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Enjoy Minnesota recipes and prepare Minnesota's traditional foods from a variety our cultures.

Food evokes incredibly strong memories and feelings. Food not only nourishes the body, it also comforts the spirit and helps create a sense of community.

Eating is a very intimate way of connecting with people; you sit across a table from each other and share your food.

Whether in a home or restaurant, sharing a meal is an act of community and cooking is an act of love.

Minnesota food traditions have been passed down through the generations in every culture. Feel free to add recipes for your favorite dishes in the form at the bottom of the page.

Twin Cities Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the City of Lakes to the Capital City

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with
abandon or not at all. ~Harriet van Horne

Minnesota Hot Dish is 
One of Our Traditional Foods

Minnesota Hot Dish Recipes

Minnesota Hot Dish Recipes

The Minnesota hot dish, known as a casserole to most of the rest of the country, is a Minnesota staple.

Several versions of hot dish will show up at almost any picnic, church potluck, or neighborhood gathering.

We have several versions of this classic Minnesota recipe.

Tater-Tot hot dish is one the classics you will find on the hot dish recipes page.

The Great Minnesota Hot Dish Recipe Book

We love our state park campgrounds and cooking in the great outdoors. Here is a page of easy camping recipes.

Spam Recipes

Spam Recipes:

SPAM is made in Austin, Minnesota.

The Hormel Company created SPAM in 1937 as a way to provide a high protein meal for American troops.

It is still popular world-wide. You can visit the Spam Museum in Austin, MN

If you can't think what you would do with a can of SPAM, check out these Spam Cookbooks

Scandinavian Recipes

Minnesota Recipes

My husband's family is "Minnesota Scandinavian" with deep roots in, and connections to, both Norway and Sweden.

When we married, I began to enjoy, and learn to make, many of the traditional recipes that are so widely appreciated in Minnesota.

Lutefisk and lefse are the two items that immediately come to mind when most people think of Scandinavian cooking, so we will start with those.

Minnesota Lutefisk Recipes

Minnesota Lefse Recipes

Step by Step Illustrated Instructions and Recipes for Making Lefse

Rhubarb Recipes: After a long winter, many Minnesotans eagerly look for the first tender shoots of rhubarb that appear in the garden. This tart and tasty perennial is the basic ingredient for many of our favorite Minnesota recipes.

Holiday Recipes

Minnesota Recipes

Chocolate Christmas gifts recipes include the recipe for this stunning Bundt cake.

This  cake might be the centerpiece of your holiday buffet or taken as a hostess gift for a gathering of family and friends.

You will also find a recipe for the easiest, and creamiest, chocolate fudge ever.

If we can keep from eating all of it, we love to put some in small packages to give as little "extra Christmas gifts.

Homemade Christmas Gifts Jar recipes are simple gift ideas that will be appropriate for many occasions.

Christmas Food Gift Basket ideas and recipes for gifts with a personal touch.

Lingonberry Recipes   These traditional Scandinavian treats are tasty year round and add a wonderful touch of color to a holiday table.

Aebleskiver Recipes  Traditional Danish Aebleskiver recipes are tasty "pancake balls" loved by many. For holiday guests, they could be the perfect breakfast treat.

Native American Food and Recipes

Minnesota Recipes

I spent many years of my childhood in Northern Minnesota both on, and near, several reservations. Indian fry bread, wild rice, wild game and fish, berries and other native staples are still a favorite part of our family's diet.

Indian Fry Bread

Minnesota Wild Rice Recipes

Minnesota Wild Game and Fish Recipes

Many favorite Minnesota recipes include seasonal foods, the fish caught in our lakes, and the wild rice, wild berries and other "free harvests."

Camping Recipes

Easy camping recipes: If you can't think of anything, other than S'mores, to cook over a campfire, here are some tasty recipes to enjoy in the great outdoors.

Food to take camping: offers some ideas about what to pack to get meals ready on your camping vacations.

Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest

Maple Syrup Recipes

I learned the art of tapping maples, and making maple syrup, in the "sugar bush" near Cass Lake when I was young.

Here are some of our favorite Maple Syrup Recipes

There are many places in our state that offer field trips and classes about making maple syrup.

Tips For Wild Food Foragers offers hints for those who like to supplement grocery shopping with "free food."

Minnesota State Symbol Recipes

Minnesota Recipes - Blueberry Muffins

Many of Minnesota's State Symbols are foods.

I thought it would be fun to include a few recipes featuring the foods that are so much a part of the Minnesota experience that they have received an "official" designation.

These include recipes using our state fruit...the Honeycrisp apple, our state berry...the blueberry, and more.

Minnesota State Symbol Recipes

Minnesota cooks, including the chefs in Minnesota restaurants, love to feature locally grown and traditional foods.

Farmers markets, and small farms that sell their own homegrown foods, can be found throughout the state.

Minnesota food traditions are complex and multi-ethnic. We have an interesting history of food and a reputation for wonderful cooking.

Minnesota Restaurants by City

If you are "eating out" check reviews in your town to see the amazing variety on the Minnesota culinary scene.

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