The Great Minnesota Recipe

Season 1

The Great Minnesota Recipe celebrates multiculturism and explores the diverse culinary experiences of Minnesota. This series explores a cook or family of cooks who have a family history of either immigrating to and settling in Minnesota or having an Indigenous history. Learn about their culinary experiences, family backgrounds, connection to their recipes, and how their recipes had to adapt over time to match Minnesota’s resources, climate, and population. We will see these chefs go head-to-head to create their unique version of the “typical Minnesota meal”, the hot dish.


Shannon Laing

Shannon Laing is an avid cook and baker. From-scratch cooking – especially when it comes with a story – is her jam. When she’s not chatting up like-minded cooks, she is walking her foster dog, riding her shiny new red bike, or working on her own family-recipe cookbook.

Sharon Yung

An enthusiast of trying new foods, Sharon Yung is excited to be a part of the Great MN recipe!  When she’s not busy as a Region Manager with her N2Co team, you may find her on the roads or trails running or traveling with her family.


Tomorrow Tanksley

Tomorrow Tanksley is a professional chef from Vergas, Minnesota who has roots in traditional southern cooking by way of south and central Mississippi. Her family came north in the Great Migration of the South and brought with them all the recipes and techniques they inherited. Tomorrow believes cooking for others is what life is all about.  

Susie Saccoman

Susie Saccoman was born and raised with her three older brothers on the Iron Range in Buhl, MN.  She has been a 5th-grade teacher for nearly 30 years and an avid home cook, she brings her Iron Range, Italian, & Yugoslavian roots to her dishes. Susie’s dream is to inspire others, especially our youth, to nurture their creativity – especially in the kitchen!   

Anusha Kannan and Kannan Kasturi

Anusha Kannan is a financial system analyst at Associated Press, a Youtuber (Indian vegetarian cooking and Indian classical music), a performing musician, a music teacher, and a loving mom of 2 kids. Her hobbies include traveling and delegating house-fixing projects to her spouse. 

Kannan Kasturi is a pediatrician, endocrinologist, and diabetologist at Essentia. His hobbies include skiing on bunny hills, straw bale gardening, and starting unfinished house projects. 


Amalia Moreno-Damgaard

Amalia Moreno-Damgaard is an award-winning author and chef entrepreneur with a prior career in international banking. She learned the ropes of the kitchen as a child with her maternal grandmother in Guatemala and since then, Amalia has been honing her culinary skills everywhere. 

John Shuster

John Shuster is a five-time Olympic curler and was the skip of the team that won Gold for the USA in 2018. He resides in Superior, WI and was born in Chisholm, MN. 

Kateri Tuttle

Kateri Tuttle is from Saint Paul MN and is Santee and Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota and works with Dream of Wild Health as a program coordinator for the IFN or Indigenous Food Network. She is passionate about Indigenous foods, health, and her urban Native community and believes creating access to and opportunities to learn about Indigenous foods and Indigenous Food Sovereignty can help make Native people even stronger and healthier. 

Season 1

Episode 1: Tomorrow Tanksley

Episode 2: Susie Saccoman

Episode 3: Anusha Kannan and Kannan Kasturi

Episode 4: The Hot Dish Competition

Where to Watch

PBS Video App


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Episode 1

Cast member Tomorrow Tanksley and the cajun wallege po'boy.
Tomorrow Tanksley’s Cajun Walleye Po’boy.

Episode 2

Susie Saccoman’s Gnocchi with Meatballs & Red Sauce.

Episode 3

Anusha Kannan and Kannan Kasturi’s Masala Dosa.

Episode 4

kitchen set for the great minnesota recipe
Finale: The Hot Dish Competition

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