May/Jun
2015

Pork and Beans, Asian Style

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Written by By Dawn Sanborn, Photography by Dawn Sanborn Photography

Have you ever heard of pork belly? Whether you have or not, you’ve probably had a version of it: bacon—well, sort of. Pork belly comes from the same cut as bacon, but it’s pure pork deliciousness. A fatty and rich cut of meat (the good fat, they say), tender pork belly melts in your mouth after some time in the oven, in the fry pan or over the coals. Thanks to Alex Sjoberg, chef at Rochester’s new Grand Rounds Brew Pub, for providing us with this amazing recipe for Banh Mi, a pork belly sandwich that is out of this world.

Along with the sandwich, whip up some edamame salad and soybean pudding, and you’ve got yourself a full meal. Soybeans have long been important in East Asian diets and are a healthy option for meeting protein needs in a vegetarian diet.

 

May/Jun
2015

HOT CHEF: OF THE NEW GRAND ROUNDS BREW PUB

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Written by By Dawn Sanborn, Photography by Dawn Sanborn Photography

Alex Sjoberg knows how to braise beef (I’ve tasted it). “I like it slow and low and cooking with very lean cuts,” he says. Alex was born and raised in Rochester. At age 15, he started working at a pizza place, making dough and cleaning dishes. Shortly after that, he moved to a country club kitchen, where he learned even more by helping prep food and cooking on the line. So let’s just say, he grew into being a chef.

 

Mar/Apr
2015

HOT CHEF: Jennifer Welper

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Written by By Dawn Sanborn, Photography by Dawn Sanborn Photography

hot \hät\ (slang), performing with great skill and daring

Jennifer Welper was born and raised in Caledonia, Minnesota. After years of being away, she now lives in Rochester, closer to her family. “Mayo called on me, and I couldn’t wait to get back to my family,” Jennifer says. “I was gone for 12 years. I went to school in Rhode Island. It was time to, I don’t know, do one of those things like find a husband or something.”

 

Mar/Apr
2015

Green & Lean: Eating healthy has never been so easy

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Written by By Dawn Sanborn, Photography by Dawn Sanborn Photography

As long as I have lived on the farm, I’ve been crazy about making things healthy. When you start growing your own food, it’s amazing how much you really care about what you eat. 

 

Mar/Apr
2015

Women & Wine: Join the Club

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Written by By Nicole L. Czarnomski

By joining a wine club you learn about new wine and can sample them without investing in a full bottle. So, let’s take a little trip and explore great ways to expand your palate. 

 

Jan/Feb
2015

HOT CHEF: Johnny Mangouras

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Written by Dawn Sanborn, Photography By Dawn Sanborn Photography

 

Johnny’s Greek family emigrated from British Columbia to the Seattle, Washington area in 1974, when Johnny was just 4 years old. He lived there until 2003, did a short stint in Hollywood, California then moved to Byron, Minnesota to design and launch Somerby Golf Club.

It was Johnny’s start as an executive in the golf world that catapulted him into becoming what he wanted to be: an upper epicurean with a wine influence. During the 10 years he worked in the golf community, he discovered his passion for food. 

 

Jan/Feb
2015

Get Your Cajun On: Classic Louisiana favorites to spice up your winter

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Written by Dawn Sanborn, Photography By Dawn Sanborn Photography

 

This Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), celebrate by introducing your friends to these classic Louisiana favorites. Easy-to-make, spicy Jambalaya can warm up any winter day in Minnesota. Serve it alongside an Oyster Po’ Boy, a legendary New Orleans sandwich that’s big on flavor. Then satisfy that sweet tooth with light and fluffy, sugar-dusted beignets. The Lost Cajun, one of Rochester’s newest restaurants, graciously provided their recipe for this classic New Orleans treat.

 

Jan/Feb
2015

Women & Wine: A Bit of Bubbly

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Written by Nicole L. Czarnomski, Photography By Dawn Sanborn Photography

 

The wineries located on the Great River Road Wine Trail are becoming some of my favorite places to spend a Saturday or Sunday with friends and family. Many of these wineries offer award-winning wines that are sure to please any palate. For those of us looking for a bit of bubbly, there are a handful of local wineries offering sparkling libations. My friend Kathy Lane and I set out to find these hidden gems.

 

Nov/Dec
2014

Hot Chef

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Written by Dawn Sanborn

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MEET OUR TOWN’S HOTTEST AND BEST CHEFS

Give a big hello to Nicci Sylvester, owner of Tonic, a hot new restaurant that serves a variety of juices, smoothies and local food, like sandwiches, pyrohis (a Ukrainian family recipe), soups and more. Born and raised in Blaine, Minnesota, Nicci spent her childhood years between her family’s and grandparents’ homes.

 

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When daylight saving gives us an extra hour of sleep on a Saturday night and the sun sets so early that I think it’s 9 p.m. when it’s only 5 p.m., I know it’s time for the holidays. I enjoy all the fall and winter holidays—Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, but for me, Thanksgiving isn’t quite what it used to be

When I was young, my family went to Aunt Kathleen and Uncle George’s house each Thanksgiving, along with Aunt Colette, Uncle Squire and my cousins. My mom was famous in the family for her pumpkin pie, so every year, we would bring four pies to the Thanksgiving spread. Although I loved the food and the people on Thanksgiving Day, it was the night before that was especially endearing.

 

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