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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…

Savory Grilled Salmon with Mad Dog and Merrill

Mad Dog and Merrill will be offering Cooking Demonstartions and More December 7-9 at the DECC

DULUTH, Minn. – Promoting the fine art of barbeque through mesmerizing performances self-proclaimed “grillologists” Mad Dog and Merrill awaken the taste buds of people where ever they go. Having grilled together for over 35 years Mad Dog & Merrill feel they have a partnership made in barbeque heaven. The barbeque duo stopped by FOX 21 Local News Thursday morning for…

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,…

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…

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.,…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Pita Pit Offers Healthy Option for Football Season

Cooking Connection: Pita Pit

DULUTH, Minn. – As football season begins, many Northlanders will be watching the game with friends. In place of unhealthy tailgating food, Pita Pit offers a delicious and healthy option. This morning, Indiana Molitor visited FOX 21 to chat about some tasty options. Molitor says it’s easy to order for groups, just stop in the store or give them a…

Lucky’s 13 Chopped Salad with a Twist

Cooking Connection: Lucky's 13 Pub

DULUTH, Minn. – Lucky’s 13 Pub has been in Duluth since February and so far business is going well for the restaurant. The pub offers several selections on their menu and has many tap beers and cocktails. For this week’s Cooking Connection FOX 21’s William Seay learned how to make the restaurant’s “13” Chopped Salad. “13” Chopped Salad: Lettuce Kidney…

Cooking up a Cuban with The Rambler

Cooking Connection: Food Truck Season

DULUTH, Minn. – August is here and food truck season is well underway in Duluth. One mobile restaurant, The Rambler, has been seen around town and this morning owner Jonathan Reznick cooked with FOX 21’s William Seay. Reznick showed viewers the unique spin The Rambler puts on a classic cuban. The Rambler’s full schedule can be viewed on their website…

Spicy Pulled Pork Carnitas with Cast Iron Bar and Grill

Cooking Connection: Sweet and Spicy Appetizer

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth bar and grill has a new chef and recently updated its menu. Cast Iron Bar and Grill has kept the staples, but added a few new options as well. Chef Mike from Cast Iron Bar and Grill cooked with the FOX 21 morning crew for this week’s Cooking Connection. FOX 21’s William Seay learned how…

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…

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…

Sign-Up Date Approaches to Invest in CSA Farming

On Sunday, March 19, the 5th Annual Local Community Supported Agriculture Farm (CSA) Open House will Take Place

DULUTH, Minn. – Happening Sunday, March 19, from 2:00 – 5:00p.m., more than 200 people will be gathering in Duluth to choose a local farm to grow their vegetables this summer. Event organizers are hoping more Northlanders will choose to invest and buy local in 2017. The 5th Annual Local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm Open House will take place…

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…

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….