Food & Drink

For Wendel Strong, it all started with a family recipe. And now, he and his son-in-law, Luke Johnson of Victoria, are baking and selling thousands of loaves of bread every week with their family business, Wendel’s Specialty Breads.

You might think of dumplings as a comfort food or something from Grandma’s repertoire. Think again. Dumplings are cooked savory balls of dough that are boiled, fried or baked and appear on local menus in some interesting forms.

S’mores Martini For the cinnamon-vanilla vodka: 1 bottle (750 ml) vanilla-flavored vodka 9 cinnamon sticks For the martini: Marshmallow cream, for the glass Fine graham cracker crumbs, for the glassCocoa powder, for the glass1 ounce cinnamon-vanilla vodka 1 ounce Drambuie (honey-flavored scot

Sushi connoisseurs and newbies alike can appreciate the variety and quality of sushi available in the southwest metro.

The warmest days of the year call for a bright, fresh and delicious drink, and white port and tonic is the perfect summer thirst-quencher.

With summer in full swing, there’s no better time to load up on seasonal fresh fruit. While we’re as big a fan as the next person when it comes to a slice of watermelon or a bowl of fresh raspberries, these beloved flavors can make any dessert into something special.

Whether you’re a lemon meringue lover or a tried and true pecan pie loyalist, there’s a seat waiting for you at the Egg & Pie Diner in Chaska.

This year we’ve seen a surge of un-oaked chardonnays hit the liquor store shelves. Un-oaked chardonnays refer to chardonnay wines not barrel fermented, which taste only of the green apple, lemon, pineapple and similar varietal characteristics the wine is known for.

Whether you’re on the pie or cake side of the on-going pie vs. cake debate, it can be argued pretty handily that cake is the overall winner.  After all, we don’t celebrate our birthdays with pie. So, with our apologies to the pie loyalists out there, we’re all about cake this month.

“Coffee tastes better out of a ceramic cup,” Jon Schmidt insists. The owner of the Mocha Monkey coffee shop in Waconia knows what he’s talking about—after all, he actually makes all the cups that he uses in the café.