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Industrial Cooking


Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, March 26, 2001

You may have heard of "old wives tales". I have an "old farmer attitude" when it comes to cooking. When it is my turn in the kitchen, I tend to press on to get the job done regardless of obstacles. If I dont have an ingredient that the recipe calls for, I either substitute something similar or leave it out entirely. If the batter or dough is not quite right, I crank up the torque and put more mixer power to it. If the muffins wont brown, I pour more kilowatts into the firebox. If some mixture stuck to the sides of the bowl the last time, this time I add more grease. This attitude has been the undoing of many an otherwise promising recipe.

I got a lot of practice with making breakfast on the farm. Breakfast is easy as I just threw a few eggs in the frying pan and a couple pieces of bread in the toaster. Things started to get more complicated when I got out of college and had to cook more extensively. Lemon meringue pie is one of my favorites so I tried my hand at that. Most people struggle with the fluffy white stuff on top or find it hard to get a crispy crust underneath. I had trouble getting the filling part to solidify. I ate quite a few pies by scraping the meringue off the top, drinking the filling from a glass and eating the crust with my fingers. Finally, I mentioned this minor pie problem to a friend. She asked me if I had followed the directions. I told her that I had except the part where the recipe has you add all that water to a little bit of cornstarch. I told her that I knew that much water couldnt be right, so I kept reducing the amount of water in hope that eventually the filling would be more like filling and less like yellow dishwater. I was inadvertently breaking several laws of cooking chemistry. My friend politely suggested that I would do well to try not to outsmart the recipe and do as it suggested. My next pie turned out perfectly so I quit making them. There was no challenge in it after that.

Our oldest son is away at college and seems to be living up to my legacy. One Sunday afternoon this winter he called from his rented basement lair. We chatted a while as he went about baking chocolate chip cookies. He remarked that he was having a few problems with his baking. His mother came on the line to help out. He complained that his cookies kept falling through the cookie sheet and dropping to the floor of the oven. His mom figured out that he was using the ovens grilling rack instead of .....
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Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, March 19, 2001

I sat in a seat in the middle of the theatre and looked upward.

The ceiling is still up there after all these years, I thought. Masonite panels tacked up with nails and painted green. Usually the lights are lo ..... 
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Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Journal Opinion

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Facilities Committee served the people well
March 26, 2001

For all practical purposes, the the Facilities Evaluation and Planning Committee have concluded their work.

Commissioned by the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners i ..... 
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To the Editor,

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, March 26, 2001Please, please, Fillmore County residents, stop and think before you open our area to developers and/or new residences on "10-acre woodlots." We now, in year 2001, have fertile land, plenty of woods, and relatively unpolluted ai ..... 
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To the Editor,

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, March 26, 2001I have been reading about the County Engineer not being offered a contract. I have not heard or seen anything in the paper about the commissions being dissatisfied with his work. This whole thing, to me, smacks of closed meeting ..... 
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Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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To the Editor,
Monday, March 26, 2001

In response to John Torgrimson's column on March 19, 2001, I was the Lanesboro Art Council Board member that suggested " 'apathy for the organization was so great' that perhaps it would be best t ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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Gladys Judith Swain

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Gladys Judith Swain, 93, of Rushford, a homemaker, died March 7, 2001 at her home.

Gladys Judith Williams was born May 15, 1907, on the Humble farm at Highland Prairie, moved to North Dakota with her family when she was 3 months old and retu ..... 
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