living our sweet midwest life

From “too much social talking” to Podcast Host.

Welcome to Funeral Potatoes & Wool Mittens podcast, a show for people who embrace the warm and cozy spirit of everyday living in the northern Midwest. Whether you cook, bake, or have food delivery on speed dial, everyone has a comforting recipe or story to share. We bake cookies for our kids’ hockey teams and bring cheesy hash browns to funerals. Lefse and krumkake are in our DNA. Candy bars and apples make a salad. We’ll ditch work for a lake day, drive an hour for an old-fashioned bakery, and don wool mittens at 20 below and shorts once it’s 50. 

How do you make contest-winning caramel brownies? Smoke Cheez-It crackers? Where is the best bakery in Minnesota to get a glazed blueberry doughnut? Staci Perry Mergenthal, writer and baker of Random Sweets, talks to people who embrace the cozy spirit of everyday living and comfort food in the northern Midwest. Funeral Potatoes & Wool Mittens launches in spring 2022 and will be available to subscribe anywhere you get your podcasts, and at