The Local Farey Tale of Knoephla Soup

Knoephla Soup at Kroll’s Diner in Fargo, ND

One year ago I launched Local Farey Tales. And it’s been an incredible labor of love. I’ve loved getting to “meet” all the Tale-Tellers over Zoom or phone and then sharing their tales with people far and wide.

While I took a break to regroup for Season 2, I’m happy to announce that the new season has officially begun with the release of “The Local Farey Tale of Knoephla Soup”.

When I first spoke to the artist, Jonathan Reich, about creating the Local Farey Tales logo, he revealed he was from North Dakota. I remembered trying “lumpy yellow soup” when in Fargo but couldn’t remember the official name. Jonathan was quick to inform me about it and the soup was put on the list for a future episode. When the time finally came to start interviews, I knew I had to include Jonathan and I’m happy to say he agreed to contribute to this episode.

This episode is the shortest one yet but no less filled with lots of info & anecdotes!

You can listen to the episode here or anywhere you stream podcasts.

Note: The photo is from the first time I had Knoephla Soup. It was at Kroll’s Diner in Fargo, ND where it’s also known as “Lumpy Yellow Soup”. 🙂

Listen: The Local Farey Tale of Knoephla Soup

Episode Notes:

Welcome to Season 2! The Local Farey Tale of Knoephla Soup is told in 3 chapters (averaging 12 minutes each) ladling together the voices of the following Tale-Tellers… Kiah Gumeringer (Mary Ellen’s Bistro), Mark Heidrich (The Grill), Michael Miller (Germans from Russia Heritage Collection), Ben Myhre (Ramshackle Pantry), Carmen Rath-Wald (Tri-County Tourism Alliance), and Jonathan Reich

Credits: Music by Anisha Thomas, Artwork by Jonathan Reich, Narrator, Concept, Production and Editing by Nora Vetter

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Find out more: Kroll’s Diner, Medina, ND

The Local Farey Tale of Loco Moco

Loco Moco at Kualoa Ranch

Just in time for Labor Day Weekend listening, it’s a new episode of Local Farey Tales!

This episode (6!) features Loco Moco. Although the dish has escaped it’s original borders of Hilo, Hawaii, and can be found here and there around the globe, it is still very much a beloved local fare.

As I listened to the Tale-Tellers speak about the dish, I couldn’t help but think about doughburgers/slugburgers/Dudie Burgers as the Hawaiian-style burger was described. And wondered…has anyone created Southern fusion Loco Moco? Which then had me wondering about other local fare fusions/mash ups. As the podcast grows its audience, I would love to have live shows interviewing people about iconic food at different state fairs. Perhaps I’ll just have to add a food truck to that plan and offer some of these local fare fusions. 🙂

You can listen to the episode here (or anywhere you stream podcasts). BUT if you stream elsewhere, be sure to check out the supplemental content via that same link.

Note: The photo is from the only time I’ve had Loco Moco so far. I had wanted to try it and the cafe at this tour stop was my only opportunity. It was okay but after hearing everyone speak of all the other options in Hawaii, I can’t wait to go back and properly sample a few!

The Local Farey Tale of Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing

8 oz “beginner size” bottle of Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing

Episode 4 pays tribute to one of my homestate’s favorite local fare: Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing.

I haven’t lived in Nebraska for over a decade but assembling this episode definitely brought back memories of visiting or passing through many of the towns mentioned…and of course having Dorothy Lynch Salad Dressing readily available. Like many of the Tale-Tellers in this episode I didn’t immediately realize why so many restaurants didn’t have Dorothy Lynch when my Dad would request it (and then get a bit irritated when they suggested French Dressing as an alternative). I just figured these restaurants were either out of the dressing because it was so popular or oddly chose not to carry it. As I grew older, I realized how unique Dorothy Lynch was to the state and how amazing it was when restaurants and stores actually did carry it in and outside of the state. It’s kept going all these years based on it’s taste/reputation and whether you’re a Nebraskan or not, there will definitely be some unique tales to uncover about the person, Dorothy Lynch and her namesake dressing in this episode. You can listen to it here.

And keep an eye on the “Dorothy Lynch Home Style Dressing Tale-Teller” posts! Mena Sprague kindly shared some family photos that include a youngster Dorothy and I’m excited to share them with you.

Note: The photo is of a bottle of Dorothy Lynch that I won during a drawing at Nebraska Coast Connection. While I was tempted to keep it for myself, I decided to send it (and a branded magnet clip) to my now retired-to-South Carolina Dad. As seen in the photo below…I think he was pleased. 🙂

Photo provided by Rosalie Vetter

Date Shake Tale-Teller: Travis Brown

Travis Brown (Photo provided by China Ranch Date Farm)
China Ranch Date Farm Date Shake (Photo provided by China Ranch Date Farm)