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Welcome to the News & Events page, where you can get the latest news about Open Arms, read our most recent blog posts and learn about upcoming events.


New! Cooking Classes for Volunteers

We’re starting a brand-new cooking class series for our volunteers! Bring a friend and learn from our talented chefs in the Open Arms kitchen. HOLIDAY COOKING FOR A CROWD For our first event, Chef Asei Tendle will teach a hands-on … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #186: Butternut Squash and Pear Harvest Soup

by Bryanna Rossmiller, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota Medical Center – Fairview] Autumn is here – hallelujah! From squash, to apple cider, to almost anything pumpkin-spice flavored, it is easy to get caught up in fall flavors. This soup is one of my all-time favorites, … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities

Thanksgiving is a very special time at Open Arms. We give all our clients the option of receiving either a frozen turkey with all the fixings the week before Thanksgiving or receiving a freshly-made meal on Thanksgiving day. To help make these … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #185: Asei’s Cornbread Stuffing

This week we’re bringing you a signature dish from our head chef Asei Tendle: a buttery cornbread stuffing with dried cranberries. It’s a Southern take on the Thanksgiving classic that’s a tradition in the Tendle family. Want to learn more … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #184: Roma Tomato Basil Salad

by John Stingle, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota Medical Center – Fairview] It’s the time of year when tomato plants are on their last limb. Every fall my parents harvest tomatoes from their garden before the frost starts setting in. By the time … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #183: Gluten-Free Yogurt Banana Oat Muffins

by Alison Swenson, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota] Looking for another use for over-ripe bananas? Instead of banana bread, try these fun muffins that bake in half the time. I adapted this recipe to be gluten-free because I have celiac disease, … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #182: Easy Hamburger Chili

by Lisa Knapek, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota – The Emily Program] As a child, I really did not like chili. I picked out everything except the hamburger and sauce. My parents always told me to try eating it all because … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #181: Sriracha-Blackberry Chicken Wings

by Christina Ellis, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota – The Emily Program] Chicken wings always seem to be a staple around football season; however, to change up the typical barbeque chicken and to add more fruit and color to your diet … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #180: Greek Turkey Burgers

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by Alison Swenson, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota – The Emily Program] My 81-year-old grandmother says this is the best burger she has ever had. This recipe originally was supposed to have a sauce on top, but when my mom misread … Continue reading

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Weekly Recipe #179: Apple Crisp

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by Lisa Knapek, Dietetic Intern [University of Minnesota – The Emily Program] With summer coming to an end, cooler days and longer nights are upon us. The change in the season brings fall foods to the table. I have a very … Continue reading

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