Here's a collection of you-must-be-from-North-Dakota sayings dealing with the fine cuisine of our region. Serve with butter, lots of butter.
. . . then you must be from North Dakota.
- If you own only three spices--salt, pepper, and ketchup-- . . .
- If your idea of going out to lunch is at the livestock auction barn on sale day . . .
- If you realize that lefse and tortillas look alike, but all similarity stops there . . .
- If a pickle in a Bloody Mary does not surprise you . . .
- If you think lutefisk is edible . . .
- If you know what a "hot dish" is . . .
- If you've ever made a hot dish out of rhubarb . . .
- If you only eat at restaurants with a salad bar . . .
- If grasshopper pie makes you giggle . . .
- If you fill unlocked cars with zucchini--at night . . .
- If you know what to do with lefse . . .
- If you follow the lutefisk and lefse supper circuit . . .
- If you know where juneberries grow, what they are, and what to do with them . . .
- If an anniversary celebration involves eating at a truck stop . . .
- If you know what prairie (or mountain) oysters are . . .
- If you eat prairie oysters . . .
- If you know what people are talking about when they say, "The bar is having an oyster feed tonight" . . .
- If you think a tortilla is a lefse rolled too thick . . .
- If you know what rommegrot is, and like it . . .
- If you think "ranch" is something you put on a salad . . .
- If you pick chokecherries to sweeten your girl friend . . .
- If you think a gopher is a Minnesota treat . . .
- If you have ten recipes for venison . . .
- If at least three times a year your kitchen doubles as a meat processing plant . . .
- If you have a 40-acre garden plot . . .
- If you think white rice is exotic and wild rice is a hot dish . . .
- If you're asked by your transplanted aunts and uncles to bring a bottle of Everclear when
you visit them in Washington and Oregon . . .
- If you know that going out to eat often means Swedish meatballs or roast beef in a church basement . . .
- If most of your recipes come from the REC magazine . . .
- If you think chokecherry jelly is the greatest jelly on earth . . .
- If at the church pot luck you plop the fruit jello on the paper plate right next to the hot dish . . .
- If lutefisk doesn't make you laugh . . .
- If going out to dinner means attending a church potluck . . .
- If you refer to a soft-shell taco as "Mexican lefse" . . .
- If you consider rocky mountain oysters a dietary need . . .
- If your favorite meat is liver or beef tongue . . .
- If fleisckuechle is your favorite food . . .
- If you once believed that Beer was Hamm's . . .
- If you believe schnapps is medicinal . . .
- If you can't understand why there is not a national weekend holiday for making venison sausage . . .
- If your caterer and social director is the American Legion . . .
- If you know where the best knoephla soup is, and on what days . . .
- If your meals are scheduled as follows: Breakfast 6 am, Lunch 10 am, Dinner 12 noon,
Lunch 3 pm, Supper 6 pm . . .
- If your response when you saw your first pizza was, "Who got sick on my lefse?" . . .
- If it feels strange to dine in a fast food restaurant, and good home cooked meals out-weigh restaurant dining . . .
- If you buy your milk in a 5-gallon container instead of a 1-gallon container . . .
- If having raisins for a recipe means you have to pick them out of the Raisin Bran--when there is not one
raisin in town! . . .
- If you refer to Norwegian pizza (one with chocolate and peanut-butter on a graham cracker crust) . . .
- If Thanksgiving and Christmas meals always include Lefse (and you pronounce it correctly) . . .
- If you've ever had a burrito made with Lefse . . .
- If burritos taste better when made with Lefse (old Red Pepper Grand Forks) . . .
- If you go in McDonald's and order lutefisk, with a side of lefsa . . .
- If having fast food means you're eating hamburger noodle hot dish . . .
- If you can make a hot dish out of any 5 ingredients you have in the cupboard . . .
- If you enjoy chokecherries . . .
- If you know not to eat what was cooked in a crockpot at a wild game feed (or at least have a couple Pabsts first) . . .