Columnist/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.

Minnesota baking icon Betty Crocker turns 100

To mark the centennial of "America's most trusted cook," a collection of 100 favorite recipes celebrates all things Betty Crocker.

5 dining ideas for your leaf-peeping tour in Minnesota, Wisconsin

Check out these fine dining spots from Winona to St. Joseph.

6 lunch destinations in the Minneapolis skyways

There are plenty of options for workers and downtown residents.

See Twin Cities parks in a whole new way with guided tours, new database

Free tours of landscapes kick off the launch of a user-friendly database.

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

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson and food writer Sharyn Jackson highlight the favorites of their weekly dining experiences.

Get picking at these 32 Minnesota apple orchards

Apple orchards are starting to open for another U-pick season.

An orchard known for hard ciders is making apple cider doughnuts a thing in Minnesota

Sweetland showcases the sweet side of apples.

First look: St. Paul's buzzy new restaurant Myriel is a team effort

Karyn Tomlinson, former chef at Corner Table, runs a tiny kitchen on the power of her team.

The 19th annual Holiday Cookie Contest is officially underway

Submitting your recipe is the first step to winning the Star Tribune's Holiday Cookie Contest.

6 must-try burgers from Twin Cities restaurants

Six promising new restaurants have diverse styles but share a common trait: fabulous cheeseburgers.