Reporter | Dining and Food

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.

Restaurant openings and closings in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Twin Cities

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

Nicollet Mall, once an urban oasis, is now flowerless

The parklike greensward of the rendering for the planned remake doesn't match the current stark reality.

The story behind the makeover of the 50-year-old IDS Crystal Court

How the $5 million makeover, five years in the making and a model of sensitivity and ingenuity, came to be.

Minnesota honeyberries are bursting with flavor and possibilities

They're at home anywhere you'd use a blueberry.

'Gay Pride was invented here': The origins of Pride in the Twin Cities

As the celebration marks its 50th anniversary next week, we trace its history through the words of the people who lived it.

The skyscraper that could have redefined downtown St. Paul

When a promising office tower proposal fizzled in 1970, it set off a dispiriting architectural chain reaction.

Nostalgia helped fuel a second career of baking for an American in Paris

Author Frank Adrian Barron was missing home when he moved abroad, so he took to seasonal baking.

Historic Purcell-Cutts house near Lake of the Isles in Mpls. reopens for tours

After a two-year closure, the lauded Prairie School residence wants to start fresh.

'Absolutely exquisite' 1977 Minnetonka home by Ralph Rapson gets respectful refresh

Architect Charles Stinson remodeled a home designed by his mentor.

Twin Cities' Urban Greens turns dreams of pesto into reality

Childhood friends run a hydroponic farm that keeps local cooks in greens all year long.