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.

100 great holiday cookie recipes to try

Our holiday cookie finder has recipes to use this holiday season — and all year long.

Cookie finder: Here's more than 100 of our best recipes to try

More than 100 recipes to use all year long.

State Fair pickle trend spills over to the cookie jar

Among the 150-plus entries for this year's holiday cookie contest were several recipes with pickles.

St. Paul company raises the hot honey heat with Ghost Honey

With just three ingredients — American made honey, ghost peppers and vinegar — Heart Soul Heat heats up the hot-honey scene.

10 Twin Cities area food (and drink) events with holiday cheer

From festive cocktail pop-ups to family-friendly markets, these holiday offerings will melt even the Grinchiest of hearts.

These 3 Twin Cities area holiday getaways offer great shopping and dining, too

This year, give the gift of time and stick close to home. There are plenty of places where a day of retail therapy can turn into a cozy getaway.

The 5 best things we ate in the Twin Cities area this week

Among this week's highlights: The sandwich we're still craving, an unbeatable lunch deal, chicken perfection, biscuits at an all-day cafe and a special menu we hope see again.

Tackle Thanksgiving pie with tips from a pro

The owner of local pie shop Heather's Pies shares tips from her pie-making class and a recipe for a gluten-free chocolate tart that will win Thanksgiving. Plus: A new twist on apple pie.

5 side dishes for Thanksgiving and beyond

These recipes, from carrots with berries and pistachios to spiralized roasted potatoes, will be at home on your table throughout the holiday season.

Call top Twin Cities area chefs with all your Thanksgiving questions

Dial up chefs including Mike DeCamp, Jorge Guzmán and more as they dispense advice ahead of the big day. But plan ahead: It's Nov. 16.