Sue Z.'s Finds

Cold weather always makes me want a steaming cup of hot cocoa, preferably with Susan Dietrich’s homemade marshmallows, available the second Saturday of every month at her Very Prairie vendor stand at the Mill City Winter Farmers’ Market ( And the perfect partner for hot chocolate, of course, is a cookie. Get chocolate-chip or oatmeal-raisin treats delivered from One Cookie…One Cause (, which seeks to stop poverty by mentoring, empowering, and employing high-risk women.

Cuddle up beside the fireplace with Funky Chunky’s special-edition Ronni’s Popcorn ( Created in honor of the company’s founder and creator, Ronni Feuer, who lost her life to breast cancer, this buttery caramel corn with whole glazed almonds, cashews, and pecans is topped with dark, milk, and pink-tinted white-chocolate drizzle. Proceeds benefit Hope Chest for Breast Cancer.

Sue Zelickson is the founder and director of Women Who Really Cook and Perspectives Family Center’s Kids Cafe. She is the former host of WCCO Radio’s Food for Thought.

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Sue Zelickson (Sue Z.) is a James Beard Award-winning food media personality, philanthropist, and longtime contributor to Minnesota Monthly and WCCO radio. She has founded the Charlie Awards, the Women Who Really Cook networking organization for women in the local food industry, and the Kids Cafe at Perspectives, Inc., which improves access to nutritious meals for families in need. You can find her buzzing around from event to event throughout the Twin Cities, helping to raise funds for charitable organizations, including some she has had a hand in building.