Cooking Connection

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…

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,…

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: 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 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….

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….

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/….

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…

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…