Saturday, April 9, 2016

Foodies..Minnesota Style


Perhaps no one thinks about Minnesota when you think fine cuisine.  I bet though, if you've ever past through our great state, you will have gotten a fond appreciation for good and hearty comfort food and perhaps a liking for a salad, that really is not a salad, but rather a desert. These are the foods I will be making for my Minnesota Foodie feast tonight. In reality, these, short of the soup, are not dishes I make very much at all, but evoke memories from childhood and still make appearances at family gatherings and potlucks. I have not begun cooking yet, but here is the menu so far. A few more items might slip in if something pops into my head. There will be no Lutefisk. That was one food that could have stayed in Norway. DD#1 took her friend for a Juicy Lucy the other day, so I will not be making those scrumptious burgers either, but I kind of want one now. 

First, and so stereotypically Minnesota it could not NOT be on the menu. I am speaking about Tator Tot Hotdish. Don't let any web writer or travel blogger fool you into saying "hotdish" is pronounced "hoddish". I've never heard it called hoddish in my life, except perhaps if it was a guy asking for another scoop while still having a bite of the last helping in his mouth. Minnesota is one of the highest educated states, and we speak proper grammar, and while we may add colorful and quaint expressions to our sentences, you know, we say hot-dish  as it is phonetically meant to be said. Geesh! 

I had to get that of my chest. I had a lot of suggestions to make the green pistachios and pineapple salad, all the rave at every Lutheran  church funeral spread. I don't like it, and don't like to prepare things I don't like to eat, so passing on that in favor of a more recent Minnesota "salad" creation, the Snickers Salad. This delicious concoction of sweet, salty, and tart combines crisp, preferably a tarter apple, pieces of a Snicker candy bars, and dry roasted salted peanuts, mixed together and liberally bound with a tub of Cool Whip. Yes, I did call it a Snicker salad. For it to be really Minnesotan, I suppose we should use a Pearson's Nut Goodie, but I like Snickers better. 

For a starter, I will have cups of cream of wild rice soup. I couldn't find any in the grocery store, but if I was so fortunate to have foraged a few morel mushrooms, they would have made the soup over the top. I have a cheat recipe that starts with a box of long grain and wild rice mix, but the real Minnesota chef's will be buying the raw rice, washing it several times and soaking it the night before, 

Desert will be a pan of brownies. No Minnesota picnic spread, family gathering, church dinner, or weekend at the lake is complete without a pan of brownies. Or are brownies just a salad, in a pan? I am not sure now. Apparently Minnesota cuisine is so foodie worthy, Movoto made a video of the oh so cool people on the west coast tasting Minnesota dishes. I think overall, it was a thumbs up. I'll let you know tomorrow what our English friend's verdict was. 









6 comments:

  1. I've just watched the vid Sam I have no idea what any of these foods are apart from the burger however I am always willing to give anything a go. The only thing I really hate is tripe. I can remember my grandad buying tripe from the tripe shop in newspaper like fish and chips ugh horrid. I'm sure your Minnesota dinner will be fab though.

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  2. I don't blame you on the tripe-I didn't even know what it was until it made an appearance in a mystery basket on a cooking show, Chopped.ly thing I;ve decided to add is perhaps some steamed asparagus. While not really Minnesota, it is the first green veg we get each spring and with all the salt, fat, and sodium, something a little green will taste pretty good.

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  3. It sounds like a yummy place to visit!!!! :)
    Here in Chi we say a few things our own way. My friend is from England and when we say budder instead of butter it makes her nuts.

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    1. I admit I try so hard NOT to sound stereotypical Minnesotan, but then when out of town and people repeat back at me in fun, I guess I still have it. My table is always your table if you're ever inn the Twin Cities.

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  4. Lutefisk is God's way of punishing Minnesotans. lolz

    I went to Youtube and watched a bunch of those CA hipsters try different state foods. They didn't have a VA one, per se, but I grew up on the NC line in VA so the NC one spoke to me....except for livermush. I knew had that but I am sure I'd like it! lolz

    I wish I had known you 2 years ago when I came through MN on my road trip......


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    1. Sluggy-We allow people in Minnesota more than once, so you must come through again and I will show you the finer place. I think I might be able to eat lutefisk before liver.

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