Plate or Pass: Blood

Last Friday night, our kitchen looked like a murder scene. We didn't mean for it to happen. We were told to run the blood through a strainer to remove clots and figured a coffee filter would work fine in its place. Wrong. The blood saturated the filter within seconds, poured out of the bowl, spread toward the butcher knife, trickled down the cabinet, and began collecting in a puddle on the floor. The harder we scrubbed, the bigger the mess. It got underneath our fingernails, stuck between floor tiles, and splattered against the wall. But the sight wasn't nearly as bothersome as the smell, a combination of stainless steel and slaughterhouses that was growing worse by the second. We grimaced. How were we supposed to ingest this stuff? There's something about eating blood that's too reminiscent of pain, injury, and death to be pleasurable.

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3 ways to use up and booze up your Thanksgiving leftovers [RECIPE]

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Iron Bartender winners: Marvel Bar's Jesse Ostendorf and Keith Mrotek
Sure, we can dig on a turkey sandwich, but why not get a little bit more creative with this year's leftovers? We knew no one could transform the mundane into the marvelous better than one of the cocktail champions at Marvel Bar. We reached out to Keith Mrotek, half of the winning team that brought home this year's coveted Iron Bartender title. Here are a few thoughts and some very precise cocktail recipes for dealing with the bites left behind from the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Watch kid chefs get experimental with their pizzas at the Mall of America

Think back to the days of rectangle-shaped pizza sprinkled with mini pepperoni cubes that fit perfectly into your school lunch tray. Yeah, we're glad to be past that, too. What would've been your ideal kind of pizza as a kid? This weekend, you can watch kids show off their creative culinary talents and emulate our favorite anthropomorphic turtles to bake the most righteous 'za in the land.

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Super sweet Pride-themed food in the Twin Cities

This weekend, rainbows will be everywhere -- from clothes and flags to signs and more. Lots of things under the sun (and rain, if the forecast is correct) will be sporting the good ol' ROYGBIV spectrum in support of Twin Cities Pride... that includes some pretty sweet stuff. We collected some of the sweetest displays of Pride support for you.

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The 25 Best Forgotten 1990s Food Commercials

In honor of the Totally Sweet '90s Book Launch Party at Magers & Quinn, we compiled a whole slew of our favorite (and sadly, discontinued) foods available during the 1990s... and their respective commercial gems.

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Top 10 Arrested Development eats: A Twin Cities food tour

It's time for the final countdown. In celebration of Arrested Development's return on May 26, we decided a food tour was in order. From variations on cornballs to juice, we rounded up some of the Twin Cities' answers to the Bluths' most-iconic sips and nibbles for the perfect trip around the metro. Plus, it's Memorial Day weekend -- there's a whole extra day of the weekend to wander around the cities checking these Bluth favorites off your list. Don't make a huge mistake. Try all of these.

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Herkimer's summer sports leagues are back

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Herkimer's outdoor sports stadium.

For over 13 years, The Herkimer has been serving up more than just beer and food - they have also sponsored a variety of sports leagues from kickball to bean bags.

Caroline O'Halloran, social media and marketing manager for Herkimer, tells us their roster also includes volleyball, softball, hockey, dodge ball, and shuffleboard.

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Kangaroo hops onto the Hell's Kitchen menu

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Alternative meats are starting to come back into vogue these days and downtown Minneapolis hot spot Hell's Kitchen is hitching a ride on the alt-meat bandwagon in a big way. Late last week the restaurant started serving kangaroo steaks as one of the regular dinnertime meal options. According to a statement from the restaurant, the meat is incredibly sustainable, eco-friendly, and delicious.

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Top 5 edible stadiums for your Super Bowl party


​Chips. Dips. Lil' Smokies. Along with chili, beer, and something mixed with Velveeta in a crock pot, these are the staples of the Super Bowl diet. Perhaps you are planning on getting fancy with crudités, canapes, and blended drinks but have you thought about your game day centerpiece yet? If you're considering making one that's edible, scrap the tower of football shaped cupcakes with royal icing laces (you did that last year, everyone knows) and really go all out with a snack food stadium.

With their beef stick goal posts, walls made of Rice Krispies Treats, and cilantro-topped turf, here, in no particular order, are five of the best edible stadiums that the internet has to offer.

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Rebel cheese-lovers chase Double Gloucester downhill

All for the love of cheese
Broken bones, sprained ankles and concussions are just a few of the typical injuries sustained at the annual Cooper's Hill cheese-rolling event in Gloucestershire County, England. Ambulances are on hand, as well as a volunteer rescue crew responsible for carrying the injured fallen to safety at the bottom of the hill. These were cited as reasons for canceling the event for the past two years, but yesterday the good people of Gloucestershire took matters into their own hands and held an unofficial, renegade version of the competition.

The rules of the competition are simple: an 8 lb. round of Double Gloucester cheese is rolled from the top of a large hill, and competitors bound after it, rolling, tumbling, and lurching downhill. The first person to cross the finish line at the bottom of the hill wins the cheese. Words don't do the spectacle justice, so take a look at the video:

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