Enjoy Minnesota recipes and cook Minnesota 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.
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.
We love our state park campgrounds and cooking in the great outdoors. Here is a page of easy camping 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.
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.
A third traditional Scandinavian treat are lingonberries and you will also find some recipes here for those.
Traditional Danish Aebleskiver recipes are tasty "pancake balls" loved by many.
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.
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.
Many favorite Minnesota recipes include seasonal foods, the fish caught in our lakes, and the wild rice, wild berries and other "free harvests."
Tips For Wild Food Foragers offers hints for those who like to supplement grocery shopping with "free food."Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest
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.
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 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.
If you are "eating out" check reviews in your town to see the amazing variety on the Minnesota culinary scene.
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Two years ago I celebrated two "new" hips...hip replacements....by doing the easy hike to Pigeon Falls...the High Falls at Grand Portage State Park. I sat on the bench at the top and watched the majes…
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We never get tired of watching the big ships arrive from all over the world. It's so amazing that here in the middle of the country ships come to unload
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These bucket list ideas will take you to the top Minnesota tourist attractions. Your life bucket list should include at least a few of these unique Minnesota destinations.