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Fourth of July Desserts: Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

When you’re putting the final touches on your Fourth of July barbecue this weekend, don’t forget the dessert! These festive Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries are so good, they might not make it out to the picnic table:

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

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3 Tiers is Top Tier

I know that I have already talked about 3 Tiers Bakery & Bistro, but it’s so good I can’t stop gushing. Located in a bustling corner of South Minneapolis, you feel like you’re having a leisurely dinner in a European cafe. (Or, what I imagine it must be like to have a leisurely dinner in a European cafe.)

These vegetarian spring rolls just might be the best in the city. Light and fresh, I think about them all the time:
spring rolls

The Best-Good Friend had the special, Salmon Gravlax on Mung Bean Pancakes served on Bibb Lettuce. She loved the combination of flavors and textures:

They have my favorite sandwich on their menu, The Falafel Burger. So good, my stomach is growling just thinking about it. It comes topped with pickled cabbage and onions, roasted peppers, cucumber, and sriracha mayo (substitute miso mayo to make it vegan):falafel burger

3 Tiers started out as a bakery, so you have it have dessert. The Best-Good Friend loved her Elvis cupcake, banana with peanut butter frosting, topped with crispy bacon. My bar was yummy too, but I wished Elvis was a vegetarian so I could have eaten a banana cupcake with peanut butter frosting. 🙂

UPDATE: It was just announced that 3 Tiers has closed its doors.

The Recipes for a Great Weekend

Start with some people you love. Add some good food:

Gingery Quinoa Salad with Apples, Peas and Coconut; Jerk Pork Loin; Three Bean Salad

And don’t forget dessert:

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Here are the recipes to get you started on your own great weekend:
Gingery Quinoa Salad with Apples, Peas and Coconut (vegan, gluten-free)
Jerk Pork Loin
Three Bean Salad (vegan, gluten-free)
Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries (vegetarian, gluten-free)

Indulgent Dinners at Broders’ Pasta Bar

Several years ago, The Husband and I had dinner at Broders’ Pasta Bar in southwest Minneapolis. To be honest, it was so long ago I can’t remember a thing about it aside from us admiring the light fixtures. Time after time, we tried to go back but the wait was always so ridiculous that finally I snorted at the mere suggestion of eating there.

After all this time, it turns out that the secret to a delicious meal at Broders’ is getting there before they open. What you do is park your car and then go press your face against the window every few minutes until they finally unlock the door. Other would-be diners will be sitting IN their cars, but heed my advice and plant yourself squarely in front of the door. The restaurant was full shortly after we were seated so don’t waste a moment because if you do, you’ll miss out on a delicious dinner. Inspired by our luck, we took it as a sign to indulge ourselves and I encourage you to do the same.

We started with the Bocconcini:

Fresh mozzarella with walnuts, dried cherries & celery

Our server recommended the Penne Rosa al Rosmarino with vegetables for me. It was sensational:

pasta with fresh rosemary, cream & tomato with vegetables (vegetarian)

When she described the Gnocchi con Manzo e Tartufi as “to die for,” The Husband’s entrée decision was made:

house made herb & ricotta gnocchi with peppered beef tenderloin, crimini mushrooms, leeks & truffle cream
house made herb & ricotta gnocchi with peppered beef tenderloin, crimini mushrooms, leeks & truffle cream

Everything had been so good until this point, we figured we’d be doing ourselves a disservice if we didn’t order our own desserts. Options with fruit always top my list and I had to try the Pear Cranberry Crostata:

pear crostada
cranberry red wine reduction & vanilla bean ice cream

The Husband was delighted with his Pistachio Cheesecake:

pistachio cheesecake
house made chocolate sauce & toasted pistachios

There’s a reason why it’s so hard to get table at Broders’ and it’s because every bite is beyond awesome. Fortunately, we made the most of this visit so it will tide us over until next time. And if you see a blond girl with her face pressed eagerly against the window, you’ll know why.