Tuesday, March 29, 2011

49 years of Finnish Talk TV - in the USA? And what about St. Urho and Jimmy Stewart?

While playing around on the interweb, I came across a television show from the U.P. (Upper Peninsula) of Michigan: Suomi Kutsuu or Suomi Calling. It is billed as the longest running talk show in the US and is certainly the longest running foreign television show in the US.

You can watch it on streaming video here.

Why Michigan? Finns immigrated to Michigan in the 19th Century to work in the copper mines and Finnish identity remains strong. To celebrate the Michigan Finns, I plan to make these pasties soon. The comments to the recipe are fun--apparently these pasties are not like the " the crap they call pasties here in Detroit.." We shall see!

And while I am on the subject of Finns in the States, I let St. Urho's Day pass without a proper celebration.

People in Finland may know nothing of St. Urho, the patron saint of Finnish grapes and the giant grasshoppers. Maybe Turku could be the first Finnish city to celebrate St. Urho with the eating of Michigan pasties.

Happy belated St. Urho's Day! "Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen!" And below is what I love best about the U.P.--Jimmy Stewart:

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