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Minneapolis Dish of the Month (April 13) - Nominations

As the month draws to an end and the fish fry's are too we have a chance to have a new DOTM for the cities.

Respond to this thread with your nominations. Again, ALL CAPS are not required.

Items nominated in the past can be nominated again.

Nominations will close at 6pm on the 29th of March.

There are plenty of spring veggies that will be popping up, chard, asparagus, scapes and the like so feel free to feed the upcoming spring season (short as it may be).

Spring also brings tender young meat to sample such as lamb, suckling pig and more.

Nominations for April are now open!

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    1. re: jeff55432

      Actually, I take that back.....I nominate Mac & Cheese

      1. re: american_idle

        Sandwiches was honest nomination, "Iconic" was slightly sarcastic.

        1. re: american_idle

          Since iconic sandwiches was obviously a joke, how is the coordinator supposed to know that he's supposed to take it seriously as a nomination? The seriousness of it is not as obvious as the sarcasticness of it.


          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            Sorry, it's the internet, intent doesn't always come across. Even so, I don't think it's any reason to leave and never return.

            I nominated sandwiches because it's something I can participate in as a vegetarian.

            1. re: american_idle

              I think sandwiches is a wonderful nomination (although I'm not sure it's specific enough to qualify as a "dish of the month" according to the original parameters of the project, I think something like reuben sandwiches might be a more specific fit, but then again, things evolve, right?).

              In fact, I had banh mi sandwiches as a nomination until changing my mind to bread pudding. My only point is that if you're making jokes, it's hard for the organizer to discern the degree to which you're serious.

              I can see how you could feel pretty shut out of fish fry month. Sorry about that. But, that sometimes happens with these collaborative eating and cooking projects. For instance, Fish Without a Doubt was once (twice, actually) our Cookbook of the Month over on Home Cooking. I suspect a number of people had to go find something else to cook that month. I always feel bad when these things turn out to be less inclusive for whatever reason.

              I think it's totally okay for you to point that out in the nominations or voting discussion "Hey, I'd like to participate but I'm a vegetarian." I'll bet some people would be willing to adjust their thinking for the sake of inclusiveness. After all, it's the collaborative effort makes these O-T-M projects different from any other posts on Chowhound. The more people collaborating, the more fun it is.


              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                A couple of things.

                1) Sausage was my nomination, and it was an honest one. There's lots of good sausages out there, and with spring comes grilling, and with grilling comes, well, sausages.

                2) About the inclusiveness thing. I get what you're saying, and I like to default on more inclusive whenever possible. On the other hand, I don't feel bad when the XOTM is anything specific. Because there's always someone that for some reason doesn't eat X. While it's good to be as inclusive as possible, it's not possible to include everyone all of the time. I personally don't like pho or omelets. That's cool, I didn't participate. I hope I'm not coming off sounding like an ass, and as mentioned upthread, intent is hard on the interwebs. But I think a fact of life is that whenever something is chosen for a group, be-it a movie, a vacation time, dinner, or a DOTM, someone won't be able to participate for some reason - food preference, timing, not liking a movie genre, etc. To me, that's OK, as long as folks have opportunities to participate along the line.

                BTW - there are a few vegetarian sausage offerings in the Twin Cities...

                1. re: foreverhungry

                  You know, in the Cookbook of the Month threads, we have "process" discussions almost every freakin' month (for six years people! And, yet, I agree it is necessary to refine and adapt to keep things relevant) and there is always that tension between inclusiveness and passion.

                  When I first started participating in COTM, I always erred on the side of inclusiveness. Now, (five years later) I'd rather people choose the book (or dish) that they are most passionate about, because that's when people are really going to get into it and that's what generates the best discussions.

                  But, there are those times when you don't have a clear favorite and knowing that a particular dish might appeal to a broader group of people might tip you in another direction.

                  But, yes, if you don't like the dish is chosen for whatever reason, you can always find something else to eat for a month (or continue to post to old threads if you're still exploring pho or ramen or whatever), and then hop back in the next month.


                  1. re: foreverhungry

                    To be clear, I would never whine about not being included, but my nomination was broad to include myself. I thought Fish Fry was perfect for the month despite the fact I'm vegetarian and atheist. It made total sense.

                  1. I'm seeing some nominations here that are not sincere, but I'm also seeing some great suggestions, so I'm looking forward to seeing what gets chosen for April!

                    I've been impressed that this project has continued in Minneapolis, which is a much smaller city than the other places where DOTM is taking place (LA, SF, SD).

                    I hope that users who are excited about participating will keep up the great nominations and posts. Remember, there are lots more people reading than participating, and the best way to get them to join in is to lead by example!

                    Dave MP

                    1. OK, what I'd really like to nominate is "any dish served on a patio" (Sea Salt Eatery, here I come!), but instead I'm going to say:

                      BREAD PUDDING, savory or sweet

                      Thank you bkmnus for your enthusiasm! Also, does anyone have a list of what the previous M-SP DOtM's were? As an off and on (mostly off, alas) participant, I don't really recall which dishes have been done.


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                        1. I just wanted to let the folks on here that aren't interested in behaving like adults that I will not be participating in any thing else on the Chow boards.

                          If you don't like the DOTM thread, you don't need to reply.

                          If you can't offer some positive feedback and only want to nit pick, STFU.

                          So good night and I will not be back.

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                          1. re: bkmnus

                            So much for Minnesota nice on this thread. Sorry bkmnus.

                            I liked this topic and appreciated you hosting it. Thanks for your sincere efforts.

                            1. re: bkmnus

                              I hope you are not referring to me. I was sincere about my initial nomination for hot dogs (still have yet to find a good Coney dog in this town) and my second one of Mac N Cheese was because there are some really good renditions here and would make a good discussion topic. But I don't think that you should abandon Chow just because of a few people and their negative attitudes.

                              1. re: jeff55432

                                jeff55432, I was sincere about Chef Salad too. I guess that's the problem when you get some snarksters/snobs involved.


                                1. re: justalex

                                  I know I will get hate mail about this but I love the pre-made Chef salad at the D'amico deli at my local Super Target. They use some type of ranch dressing, but the dressing is so good, I could drink it straight up.

                                  1. re: jeff55432

                                    Not a ranch fan, but blue cheese would be good. No hate mail from me. I'll check that one out the next time I'm in Target.

                                    I know I said Chef salad, but was thinking along the lines of a full meal, creative kind of salad with a greens/protein mix. Spring is hopefully around the corner, so I was thinking of a lighter meal for a warm sunny day.

                                    1. re: justalex

                                      I saw a chef's salad in the fridge case at Franklin Street Bakery of all places... Didn't try it, but immediately thought of you. It seems like a strange item for a bakery to offer.

                                      I thought of nominating baby greens salad, but saw you'd already put Chef's Salad out there...


                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                        Thanks for the tip, DQ! This time of year, I'm all about salads. My latest kick is hearts of romaine with prosciutto, fresh shaved parmesan, grape tomatoes and red onion with a homemade vinegarette.

                                        Baby greens salad is an excellent idea! Chef salad sounds like I'm stuck in the '70's, which could very well be true...:)

                                        1. re: justalex

                                          I think "Salad (Greens)" is a good way to nominate this, at the exclusion of pasta salad, or jell-o salad, etc.

                                          And I personally think "Salad (Greens)" should wait for the produce to be in season locally (more June than April).

                                          1. re: american_idle

                                            Salad (Greens) is my nomination then. Thanks for the succinct suggestion. You put it well.

                                            You are correct in thinking about the seasonality. I've been gardening for too many years to mention, and have harvested fresh greens in April in warmer years. This year it will probably be May. Local greenhouse growers should have the fresh stuff relatively soon. So much to look forward to this time of year. I love it!

                                            1. re: justalex

                                              I had seeds in the ground last March 27th! This year I've got sprouts in a starting tray inside.

                                              I thought of the Greens distinction after you posted Chef Salad yesterday. That was arguably my favorite meal growing up. Hard boiled egg, ham and turkey cubes, French dressing...awesome.

                                2. re: jeff55432

                                  And I was serious about hot dogs/sausages (I thought we could combine the two to get more votes.) There are some decent Chicago dogs in town that haven't been discussed much here. I'd also like to know more about local hand-crafted/artisinal sausages. That said, saltines was a joke. But, jeez. Lighten up. (btw, I thought Iconic Sandwiches was pretty funny.) Regardless, it seems bkmnus isn't coming back. Anyone want to take over this task?

                                  1. re: ChancesR

                                    If he doesn't come back, I will. I'll check this post at 6pm and if he hasn't responded, I guess I'll announce the DOTM.

                                    1. re: jeff55432

                                      Thank you for stepping in to keep his seat warm. I hope he comes back, though I am certain you will be a fine coordinator.


                                      1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                        If bkmnus does not come back, and I volunteer to take his place, do I have get permission from CH first?

                                        1. re: jeff55432

                                          I don't see why you would have to get anyone's permission!

                                          While I know DaveMP (who apparently works for Chow judging by the diamond next to his name), introduced the DOTM concept to MSP, I think (assume, anyway) the idea is that this project is supposed to be user-administered, the same way Cookbook of the Month (COTM) on the home cooking board and Cheese of the Month on the Cheese Board (ChOTM).

                                          Cookbook of the Month, which has been going on for about 6 years now (5 of which I've been participating), was the first "OTM" project that I know of on Chowhound. It was entirely conceived by the users (back before there was even a Home COoking board!), and has been entirely user-administered ever since. (Here's a link to the post that kicked off Cookbook of the Month back in 2006! http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3246... )

                                          I think ChOTM is the same way. If you want to watch the birth of ChOTM, there's a thread over on Site Talk where someone raised the idea of it for the first time a month or two ago. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/891996

                                          So, that's my long-winded way of saying, if you want to step up to coordinate the MSP Dish of the Month, I think all you need to do is just go for it!


                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                            OK, cool. Well, like I said, if bkmnus doesn't respond by 6 pm, I'll take over.

                              2. So cracker/saltines were the only insincere suggestions correct? I think it's evident by the amount of participation that people enjoy this thread so I'm a little confused as to why bkmnus is so offended by two silly suggestions.

                                I've nominated Cupcakes a couple of times. Because i love Cupcakes. And I thought the City Pages top 10 cupcake list was ridiculous. But maybe I'll just start a Cupcake thread on it's own. I've been doing a lot of research.