Minnesota Long Goodbye: Covid Style

I don't know if it's just me or what, but my Minnesota Long Goodbye has gotten way longer in the last few months. What used to be just half an hour to an hour of repeated snack offerings, and recapping the 4 minute conversations that preceded the Minnesota Long Goodbye has turned into an all out assault on making sure the person I'm talking to

Minnesota Long Goodbye: Covid Style2020-08-07T09:46:57-05:00

Minnesota Nice

After at least 15 bazillion titles I have finally settled on Minnesota Nice as the title of my memoir. According to Wikipedia Minnesota Nice is: the stereotypical behavior of people born and raised in Minnesota, to be courteous, reserved, and mild-mannered. The cultural characteristics of Minnesota nice include a polite friendliness, an aversion to confrontation, a tendency toward understatement, a disinclination to make a fuss or stand out,

Minnesota Nice2020-08-10T19:52:57-05:00

You Know You’re a Minnesotan When

As a lifelong Minnesotan (except for those years I lived in Washington, Wisconsin, Texas and Colorado) I am always amazed at how different we are from the rest of the country. Okay, we probably aren't that different, we just have different regional tastes and traditions. Still, as Minnesota has made it's way into the vernacular thanks most to movies like Grumpy Old Men, Fargo and

You Know You’re a Minnesotan When2020-01-18T00:11:00-06:00

Super Bowl Recipes – Easy and Awesome

Last year Minnesota hosted the Super Bowl. Minnesota did not make it to the Super Bowl, which is no surprise. The Vikings did not make it this year either. That also is not a surprise. Odds are, your team did not make it to the Super Bowl, but you're probably still going to a Super Bowl party and you're going to need to bring something.

Super Bowl Recipes – Easy and Awesome2019-01-29T21:49:34-06:00

How to Fit in When Visiting the Twin Cities for the Super Bowl

If you're wondering how to fit in when visiting the Twin Cities for the Super Bowl, I'll save you all kinds of time. You can't. Sure, you can dress warmly (though that is the first clue you aren't from here), and you can even adopt a quasi Fargo accent, you still won't fit in. Hell, I was born here and have lived here for most

How to Fit in When Visiting the Twin Cities for the Super Bowl2018-01-29T05:46:30-06:00

Big Mac Hot Dish with Noodles

Earlier I posted a recipe for Big Mac Hot Dish, but because I was concerned about my use of Tater Tots in the recipe I also a Big Mac Hot Dish with Noodles using elbow noodles instead of the tots. Initially I did not want to use noodles, it just seemed like a weird combination of flavors - pickles, cheese, tomatoes - to have with

Big Mac Hot Dish with Noodles2018-01-27T20:26:07-06:00

There’s a Mouse in my Car!!!!

There's a mouse in my car!!! WTF!?!?!? I haven't actually seen the mouse, but I can hear it and it's terrifying. A few months ago I was driving my daughter to school because the bus never came. As we were getting on the practice freeway (35E for those of you who aren't from the Twin Cities, but for those of you coming here for the

There’s a Mouse in my Car!!!!2018-01-24T13:25:47-06:00

Vikings Playoff Giveaway

*Update - Since no one even guessed, and there is no way anyone could have guessed the outcome of the Saints vs Vikings game, we're gonna do it again.... Just for shits and giggles I'm doing a Vikings Playoff Giveaway. If you can predict, guess or speculate the score of next Sunday's game against the Eagles, you will win some cool Vikings memorabilia. I'm not

Vikings Playoff Giveaway2018-01-13T11:57:03-06:00

Instant Pot Pea Soup with Lentils in 9 minutes

Here's another quick and easy recipe for your new pressure cooker - Instant Pot Pea Soup with Lentils in 9 minutes. Yep, 9 minutes to make a hearty, protein rich soup that would normally take an hour or so on the stove top. Nothing brings back warm memories than pea soup. Growing up we had this for dinner at least once a month during the

Instant Pot Pea Soup with Lentils in 9 minutes2018-01-11T16:59:39-06:00

Instant Pot Ham and Wild Rice Soup

Happy New Year! This year I'm starting off with an Instant Pot ham a wild rice soup recipe. I make all kinds of soups during the holidays. Usually because there are so many leftovers from the holiday meals, but also because it's so damn cold. Currently it's about -14°. That's Minnesota, and that's why we make things like Tater Tot Hot Dish. It's also probably

Instant Pot Ham and Wild Rice Soup2018-01-03T14:00:20-06:00

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