QC Pizza: Kinda Big Dill

Pickles on a pizza?! Oh, you bet your sweet and salty a$$. Pickles are ok. I like them, they are a nice addition to a sandwich, but I don’t love them. However, I LOVE the Kinda Big Dill Pizza. I would marry it, and we would have fantastic dill pizza babies – which might get…

Why Spam? A Bit About This Famous Minnesota Made Meat Product

Spam was introduced in 1937 by Hormel Foods right here in Minnesota. The Austin based food company launched the luncheon meat to increase pork shoulder sales, an unpopular meat cut at the time. The iconic blue can contains pork with ham, salt, water, potato starch, sugar, and sodium nitrate. Already cooked, Spam can be served…

PJ Murphy’s Bakery

The St. Paul community bakery. On the corner of Randolph and Syndicate St. in St. Paul, you will find the family-owned bakery, PJ Murphy’s. This bakery has been serving up donuts, Danishes, cookies, and all sorts of baked deliciousness for almost 100 years. Since 1921, four different families have run the bakery. The newest owners,…

What Is the Difference Between Hotdish and Casserole?

Hotdish was a holiday staple in our household growing up. My brothers named the piece de resistance hotdish in our family, Tater Puffs and Cheez Whip, aka, funeral potatoes. This legendary hotdish filled our stomachs and souls with butter, potatoes, and all the cheese you can imagine. By family credence, one can only make it…

Maverick’s Real Roast Beef

It was the night before Christmas and all through the house was the smell of mouthwatering pulled pork from Maverick’s. This year, our Christmas Eve dinner came from a pig who gave its life to make us very happy. That’ll do pig, that’ll do.  Located in a strip mall on Lexington Avenue in Roseville, Maverick’s…

11 Cocktail Kits You Need to Try Around the Twin Cities

End the year 2020 with a delicious bang! Ah, 2020 – the ridiculously annoying friend who slept on your couch once and then never left for 365 god damn days. Then proceeded to take a piss over every inch of your house. So, let’s take a bag of lemons and make gratifying booze-infused cocktails out…

How Minnesota Has Become One of Top Places for Wine Grapes

You can grow wine grapes in the cold state of Minnesota? You bet you can. Forget California, the clean and crisp cold-hardy Minnesota grape varieties is where it’s at! Wine grapes have been cultivated in Minnesota for decades, with over 40 wineries all over the state. Minnesota’s cold-climate grapes started with horticulturist Elmer Swenson. A…

Where to Find Outdoor Dining Around the Twin Cities

Outdoor seating during the winter in one of the coldest states in the US during a pandemic? Bring it! Here is a list of restaurants and breweries where you can find outdoor dining around the Twin Cities area. Remember, to call ahead for reservations and follow all safety guidelines (don’t be that guy). And make…