I bring my Emmy-nominated take on food made famous on The Jason Show to my own fun and snackable episodes. I’m joined by foodies and chefs from around the Twin Cities (and beyond). Each 15-minute episode can be found on the Fox 9 local app. You can also learn more about each episode, and get the recipes below!
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Episode 1 – Farmers’ Market Fun
In the first episode, I head to the Burnsville Farmers’ Market to find the perfect ingredients for some tasty recipes. I’m joined by a precocious new friend, and together we find award-winning Shepherd’s Way Big Woods Blue Cheese, Utechts Home Grown thick-cut bacon, juicy tomatoes, and more. Watch me bring my bounty home to whip up three tasty salads!
Episode 2 – State Fair Fun
It was an absolute joy to be joined by Melissa Peterman in this special State Fair Episode! Melissa is best known for her role on Reba, and she was even more hilarious than I could’ve dreamed during our trip around the fair. We sampled all kinds of fair food. This is a can’t miss episode on the Great Minnesota Get Together that features favorites like the Hamlin Church Diner, The Giant Slide, Quenched, The Gizmo, Roasted Corn, The St Paul Fire Fighters Union.
Episode 3 – Ice Cream Pie with Sweet Science Ice Cream
In this episode, I learned the science behind small-batch ice cream with Ashlee Olds, owner of Sweet Science Ice Cream. Somewhere between tempering egg yolks and mixing the perfect bite of cookies and cream, she learns an important lesson: handcrafted ice cream is a lot of work – but it is so worth it. Join Stephanie back in her kitchen afterward for an ice cream pie recipe that’ll give your muscles a rest.
Episode 4 – Cake vs Dumplings
It is fall harvest season and to mark the occasion, Stephanie invited her Weekly Dish radio partner, Stephanie March, over for a fall dessert faceoff. March is also the senior editor for food and dining at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, so she’s a bit of a foodie and dazzled us with her family’s beloved Oma’s Pound Cake recipe.
Stephanie, a self-described “eater,” opted for an infamous favorite from the Weekly Dish archives: Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings. Eye rolls aside, it’s still the #1 requested recipe from Weekly Dish listeners.
Episode 5 – Apples and Ciders
The chill in the air can only mean one thing: apple season! Stephanie visits Sweetland Orchard to taste their apples and popular hard ciders, including Cherry Rhubarb, Northern Spy, and Scrumpy Original. Sweetland also creates iced ciders through a freeze/thaw process during winter. We tried a variety of Borealis Winter Reserve, as well as Pommeau, a newer item for the orchard. The donuts, chickens, and pigs were quite a bonus, too.
Bonus Edition Game Day Recipe – Sloppy Joe Sliders
Game Day means cheese, air fryers, wings with gooey dip, and more cheese. As part of a special game Day promotion, we made sloppy joe sliders.
Episode 6 – Scary Delicious
Stephanie preps for a Halloween party with Vanessa Drews, owner of Cheesecake Funk. Vanessa’s made-from-scratch cheesecakes feature mounds of whipped cream and memorable flavors that captured the attention of Prince at Paisley Park. In this episode, she whips up a pumpkin cheesecake that is scary and delicious. Create your own killer Halloween party with one of Vanessa’s cheesecakes, Stephanie’s savory stuffed pumpkin, and boozy crockpot apple cider!
Bonus Edition Game Day Recipe – Pizza Rolls
Stephanie Hansen is serving up a fresh take on mozzarella pizza rolls in this special halftime edition of Taste Buds.
Episode 7 – The Sioux Chef Sean Sherman
Stephanie visits James Beard Award Winning Chef Sean Sherman at his Indigenous Food Lab in the Midtown Global Market. Sean is also on the TIME 100 Most Influential People of 2023 list and recently won the Julia Child Award. He shares his knowledge of indigenous foods with Stephanie while cooking bison tacos and offers his advice for families looking to honor Indigenous communities during the holidays. While at the market, Stephanie purchases Red Lake Nation Wild Rice and heads home to create a wild rice stuffing made entirely of Indigenous ingredients.
Bonus Edition Game Day Recipe – Pickle Dip
Episode 8 – Friendsgiving Feast
In all her years of home cooking, Stephanie has somehow avoided roasting a Turkey. The job usually falls on her husband, Kurt, but that’s all about to change because Stephanie is hosting her first Friendsgiving. Wielding a 16-pound bird and several ounces of ambition, Stephanie prepares her first-ever turkey, whips up macaroni and cheese, and makes orange cranberry sauce for her foodie friends, Joy Altmann and Jason Matheson and Jeff Orcutt from The Jason Show.
Bonus Edition Game Day Recipe – Beer Cheese Dip
Stephanie Hansen is serving up the ultimate cheesy Beer Cheese Dip in this halftime edition of Taste Buds.
Episode 9 – Easy Fudgy Cookies with Sarah Keiffer
It’s holiday cookie season, and Stephanie is learning from the ultimate cookie queen, Sarah Kieffer. With four cookbooks under her belt and a massive social media following, Sarah has become a go-to resource for foolproof recipes. In this episode of Taste Buds, she shares a simple way to make three kinds of cookies from two batches of dough. She also has a few tips and tricks for achieving crispy edges and fudgy centers in your cookies.
Bonus Edition Game Day Recipe – Taco Braid
Stephanie Hansen is serving up a delicious twist on tacos with the Taco Braid, a shareable gameday favorite in this halftime edition of Taste Buds.
Bonus Edition Holiday Prime Time Special –
Here are three of Stephanie Hansen’s favorite episodes to help viewers prepare for the holidays, including baked desserts, Indigenous cooking, and cookies.
- Omas Pound Cake
- Apple Dumplings
- Sara Keiffer’s Minty Double Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash
Episode 10 – Taste Buds: Holiday Drinks & Apps with Red Cow Uptown
The Red Nose Room at Red Cow Uptown is decked out for Christmas and cocktails (or mocktails!), and Stephanie gets a taste with Ian Lowther. Visit the Red Nose Room through January 7th and grab Hangover Brunch on New Year’s Day!. Stephanie also serves up a creative holiday gift – homemade Irish Cream and cheesy appetizers to please hungry party guests. Find recipes for her Gruyère Cheese Puff and Goat Cheese Log below.
Bonus Edition Game Day Recipe – Buffalo Chicken Chili
Episode 11 – Dry January Mocktails & Food Pairings
Who says Dry January can’t be filled with fun? Stephanie explores the massive mocktail selection at Minnesota’s first non-alcoholic bottleshop, Marigold, and samples vibrant and festive food pairings with Chowgirls Catering.
Create your own mocktails at home with the recipes featured in the episode. All ingredients are available at Marigold:
Episode 12 – Protein Packed Soup and Salad
Episode 13 – Wingin’ It with Henry Lake
The big game is right around the corner in Las Vegas and if you’re hosting a party (or want to eat some amazing appetizers), this episode of Taste Buds is for you.
- Oven Baked Chicken Wings
- Tarragon Ranch Dressing
- Air Fryer Hot Wings
- Cauliflower Bufffalo Wings
- Jalapeno Poppers with Bacon
Episode 14: Curry Diva Keeps it Spicy
Stephanie explores the tropical flavors of Sri Lanka with Chef Heather Jansz, also known as The Curry Diva. Heather runs a pop-up restaurant every Saturday night at Butter Bakery Cafe in Minneapolis and hosts cooking classes and private events across the Twin Cities. Join Stephanie and Heather on a deep dive into eastern ingredients and spices as they make Coconut Basmati Rice, Curry Lentils (Dahl), and Kale Mallung with Toasted Coconut.
Episode 15: Sweet and Spicy K-Food
Stephanie Hansen’s love of Korean food takes her on a whirlwind adventure of flavors in the latest episode of Taste Buds.
First up: kimchi fried rice with James Beard Award-winning chef Ann Kim. Ann welcomes Stephanie into her new restaurant, Kim’s, which features Korean American cuisine that is close to Ann’s heart. Her kimchi fried rice is made with “Ann’s ham,” which is Ann’s in-house twist on Spam.
Inspired by Ann’s kimchi fried rice, Stephanie heads to United Noodles to shop for Korean ingredients with KC Kye. KC makes social media videos touring Asian grocery stores and explaining products to viewers, so he was a perfect guide. KC is also the creator of K-Mama Sauce, which he calls the “Korean ketchup.”
Home from the store with her ingredients in tow (and her handy Souper Cubes), Stephanie makes Spam and kimchi fried rice and Korean pancakes (with some help from her husband, Kurt, a pancake-flipping pro). Follow along with the recipes below.