Taste Editor

Nicole Ploumen Hvidsten is the Star Tribune's Taste editor and senior editor of Star Tribune Magazine. In past journalistic lives she was a reporter, copy editor and designer — sometimes all at once — and has yet to find a cookbook she doesn't like.

Hvidsten grew up in Minnesota and knew that journalism was her calling way back in middle school, when the Star Tribune published two of her essays. She graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in mass communications and a love for all things journalism and politics. Hvidsten worked at newspapers across the country for several years before finally returning to where it all started. She and her husband are proud parents of three amazing kids and one amazing dog.

Minnesota's first bar dedicated to women's sports opens this week

A Bar of Their Own, located in the former Tracy's Saloon, is expecting big crowds.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Unlocking burrito perfection, cozying up with a popular Afghan dish, spicing up vegetable dumplings, perking up with Vietnamese coffee and a new burger discovery made for a busy (but delicious) week.

Why this Minnesota-made clay cookware should be in your kitchen

Art meets functionality as Clay Coyote in Hutchinson is one of a handful of studios in the country making versatile flameware cookware.

32 fish-fry options at restaurants in the Twin Cities and beyond

If your Friday-night Lenten ritual includes fried fish, there's no shortage of options.

Author is bringing her love of Scandinavian baking (and Prince) to Minnesota

Chef Nichole Accettola's new cookbook is a love letter to the sweet treats of Scandinavia, and she'll be at the American Swedish Institute just in time for semlor season.

The 5 best pizzas our food writers ate in the Twin Cities and beyond this week

It's National Pizza Day, so we focused our efforts on one of the best foods. No matter how you slice it — plain cheese, out-of-the-box toppings or a vegan pie to remember — there's great pizza in the metro area.

Restaurant openings and closings in the Twin Cities

What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.

The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Chicken and a breakfast sandwich for the ages (and in St. Paul), a tasting dinner that still wows and the Southern charms of hummingbird cake and étouffée.

5 appetizer recipes to make on Super Bowl Sunday (or any day)

The teams for this year's big game are set. Now it's time to focus on what really matters: the food.

9 food books by Minnesota authors you might have missed

Cookbooks and memoirs, and Blue Zones to children's zones: pick up one of these books from local writers.