Cooking Connection

Deep Fried Catfish in Duluth

COOKING CONNECTION: Lyric Eat Downtown Week

DULUTH, Minn. — Eat downtown week is here! In this week’s Cooking Connection we are featuring a Deep Fried Catfish dinner special offered at Lyric. Complimented with sides of cauliflower rice and roasted vegetables. Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot has flames flying for this recipe, check it out in the video above. LOCATION: Holiday Center ADDRESS: : 205 W Superior St,…

Limited Time Only, Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Offered at Lyric

COOKING CONNECTION: Eat Downtown Week Runs November 4th - 9th

DULUTH, Minn. — Eat downtown week is just around the corner! In this week’s Cooking Connection we featured a lunch special that will only be offered next week only at Lyric, November 4th – 9th.. Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot claims it was the best grilled cheese she’s ever had. Join her in the video above for the tasty and toasty…

Get Juiced Up On Healthy Smoothies

COOKING CONNECTION: The Juice Pharm

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Cooking Connection we are exploring a lighter alternative for meals and a healthy dose of fruits, greens and more. Duluth’s micro-juicery provides 100% raw juice, superfood smoothies, acai bowls and global inspired plant-based food at The Juice Pharm. This week we blended up the Al Green Smoothie that is made fresh and all natural…

Bellisio’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar Offering Gluten Free Options

Cooking Connection: Pesto Penne Pasta

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Cooking Connection, we’re catching up with Bellisio’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar located in Duluth’s Canal Park. Senior Sous Chef Chad Bloomquist demonstrates how to prepare the restaurants indulgent Pesto Penne Pasta. Bellisio’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar is located at 405 Lake Avenue South in Duluth, Minnesota. Click here to see the full…

Indulgent Spaghetti Carbonara with Bellisio’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar

Cooking Connection: Spaghetti Carbonara

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Cooking Connection, we’re catching up with Bellisio’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar located in Duluth’s Canal Park. Senior Sous Chef Chad Bloomquist demonstrates how to prepare the restaurants indulgent Spaghetti Carbonara. Bellisio’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar is located at 405 Lake Avenue South in Duluth, Minnesota. Click here to see the full menu,…

Game Day Munchies? Bucktales Cantina and Grill Has You Covered

Cooking Connection: Sloppy Jose and Tinga Dilla

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s football season and with it comes the munchies! In this week’s Cooking Connection, FOX 21’s Brett Scott chats with Bucktales Cantina and Grill owner Dee Morales as business picks up for the fall season. Morales is the only chef in the kitchen at Bucktales, handcrafting each order to perfection. The business is located near Pattison State…

Game Day Apps with Bucktales Cantina and Grill

Cooking Connection: Fresh Baked Loaded Nachos and Homemade Guacamole

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s football season and with it comes the munchies! In this week’s Cooking Connection, FOX 21’s Brett Scott chats with Bucktales Cantina and Grill owner Dee Morales as business picks up for the fall season. Morales is the only chef in the kitchen at Bucktales, handcrafting each order to perfection. The business is located near Pattison State…

New Fall Menu Features Zesty, Savory Items at Ledge Rock Grille

Cooking Connection: Pork Belly Tacos

LARSMONT, Minn. – In this week’s Cooking Connection, FOX 21’s Brett Scott is in the kitchen with Chef Richard Selz from Ledge Rock Grille at Larsmont Cottages. The restaurant is proud to debut a new menu that combines the best of a classic lakeshore meal with global flavors and fresh, quality ingredients. The restaurant is open for breakfast lunch and…

Cooking Connection: Fresh French Fries at the Minnesota State Fair

The Great Minnesota Get-Together Wraps up on Monday, September 2, 2019

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. – The Great Minnesota Get-Together continues through Labor Day in Falcon Heights. This year there are dozens of new foods available to try, but the staples keep customers and fairgoers coming back. FOX 21 Local News stopped by Fresh French Fries in this week’s Cooking Connection. FOX 21’s Andrew Kirov learns how staff keep up with demand…

Slow Cooked Carnitas Taco in the Twin Ports

COOKING CONNECTION: La Tequila Cooks Flavorful & Fall of the Bone Pork Tacos

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — In this weeks Cooking Connection the brand new La Tequila in the Twin Ports cook us up a delicious Carnitas Taco! The recipe is in the video above to make this at home, otherwise you can visit the restaurant at: LOCATION: 5802 Tower Ave, Superior, WI 54880 HOURS: 11am – 10pm Tuesday- Saturday; 11am – 8:30pm Sunday…

Minnesota Breakfast Hash is Popping

COOKING CONNECTION: Bridgeman's Breakfast, Minnesota Hash

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Cooking Connection Bridgeman’s stirs up a Minnesota version of the classic breakfast hash. Adding in the wild rice has the chef and Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot popping with dance moves and all. You can ask for this breakfast anytime at their restaurant and you can also learn how to make it for yourself at…

Blueberry Bread Pudding Sweet Treat

COOKING CONNECTION: Bridgeman's Bakes Tasty Treats

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection, the last standing Bridgeman’s is baking us a Blueberry Bread Pudding. Using one day old cinnamon rolls, pudding, melted white chocolate, blueberries and topped with their signature vanilla ice cram. Enjoy the video above for the full recipe details, remember this goes well for breakfast, lunch, snacks, desserts and more. Categories: Cooking…

Handcrafted Ravioli Augusti Offers Seafood Satisfaction

Cooking Connection: The Strand Waterfront Dining and Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort

LUTSEN, Minn. – Entrees are sizzling off the menu this summer at The Strand Waterfront Dining and Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort up the North Shore. Executive Chef Chris Homyak has hand selected fine ingredients and recipes to refresh the restaurant’s menu this year. This week’s cooking connection features a handcrafted Ravioli Augusti. Ravioli Augusti: House made beet ravioli with…

Tasty Bites with a Fresh Arctic Char

Cooking Connection: The Strand Waterfront Dining and Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort

LUTSEN, Minn. – Entrees are sizzling off the menu this summer at The Strand Waterfront Dining and Wine Bar at Lutsen Resort up the North Shore. Executive Chef Chris Homyak has hand selected fine ingredients and recipes to refresh the restaurant’s menu this year. This week’s cooking connection features a fresh Arctic Char. Arctic Char: Pan seared skin on Arctic…

Wasabi Poke Bowl

COOKING CONNECTION: Wasabi Sushi & Poke Bowl

DULUTH, Minn. — Wasabi Restaurant in Duluth is still open, even with the construction on Superior Street; with great lunch specials on both their sushi and poke bowls. In this week’s Cooking Connection we are making a Tuna & Salmon Poke Bowl and mixing in all the right sauces to fit your taste buds needs. Plus, the manager and Fox…

First Day of Summer Sweet Treat: Rhubarb Sorbet

COOKING CONNECTION: Loves Creamery Teaches Us How To Make Sorbet At Home!

DULUTH (LINCOLN PARK), Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection Love Creamery teaches us how to make a Rhubarb Sorbet from home! RECIPE: Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet 2 Cups cooked down rhubarb 2 Cups seeded strawberries 1 Cup sugar (really, sugar to taste. One can make this one sweeter or less sweet) Mix all ingredients together, blend Freeze in an ice…

Wood Fired Pizza at Ursa Minor Brewing

COOKING CONNECTION: Brittney Merlot Makes A Special Deep Dish Pizza

LINCOLN PARK, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection we are headed inside Ursa Minor Brewing and starting a fire! Don’t worry, it’s all to cook freshly made wood fired pizza’s! Learning from the pro’s, Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot attempts her own version. “Brittney Special” is a deep dish, personal pizza with a lot of meat and a few greens….

Massive Orio Cookies Available at Vikre Now

COOKING CONNECTION: Vikre's New Food Menu Made By Duluth's Best Bread

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection we are making massive freshly made ORIO cookies! Not Oreo, but Orio! Check the sweet treat recipe out and how to make it yourself, in the video above. Vikre Distillery teamed up with Duluth’s Best Bread to add more small bites to their snack menu too. So you can also get this…

Vikre Distillery Offers A Special Menu With Duluth’s Best Bread

Two Local Buisness Are Partnering Up With A Special Menu

DULUTH, Minn. — Vikre Distillery is teaming up with Duluth’s Best Bread to add more small bites to their snack menu. Duluth’s Best Bread has crafted a set of snacks to pair with Vikre’s creative cocktails. The menu will include both vegetarian and gluten–free options. In this week’s Cooking Connection we are making Sun–dried Tomato Pesto Tarts (also known as…

Vegan & Gluten Free Cactus Tacos

COOKING CONNECTION: Taco Arcada Nopales Tacos

LINCOLN PARK, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection, we are making Nopales Tacos with Taco Arcada! This taco option is vegan and also gluten free. It’s main ingredient is cactus, yes! A nopal is a prickly pear cactus and a common ingredient in Mexican cooking. (The owners made a trip all the way down to Mexico to learn this…

Fresh Mex Beef Barbacoa Tacos

COOKING CONNECTION: NEW Taco Arcada Offers Street Tacos in the Twin Ports

LINCOLN PARK, Minn. — In this weeks Cooking Connection we met up with Conner Maki, the head chef at Corktown Deli and now Taco Arcada! We are cooking up fresh tacos, filled with beef cheeks and more! They don’t serve your traditional run of the mill tacos either, so you’ll want to check out the recipe in the video above….

Chorizo Tacos for Cinco De Mayo

COOKING CONNECTION: Bucktales Cantina & Grill for Cinco De Mayo

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — In this week’s Cooking Connection we are celebrating Cinco De Mayo, with Chorizo Tacos from Bucktales Cantina! ADDRESS: 6098 WI-35, Superior, WI 54880 CONTACT: (715) 394-4181, Facebook Page HOURS: Tues – Thurs 2 – 9pm, Fri 2-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm, closed Monday   Categories: Community, Cooking Connection, Entertainment, Features, Links, News, News – Latest News, Wisconsin…

Pollo Suizo Mexican Dish

COOKING CONNECTION: Bucktales Cantina & Grill

SUPERIOR, Wisc. — In this week’s Cooking Connection we are turning the heat up on the grill to match the warmth of our Spring temperatures! Join Dee Morales from Bucktales Cantina as he shows us how to make the popular Mexican dish at home, Pollo Suizo! Categories: Community, Cooking Connection, Entertainment, Features, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News, Wisconsin Tags:…

Cappuccino Bon Bons

L'apothicaire Chocolat Creates Chocolate Art For Easter & Mother's Day

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection we are combining art and chocolate with L’apothicaire Chocolat! Tonya is a chocolatier  near the shores of Lake Superior in Superior, WI.  She has trained at Ecole Chocolat in Vancouver with Graduate Studies at  Ecole Du Grand Chocolat Valrhona in Tain L’Hermitage. Currently she has seasonal sales at Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day…

Caramelized Cooking Connection with Zeitgeist Arts Café

Zeitgeist Arts Cafe will Remain Open Throughout Phase Two of Superior Street Reconstruction

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection Zeitgeist Arts Cafe shows us how to make the perfect crème caramel at home or to enjoy at the Café. Check out the video above for the recipe and cooking instructions! LOCATION: Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, 222 East Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802 (Construction has started on Superior Street but the restaurant will remain open!) HOURS: Monday…

Savory Scallops

Cooking Connection: Scallop Dinner at Zeitgeist

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection Zeitgeist Arts Cafe shows us how to make the perfect scallop dinner at home or to enjoy at the cafe. Scallop Dinner: Pan-seared scallops, risotto, Champagne-Dijon cream sauce and grilled asparagus. Check out the video above for the recipe and cooking instructions! LOCATION: Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, 222 E Superior St, Duluth, MN…

Fresh Sashimi Spring Tacos

Cooking Connection: Fresh Sashimi Tacos with New Scenic Cafe

In this weeks Cooking Connection we are with New Scenic Cafe, celebrating their 20th anniversary with Sashimi Tacos! SASHIMI TUNA TACOS: yield: 2 servings (4 tacos each) INGREDIENTS: Wonton Shells: 3 – 4 C canola oil 8 each wonton wrappers ! Tuna: 6 oz sashimi grade ahi tuna ! Thai Peanut Slaw: 1 C red cabbage (shredded) 2 C green…

Carrots Take The Spotlight

Carrot Béarnaise Salad At New Scenic Café

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection we are turning carrots into a main ingredient! Check out this fancy Carrot Béarnaise Salad that New Scenic Café cooked for us! The New Scenic Café, nestled along the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior near Duluth, Minnesota, is a destination for thousands of Minnesota travelers all year long. And now the…

Famous Dave’s Mixes Up Sauces For Lent

Cooking Connection: Dipping Sauces To Spice Up Your Fish

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection we are making homemade dipping sauces to compliment your fish diet for lent. Famous Dave’s was founded in the Northland, in Hayward, WI back in 1994. With 180 different locations, the Duluth Famous Dave’s joined us this week and shared these delicious recipes. LOCATION: 355 S Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802 HOURS:…

Raspberry Rich Chocolate Heart Brownies

Va Bene Caffe Bakes A Sweet Treat For Valentine's Day

DULUTH, Minn. – In this week’s Cooking Connection Va Bene satisfies our sweet tooth with a rich Valentine’s Day treat, Raspberry Heart Brownies! Check out the video above for a step by step recipe to make them at home, or join them in their cafe! LOCATION: 734 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802 HOURS: CONTACT: (218) 722-1518 Categories: Community, Cooking…

Warm Beer Cheese Soup On A Snow Day!

Va Bene Caffe Cooks Up A Tasty Soup In This Weeks Cooking Connection

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Cooking Connection we are making the perfect lunch for a snow day with Va Bene Caffe! As the snow quickly piles up a warm soup and sandwich warms the soul! RECIPE: Watch the video above for instructions on how to make this delicious meal. LOCATION: 734 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802 HOURS: All…

Sweet Maple Bourbon Salmon

Cooking Connection: Lake Superior Catering Creates A Unique Sweet Glaze

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Cooking Connection Lake Superior Catering is cooking up a sweet unique glaze for your salmon. In the video above you can check out the recipe to make at home yourself or you can have it catered at your next event! Categories: Community, Cooking Connection, Entertainment, Features, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News Tags: Bourbon…

Breakfast Bruchetta Arrives In The Northland

Cooking Connection: Corktown Deli & Brews Adds Breakfast To Their Menu

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection Corktown Deli & Brews shows us how to make Breakfast Bruchetta! It’s featured on their new breakfast menu and a one of a kind recipe you don’t want to pass on! INGREDIENTS: Buttermilk French toast, cherry wood-smoked bacon, pecans, onion jam and scrambled eggs. RECIPE: Watch the video above for a step…

Cooking Connection: Corktown Deli’s ‘Hot Mess’ Breakfast

Corktown Deli and Brews in the Duluth Lincoln Park Neighborhood is Now Serving a Breakfast Menu

DULUTH, Minn. – Just months after opening, Corktown Deli and Brews is expanding their menu to include breakfast items. The menu ranges from hot items, to gourmet bagels and breakfast bruschetta. For this week’s Cooking Connection, FOX 21’s Brittney Merlot had the chance to cook up the ‘Hot Mess’ as it’s called with chef Conor Maki. This breakfast item includes deli…

Holiday Cranberry Chutney, Quick & Easy Appetizer

Cooking Connection: Regional Cooking Instructor Teaches Us How To Make A Holiday Appetizer Friends & Family Will Devour!

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection we are joined by Regional Cooking Instructor Arlene Coco and we are baking a holiday appetizer, Cranberry Chutney! It’s a perfect dish to bring for the holidays and bursting with flavor. RECIPE: Holiday Cranberry Chutney (Makes 12 Servings) Canned cranberries; can be substituted for fresh when they are not in season, just…

Cooking Connection: Baked Brie with Spicy Pecans

For This Week's Cooking Connection, FOX 21 Meteorologist Brittney Merlot Steps into the Kitchen with Professional Cooking Instructor Arlene Coco

DULUTH, Minn. – With the holidays right around the corner, it’s important to pick out the best recipes that won’t have you stuck in the kitchen for hours before your party begins. Professional Cooking Instructor Arlene Cocoa stepped into the kitchen with FOX 21 Meteorologist Brittney Merlot for this week’s Cooking Connection. The duo prepared a Baked Brie Cheese with…

Latte Art, Warming The Heart!

Cooking Connection: Duluth Coffee Company Teaches Brittney Merlot Latte Art & Barista Training

DULUTH, Minn. — In this weeks Cooking Connection we are warming your heart with a little latte art! Latte art is a method of preparing coffee created by pouring microfoam into a shot of espresso and resulting in a pattern or design on the surface of the latte. It can also be created or embellished by simply “drawing” in the…

How To Build A Perfect Beer

Hoops Brewing Teaches Brittney Merlot What Goes In To Brewing A Seasonal Beer

DULUTH, Minn. — Learn how brew masters build the perfect beer in this week’s Cooking Connection. We take you to Hoops Brewing to talk with Dave Hoop himself on seasonal brews, techniques and flavors. Categories: Business, Community, Cooking Connection, Entertainment, Features, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News Tags: Brew Master, Building a Beer, Cooking Connection, Craft Beer, Dave Hoops, Hoops…

Homemade Pop Tarts, Filled With Gourmet Seasonal Fruits & Flavors

Duluth's Best Bread Mixes Up A Special Filling For These Twin Ports Pop Tarts!

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection Duluth’s Best Bread bakes homemade pop tarts for Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot. Mixing up the perfect seasonal fillings, you’ll be craving one by the end of the video! Pop Tarts are a pastry first invented in Vienna in the 1200’s, traditionally served at ceremonial occasions like royal weddings. Wait, who are we…

This Pumpkin Croissant Will Have Your Mouth Watering!

Cooking Connection: Duluth's Best Bread Seasonal Treats

DULUTH, Minn. — In this week’s Cooking Connection we are making seasonal treats with Duluth’s Best Bread! This pumpkin croissant you can whip up and home, for the perfect holiday treat! Categories: Community, Cooking Connection, Features, Minnesota, News, News – Latest News Tags: Cooking Connection, Croissant, Duluth’s Best Bread, Fall Treat, merlot weather, merlots weather, Meteorologist Brittney Merlot, Pumpkin Croissant

Cranberry Brie Pinwheel, Easy Fun Fall Appetizer

Easy To Cook & Serve Fall Pinwheels Tought From A Private Cooking Instructor You'll Want Lessons From!

DULUTH, Min. — Cooking Connection with Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot and Private Instructor Arlene Coco! This week we are cooking up a Cranberry Brie Pinwheel that is perfect for appetizers, parties and the holidays! RECIPE: Cranberry Brie Pinwheels Makes 12 Servings Yield: 2 dozen This recipe is a starting point for countless variations. Think cheddar cheese, pesto, and other delicious…

Ratatouille: Flavorful & Low Calorie Fall Dish

Cooking Lessons With Merlot & Coco

COOKING CONNECTION: This week we have Arlene Coco, a professional cooking instructor, teaching Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot how to make Ratatouille! RECIPE: This technique can be used for winter vegetables and tubers as well. Equipment: 9×13 pan or 14 inch black iron skillet 2 red onions can be substituted for yellow onions to add more color. 3 medium zucchini 3…

Delicious Honey Garlic Salmon Recipe For Fall, Ya’ll!

Cooking Connection: Cast Iron Bar & Grill

DULUTH, Min. – In this week’s Cooking Connection we are bringing you to Cast Iron Grill in Pike Lake where the chef is cooking up Honey Garlic Salmon! As the weather turns chilly, meals become slightly heavier thus this week’s delicious recipe features salmon and potatoes with some of the best flavors of the season! RECIPE: Drizzle butter on salmon…

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…