Minnesota Grape Salad — Not on MY Table!!
There was a major BUZZ last week – The New York Times printed an article on ‘representative’ Thanksgiving dishes for all 50 States. For Minnesota — A Grape Salad!?! What? A goopy Grapes-and-Sour-Cream Salad!?! Say What??
Here in Minnesota, no one (repeat, NO ONE) has ever heard of such a dish, let alone, tasted it! Even my (mostly Scandinavian) Very-Minnesota-Husband has never encountered such a dish. Even served in Minnesota Pottery – This is not (NOT) a Minnesota Dish!!
For a Thanksgiving meal, grapes (and cheeses) make a lovely Pre-Dinner Nibble — Presented on a favorite wood cutting-board. But a (goopy) Grape Salad?? Grapes mixed with sour cream and brown sugar, then broiled (with some pecans mixed in) — GAG!! Sounds totally GROSS, and unappealing, and non-northern. If this NYT article had been printed some 22 years ago, I might never have moved to Minnesota!
And Now — Some Pottery with Food:
So now that I’ve vented, I’m happy to share a few ACTUAL (appealing) Thanksgiving Dishes (NO grapes)….
Above — A tasty Wild Rice Pilaf with Leek, Dried Apricot and Shiitake Mushroom — A favorite Serving Bowl by Ellen Shankin, ceramic artist in Virginia.
Above — A healthy/delicious Side-Dish of Roasted Butternut Squash, Red Onion, Apple, and Kale. An almond-shaped Serving Bowl, by MaashaClay.
Above — No, it’s not pumpkin pie. Rather, a heavenly Autumn Dessert — Maple-Creme Mousse! In small Bowls, made by Wisconsin Artist, Steve Rolf.
And that’s my rant about Grape Salad (just say NO). Wishing everyone a most Happy (and very tasty) Thanksgiving!!