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5 Foods That Come To Mind When You Think Minnesota

Believe it or not, we came up with this blog while driving through the state of Wisconsin. We were talking about when you think of cheese curds you think of the MN State Fair and the state of Wisconsin...

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Upper Lakes Foods
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What Happens Behind The Gates Of Upper Lakes Foods In Cloquet? [VIDEO]

Upper Lakes Foods in Cloquet is celebrating their 50th anniversary of business and after meeting with the family and getting a tour of the facility I wondered how many people know the thought that actually goes into what they do to ensure the utmost freshest and timely delivery of food. It’s interesting to find out the timelines they have when food arrives and is stored to when it is placed on the truck for delivery. Pallets as high as the eye can see filled with product; freezers, refrigerators as big as whole rooms and bags of carrots and fresh produce that are incredibly huge.

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Family Owned Upper Lakes Foods In Cloquet Celebrates 50th Anniversary [VIDEO]

If you’ve lived in Carlton County or are a business that deals with the sale of food you are probably very familiar with Upper Lakes Foods and have used their services within the last 50 years. Kudos goes out to the Sorensen family, now in their 3rd generation at Upper Lakes Foods. How did the family get started in this choice of business and what are their plans for keeping the business going for another 50?

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The Ten Commandments of Top The Tater

'Top The Tater' is a staple for us here in the Midwest.  I have never met a person who hasn't loved Top The Tater.  However, there are people who don't understand the importance of how to eat it, and how to properly respect the little green container of joy...

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Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
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Gordy’s Hi-Hat Takes You Behind The Counter [VIDEO]

Oh yes I did and I was thrilled!  My family has been going to Gordy's Hi-Hat since the day I was born, literally.  I was born at the Cloquet Hospital which is blocks from Gordy's Hi-Hat.  My father got tired of waiting for my arrival and left for lunch.  While he was AT Gordy's I was born and they had to call him back.  Gordy's has countless fans because they know exactly what they're getting when they walk through the door.  Delicious hand-crafted food made with customer satisfaction in mind.  But, have you ever been on the other side of the counter?

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Restaurant Chain Chipotle Warns Climate Change Could Force Guacamole Off The Menu
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5 Simple Ways To Put Green Eats On Your Table For St. Patrick’s Day

So you're looking for St. Patty's Day food for the family and you don't want to go traditional because corned beef and cabbage just isn't their thing...

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Shake Shack Raises Prices For Upcoming IPO
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Gordy’s Hi-Hat In Cloquet Will Be Our Next Seasonal Business To Open

I had just noticed that DQ in West Duluth had opened and posed the question as to what seasonal business might be next.  I think we have our answer thanks to the Facebook page of Gordy's Hi-Hat.  I'm uber excited that they are opening soon!

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Cathy Kates
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My Top 5 Concession Stand Favorites At Amsoil Arena [LIST]

The Amsoil Arena is a phenomenon itself, but this time around I need to praise the DECC's management and staff on their choice of concession food...

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5 Key Food Items To Ensure A Good Super Bowl Party

My co-host Cathy today invited me to her Super Bowl party.  It was very nice of her, and I innocently asked what they were going to be serving and if I could bring anything...

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Tried True, But New To You Recipes At The Duluth Public Library’s Holiday Recipe Exchange

I blogged about the unique holiday cookie exchange that I did recently and everyone seemed to like the idea.  Well, here's another idea that I think is grand and wonder why it wasn't thought of sooner!  A holiday recipe exchange!  Thanks to the Duluth Public Library you can get some new recipes your family will love that has been tested and loved by another family.  Who wants to share?

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Nick Cooper ~ TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper ~ TSM Duluth
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Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank’s Backpack Program Feeds Hundreds On Weekends

Project Joy is an event organized by a local family in memory of a loved one that helps to fund the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank's Backpack Program.  It's a program that ensures some Northland students have food over the weekend.  While shooting this video I was moved to tears with what I saw and thinking of these kids who have come to rely on this food donation to last their weekend. 

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If You Don’t Have These 7 Foods On Your Thanksgiving Table, You’ve Screwed Up

I'm Mr. Thanksgiving.  It's seriously my favorite holiday.  I host Thanksgiving every year, and I have a list of staples that have to absolutely be on the table for Thanksgiving, or it's ruined...

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