Park Rapids chef and author Amy Thielen will showcase her culinary talents on 'Heartland Table,' debuting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on the Food Network. (Submitted photo)
Thielen, a James Beard Award-winning journalist, spent seven years cooking professionally in New York under David Bouley, Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Shea Gallante.
Over the course of the series, Thielen
visits local home cooks, restaurants, lakeside kitchens and working farms, highlighting local traditions and flavors along the way.
n The first episode, at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 14, "Heartland Table" introduces the chef and "connoisseur of all things authentically Midwestern."
Growing up with a multi-generational family of cooks, she
didn't fully appreciate their culinary talents and insights - until she
arrived in the Big Apple.
Grandma Addie, butter is the lifeblood of every dish," "Heartland Table" explains of the premier culinary topic.
The famous Midwestern double-crust fruit pies rely solely on the quality of butter to achieve the perfect crust, gathered from independent creameries across the Midwest.
will engage appetites with Blueberry Lemon Pie, New Potatoes with Grilled Onion Butter and Greens with Spiced Butter and Fresh Ricotta.
n Saturday, Sept. 21, her
audience will be introduced to Bologna Days, occurring in Thielen's parents' Minnesota hometown since the 1960s, where locals celebrate the flavors of hot bologna, horseradish and light American beer.
Just down the road from Bologna Days is Thielen Meats, opened in 1922 by Amy's Uncle Phil.
slices up some Midwestern Fried Bologna, Peppered Pork Loin and Toasted Onion Dip for the occasion.
n And the third episode, Sept. 28, features Thielen roasting a local chicken "granny style, together with gravy and bread stuffing, prepared with a medley of Swiss chard, caramelized onions, and some mashed giblets cooked with sherry and lots of parsley and chives."
For dessert, the chef whips up a simple Baked Rhubarb in Wild Raspberry Syrup.
"Amy Thielen is an important new voice on the culinary scene and by following her sure and steady lead, home cooks will fall in love with America's most captivating local flavors," publisher Clarkson Potter predicts of the author/chef.
For more on "Heartland Table" and Amy Thielen
, go to http://www.foodnetwork.com/heartland-table/index.html.