Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Land of Lakes




We are off to Minnesota. The place I grew up and became who I am. I'm hoping for a good thunderstorm or tornado watch while we are there. In Minnesota you eat bars and hotdish, not to mention cheese curds and Nut Goodies. You pledge allegience to the flag, said with a long a, and carry your groceries in a bag, same long a. You drink pop with the gals in the neighborhood. I love that place, esspecially in the summer. Mall of America, here we come.

18 comments:

Paige said...

Everything I learned about Minnesota I learned from that Drop Dead Gorgeous. Best movie ever.

Christie said...

We lived in Minnesota for three years while my husband went to grad school. LOVED it. Still say some of those MN accent words around here, just for fun.

alison said...

Mall of America? Lucky duck! Hope you all have a great time! Bring me home something good!

Liz said...

Minnesota!!! Without ME?? I hope you have a FABULOUS time. Take lots of pictures and give your mom a hug for me!

Brandon and Tenille said...

Oh it sounds nice I am sure you have a great time there. I will be looking forward to seeing pictures from your fun vaca. Have fun and be safe and make a nice dent in the mall of america I know you can...

walina said...

The Mall of America better watch out!! I hope you take an extra bag or two to bring back all your purchases! Have lots of fun!

Annemarie said...

I expect a call from H&M to tell me what clothes my kids NEED!
Have a nut goody for me!!

Jen said...

I hope you have a fantabulous time!! I look forward to hearing all about the food and shopping when you return.

tawnya said...

It was so good to talk to you. I hope you guys have a fabulous time! Talk to you when you get back!

Bridget said...

I love the Minnesota accent. It cracks me up. Like no other.

Anonymous said...

You mentioned cheese curds!

The best come from the proclaimed “Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin” in Ellsworth, Wisconsin. (The Governor of Wisconsin gave them that title!) They are so squeaky good! Their cheese is ALL NATURAL and is made from rBST free milk. If you are near Ellsworth, Wisconsin stop in their creamery store after 11 a.m. and take home WARM packages of FRESHLY made cheese curds! SQUEAKY FRESH!

They do have a web site and sell fresh and lightly, hand-breaded cheese curds too. They sold 104,000 lbs to the Minnesota State Fair last year and have been selling to state and county fairs for over a decade! They are also in A&W Restaurants. If you go to a Milwaukee Brewers home game at Miller Park you can buy the breaded cheese curds there.

Their cheese morsels remain the color of fresh quality milk: White!
(Have you ever drank a glass of orange milk?)

Or if you purchase one of their fresh 1# cheese curds packages (Deli section of Cub Foods for example) there is a very simple recipe on the back of their packages - it is so easy to make your own batter with only FOUR common ingredients. Additional recipes are on their web site.

If you can't get to their creamery store, these cheese morsels are in many grocery stores.
Remember to microwave for just 15 seconds to bring out the rich cheddar flavor and its trademark SQUEAK!

Ellsworth, Wisconsin is right across the Minnesota boarder and less than an hour from Mall of America.
www.ellsworthcheesecurds.com

Annemarie said...

Wow, that was quite the cheese curd comment...

john said...

From the Wikipedia:

"Cheese curds are a main ingredient in poutine, a Quebec dish in which cheese curds are served layered on top of french fries, and melting under steaming hot gravy"

Are you kidding me? Cheese curds, fries AND steaming hot gravy? GRAVY! How can Ellsworth, WI lay any claim to cheese curd supremacy when they are putting together this beast up in Quebec?

Robin said...

I went to Minnesota last year to all the lakes. Amazing! Have a great trip! And thanks so much for your encouraging words about Roland's retina. You are very sweet.

The Family Johnson said...

what in the world is a hotdish???

whittemore family said...

My mom grew up in Minnesota but she's like you and doesn't have the accent. Have fun at the mall. I heard it has a roller coaster inside :)

Kara Jayne said...

I love that place too!! We lived in LaCrosse, WI for four years and made many visits. I'm jealous.

Jenibelle said...

Minnesota is where I threaten to run to when I run away from home. Good to know I chose a good place.