Margie Blog 1

Cover Art - Hot Dish Heaven - A Murder Mystery with Recipes by Jeanne Cooney

Hello to all of ya on the World Wide Web there. This is Margie Johnson, the owner of the Hot Dish Heaven Café in Kennedy, Minnesota, in the heart of the Red River Valley. And you’re readin’ my very first “blog.” That’s right. I now have a blog, which makes my sister, Vivian, madder than […]

Margie Blog 2

I live on the edge of nowhere

Hello, again! It’s Margie Johnson, the owner of the Hot Dish Heaven Café, with more news from the Red River Valley of Northwestern Minnesota. I just got home from visitin’ my aunt Henrietta, don’t ya know. We moved her into the nursin’ home a few weeks ago, after it became clear that she couldn’t stay […]

Christmas Blog

Author Jeanne Cooney

It’s Margie Johnson, the owner of the Hot Dish Heaven Café, up north in the Red River Valley. I’ve decided to be high-tech and send an electronic Christmas letter this year, so here goes— Winter is on its way, yah, ya betcha. And my new husband, John Deere—yah, that’s his real name, yet the local […]


Funny Dolls

A lady at the Olympics asked Ole, “Are you a pole vaulter?” Very offended, Ole replied, “No I’m Norwegian, and my name ain’t Valter.” Submitted by Julie Lindegard

Lena’s Obituary

Man in Woods Wearing Plaid

Like most Norwegians, Ole, a professional fisherman, was pretty dang frugal. But when his wife, Lena, passed away, he reckoned he better put an obituary in the paper. So after fishin’ one day, he went on down there to the newspaper office and told the editor to write that Lena had died. Well, the editor […]

Jeanne’s KARE11 Interview at the State Fair

KARE BARN at Minnesota State Fair

Jeanne stopped by the KARE Barn to discuss her book and share a few recipes; everybody’s favorite, Tater-Tot Hot Dish, and Snicker Salad. Yes, you read that right, Snicker Salad!

Jeanne’s News @ Noon Interview on WJON

WJON Interview

This Wednesday Jeanne was interviewed by Jim Maurice for the WJON radio program News @ Noon. You can listen to the interview on WJON’s site here. In the interview, Jeanne explains where the recipes in the book came from and how the book came to be.

Jeanne Cooney Discusses Retirement in the Star Tribune

Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria

In the October 22nd issue of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jeanne talks about her plans for continuing work on the Hot Dish Heaven series after her retirement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Minneapolis, as well as some of the highlights of her 28 plus year career as its director of community relations. Read the […]

MPR Blog Interview with Jeanne Cooney

Author Jeanne Cooney - Source MPR

Laura Yuen interviews Jeanne about her upcoming retirement, the writing of “Hot Dish Heaven: A Murder Mystery with Recipes,” and future plans. Read the full article on MPR’s site here.

Ole’s Accident

Big Gnome

One day, Ole was driving along, when he got hit by a truck. He sued. And, in court, the truck driver’s lawyer questioned his claim. “Ole, didn’t you say to the state tropper at the time of the accident that you were fine?” Ole replied, “Well, I’ll tell ya what happened dare. See, I’d just […]