November 2014

In the November issue of Southwest Metro Magazine you'll discover local gem Araya Jensen and her timeless kitchenware, find internationally inspired small bite recipes and learn more about a Minnesotan's love for lutefisk.

A scattering of nuts can transform an ordinary recipe into something truly spectacular. These Southwest Metro restaurants serve distinctively delicious nut dishes with staying power.

Pecan Pie


The key to getting a great shot is all about timing. That’s why Eden Prairie native Chris Becklund, now a college student, often has his camera with him, for whenever that moment arises.


The Eden Prairie Art Crawl on September 27-28 featured artists working with all kinds of media.


The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s annual Gala in the Gardens was held on September 10.


Late fall may not strike you as the best time for outdoor fun — the colorful leaves have fallen, and there’s still not enough snow for classic winter activities. Dropping temperatures make it tempting to snuggle up inside with a cup of cocoa.


Somehow, Chaska High School senior Katrina Little manages to juggle a busy schedule and challenging classes without missing a beat—literally. Little served as the Conductor Drum Major for marching band this fall.


We all want our furry family members to be part of the action, but holidays can be stressful for our animal companions. It can also cause upset bellies and pet hospital visits if we aren’t careful. Here are some simple tips to keep your pets safe during the holidays.


So your Thanksgiving meal is over, and you’re too full for pie, but still craving a sweet dessert. How about a Brandy Alexander? Chocolaty, sweet, creamy and smooth, a Brandy Alexander is a perfect liquid dessert.

Brandy Alexander
Makes 1 serving


Jerusalem: The Biography
By Simon Sebag-Montefiore
Recommended by Josh Darst


Thanksgiving brings joy, family and lots of good food, which can sometimes be quite a hassle. If you’re looking for one less thing to stress about, reserve a homemade Thanksgiving dinner for pickup.


When Sara Trosen and her husband Brian moved into their Eden Prairie twin home in 2002, they only planned to stay a few years.


Get ready, get set, go— party time! Throwing a yummy party is a snap; when it comes to festive feasts, “small bites” are all the rage. They’re easy to eat and fun to share.

Alas, they can verge on the banal—do we really need more cheese and crackers or shrimp with cocktail sauce?


Thanks to the leaps and bounds in medical technology made over the past century, people are living significantly longer than they were 100 or even 50 years ago. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, nearly 14 percent of Minnesota residents are 65 or older.


The kitchen bowl cradles so much more than the food it serves. The vessel holds memories of a grandmother’s warm German potato salad, sweet mounds of cookie dough or a family’s treasured holiday recipe.


Lutefisk. A common term in a Norwegian’s vocabulary, this prepared codfish has made its way into the homes and hearts of many Scandinavian descendents—and onto the worst-food-ever list of many others.