What's cooking: Sup with Shakespeare

  • December 13, 2012 - 5:59 AM
As part of an exhibit opening in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' Tudor Room, the institute is offering a glimpse into foods of the Shakespearean era. At 11 a.m. Dec. 13, a free public lecture will explore the evolution of English banqueting. It's accompanied by a display of replica foods designed by English culinary historian Ivan Day, who's re-creating a full banquet. For details and museum info, visit Rice gone wild

The Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice Council is one of the more unassuming food councils, so it's nice to share when they make some news. In this case, it's the results of their third annual "Get Wild With Wild Rice" contest. A Minnesotan, Anne Lauer of Hugo, took top honors with her wild rice and sausage frittata. Other winners were quick and spicy pork wild rice soup and chicken and wild rice enchiladas. For these recipes and more, visit

Land O'Sites

You can keep Land O'Lakes at your fingertips while food shopping, thanks to its new mobile site for smartphones. The site provides the recipes, products and inspiration from the likes of Ree Drummond, who blogs as the Pioneer Woman. Not surprisingly, the site features Land O'Lakes Sauté Express Sauté Starter, just named one of the 10 best dairy products of the year by Dairy Foods Magazine. To explore the site, visit

Recipe correction

Due to incomplete information in the "Pure Vanilla" cookbook, the recipe last week for vanilla nougat candy bar bites lacked directions about when to add the vanilla and vanilla bean paste. Mix them in after the first addition of syrup. The corrected recipe is online at

Cookie e-book available

Trying to find the perfect cookie to add to your holiday baking repertoire? We've got cookies galore for you, from Chocolate-Dipped Triple Coconut Haystacks to Red Velvet Whoopie Pies.

After 10 years of hosting the Taste Holiday Baking Contest, we've compiled the winners and finalists into an e-cookbook. "The Cookie Book" (by Lee Svitak Dean and Rick Nelson) is intended for all kinds of electronic tablets.

We're thrilled to have all the recipes so readily available for the kitchen. With 52 cookies and color photos of them all, this is a "book" for the baker on your list. And the price is right: $2.99.

Go to to order. The book is available from, and Apple iTunes. No tablet in your hands? You can also find all the recipes online at

Snidely Whiplash, you wish

We know, some of you are missing all the mustaches of Movember, the annual campaign that asks men to grow mustaches to increase awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. Then you may want to consider Munchstaches cookie cutter/stamps that offer five different 'staches to model, then consume. Put some hair on your cookie tray! Another mustache trend is small stickers that you can place on a bottle or glass to keep track of whose is whose. We saw both of these in the Mill City Museum's store, 704 S. 2nd St., Mpls. It's a great place for gifts that say "local." Visit for store hours.


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