Julie Bird’s Crispy Chicken

Julie Bird’s Crispy Chicken

Who’s ready for some chicken?

Preheat oven to 350

Serving Size: 3-4


  • 4 Chicken Thighs
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of Honey BBQ
  • 2 tablespoons Minced Garlic
  • 1 cup Wheat Thins
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Black Ground Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

  1. In a medium size mixing bowl, beat two eggs. Add BBQ and mix.
  2. In another medium size mixing bowl, mix crushed Wheat Thins, Garlic Powder, Pepper, Salt, and Cayenne pepper.
  3. Place one chicken thigh at a time in the egg BBQ mixture. Flip chicken thighs until the chicken thigh has a nice glaze. Then place into the dry coating bowl and flip. Make sure the mixture is covering the whole chicken thigh. Repeat with all chicken thighs and place in a glass baking pan. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes.

Michelle Kaye

Michelle Kaye – Local Recording Artist



Michelle is an award winning recording artist and composer. Michelle currently lives in and loves Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is a classically trained pianist since age five and by age ten she took up percussion. Michelle said, “music is the ability to express and convey emotions through the magic of sound.” Although she no longer is writing music for a living, she now enjoys it as a hobby. She finds fulfillment in writing music with her recording software. Ms. Kaye states she is grateful for this gift from God.

In the past Michelle has released seven solo CDs since 2009. In 2015, Michelle won best pop and dance song for her single “Don’t Disappear” and best Christian Ballod for “A Prayer Away” from a Nationally based company in Los Angles, California.

I asked Michelle what do you like most about Saint Paul? She said she loves living downtown and being able to walk to the parks. Michelle enjoys the friendly culturally diverse community, accessibility of Metro Transit, and the restaurants. One of her favorite places to go is the Boom Shack Market on West 7th Street. She goes there for their awesome breakfast sandwiches and phenomenal staff. Boom Shack Market is a small convenient store with a delicious deli.

Michelle has lived in Saint Paul since 2002 and lived downtown for three years. She has seen downtown transform and grow in the last 15 years. She has watched West 7th Street change with new upscale condos, hotel, and casual dining. Michelle said it is good to see that side of town flourish.

“As much as there are things to do at night in Saint Paul, I appreciate the city still stays quiet.” Michelle Kaye

Michelle Kaye’s music:

Michelle Kaye’s Music

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For the LOVE of Popcorn

Carrie’s Popcorn – Saint Paul, MN

Who doesn’t love popcorn? When I think of popcorn… I think of hot, fresh, buttery, light, crunchy, cheddar, caramel, white, salty, and tasty. Carrie’s Popcorn is all of the above!

Carrie’s Popcorn is in a prime location in the Alliance Bank Center skyway downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. It is truly the cutest popcorn stand with the best popcorn in Saint Paul.

Carrie and Joe Auge are the owners of Carrie’s Popcorn. Carrie has owned the business for over 25 years and been working there for 30 years. She is very passionate about owning this business. She says she likes being her own boss and setting her own hours. But most of all she absolutely loves her customers! Some of her loyal customers have been coming over 25 years. Some of her customers have moved but they still come by for popcorn and great conversation. Carrie enjoys the interactions with her guests and this is more than a job to her.

Carrie personally loves popcorn and eats it everyday. If she is on vacation and away from work, she than craves popcorn! Her whole family loves popcorn.

What makes her popcorn special? She says the seasoned kettle gives it great flavor. She uses a soy bean oil, which is low in fat and has no cholesterol.

Carrie’s Popcorn has classic, white cheddar, triple mix, and caramel popcorn. Soda and candy are also available.

Visit Carrie and enjoy her fantastic popcorn!

Carrie’s Popcorn is open Monday thru Friday 10am – 4pm.

Alliance Bank Center Skyway

56 East Sixth Street

Saint Paul, MN 55101


Julie Bird’s Fiesta Rice Dinner

Cook time: 40 minutes

Servings: 3-4


  • 1/2 Yellow Pepper
  • 1/2 Red Pepper
  • 1/2 Orange Pepper
  • 1/2 Green Pepper
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion
  • 3 tablespoons of Cajun Seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons of Fresh Minced Garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of Black Pepper
  • 3oz Hot Habanero Cheese
  • 3oz Gouda Cheese
  • 2 Medium Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Box Zatarains Cilantro Lime Rice Mix

Cook chicken breast and seasoned with Cajun seasoning, set aside.

Fry up all peppers and onions with garlic and pepper, put on low heat. While the veggies are frying…

Cook the box rice mix. With the last 5 minutes of rice cook time, add cheese and stir every minute. With a total of 5 minutes… until it makes the form of a risotto.

Add all ingredients to make a Julie Bird Fajita Rice Dinner. Enjoy with a margarita and Cheers!

Mears Park

Mears Park is located in the heart of Lowertown which is in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Lowertown is known as the art district of Saint Paul. Lowertown is also very dog friendly and Mears Park is no exception. I love watching all the dogs enjoying the park. Mears Park a majestic park with a stream, stage, and beautiful landscape. Mears Park is home to many festivals, concerts, and community gatherings. Jazz Fest, Blues Fest, and Music at Mears to name a few…

Mears Park was formally known as Smith Park, Baptist Hill, and Park Square. In 1992 Mears Park had major construction. It was designed by artist Brad Goldenberg and landscape architect Don Ganje. It is in the center of Lowertown and there for the community to enjoy.

I find myself in Mears Park reading, drawing, meeting friends, and enjoying the live music. Food trucks are generally lining the parameter of the park in the summer during lunch hours. Mears Park is truly a breathtaking park with a balance between water, landscape, nature, and man-made elements. Come visit the park on your way to a Saint Paul Saints game, Farmers Market, dining in Lowertown or coming for the activities. Get ready for summer and plan your next visit to Mears Park with friends and family.

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