Taste Editor

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.


The 5 best things we ate in the Twin Cities (and beyond) this week

The Taste team shares the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.


How did the Star Tribune Cookie Contest get started?

We talk to contest mastermind Rick Nelson about memorable cookie entries, what he's learned in the past 20 years and the holiday cookie he can't be without.


From the basketball court to the kitchen: Minneapolis coach develops spice blend

Entrepreneur Brianna Edwards' low-salt seasonings are a labor of love.


Juniper berries add a taste of the holidays to your favorite foods

And they look the part, too.


Holiday shopping? 56 ideas for gifts and wraps with Minnesota flair

Don't approach your celebrations empty-handed. Here are gift ideas for even the most difficult to buy for.


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

The Taste team shares the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.


Gallery: Macanda restaurant in Wayzata


Let's talk about turkey: Tips for cooking the main Thanksgiving Day attraction

From pre-roasting routines to cooking temps, how to ensure that your turkey tastes as good as it looks.


Join us to celebrate the winners of this year's Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest

Plus: Veterans Day specials and farmers and winter markets.


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

The Taste team shares the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.