Who The Folk?! Marley Zoss

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When a passion for baking turns into a business, does it matter when the owner is 12? Not for Marley Zoss. Marley is the owner of Marley’z Cakes + Cupcakes, and is baking up any custom flavor creation you can think of. We talk about where her love for baking started, why turn it into […]

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New To The Twin Cities? You Deserve A Warm Welcome 

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As I was planning this month’s virtual cook and chat for newcomers to the Twin Cities, I started reflecting on my own move here in August of 2012.  We were picked up at the airport and whisked into a big comfortable car where our kids were given individually packed goody bags. The rental home we […]

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Who The Folk?! Evana Kvasnik

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What do you do when you’re a vegan but can’t find challah? You could just make your own, but why not start a whole bakery? That’s what Evana Kvasnik did when she launched eViee’s Vegan Challah and Desserts this past fall. We talk about why she started a vegan bakery, the need for this kind […]

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Israeli Treat Taste Test

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Several weeks ago, I asked my 9-year old what she wanted for Hanukkah. I was surprised that one of her requests was “treats from around the world.” What a wonderful and different response than the one I thought I would receive. But wait, from where and what exactly? Lucy knew exactly what she wanted – […]

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Who The Folk? Emily Lauer

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What’s it like trying to run your home-based bakery business while your entire household is also at home? Emily Lauer decided that was the time to move Fruit and Grain out of the house and to start expanding. We talk about how she has managed to grow her business during the pandemic, some of the […]

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Jew Review: Chickies At MOA

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Here’s a fun fact that has absolutely nothing to do with this piece: supposedly every entrance to the Mall of America is adorned with a mezuzah. Here’s another fun fact about MOA: The Jewish owners of the mega-mall always like to have at least one kosher food option for its customers. Up until recently, the […]

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Jelly Donut Trifle A Twist On A Hanukkah Staple

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Nine years ago a magazine featured an article about trifles for the holidays. Not one of the recipes was inspired by Chanukah. I felt Chanukah was made for this type of dish, with its jelly donuts and gelt! So that was the year my family started our own Jelly Donut Trifle Bar, and we have […]

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Local Restaurants Offering Curbside Hanukkah Dining

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What do you do when you own a restaurant group and don’t have recipes for some Hanukkah stapes? You borrow from the family recipe book, of course. David Benowitz, whose Craft & Crew restaurant group, which operates The Block in St. Louis Park, Pub 819 in Hopkins, and Stanley’s and The Howe in Minneapolis, is […]

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Who The Folk?! Morgan Dachis

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What does a furloughed restaurant worker do to earn a living during the pandemic? If you’re Morgan Dachis, you launch your own business. Dachis is the founder/chef/baker/owner of Morgan’s Broth and Buns. We talk about what led to her starting this new business, why challah and soup, and what flavor profiles she’s considering next, on […]

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Apple Butter Babka Puts Holiday Twist On A Favorite

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Last year, I really thought babka was going to have its year. Around January of 2019, I kept seeing major food publications posting babka recipes and I got excited, thinking that America would see what it had been missing and embrace this delicious, layered delight. Alas, the moment came and went and, while I still […]

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