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Chef Michael Tangen

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center

From Chef Michael Tangen:

“I was born and raised on a small farm in northeast Iowa. I was inspired with food at a young age. My mother and grandmothers would can vegetables, fruits and soup through the harvest season. We butchered much of our own meats, made butter and produced our own milk and cream.

After attending culinary school, I moved to Chicago. I began my 27 year career with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts. I held many position at The Hyatt Regency Chicago, Hyatt Orlando, Hyatt Los Angeles Airport, Hyatt Regency Woodfield and the Hyatt Lisle.

In 2009 we moved to Lacrosse, Wisconsin to be closer to my family. I began my career with the Mayo Clinic Health Systems. I presently live along the Mississippi River with my wife Nancy and our black lab “Chaco”. We enjoy gardening, landscaping and nature. We have many visits from our two son who still live in Chicago.”


Marinated Beef Kabobs

This recipe has such a fresh zesty flavor with the citrus in the marinade.

Swiss Chard

A vegetable side dish with a little tang.

Charred Pineapple Salsa with Grilled Salmon

A salmon dish that’s slightly sweet.

Buttermilk Biscuits

Light, fluffy and delicious!

Gingered Squash Soup

A delicious dish worthy of a special occasion that is easy to make and packed with nutrients.

Garbanzo Bean and Red Pepper Salad

Savor the crunch of pepper and celery!

Watercress and Radish Sprout Salad

A simple refreshing salad.

Roasted Beets

Oven-roasted with sweet and tangy raspberry dressing.

White Kidney Bean Soup

A nourishing and rustic comfort food.

Berry Berry Smoothie

A delicious smoothie that can be enjoyed as a dessert, breakfast, or on-the-go!