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Friday Hot Dish-8/27

Welcome to the Friday Hot Dish!!

Some delicious tidbits for Friday, August 27th.  Enjoy, but don’t fill up before the weekend!

1. Yes, the State Fair just keeps on going.  This week, hit up the Minnesota State Fair for all of your perennial fair favorites.  On Tuesday, the annual Minnesota Cooks event takes place, pairing local farms and ingredients with local chefs to create some amazing dishes.  Check out the details on that event here: MN Cooks and more state fair info here: MN State Fair.

Bonus: A favorite Flyover band is playing tonight!!

2. Stumbled across this article combining two of my favorite things: eating and movies.  This awesome list from Saveur talks about some of the most memorable food scenes from movies: 21 Great Film Recipes.  Suddenly ratatouille sounds better than buttered popcorn.  Hmmm….maybe an idea for my next list?!?

3. Have you ever dreamed of opening your own restaurant/bakery/bar?  Do you already have a name picked out for it?  This Chicago Tribune article discusses the importance of naming your restaurant. Even better is this 2nd article pointing out the worst restaurant names in the country.  I’ll admit it: I thought it was called “Ruth’s Crisp Steakhouse” for a long time.   I mean, that makes more sense, right!?  Worst Restaurant Names

4. Speaking of weird restaurant names, this weekend is the grand opening of European Restaurant Accordion in Des Moines.  No, that whole thing is its name: “European Restaurant Accordion”.  Nothing like slapping a couple words together and serving up dinner.  Although it comes with an UNFORESEEN BONUS: if you are of European descent, you get a free beer!  European Restaurant Accordion

My super German name now = free drinks!  Wunderbar!

Also, I just learned how to spell “accordion”.

I think you can in Europe

5. A quick observation: 1/2 a  billion eggs are being recalled nationwide.  And there have been articles  about the rising cost of bacon.  YET– this week’s ad for our local grocery store featured a dozen eggs for .99 and bacon at 2/$5.00.

That’s what happens when you live in Flyover Country…good food all around you!!

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Friday Hot Dish 8/6

Welcome to the 2nd edition of our new favorite feature:

The Friday Hot Dish!

1. This may be redundant, since last week I was counting down to devouring a Octo-dog at the State Fair.   BUT the photos in this slide show literally made my stomach growl earlier this week.  Really…my boss even heard it!  Add an extra 15 minutes to today’s workout: you’re gonna need it. Festival Favorites

2. It’s official: the price of bacon is going up and up.  Yes, it is sweltering here in the Midwest, but I think it might be a Congressional conspiracy to get us to “eat better”.  And don’t even think about substituting turkey bacon in your recipes…it won’t work.  I’ve tried.  Price of Bacon Goes Up

3. ANOTHER new cooking competition show debuted last week: Fox’s new “Master Chef” hosted by Gordon Ramsey (who I love) puts chefs before a discerning panel of judges.  I haven’t watched the show yet…I already have enough food competition shows lined up on my dvr list. (Chopped, Top Chef, Iron Chef America!) But the real question is: which tv chef would you want to learn from?  10 TV Chefs

My pick: Alton Brown.  Love that guy!  Just keep Rachel Ray and her EVOO far from my zip code, thankyouverymuch.

4. Even though mustard is my nemesis, I will still give credit where it is due:  Tomorrow, head to Middleton, Wisconsin to the National Mustard Museum to celebrate National Mustard Day!! The museum has more than 5,000 kinds of mustard from around the globe.   I would recommend NOT wearing white…trust me on this one.   National Mustard Museum

5. I know, I know: we’re landlocked here in Flyover Country, but we’ve got our share of non-coastal beaches.  Check out this great article on the top Midwestern beaches before you plan your last few summer weekends.  Yes, I just wrote the phrase “Midwestern beaches”…..just go with it.  Labor Day road trip anyone?  Top Midwestern Beaches

6. This week cannot pass without me mentioning Shark Week.  I can’t quite figure out the appeal of spending a full week watching sharks attack mammals of various sizes, but it is addicting.  I’ve fully recovered from watching “Jaws” at a tender age (nice parenting, Dad!!) but this video might set me back a couple years.  Apparently, they jump:  South African Great Whites

Watch for a bonus weekend post, coming soon.  Happy Friday!!

xoxo Flyover Foodie

Friday’s Hot Dish

Welcome and Happy Friday!

Quick back story: A friend and fellow blogger and I were discussing the term “hot dish” as I mentioned in another post on this blog. We decided that “hot dish” should be incorporated more  into everyday vernacular as a term for something awesome.  It also works for something exciting and newsworthy.   Or as an exclamation.

See if you can use it in a sentence today.  For example:  “Hot dish!  Someone brought bagels for the office.”  or even, “The formulas on this excel spreadsheet are a hot dish.” (ok, that one might just be me)  See?  So easy.

So crack the champagne and break out the langostines: this is the inaugural edition of the Friday Hot Dish full of food news and fun from around flyover country!!!  A big filling mix of all the food groups.  Enjoy!

1. It’s sweet corn season! Everyone is busy boiling and grilling ears and basting with butter.  Mmmmm.  But what about after the meal?  Check out this article from The Tasting Table all about dessert recipes using our favorite ingredient from God’s Country: Sweet Corn Desserts

2. Only two weeks until I can eat the Octo-dog! Check out the 2010 New State Fair Food Then, a few weeks later, head north and devour a corned dog pizza: Minnesota State Fair.

True story: my little sister made Octo-dogs (unfried) once when we were home from college.  I don’t remember how she did it, but I’m pretty sure the octo had a smiley face.

3. If you’re local, spend a few minutes day dreaming before lunch today about your favorite yummy hot spots.  Then channel your inner Food Network host and share The Best Thing You Ever Ate, local style.  Enter the contest here.

4. The people in South Dakota know how to let loose!  Make a weekend trip to enjoy Clarke Potato Day in Clark, South Dakota.  In their own words, “the highlight of the celebration involves grown adults wrestling each other in mashed potatoes!”  Glorious.  I love living in a part of the county where carbs are still reason to celebrate.  Clark Potato Day

5. Did you watch the “Jersey Shore” premier last night?  For shame.  Atone by spending  a day immersed in Italian Heritage.  The Festival runs today through Sunday and has been completely revamped.  Italian American Heritage Festival

6. So this isn’t food news per se, but it’s hilarious and I laugh every time.  And, yes, you can bake me a gourmet cake in the kitchen you made for me with your own hands.  Hello, Ladies.

HOT DISH, its the weekend!

xoxo Flyover Foodie

Something new…tomorrow!

Tomorrow I have a new feature, inspired by casserole, to unveil!  It will be a fun hodge-podge of flyover items to keep you going through the weekend.  A proverbial smorgosboard of virtual delights.

A Verietable Smorgasbord of Foodie Delights

And yes, you read that right: inspired by casserole.

See you back here tomorrow!

xoxo Flyover Foodie

A Surprise over Breakfast

As I was eating breakfast at my desk this morning, I got a text from a friend saying “Love the article in the ‘Iowalife’ section today!”.  I grabbed the copy of the paper I had just picked up from the doorway of our office and pulled out Section E.

And there I was!  My column from DM Juice and Metromix was above the fold in this morning’s Des Moines Register Iowalife section.  An exciting day to say the least!!

Oysters on the half shell at Waterfront.

Thanks to the good folks at the Des Moines Register for supporting one local hungry blogger! Check out the article here:

Flyover Foodie’s Favs

What a great way to start the week!  xoxo Flyover Foodie

p.s. Watch for a post later tonight about the return of “Mad Men” and the drinks that fuel Madison Avenue!