Tater Tot Politics - ND

by Carla Christofferson & Kathy Goodman
Print Email

northdakota.jpg Tolna, North Dakota ­ a town of 240 people.  Spending time there during the centennial of the town reminded me of the essential nature of the state, which permeates the life, the politics, and the cuisine. 

The entire weekend consisted of food that started in the freezer and beer ­ seriously, nothing says North Dakota like a cooler full of Busch Lite in the back of the pickup in the parking lot of the demolition derby – except maybe if the beer is coupled with a Red Baron pizza.

There are no modern politics in North Dakota ­it is still a state that is dealing with the fact that the United States became urbanized in the first decades of the 20th Century.  North Dakota retains the topography, population, demographics and values of the America we all think we remember; the one celebrated on Main Street USA in Disneyland (where they serve corn dogs) and captured in Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers.  But with a difference ­ if you want to burn down your family house in North Dakota, just make sure you provide beer for the volunteer fire department.

tatertots.jpg Like the values, the food has not come of age either ­ it is good old fashioned food, either invented or popularized (or both) in the pre-Vietnam, pre-Watergate 1950s, when we had a space race and an uncomplicated faith in our own world supremacy. 

It may be the 21st century in the rest of the world, but North Dakota still embraces tater tots, a jello mold with mini-marshmallows, a salad made from iceberg lettuce with red sauce referred to (seemingly in mockery of haute cuisine) as "French dressing", and "barbecues", a sandwich called a "sloppy joe" in the rest of the country.
And that is okay -- for a weekend.

 

Carla Christofferson and Kathy Goodman are the owners of the WBA franchise, the L.A. Sparks. Carla was also crowned Ms. North Dakota in 1989. 

 

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

 

restaurant news

Dinner and a Show
Michigan
by Ann Nichols

ujai01.jpgThe second of my eating out experiences this week took me to Ukai, a Japanese restaurant in Okemos, Michigan. Chosen by my 11-year-old nephew as the site of his birthday dinner, Ukai occupies a...

Read more...
Yahoo Y’all – Back in Texas!
Texas
by Nancy Ellison

postcard 1024Though I was born and raised in Los Angeles, I have Texas DNA in my bones! And, though I love California Mexican Food, my heart sings when Bill and I have the opportunity to dine Authentic Tex-Mex...

Read more...
Bread Lounge
Los Angeles
by Evan Kleiman

breadbarBread.  I love it, especially when it’s well made.  But I freely admit that I try to avoid it.  I’m of a certain age and weight when the dangers of too much free carb styling can take a toll.  But...

Read more...
Le Saint Amour
Los Angeles
by Charles G. Thompson

saintamour.jpgIs there an uptick in the number of French restaurants in Los Angeles?  I certainly hope so.  French food = comfort food.  At least in the case of Le Saint Amour in Culver City.  I haven’t kept...

Read more...