By Jane and Chux: Minnesota is a unique place to live. We have days of sub-zero weather in the winter time (which is a misery that creates hearty souls and bonds us as Minnesotans), many beautiful fresh water lakes, ice fishing, and meat raffles!
Chux and I attend a monthly “Third Friday” event organized by a good friend. Third Friday is a casual get together at a local restaurant/bar where about 40 friends and family members meet to socialize, eat, have a few drinks and play the meat raffle.
You can find meat raffles in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Canada and the United Kingdom. In Minnesota, meat raffles are regulated by the state gambling board. National Public Radio recently did a story on our unique tradition of meat raffles, which you can read here.
Last month at the Third Friday event, I had five one-dollar bills in my wallet to play the raffle. Time after time, I lost another dollar.
On the last raffle of the evening, I hear a familiar voice say “I won!” It was Chux. He was on the other side of the room and had won on his only bet of the evening and on the last draw. He is so lucky!
For the winning ticket, he got two pounds of ground hamburger, a ham steak and a pound of bacon. We used the ham steak in a frittata and one pound of the hamburger to make adult mac and cheese, or Greek Pastitsio (recipe below). We froze the bacon and the remaining hamburger for another day. The Greek Pastitsio was delicious! We will try our luck in another week at the next Third Friday meat raffle. Maybe this time, we’ll get the beef tenderloin. Continue reading