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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

A little flyover fame

“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.