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A sweet and salty mix, perfect for a study break snack during finals week.

College Kitchen: brain food

May 9, 2013

  Bodies are hardworking machines. Like all gas-guzzling automobiles, they need to be fueled. Lucky for us human-bots, our power source comes in scrumptious bundles of snacks and meals — not...

A blueberry cheesecake cupcake topped with smooth cream cheese frosting and blueberries from Cupcake on University Avenue.

Restaurant round-up: where to take Mommy dearest

May 9, 2013

She ran onto the school bus when you forgot your library books in kindergarten. She battled your teenage angst with forced sing-alongs in the car on the way to school. She mercilessly embarrassed you when...

Dropping Zion

May 2, 2013

What: Zion I When: 8 p.m., Wednesday Where: Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $15 Age: 18+   Zumbi and Amp Live have been broadening the definition of hip-hop since the late...

A sweet rhubarb cake with fresh rhubarbs, cake batter, and a crumb topping bottom.

College Kitchen: Rhubarbarians

May 2, 2013

Rhubarb is one of the earliest vegetables available for harvest each year. In early spring, plants can be seen sprouting from every backyard plant patch and greenhouse garden. Ruby red stems push through...

Culture Compass: Eat your veggies this weekend

May 1, 2013

THURSDAY   Michael Pollan Beth El Synagogue 5224 W. 26th St., St. Louis Park, Minn. 7 p.m. $25-500   Calling all foodie-environmentalists, pioneer of what is now known as the “American...

College Kitchen: how to make miniatures

April 25, 2013

America: land of the free and home of the supersize. Only here can you buy a half-pound hamburger, subs by the yard and Gatorade by the barrel. Having a big appetite isn’t a crime, but consuming...

Garry Geiken rehearses the one-man play, I Love To Eat, on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis. Geiken stars as television's first chef James Beard in a show that runs April 25- May 18 at the Illusion Theater.

“I Love to Eat” spotlights celebrity chef James Beard

April 25, 2013

What: “I Love to Eat: a Love Story With Food” Where: Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis When: Times vary, Thursday through May 18. Cost: $5-28   Two men sit facing each other...

A simple smoothie with peach, yogurt, and honey topped with a dash of cardamom.

College Kitchen: Minnesota bites

April 18, 2013

Georgia is the Peach State, and Nebraska the Cornhusker State. Even if our nickname doesn’t imply it, the North Star State has plenty of culinary prowess to offer. This weekend, the Savor Minnesota...

Q&A: Fountains of Wayne

April 18, 2013

What: Fountains of Wayne When: 8 p.m., Friday Where: Dakota Jazz Club, 1010 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $35   It’s hard to believe that the pop groups of the late ’90s are already...

College Kitchen: spring salads

April 11, 2013

This time of year, students can be seen around campus trying to work our stubborn, rusted bicycle chains, at the coffee shops ordering the first cold-presses since September and at home ceremoniously folding...

Alex Stene, front, Laura Hickey, and Brant Miller rehearse a scene from

Bear in mind

April 11, 2013

What: “Something About a Bear” When: Times vary, Thursday-April 21 Where: Rarig Center, Stoll Thrust Theater, 330 S. 21st Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $5 for students; $10 for everyone else   It...

College Kitchen: My favorite things.

April 7, 2013

It takes a lot of STUFF to make the College Kitchen run. There are pots and pans, various tools and products galore. Before I really started cooking, I thought brand loyalty was a crock. Now, when...


Review: Hello Pizza

April 4, 2013

3904 Sunnyside Road, Edina, Minn.    Chaos is inherent to by-the-slice pizza joints. In the suburbs, there may not be intoxicated college students shouting in line or getting in fights. Here,...

College Kitchen: Say cheese!

April 3, 2013

Being a true Kitchenista is a commitment. It means tackling crepes flambé and seared scallops on a weeknight. It means chopping onions until there is no difference between sweat and tears....

10 Classic April Fool’s pranks

March 31, 2013

Roommates can be tricky this time of year. Seven months into a lease tensions can run high. To take out some of those pent-up animosities, prank your cohabitants for some light-hearted roommate revenge.  1....

5 awesome, non-Easter uses of pastels.

March 29, 2013

Pastel shades of brightly tinted hues mean springtime. Seeing the world through rose-colored glasses is just one more sign the temperatures are rising and the days getting longer. Bask in the pretty colors...

Q&A: Lianne La Havas

March 28, 2013

What: Lianne La Havas When: 8 p.m., Sunday Where: Varsity Theater, 1308 Fourth St. SE, Minneapolis Cost: $18-$20 Age: 18+   The past year has been a whirlwind for Lianne La Havas. Between her impeccable...

A poached egg served with tomato on top of buttered toast.

College Kitchen: Eggcellent adventure

March 28, 2013

Pink Peeps and Cadbury Eggs have some stiff competition from the contents of the brown and white shells care of Mother Hen/Mother Nature. No sugary treat can compete with a soft egg white, crisp and buttery...

Culture Compass: Pi day

March 14, 2013

THURSDAY   Joan Rivers Mystic Lake Casino Hotel 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake Minn. 8 p.m. $35 Mature audiences only   This mean fashion queen is rolling up the red carpet to revisit her...

Staycations: Spring Break edition

March 14, 2013

With nowhere to go, no one to see and no airfare to speak of, spring break may feel like a drawn out prison sentence — either spent rereading old “Boxcar Children” novels in a childhood...

A traditional Irish boiled dinner of corned beef, potatoes, carrots, and cabbage.

College Kitchen: Luck of the Irish

March 14, 2013

St. Patrick, it turns out, was not a leprechaun. He loved the Emerald Isle, but shockingly, he didn’t wear a green top hat or carry lucky clovers. St. Patrick’s Day has transformed over the...

The 7 stages of grief — a playlist.

March 10, 2013

With a spring time buzz in the air, something has shifted among my friends in relationships. Valentine's day is over and done with and all of a sudden, couples are splitting to singles faster than...

Spaghetti with turkey meatballs, a meal easily frozen and reheated for a future meal.

College Kitchen: lean cuisine machine

March 7, 2013

  TV dinners aren’t just for the middle-aged bachelor as he watches reruns of “Jeopardy“ anymore. Nowadays everyone from career-driven workaholics to busy parents is guilty of consuming...


Of dolls and donuts

March 7, 2013

  In neon-yellow bakery cases, doughnuts dressed in a variety of toppings glisten, waiting to be plucked out of the case and placed in a bright pink box by a barista. Clad in a polka-dotted shirt...

A simple tiramisu with chocolate shavings on top and strawberries on the side.

College Kitchen: coffee break

February 28, 2013

As familiar as coffee may be to students in the neighborhood java stop, it is a stranger in the kitchen. The College Kitchenista has laid the ground work for a savory dinner and sweet dessert that uses...

Instructor Ed Stern teaches dance steps to the Beginning International Folk Dance class on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at the Tapestry Folkdance Center in Minneapolis. Stern teaches ethnic dances from all around the world.

Folkin’ Around

February 28, 2013

Straddling a folding chair in a warm, empty studio space at Tapestry Folkdance Center, dance teacher Ed Stern bounces with a youthful exuberance that betrays his long white beard. While studying biochemistry...

Lemon Garlic Pasta, topped with a lemon garnish.

College Kitchen: Orange you glad?

February 21, 2013

Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, but we Minneapolitans have yet to see a sprouting tree bud or feel a hint of a warm southerly wind. A long stretch of gray winter days spans ahead of us with...

Terje Isungset blowing Ice Horn

Wouldn’t it be ice?

February 21, 2013

What: Ice Music When: 7:30 p.m., Monday Where: Cedar Cultural Center, 416 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door Ages: All ages   Musicians often look to the natural elements...

College Kitchen: FRYdays

February 15, 2013

I know that lent has begun because Shamrock Shakes are back at McD's. Religious dietary restrictions, or any dietary restrictions don't really vibe with the whole "foodmonster" thing...

Diners enjoy their meals on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Broder's Pasta Bar in south Minneapolis. The bar seating provides the best view of the pasta chefs at work.

No Reservations

February 14, 2013

Spring semester gets crazy quickly. There are assignments that are overdue and adviser appointments that need to be scheduled to discuss graduation. Through it all, significant others are expected to sway...

For a fun Valentine's Day treat, you can twist challah dough into hearts and treat your loved ones with delicious bread.

College Kitchen: sweets for your sweetie

February 14, 2013

St. Valentine’s day can drain a student’s budget faster than a night on the town. The love tokens we give so freely in February — the tickets to a show, the candles and flowers —...

Foods for the Chinese New Year

February 9, 2013

The Chinese New Year is upon us once again. What better way to celebrate than with a feast. Many foods for this holiday have symbolic meanings and if you eat them on the New Year, they will bring you the...

Checking in with Mötel California

February 7, 2013

What: Mötel California When: 10 p.m., Saturday Where: Memory Lanes, 2520 S. 26th Avenue, Minneapolis Cost: Free Age: All ages   When he was coming of age in the 1970s, Andy Schultz made...

The combination of dried rose hips, ginger, brandy, lemon juice, honey and water makes this warm drink the perfect cure for sickness.

College Kitchen: Down with the sickness

February 7, 2013

Kleenexes are strewn in a crumpled trail from one end of the room to the other. The trash can is overflowing with empty bottles of fever-reducers and bags of cough drops. The glow of old “Spongebob...

The best super bowl drinking game: XLVII

February 3, 2013

Football isn't your thing. Believe me, I get it. Don't worry, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself occupied during a long game. May I present the best game within a game XLVII: 1. Drink any...

Super bowl QUIZ: What’s your chip personality?

February 3, 2013

Figuring out the perfect chip to bring to your friend's super bowl party can be a challenge. With so many different varieties out there, it's easy to get lost in a crispy sea. Take this quiz to...

This sugary blueberry lemon soup is an ideal hot soup for skiers and is filled with spices.

College kitchen: strange soups

January 31, 2013

Soup has the ability to turn the coldest of days into the coziest. A bowl of creamy tomato basil makes a tall stack of readings bearable. A mug filled with vegetable beef alongside the first paper of the...

Mighty ducks

January 31, 2013

What: Minnesota Decoy Collectors Association 2013 Decoy Show When: 2-10 p.m., Thursday; 1-9 p.m., Friday;.; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday Where: Ramada Mall of America, 2300 E. American Blvd., Bloomington, Minn. Cost:...

Williams croons edgy, poetic songs with  a blend of folk, rock, blues and country.

Q&A: Lucinda Williams

January 31, 2013

Lucinda Williams has enjoyed career longevity that many only dream of. Rising to fame with “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” in 1998, the Los Angeles-based singer developed a following of country...

The day the music died — reading Beyonce’s lips.

January 24, 2013

If I were to pick a deity to worship, it would be Beyonce. She's poised. She's elegant. She has a hot husband and beautiful baby. She is a vocal powerhouse. She is a rock star.   When it first...

Potato Varenyky with a side of horseradish sour cream from Kramarczuk's in Northeast Minneapolis.

The Twin Cities’ best dumplings

January 24, 2013

The tale of the ugly dumpling is a sad one. Too often dry, starchy wrappers and bland, unidentified filling are plated with a too-sweet or too-salty sauce and whisked off to meet disappointed diners under...

A body scrub made of ingredients that you can find in your kitchen, leaves your skin smooth.

College Kitchen: Beauty and the eats

January 24, 2013

Lazily waking in the wee afternoon hours, performing at-home manicures after watching multiple reruns of “Behind the Music,” eating meals with more than one course: Was it all a dream? Sadly,...

Eat this — five easy steps for New Year’s resolution eating

January 22, 2013

As the champagne toasts fade to distant memories, sticking to resolutions can be hard. So, you don't make it to the gym every day of the week? Forget to stay up-to-date with your podcast playlist?...

If an apocalypse occurs, all you need is a can of peaches and some Bisquick powder to make a tasty peach cobbler over a fire.

College Kitchen: Hunger games

December 12, 2012

Success in the kitchen is often dependent on the luxury of modern day appliances. If these handy tools stop working when the apocalypse comes, the College Kitchen team will have to resort to cooking on...

The chicken gyro at the Foxy Falafel on Raymond Avenue in St. Paul.

2012’s best cheap eats

December 12, 2012

It was a good year to be a budget-eater in the Twin Cities. With recession memories sinking into the murky depths of one of our various lakes, Minnesota chefs and restaurateurs dove into business ownership...

Artistic director Ben Riggs leads the members of the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus in vocal exercises. Riggs started as the artistic director in August.

His first noel

December 7, 2012

This will be the first year with Ben Riggs leading the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus for its annual holiday concert. Although he’s excitedly anticipating his formal debut, he admits there will...

Making sugar cookies is simple, and cookies can be cut out in various ways to celebrate the holidays.

College Kitchen: Classic Christmas cookies

December 6, 2012

Cooking, like any skill, deserves time and attention. Unlike other hobbies, however, there are three opportunities every day to practice. Building a collection of recipes is like building a repertoire...

Thanksgiving's cranberry sauce leftovers make up one ingredient of these Orange Cranberry-Surprise Muffins.

College Kitchen: Leftover love

November 29, 2012

After a short holiday interlude, students return to campus from Turkey Day break with freshly rested faces, bags of clean laundry and stacks of bursting Tupperware. We oft look to leftovers as a welcome...

Bourbon pecan pie at the Turtle Bread Company on Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis.

Pie oh my!

November 29, 2012

The season of merrymaking brings with it many occasions to gather and share goodies with friends and family. Between a final skimming of Cliffs Notes and holiday shopping, from-scratch baking may not be...

Five alternatives to Black Friday shopping

November 21, 2012

  1. Watch VHS tapes. Soon these technological oldies will be as obsolete as eight-tracks. Before the rolls of film disintegrate into dust, take them out for one last spin. Pulling every tape from...