This article about the Midwestern hotdish in The New York Times made me want to be in a snow-bound cabin with a roaring fire. Tater tots, cheese, onions, garlic – sign me up. It’s also a fun article to read, describing the hotdish’s role in Midwest homes, family recipes, and popularity on the election trail.


Amy Klobuchar’s hotdish, as seen in the NYT article.

Amy Klobuchar’s hotdish, as seen in the NYT article.

I haven’t spent much time in the Midwest. I think I’m missing out. Minnesota often seems like the place to be. Great music, and Prince thought it was cool. I’ve heard the mosquitoes are enormous, though. Maybe that’s just a ploy to keep people away?

If the climate change science is correct, Minnesota will definitely be the place to be. It has a few cities that land pretty high on climate refuge lists. Temperature is one thing, but the articles I’ve read stress the importance of access to water.

The article also rejuvenated my hopes of one day landing a freelance proofreading side hustle. The NYT article included Amy Klobuchar’s hotdish recipe (see above). Spot anything incorrect? We’re talking a very minor thing here. If you don’t spot it, compare it to the recipe from the Klobuchar web store further below.


Klobuchar’s hotdish recipe.

Klobuchar’s hotdish recipe.

Online publishers, copywriters, media entities – if you see this and think, damn, we could use a freelance proofreader, give me a shout.

I don’t know if I could handle a Minnesota winter. If any Minnesotans stop by this site, let me know your thoughts on the winters. Is seasonal affective depression (SAD?) a thing?

*If you still don’t see it, go “bake” to the first recipe and look again.