Food & Drink

spices in pinch bowls

Nancy Figueroa has always enjoyed cooking and baking. Throughout her life, friends would encourage her to become a private chef or open a restaurant. But it was a trip to Washington D.C.

As people prepare for their Thanksgiving feastS, local wineries in the St. Croix Valley are offering the chance for wine lovers to scout out some of the most delicious wines to grace their holiday tables.

Minnesotans and Wisconsinites CAN agree that pizza is delicious no matter how you slice it. There are brick-oven pies, New York-style slices, deep-dish delights and everything in between. So go ahead and reap the saucy rewards of your abundant river valley, one cheesy bite at a time.

For more than 200 years, Oktoberfest has been celebrated with frothy beers, savory German fare and musical merriment. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel far to join in on the fun.

As the days grow shorter and we enter a season of crisp autumn evenings, we begin to crave dinners that are roasted with herbs and served with an array of fresh harvest vegetables.

The sear and sizzle of a piping hot grill is synonymous with summer.

July is a time to bask in the sun and enjoy a great cocktail outdoors. We thought it would be fun to send local blogger Stephany Wieland out on the town to check out some of the cool drinks St. Croix Valley bartenders are stirring up this season.

Shawn Smalley is creating barbecue in a way that’s scarce anywhere in the country, let alone the St. Croix Valley.

Whether you are planning an intimate summer date or a casual night out with friends, nothing quite compares to enjoying a cocktail and alfresco appetizers with unparalleled views of the lush St. Croix River Valley.

In a world that’s transfixed by “the new” and “what’s trending,” there also seems to be a renewed interest in the nostalgic traditions that somehow withstand an ever-evolving popular culture.

Rick Chrustowski, one of our favorite author/illustrators, is releasing his newest picture book June 16. In Bee Dance, Chrustowski brings the bees to life with great images and vivid descriptions.