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Posted at 5:25 AM on April 10, 2009 by Dale Connelly (33 Comments)

Our Frosty Bottoms Brown Fat Resort is rapidly gaining popularity even though it doesn't really exist. Maybe BECAUSE it doesn't really exist.
Though there are no actual bookings yet, it won't be long before people from various elsewheres around the world are clamoring for the chance to come here during our peak chilling season to, well, chill.

That Guy In The Hat came up with a logo for our venture.

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It's clearly Heartlandish, and has the added advantage of suggesting (while not actually claiming) that extreme cold applied to a specific part will rapidly agitate the brown fat and consequently accelerate the shrinkage of that part more quickly than the rest of the body. If we can get people to believe this, they will pay extra to sit on a hard bench.

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Yesterday's discussion also veered into the making of Norwegian Goat Cheese, or "Gjetost". The thought is that brown food = brown fat, which is good news if you have a fondness for chocolate things as well as brunost and gjetost. Cynthia sent historic photos of the process, though I hasten to say she is not the one wrangling the goat.

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These pictures make it clear that whenever gjetost is being made, a goat is always nearby to supervise the work. Cows are oblivious to the rest of the cheese making process, but goats ... they care about results.

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And if there's no goat available, some kids show up. Just to keep an eye on you.

Speaking of that, is everyone looking forward to a visit from the Easter Goat? I understand he barges into your house, eats your candy, and stares you down if you complain about it. True?


Comments (33)

Good morning...Guy in the Hat: PERFECT logo. You're hired! Need a logo for the gjetost production which will begin in Mahtowa sometime in May.

If I can stop laughing long enough to milk the goats.

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | April 10, 2009 6:02 AM


first, just let me say calloo callay! i can hear Dale's voice this morning - Wild Blue came yesterday and gave us a new modem for our satellite.
second - Guy in the Hat - that's a fabulous representation for Frosty Bottoms. we've been watching the series "Madmen" on Netflix - is the "Guy" on of them??
third - Cynthia - cool pics of the gjetost process. do you make yours outside in a big vat over a fire? how does gjetost taste with TJ's brats?
fourth - yes, Dale, we anticipate a visit from the Easter Goat, but we will receive baby goats - not chocolate ones - checked at 1:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. and they're not here yet.
could we market the little brown pellets that the goats bestow on us everywhere they walk? we have lots of them.
good morning!

Posted by Barb in Blackhoof | April 10, 2009 6:25 AM


Dale and Mike - thanks for the Buddy Holly :-)

Posted by Barb in Blackhoof | April 10, 2009 6:31 AM


Great logo TGitH - and thanks for the gjetost making photos, Cynthia! Oh the silliness with goats everywhere.

The Easter Goat is kept outside at our house - we have a house nisse who leaves him a little chocolate, an old shoe, and an Easter egg on the doorstep. If that's not enough, the nisse stands his ground and says "shoo!" a lot. As long as we leave some treats for the house nisse, our chocolate is safe.

Posted by Anna | April 10, 2009 7:23 AM


Good Friday Morning!

Great logo, That Guy In The Hat! I think this resort is going to take off (lbs) so I recommend we start some planning. We will need some suites and we should perhaps start with the Dairy Air Suite featuring gjetost cheese on the welcome tray?

Barb - I know that dog breeders take the mom's temp to get early warning since it generally drops a few degrees around 12 hours before the puppies are whelped; do you do this with goats?

How about some Tonic Sol Fa this morning?

Posted by Mark | April 10, 2009 7:26 AM


Good Morning RH,

Very clever, Guy in the Hat! I'm skeptical that you're an amateur blogger.
Dale - have you brought in a ringer?
Could there be a gjetost-making site in the vicinity of Frosty Bottoms Resort to draw even more fatties?

Here are a few things said yesterday in first grade:

The Easter bunny comes to your house while you're at church. If you don't go to church, he comes in the night.

It's not the real Easter bunny if he's wearing tennis shoes.

Last year it was so weird because I saw my Easter present in the garage! In a Target bag!

Posted by Donna | April 10, 2009 7:29 AM


I'm really confused....I barely could imagine the link between rabbits and eggs, but goats and colored rggs is straining credulity. How does the Easter goat pick up the eggs to paint and dye them?

On another seasonal note-This link shows gorillas hunting for Easter eggs and baskets http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqHKwgD6GdM

Happy Easter, Happy Spring, Happy Passover, Happy Goats to all heartlanders wherever you are!

Posted by Beth-Ann | April 10, 2009 7:39 AM


Mark, I love the Dairy Air Suite...but for some reason I feel it needs an "air" of sophistication and should be spelled "Dairy Aire"

Anna, we will certainly need a gjetost making site at Frosty Bottoms...people can stir while cooling their bottoms...an added benefit of a little exercise to speed up the weight loss.

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | April 10, 2009 7:48 AM


I really like that Allison Krause version of a Jimmy Rodgers tune which I think you have played before, Dale. I like Allison Krause, I think she really did a good job with the Jimmy Rodges tune.

Those goats are getting into every thing which I think is what goats do. Did you know that they are some times used to clean fields or road sides where a lot of unwanted brush has grown up?

I think goats should be included in the Frosty Bottoms operation in some way, maybe as mascots. I hope the Easter goat is available to help my granddaughters hunt for Easter eggs.

Posted by Jim | April 10, 2009 7:57 AM


oh Mark - so funny! and Cynthia, i think you are correct in adding class with the "e"
everyone seems giddy today - friday? day off? sunshine?
and Mark, i've never read of taking temps to indicate impending kidding.... it's a good question to research. although it's a lot easier to get that thermometer in a dog than a goat, i would bet. i'm going to see what i can find about that - sure would save me some mid-night trips to the barn! thanks! (i see a research paper in the future on this topic! :-) we can publish under the RH logo?
thanks All for the pleasant morning and great music

Posted by Barb in Blackhoof | April 10, 2009 7:58 AM


Cynthia - you're confusing my wittiness with Anna's. You must be... about my age? Good photos, btw!

Posted by Donna | April 10, 2009 8:00 AM


Good morning Heartlanders,

I haven’t been on the blog lately….I see the fun continues!

Dale, LOL! I “heart” the logo.....look forward to buttons and bumper stickers.

Cynthia, I never heard of Gjetost, brown goat cheese? Sure would like to try it. Where could I find some?

Dale, could you play some Neko Case this morning?

Happy Friday to all......

Posted by Kate | April 10, 2009 8:00 AM


When our Easter Goat hides the baskets, he leaves more than treats. His aroma leaves us gasping for fresh Spring air. Open the windows and please pass the ham.

Posted by becky | April 10, 2009 8:04 AM


I am jumping into this late, but am reading about gjetost here, and wondering if this is made of whey, as is the Norweigian cows' milk cheese of the same name.
If anyone needs 'easter bunnies' there are some to spare here (more like 'Night of the Lepus').
Happy day to you all...

Posted by Sheila In Ada | April 10, 2009 8:09 AM


Mark, I am still laughing about the Dairy Air(e) Suite!! It's just great!

Just heard from my friend Kris - they're lambing at her place in Durand - 6 so far, all cinnamon-colored. Bet they're really cute!

Happy Passover and Happy Easter everyone!

Posted by Gail in Wisconsin | April 10, 2009 8:14 AM


Perfect! John Saw That Number....

Thank You,

Posted by Kate | April 10, 2009 8:16 AM


Well, Barb - I have the day off which explains why I'm posting almost as much as you do sometimes. It's fun and I can't wait until summer so I can do it everyday until Dale or Mike blocks me. I'm very happy for you that you are able to listen again.
Please write something back to me because I'm basically insecure and crave attention.
Your friend,(the blogger formerly known as P o P)
Donna

Posted by Donna | April 10, 2009 8:17 AM


Yes, Dairy Aire is much improved, I love the teamwork on Radio Heartland! I'm going to have to negotiate my next contract carefully to make sure it doesn't interfere with my listening & blogging time.

Thanks Dale, Mike and fellow bloggers!

Barb - Perhaps you could use one of those ear thermometers on a goat?

Posted by Mark | April 10, 2009 8:27 AM


Ah, Eddy Arnold and the Cattle Call. Who could not sing along with that?!? It's up there with Rawhiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide! Yippee-ti-yi-aye!

Posted by Gail in Wisconsin | April 10, 2009 8:42 AM


Dale - thanks for your good wishes and the cowboy throat singer - wow! and then Eddie Arnold to boot!
my duties in the kidding process are to get the kiddo(s) dry and warm quickly and to make sure they get some colostrum from Mom in less than an hour after their born.
Mark - my goats are even weirder about things in their ears than their dairy aires!
and Donna, you just make me giggle
now, before i get blocked, i'm over and out :-)
happy weekend

Posted by Barb in Blackhoof | April 10, 2009 8:43 AM


Gjetost is traditionally made by cooking down the whey after making white cheese. Cooking it down caramalizes the milk sugars making it slightly sweet. Nowadays what we get here is actually called brunost in Norway and is made with goat, cow and/or a combination of...also adding cream to make it "creamier". You can find it in many supermarkets under the name SkiQueen, it's a square block wrapped in red. Norwegians eat it with bread for breakfast, I like it with apples for dessert. Must fly. Happy Easter, spring and weekend all!

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | April 10, 2009 8:45 AM


Thanks everyone! One Gjetost logo coming up...just sent it to Dale. (I'm using clip art images off of the 'net...sure hope I'm not violating any copyright laws...). I know that goat cheese doesn't have holes like Swiss but, in black/white, Swiss cheese is most easily recognizable.

A professional blogger? Is there really such a thing? You mean people can get -paid- for doing this? Really? Ok, maybe I should reconsider my resistance to My Space, Facebook, and cell phones...maybe...

So, could Saturday night be considered "Lepus Eve?" Or would that just be Lepus Adam's wife? Hm. And if we have Easter, why don't we have Norther, Souther, or Wester holidays too? Happy NorthSouthEastandWester!

Posted by That Guy in the Hat | April 10, 2009 9:23 AM


gosh, i am slow this a.m......didn't catch the Dairy Aire reference until Barb made it clear in her last (i hope!) post of the day :-)

i'm sitting on mine at the car repair joint, whee multiple folks are sitting on theirs, drinking free coffee, watching Ellen on TV, or using the free wireless.

y'all are so funny; i like the logo too, although it would be nice (sorry, cat in the hat, i'm an editor) to have the icicles sort of wrapped around the shape of the lower heart...

Gjetost and all things scandi can be purchased with a visit to Ingebretsen's on Lake Street--great store. I took a class there last year to learn how to make a kransekake (in case anyone needs a norwegian celebration cake for a big occasion).

gotta go check on the lad; he's over in the child section of the waiting area, supposedly, which is out of sight and sound of the adult area :-)

as we used to say in French class about Easter, it's a bonne ide. (pronounced, Bunn Ee-Dae)

Posted by Kay H | April 10, 2009 10:16 AM


Greetings Heartlanders! I'm very lazy today -- got up late, looked at blog and listened for a while. Then went back to bed. Today's blog has gotten even sillier than usual. Frosty Bottoms, Diary Aire Suite, Easter Goat, Norther, Wester and Souther holidays, Gjetost, throat singers, Eddy Arnold, new goat kids on the way and Barb has her RH back on!

Definitely worth celebrating! And That Guy in the Hat has been a great addition by offering some marketing zing to RH.

To Kay H -- I had way too much French in high school and college -- I believe it's spelled idee or else it has one of those groovy accent marks over it that can't be done in blog-ese.

Let's have some fun!

Posted by Joanne in Big Lake | April 10, 2009 10:45 AM


My apologies, Donna, of course, it is your wittiness that mentioned the gjetost making site. Yes, I may be about your age...(smile) but not telling.

Kay H...I LOVE kransekake! (if you use the whole almonds when you make it, it is a light brown color, so will be a necessary offering at Frosty Bottoms).

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | April 10, 2009 10:52 AM


Kay,
I understand...my wife is an editor too. I agree with you but, what can I say, it was about ten minutes of work with clip art and a photoshop knock off.

Posted by That Guy in the Hat | April 10, 2009 11:08 AM


I, for one, welcome our new Goat Cheese-making Overlords.

This blog is always amusing, but the last two days have been positively inspired! Excellent work, all, but especially Dale, who came up with the concept.

Posted by Kris in Minneapolis | April 10, 2009 11:19 AM


oh, yes, cynthia in mahtowa--i learned how to make kransekake from a real norwegian grandma, so it's all about grinding the whole almonds...one and a quarter pounds of them! and you have to do it by hand or it turns into almond butter!
barb, you're right, it is idee---but also with an accent, i think...sorry, too lazy to look up correct4 spelling before posting.
thanks for writing back, everyone! it's getting a little boring here at the car dealership==and expensive, too---more than 600 dollars...and part of it is to replace a sensor that is mistakenly saying something is wrong with the oil pressure when actually nothing is wrong....ow, that hurts!
new topic for blog someday---absurdities of modern life (like paying 165 dollars to fix the sensor..)
okay, gotta go online to look for train and princess cake decorating---my little great-niece and great-nephew's party is saturday and i'm bringing the cakes :-)

Posted by Kay H | April 10, 2009 11:23 AM


Um, Kay... it was Joanne, not Barb, who corrected your idee spelling. Don't worry about it though. A lot of us messed up this week! (What'd you have for breakfast?)

Posted by Donna | April 10, 2009 12:13 PM


No worries, mon -- having been a humble secretary for 20 years, I'm quite accustomed to making others look good without taking credit. I'm still trying to figure out how to fix my "dairy" misspelling in my earlier post.

For some reason it's more important to me to be correct in spelling and grammar -- not opinions or life. Besides, it's time consuming to type your post and try to look up something to be accurate.

Posted by Joanne in Big Lake | April 10, 2009 12:33 PM


What a giddy string of comments today.

I guess the day off explains it - I was afraid we weren't going to have many comments when there were only 3 at 7 am. But now I know ... you all slept in! That's nice.

Did anyone hear the Natalia Zuckerman - Antje Duvekot interview at 1pm today? We had them recording in the studio at 10 o'clock and Mike Pengra turned it around for broadcast very quickly. Thanks to Craig Thorson for engineering!

If you get a chance, consider going to sewe Natalia and Antje at the Gingko tonight - they're terrific.

Posted by Dale Connelly | April 10, 2009 1:55 PM


Dale,

I only heard part of the interveiw. It was a nice surprise. I really liked the part when you told them about houses, I don't recall how you put it, are being harmonically evaluated?
I'm glad I'm not cursed with perfect pitch...insert smilely face.

Will we get to hear the interveiw again?

Posted by Kate | April 10, 2009 2:37 PM


Hi Kate,

The Natalia Zuckerman / Antje Duvekot interview will be part of the Radio Heartland Saturday night broadcast NEXT week, April 18th. Mike and I decided to put it on yesterday afternoon so Natalia and Antje could get on the air in advance of their show at the Ginkgo Coffeehouse.
Thanks for listening!

Posted by Dale Connelly | April 11, 2009 7:47 AM


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