6 Wisconsin Cheeses to Try and Where You Can Find Them in the Twin Cities

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Andrew P. Han
Sartori Asiago from Plymouth, WI

Cheese makers from America's Dairyland brought back a haul of awards from the recent American Cheese Society awards, held in Sacramento, California earlier this summer. In dozens of categories -- such as "Rindless blue-veined, made from goat's milk" and "aged cheddar, aged over 48 months, all milks" -- Wisconsin's cheese makers took top honors. Cheeses from a few of these award-winning artisans are available throughout the Twin Cities, at restaurants and specialty stores. Starting mild and moving up in intensity, here 's a list of some fine cheeses for you to try, along with some pairing suggestions.

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Eat waffles for every meal: 24 hours, 5 waffles, immeasurable joy

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Ralph Daily
Move over Bagel Bites, there's another food you can eat anytime

We all know waffles are one part of the holy trinity of hot breakfast sweets. Flanked by pancakes and French toast, the waffle has earned its place at the breakfast table, what with its built in syrup traps and attractive modern design, like a Piet Mondrian painting in batter form. (See how we just made you feel cultured about diving face first into a plate of butter and syrup?)

But you don't have to wait until tomorrow's breakfast to get this sophisticated yet understated hot pastry. In fact, you can have your favorite carb-loaded confection for every single meal of the day.

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5 grocery store lunches for every mood

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There's a certain amount of food shame associated with a backseat full of fast food containers, and the task of slathering some peanut butter on a piece of bread and throwing it in a plastic bag can seem as insurmountable as the Tour de France at 7 a.m. If your microwave at work takes five minutes to heat a cup of soup and all of the frozen food you've ever tried tastes like wet cardboard, maybe it's time to try the grocery store lunch route.

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Hello Pizza adds delivery service [MAP]

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E. Utne
New York slices now available as a full pie, delivered right to your door. 

Hello? Is it de-liv-er-eeeee you're looking for? 

That's the question that Lionel Richie, patron saint of Hello Pizza, and fans of Ann Kim's pies have been asking since she opened her fast casual New York-style, by-the-slice concept in Edina last spring. Kim's dough slingers focused first on getting their high output operation running smoothly, serving up slices and subs to hungry diners before piling on more duties. That is, until now.

Hello has officially added delivery services to their list of important, community-serving functions. So are you within their highlighted area? Or will you have to set up a fake address to get a meatball ricotta or adobo chicken pie without ever getting out of your sweatpants?

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Comfort Food Friday: Chicken pot pie

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Katy Meeks
Chicken potpie

This week we found a chicken pot pie that hit the spot, filling our comfort food need and then some. Making the thirty minute trek to Jake O'Connor's Public Housein Excelsior for this masterful pot pie was entirely worth it. In the area, the pub is known for its staple Irish dishes, beer selection, and authentic, rustic décor.

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Comfort Food Friday: Meatloaf 2.0

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Kitchen Life of a Navy Wife
Classic Meatloaf
Meatloaf just may be the ultimate comfort food. A longtime American dinner staple, this nostalgic dish has undergone many modern twists. But if you look for it, you can still find meatloaf served up the same way Grandma used to make it 50 years ago.

The best meatloaf in the Twin Cities is hard to pin down. Every restaurant has their own take on the classic cold-weather delight. So instead of one meatloaf winner, we snatched up our two favorites and called it a tie -- the more meatloaf the merrier.

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Comfort food of the week: The Lowry's mac and cheese

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The Lowry's mac and cheese
The season's first snowfall can come as a shock to us Minnesotans -- a sort of slap in the face, a reality check that those warm August nights are long gone. It's the same every year: We trade our balmy patio seats (complete with fruity cocktails) for six months of eating indoors and the inevitable icy gust we've all experienced when stuck sitting by the restaurant's entrance.

With at least five months of winter ahead of us, now's the perfect time to explore the heartiest and coziest comfort foods in the Twin Cities, guaranteed to warm the tummy and keep out the chill.

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Glam Doll now selling chicken pot pie donuts

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So much more than a Cro-nut.
 
They've already tried their hand at the savory donut game with a curry-iced muenster-stuffed donut, but now the guys and gals at Glam Doll are making a play for the Eat Street lunch crowd with their most recent hybrid pastry debut: the chicken pot pie donut.

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Xcel Center now serving a fake loon sausage and Zenon Konopka's wine

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Dawn Brodey
New and improved brats from Husnik's Sausage.

While you're reading this week's cover story about the Minnesota Wild's controversial new arrival, Matt Cooke, you may find yourself wondering what kinds of tasty foods will be available at the Xcel Energy Center this year. Indeed, there will be quite a few new menu options for sports fans and concert-goers.

Executive chef Jason Steidle tells Hot Dish that people are going to find improved cuisine with a focus on local foods and local inspiration. For example, among the many new foods being offered is a "Loon Sausage," made by South St. Paul's own Husnik's Sausage. The brat-style sandwich comes stuffed with cheese, wild rice, and -- no, not our state bird -- pork.

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Chez Arnaud St. Paul: New home of the epic macaron

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Emily Weiss
A massive macaron at Chez Arnaud

Though they have been around since the 1790s (with some similar confections appearing as far back as two centuries prior), the sweet and delicate macaron has been enjoying a marked renaissance for the last decade or so. Thanks to fashionable real-life and fictional characters like Blair Waldorf and Olivia Palermo advertising their penchant for macarons from the famed Maison Ladurée in Paris, patisseries all over and even non-French bakeries in America have seen a spike in demand and responded by ramping up their production of macarons. But bakers are no longer just sticking to the traditional pale pastels and ganache fillings.

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