I didn’t have nearly as much luck researching Minnesota Foods as I did researching Cleveland Foods. Maybe there is more culinary wonderfulness to Minnesota than I could find, but I just wasn’t seeing it. I blame Google.
So instead of resorting to making lutefisk – something that I never ever ever want to eat – I decided to make all the foods I associate with fall and football. Here is what we ended up with:
- Buffalo Chicken Dip — A last minute addition because Ryan was hungry and decided we had to have a snack during the game. He also thought it was a good idea because (1) it is easy to make (not really) and (2) we had all the ingredients to make the dip except the chicken (not true, and kind of a big deal to be missing the chicken). So he ran to the store to get the chicken and the cream cheese and the ranch dressing and the Frank’s Hot Sauce. Yes, the only ingredient we had was cheddar cheese. At least I convinced him to pick up a rotisserie chicken, because I had no room in the oven to cook the chicken.
- Homemade Dutch Oven Bread — Yes, again!!! I promise you that once you try this bread, you will want to make it every weekend too. In fact, next weekend I am making it for my brother because he has been asking my mom to make him homemade bread.
- Potato Soup – Only because I associated Potato Soup with Minnesota for some unknown reason.
- Crock Pot Applesauce – This is the only recipe that was remotely related to Minnesota. Apparently, Honeycrisp Apples are the state fruit of Minnesota, so I used a mix of Honeycrisp and Granny Smith for the applesauce.
- Italian Shredded Beef – One of my favorite recipes!!!
- Pulled Pork – I tried a new recipe, and I think I have a new favorite!!!! This recipe with homemade BBQ sauce is awesome!!!!!! I started with the Beer-Braised Country Style Ribs, from last weekend, and tweaked the recipe to make pulled pork instead of ribs. I was pleasantly surprised!!!!
Here are some pictures from the food extravaganza.
I would say it was quite the productive cooking day!!!
Murphy had a productive weekend too!!
He had his girlfriend come over for a sleepover this weekend. They had a lot of fun watching out for a squirrel invasion. Well, Mahogany did most of the watching, well Murphy slept, but occasionally he helped too!
They have a system all worked out — Mahogany is the “eyes” and Murphy is the “muscle.”
Mahogany “patrols the perimeter of the house” by looking out all of the windows, and Murphy rests so he can save his energy for when the squirrels decide to launch an invasion – See photo 1.
Then when Mahogany sees a squirrel, she barks, Murphy comes running, and then they both stare at the squirrel – See photo 2. Apparently two dogs staring is better than one. I am not sure that the squirrels feel very intimidated by them. In the second picture there is a squirrel sitting on the fence post staring back while eating a snack. I am not sure who won the staring contest, but I think that the dogs believe they did because they kept the evil squirrel from invading the house, and that the squirrel thinks that the dogs are nuts!
After successfully staring at squirrels in the morning, Murphy put on his Halloween costume and eagerly awaited the arrival of trick-or-treaters!!
For those of you who are wondering how Murphy did with all of the trick-or-treaters, well Murphy did what Murphy always does – he slept through almost all of it!!!