Rick Nelson | Star Tribune
Columnist/Reporter | Dining and Food

Rick Nelson joined the staff of the Star Tribune in 1998 and is the newspaper's restaurant critic. He is a Twin Cities native, a University of Minnesota graduate and a James Beard Award winner. 

Nelson and Taste editor Lee Svitak Dean are publishing "The Great Minnesota Cookie Book: Award-winning recipes from the Star Tribune's Holiday Cookie Contest" (University of Minnesota Press) in October 2018.

Headed to Holidazzle in Minneapolis? Here's what's new to eat and drink

Keep warm (and full) with these fun new offerings at the Minneapolis holiday celebration in Loring Park.

And the winner of the Star Tribune's Holiday Cookie Contest is ...

This year's winner taps into a "new" ingredient for the contest: figs.

White Chocolate and Cherry Tea Cakes

An elegant interpretation of the Mexican Wedding Cake cookie.

Four-star Bachelor Farmer lands new executive chef after national search

Jonathan Gans stepped into the role this week.

Marzipan Almond Shortbread

The flavors say "holiday," loud and clear, in this simple treat.

Coffee and Irish-Cream Dreams

Fans of Bailey's Irish Cream, this is your cookie.

Dark Chocolate Fig Rolls with Mocha Ganache

An imaginative remake of an Italian favorite.

Sugar Plum Doodles

Mulling spices and plum jam place a festive spin on the snickerdoodle.

On Weisman's 25th birthday, Minn. architect explains how famous building took shape

The University of Minnesota's Frank Gehry-designed art museum is marking its quarter-century birthday this month.

3 cheers for these 5 Twin Cities neighborhood bakeries

Find doughnuts, pastries and more at these Twin Cities area bakeries.