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Minnesota’s Bizarre Foods

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Ann Burckhardt and Andrew Zimmern

Elk and Wild Rice Hot Dish, Turtle Tots, and Raspberry Jell-O Chilled with Liquid Nitrogen are just a few of the bizarre foods found in our own backyard.

Last July, Ann Burckhardt, author of Hot Dish Heaven, was invited by Andrew Zimmern to judge a hot dish and Jell-o salad cook-off at a local VFW for his Travel Channel show, Bizarre Foods. The episode aired earlier this week, but you can view a few clips online.

Who said the Midwest was bland?

(Zimmern is known for consuming “interestingly appalling food”: click with care!)

Bizarre Jell-O Salad Contest

Tastes of Minnesota

Check out Andrew’s blog for more on bizarre Minnesota foods.

Big Little Brother iPad App Free Tuesday January 31

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

phpgfJyaSBig Little Brother was ranked one of the  Best Kids’ Book Apps of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews. But don’t take our word for it: for a limited time, you can download it to your iPad for free and judge for yourself!

The Big Little Brother iPad app by NPR commentator Kevin Kling and illustrated by Chris Monroe will be available for free Tuesday January 31.

Big Little Brother is a charming interactive storybook app for kids ages 3-7–with text and audio by Kevin Kling and illustrations by Chris Monroe–that traces a familiar arc from sibling rivalry to brotherly love.

Praise for the app:

“At last, an iPad storybook so good it doesn’t need additional narrative options or games or technological wizardry to distract from its flaws. Because there are none.” Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

“Big Little Brother is a delight . . . The interactivity in the e-storybook is deliciously understated.” Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Pioneer Press Consumer-Tech Writer

“Every animation and interactive element doesn’t just enhance the app but also enhances the story itself. Drag the little boy across the screen to see his brother follow him, watch the little brother grow to be as big as his older sibling and even laugh as the little brother’s clenched fists release a trail of donut crumbs.” Digital Storytime

Praise for the print book:

“An exceptionally funny and bittersweet book that any reader, young or old, who has been an older sibling will warm to.” New York Times

Everything you ever wanted to know about the book or app, as well as a preview of the app.

Readers are encouraged to share their experience by reviewing the app in the app store.

On February 1 the app will be available at the bargain price of $4.99!

Super Bowl Potluck

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Potluck ParadiseGiant\'s Lean-Mean Lemon Cheesecake/Rae Katherine EighmeyPlanning or participating in a Super Bowl potluck? Wondering what to make or take?

Look no further! Rae Katherine Eighmey, one of the authors of Potluck Paradise, has created dishes specifically for the Super Bowl teams two years in a row. They are healthy, easy, and delicious.

This year, how about Giant’s Lean-Mean Lemon Cheesecake, a no-bake, low-fat treat that will give even the Patriots their just desserts.

For Patriots fans, she shares the recipe for historic New England Corn Cakes topped with Cranberry-Sauced Beef and Tangy Apple Slaw. It packs a giant taste in a small mouthful, more than enough to wave the flag about.

Last year she shared her recipes for Steelers Chocolate and Orange Pound Cake, in honor of their legendary defensive line; Steelers Sweet and Sour Meatballs, with spinach and raisins as part of the mix; and  Green Bay Sacked Potatoes.

Check out the Potluck Paradise blog for more inspiration and ideas for her self-declared second-annual “February is National Potluck Month”!

Photographing the Wild Program with Layne Kennedy

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Paddle NorthJoin Minneapolis-based editorial photographer Layne Kennedy for an evening of visual treats as he explores photographing the wild at the REI in Bloomington on Saturday, January 21, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The program will also include works from his most recent book, Paddle North: Canoeing the Boundary Waters/Quetico Wilderness, with text by Greg Breining.

Trained in fine art photography, Layne Kennedy is known for his editorial images that convey a strong sense of place. His work is featured in magazines worldwide on subjects as varied as pink dolphins in the Amazon River and traveling with Polar Inuit hunters by dogsled. His photographs have been published in magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, Sports Illustrated, and Smithsonian.

Inspired by Layne’s work? Submit your own photos of Minnesota to TPT’s Capture Minnesota project. The community-based forum encourages people to share their photos for prizes and a chance to be published. Deadline for submissions is February 1.

Fireside Reading Series at Hamline Midway Library

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Fireside Reading SeriesTomorrow night begins the eighteenth annual Fireside Reading Series hosted by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library at the Hamline Midway Library. The series features six weeks of readings by acclaimed Minnesota authors.

The events kick off with historian Larry Millet and the latest in his renowned mystery series, The Magic Bullet: A Locked Room Mystery Featuring Shadwell Rafferty and Sherlock Holmes, and conclude on February 18 with Diane Wilson, author of Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life.

Dakota Lecture Series

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Seth Eastman, This year is the 150th anniversary of the U.S.–Dakota War of 1862. If you want to understand more about this important and difficult part of Minnesota’s history, a terrific place to start is the series of six lectures sponsored by Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter and being made available for remote viewers.

The lectures are part of “Commemorating Controversy: The U.S.–Dakota War of 1862,” an interim class being taught by Elizabeth Baer, professor of English at Gustavus, and Ben Leonard, executive director of the Nicollet County Historical Society. Speakers include:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 4: Dr. John Peacock, “War of Words: Writings by Dakota People in Their Own Language and Later in English During and After the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862”
  • Thursday, Jan. 5: Glenn Wasicuna, “A Dakota Way of Life”
  • Tuesday, Jan. 10: Dr. Gary Clayton Anderson, “The Dakota War Trials: Travesty of Justice or Reasonable Retribution?”
  • Tuesday, Jan. 17: Thomas Maltman, “Based on a True Story: Researching a Controversial History to Create Fiction”
  • Tuesday, Jan. 24: Corinne Monjeau-Marz, “Aftermath of the 1862 War: Reviewing the Years from 1862 to 1866”
  • Thursday, Jan. 26: Dr. Gwen Westerman, “We Are Still Here”

Details on the speakers are provided here. All lectures will take place from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.; they have been moved to the Alumni Hall to accommodate larger audiences. Best of all for those who are not able to attend in person: they are live-streamed and archived on Gustavus’s website, so you can see them at your convenience.

This U.S.-Dakota War lecture series is made possible with funds from Gustavus Adolphus College, the Minnesota Humanities Council, and the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Painting: Seth Eastman, “Medicine Dance of the Sioux or Dakotah Indians on the St. Peters River near Fort Snelling 1847,” MHS Collections