Recipe spectacular: Taconite Tater Tot Hotdish

Early visitors to Minnesota’s Iron Range (here at Missabe Mountain Mine in 1937)were meant to stand in awe at the size and complexity of open pit iron ore mining.As Jeff Manuel writes, there has long been a close connection between politics andiron ore mining (and, incidentally, hotdish) in Minnesota.Image: Minnesota Historical Society Collection, HD3.112 p59. … More Recipe spectacular: Taconite Tater Tot Hotdish

Reflection, renewal, and the art of canoeing. (With bonus Christmas meringue cookie recipe.)

Sue Leaf in May 2013 at the Minnesota River Valley National Wildlife Refuge. “On a river, roads seem not to exist and only the clear and sparkling water serves as a passage through the world,”writes Leaf. Photograph by Tom Leaf. BY SUE LEAF When I was a child, I was given the gift of a … More Reflection, renewal, and the art of canoeing. (With bonus Christmas meringue cookie recipe.)

On global science fiction cinema and environmental catastrophe.

The French poster for the 2014 film Snowpiercer. Global science fiction cinemaand its common depiction of post-apocalyptic scenarios is increasingly resonatingwith current world events. BY JENNIFER FEELEY AND SARAH ANN WELLS Last week, Beijing resembled an apocalyptic scene from a science fiction film. Shrouded in thick smog, China’s capital city came to a standstill. For … More On global science fiction cinema and environmental catastrophe.

Recipe spectacular: Feed the birds (and squirrels and mice, too) at midnight on Christmas Eve

Page from Great Wolf and the Good Woodsmanby Betsy Bowen. ——- This is a continuation of a series running this week on authors’ favorite holiday recipes.See also: Bury your fish for better flavor and other questionable Norwegian advice, by Eric Dregni.——- BY BETSY BOWEN Ingredients:CarrotsPopcornCornSunflower seeds Instructions:* Cut carrots in chunks* String some of the … More Recipe spectacular: Feed the birds (and squirrels and mice, too) at midnight on Christmas Eve

Recipe spectacular: Bury your fish for better flavor and other questionable Norwegian advice.

A fishing boat in Norway’s Lofoten Islands. Author Eric Dregnispent a year on a Fulbright Fellowship in Trondheim, Norway, where his first child was born.Images courtesy of the author. ——-This is the first in a series running this week on authors’ favorite holiday recipes.——-BY ERIC DREGNI The fishmonger at the Ravnkloa seafood shop in Trondheim tricked me. … More Recipe spectacular: Bury your fish for better flavor and other questionable Norwegian advice.

"Before the fence, before the checkpoints, before the border guards, there are the documents and the bureaucrats": On immigration and literacy.

BY CATHERINE VIEIRAAssistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison The United States is a nation of immigrants. But immigrating here—or coming as a refugee—has never been easy. Refugees and immigrants take difficult, dangerous, and expensive journeys. And they also undertake paperwork. Lots of it. Potential immigrants and asylum seekers must present themselves … More "Before the fence, before the checkpoints, before the border guards, there are the documents and the bureaucrats": On immigration and literacy.