanksgiving Dinner

Cooking Connection: Thanksgiving Sides with Texas Roadhouse

DULUTH, Minn. – Many Northlanders may have their turkey prepared, but what about the side dishes? For this week’s Cooking Connection we got some tips from Texas Roadhouse on making the best green beans, gravy and sweet potatoes possible. GREEN BEANS: Chop apple smoked bacon and cook in pan Add onions Add bases: water, dry seasonings Add sugar, salt, and…

Creating Chicken Saltimbocca

Cooking Connection: JJ Astor

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth restaurant is cooking up a new menu. JJ Astor has hired a new Food and Beverage Director, Bob Boyd, who is working on spicing up the menu. For this week’s Cooking Connection, Boyd showed FOX 21’s William Seay how to create Chicken Saltimbocca. CHICKEN SALTIMBOCCA: Place chicken breast skin side down on plastic wrap Place…

Cooking Connection: Tortellini Aglio e Olio

Cooking with JJ Astor

DULUTH, Minn. – With one of the best views of the Twin Ports, JJ Astor is working to also produce the tastiest food. Newly hired Food and Beverage Director, Bob Boyd, was back in the kitchen with FOX 21. For this week’s Cooking Connection, Boyd showed FOX 21’s William Seay how to create Tortellini Aglio e Olio. TORTELLINI AGLIO E…

Sclavi’s Italian Restaurant Features Breaded Pork Chop as Special

Cooking Connection: Breaded Pork Chop, Butternut Squash Risotto, Tomato Salad

SUPERIOR, Wis. – For this week’s Cooking Connection FOX 21 was back in the kitchen with Sclavi’s Italian Restaurant and Bar. Owner Anthony Sclavi showed FOX 21 how to make a breaded pork chop with fresh rosemary, butternut squash risotto with gorgonzola, and a tomato salad. Sclavi’s is located at 1006 Tower Ave. in Superior, WI. They are open Wednesdays…

Sclavi’s Italian Restaurant & Bar Introduces New Menu Items

Cooking Connection: Braised Cauliflower

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Sclavi’s Italian Restaurant and Bar is has made a few menu tweaks, so FOX 21 worked in the kitchen with them in this week’s Cooking Connection. Owner Anthony Sclavi showed FOX 21 how to make braised cauliflower. This is a healthy and vegan dish. Sclavi’s is located at 1006 Tower Ave. in Superior, WI. They are open…

Homemade Salsa with FOX 21’s William Seay

Cooking Connection: Fresh Salsa Recipe

DULUTH, Minn. -As football season continues, and hockey and basketball season begin, it’s the perfect time of year to make recipes many folks can munch on. So, for this week’s Cooking Connection, FOX 21’s William Seay made his homemade salsa. Necessary Ingredients: 1 28 oz. can whole tomatoes, peeled, unsalted 1/2 red onion, roughly chopped 3 jalapenos, sliced (no seeds…

Duluth’s Best Bread Shares Story of Success After Two Years of Business

Cooking Connection: Duluth's Best Bread

DULUTH, Minn. – A local bread company that opened in Duluth in 2015 is sharing some of their secrets to success this weekend. Duluth’s Best Bread provides bread, croissants, cinnamon rolls, and more baked goods to the Duluth community. On Saturday, October 14, one of the company’s founders will speak about how they got started, and what has inspired their…

Horror Play Premieres at Zeigeist Arts

Cooking Connection: Recipe for Edible Blood

DULUTH, Minn. – Renegade Theater’s latest production is starting up, and the horror-themed play is sure to bring a fright. Halloween decorations are starting to pop up at homes across the Northland and the theater is making something scary a little tasty. “Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage” opens on Thursday, October 5th. This show is a horror-western featuring comic…