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Thoughts on Halloween Candy

Happy Halloween! Autumn is the favorite season for many of us, and for good reason. With fall comes the beautiful foliage, apple orchards, the return of everything pumpkin, plus one of our favorite holidays—Halloween! Kids especially love Halloween for the costumes, parties and of course, the candy. And while adults enjoy seeing their precious little [...]


A New Look

The “face” of the Chef Marshall O’Brien Group is quite familiar to Twin Citians. A regular guest on Fox 9 Morning News and tireless crusader for smart eating in our schools, child care facilities, city agencies and corporations, he helps develop positive eating habits that will last a lifetime.  You may wonder, how does he [...]

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Fall Seasonal Recipes

Thanks for tuning in! Minnesota is a agricultrual state, with a bounty of seasonal products, available year round (yes, even in the winter). There is no better time than the fall, to showcase what makes Minnesota great. Try your local farmers market at this time of year, or better yet, sign up for a CSA next [...]

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Chef Marshall Around Town: Helping young teen women with life skills

      I was privileged to be a part of a program called "Ladies First", designed for teen women from ages 13-18. Its purpose was to inspire young women to learn more about career opportunities and hobbies that help build life skills such as awareness of self and society. I helped with activities that [...]

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St. Louis Park Community Link Event

Chef Marshall and Chef Ryan, who’s also our director of communications, volunteered for St Louis Park’s recent Community Link Event.  The event was a fun night of free opportunities and activities for our city’s residents who needed access to local resources for adults and families in need of short or long-term help. A huge variety of [...]


Corn Off the Cob

Have you ever struggled to cut the corn off the cob for use in a salad or soup, or for freezing? It can be difficult with the kernels flying and rolling in all directions, only to end up on the floor or in your pet’s mouth. Use two bowls, one small and one large, to [...]

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Code Words for Sugar

Here is a list of some of the possible code words for "sugar" which may appear on a label. Hint: the words "syrup", "sweetener", and anything ending in "-ose" can usually be assumed to be "sugar". If the label says "no added sugars", it should not contain any of the following, although the food could contain naturally-occurring [...]

Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

Homemade Tzatziki

Opa! Add some smart and delicious Greek flair to your menu with this simple cucumber yogurt spread. Works great on a sandwich, as a salad dressing, or as a dip with fresh-cut veggies. Quick, easy, and delicious. Tzatziki – Greek Cucumber Yogurt Dip Portion size: 2 tablespoons 16 servings Ingredients 3 tbsp. oil, blend or olive 1 tbsp. garlic, minced, jarred [...]


Kitchen Tip-Basil

I received fresh basil leaves in a plastic bag and was told to set them on my counter rather than place in my fridge. Since it's summer and I have a LOT of basil in my garden I thought "why not try it". Well, I was surprised to learn that fresh cut basil can sit [...]


Strawberry Banana Smoothie

If there is anything more refreshing than a cool smoothie on a hot summer day, I don't want to know what it is. A great way to add some yogurt, fruit, and vegetables to your diet, and stay hydrated all at the same time. We know that this recipe will make your kids big smoothie [...]

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