Welcome to the Friday HOT DISH!
This week is especially hot as we celebrate the start of a new food season. That’s right everyone…its tailgate time! Pack up the cooler and don’t forget the sauerkraut- here’s today’s HOT DISH!
1. During the lunch hour I received a text from the Handsome Husband saying he had “picked up a pack of Wisconsin Supper Club”. It was both cryptic and very intriguing. A little searching and I found this lovely flyover brew from Capital Brewery in Madison, Wisconsin. If the name means anything it will pair well with your Friday Fish Fry or those brats you’re grilling on Saturday.
2. Don’t know what a supper club is? I’m here to help. If you live in flyover country, you’ve probably been to one without even knowing it. Growing up, the flyover parent’s had a favorite one and yes, I remember live music and dancing there. And we’re talking foxtrotting…Real dancing.
Check out this cool article from Heavy Table about this Midwestern landmarks. Supper Clubs Revisited.
3. Forget Eat, Pray, Love. How about Peace, Love, Fondue? This Saturday is Fondue Fest in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. In addition to eating your weight in melted cheese, you can spot the world’s largest fondue pot. Just remember, if you lose the bread off your fork, you have to kiss the person to your right. Check out http://www.fonduefest.com for details.
4. No offense to the rest of the world, but the World Cup’s got nothin’ on American Football season. And football without tailgating is like Thanksgiving with a tofurkey. There are a million tailgating websites out there including Tailgate.com, which is hosted by its own commissioner. But check out the tailgate recipe collection at FoodNetwork.
I would like to make tequila bars to go with the 1238930 hot dogs I will eat this season. YUM. And in case you’ve forgotten this recipe, here you go. You’re welcome.
Enjoy all the glorious American fun as you cheer on your team this weekend.
And don’t let me catch you putting ketchup on your brat. Heathen.
xoxo The Flyover Foodie
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!
“Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals of one’s life” – Anthony Bourdain, chef and tv host of “No Reservations”
You know it and I know it: flyover country is full of great food and talented chefs and artisans. And now, fans of Anthony Bourdain’s fantastic show “No Reservations” will know it too. Tonight’s episode will feature two great flyover food spots: the french restaurant Bistro Montage in Des Moines and the local Stanhope Meat Locker in Stanhope, Iowa.
Check out the details on the Travel Channel’s site here: No Reservations
My foodie sources tell me that Clint Eastwood tasted the jerky made in Stanhope while he was in Iowa filming “The Bridges of Madison County”. Now, a decade plus after his fleeting romance with Meryl Streep, his love affair with the jerk continues: they still ship to him today!
Hope you can tune in tonight: 9 pm flyover time.
p.s. Here is more info on Bistro Montage and more info on the Stanhope Meat Locker, under the “Businesses” section.
UPDATE: After watching “No Reservations” I have a few concerns:
1. Am I the only one who doesn’t think that Texas is part of the “Heartland”? Texas is Texas. Period.
2. I’m pretty sure both Bistro Montage and the Stanhope Meat Locker hit the cutting room floor, which is too bad. But, I’m ready to take a road trip and let all you readers know how great these places really are.
3. I’m making reservations at this place immediately. On the show they talked about a dish served with pine cone syrup. I literally shouted “PINE CONE SYRUP!!!???”. A-mazing. I am beyond intrigued. (Any of you intrepid eaters know anything about it?)
All in all, you get a C from me Mr. Bourdain. Come back to flyover country and do another round…we deserve it.