Authorities ID woman, 18, who died in RV behind north Minneapolis restaurant

Authorities on Tuesday identified the 18-year-old who died in a fire that engulfed a recreational vehicle parked behind a restaurant in north Minneapolis.

Akiea D. Green, of Minneapolis, died from smoke inhalation and burns suffered in the blaze Sunday behind Hook Fish & Chicken in the 1100 block of W. Broadway, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Fire crews arrived about 6 a.m. and found the RV fully engulfed in flames, said Fire Chief Bryan Tyner.

The Fire Department has not addressed the circumstances surrounding the fire, but Tyner said there is “nothing initially” that he’s heard to

Read More

NYC Chefs Deliver With a New ‘Spotify for Food’

You probably haven’t heard of chef Chris Ratel. The 53-year-old Brooklyn native has yet to launch his own restaurant or star in a cooking show. But in one corner of the culinary universe, he’s a star. His classic American comfort food is the top-selling cuisine on CookUnity—a meal-delivery service with an unusual business model.

Already offering fare from 32 independent chefs working out of shared kitchens, CookUnity aims to be for food what Spotify is to music—offering an infinite selection of meals from an unlimited number of culinary artists.

Mr. Ratel and his fellow chefs can offer whatever dishes they

Read More

The 9 Best Aprons For Cooking Up A Storm In 2021

If your 2021 plans include spending lots of time puttering around the kitchen, investing in an apron you adore is a must. The best aprons offer plenty of functional touches like pockets and tool loops, are comfortable enough to move about freely in, and elevate your kitchen style whether you’re wearing work clothes or full-on sweatpants underneath. 

These nine aprons will keep spills and splatters away from weekend warrior cooks and daily dinnertime champions alike. There are also options for grillers, gardeners, and the pint-size kid chefs in your life. Whether you prefer loop neck aprons, crossbacks,

Read More

Announcing Cooking with the Cap Times, a new video event series | Food & Drink






We’re excited to announce a new video event series, Cooking with the Cap Times, hosted by our food editor, Lindsay Christians.

Each month, Christians will host a one-hour Zoom discussion with a Madison-area chef that will include a live cooking demonstration. The first will be on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. with Evan Dannells, the chef and co-owner of French-inspired Cadre on the city’s near west side.

Dannells is a classically trained chef who has worked at L’Etoile, Merchant and Lucille. During the coronavirus pandemic, he and his staff

Read More

An ode to lentils — and lentil-chorizo soup

I don’t know why I overlook the humble lentil. These tiny legumes that resemble pancaked pebbles are often bypassed in my pantry, as I reach for grains and beans. When I finally do cook lentils, I remember how good they taste, how satisfying they are to eat and how easy they are to prepare. Eminently flexible, lentils can stand in for a grain, starch, even a protein. They are healthy too — rich in nutrients and high in protein, iron and fiber, arguably placing them neck and neck with other lauded foods in the super-food department. They also have the

Read More

It’s easy to give your home cooking a little gourmet flair

Many of us are cooking at home more than usual, instead of going to our favorite fancy restaurants for special occasions. But eating at home can be special too if you know how to elevate your home cooking.

Here are 8 ways you can make simple homemade meals a little more gourmet.

Throw out old spices

You may not even know that your spices have passed their prime, but cooking with less-than-fresh spices will make the flavor of your home cooking a bit bland. Figure out whether your spices are past their prime, and trade out your old species with

Read More