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By Kathy Little

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The sewing machine and the typewriter almost defeated me in high school. I spent as much time ripping out stitches as I did sewing seams. My typing speed was an inaccurate 35 words per minutes. Realizing I could not be a seamstress or a secretary, I developed an interest in kitchen appliances and gadgets.

The kitchen stove with its four burners, oven, and broiler seemed more user friendly. I also conquered the portable mixer, blender, can opener, toaster and crockpot. Of course, I had a greater motivation because I do like to eat. I proudly informed my husband that he had wisely married a “woman who could cook.”

In our first apartment, I decided to grill steaks for a special occasion. We had gotten metal steak plates for a wedding gift, and I decided to try them.

After finishing the salads, I popped the steaks and platters into the hot broiler. Very soon the tiny kitchen was filled with black smoke and an odor like burning plastic. It really was burning plastic.

I hadn’t realized that the metal platters were supposed to be removed from the black plastic bottom tray before putting them in the broiler.

It was a poignant moment that involved loud language, cleaning, airing, scrubbing, scraping, and much sudsy hot water. I resolved never ever to use the broiler again. My husband resolved never to let me forget this “burning the steaks” moment.

Later when I attempted to conquer the charcoal grill, I fared no better. My chicken was raw on the inside and burned on the outside. My hamburger patties broke apart and fell through the grill spaces. Even brats split, and the grease caused the charcoal to flame. I learned that since my grilling skills were non-existent and perhaps even dangerous, I held a spatula in one hand and a water bottle in the other. I longed for the juicy meats and grill marks that TV chefs produced so easily. Since practice didn’t help, and meat is expensive; my husband became the family grill master. I became the salad and dessert maker.

The kitchen stove with its burners and oven is still my favorite appliance. A 9x13 aluminum cake pan is my favorite baking pan.



Sunday Dinner in a 9x13 pan

6 skinned and boned chicken breasts

1 pkg. sliced Swiss Cheese

1 can Healthy Request cream of chicken soup

1 can Healthy Request cream of celery soup

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Rushford Library hosts author

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

By Kirsten Zoellner The Rushford Public Library is well-known for its on-going and varied programs. Keeping the pace going in the frigid winter, the library warms things up Tuesday, February 26 with a humorous evening with Minnesota writer Eric Dre ..... 
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“Dorothy Molter: The Root Beer Lady” with Sarah Guy-Levar

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Some know her as “The Root Beer Lady,” others, the Florence Nightingale of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Dorothy Molter is a Northwood’s Minnesota icon. Hear about the making of the wilderness area as it pertained to her 57 year history on t ..... 
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Why we recycle

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator The Environmental Protection Agency of the United States and another group known as “Green Living” have made a lot of this information available for me to share with you. I realize you have he ..... 
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The 2nd Annual March Meltdown for Habitat for Humanity is just around the corner

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

Make plans to come to Wheeler’s Bar and Grill in Harmony on Saturday, March 2nd for the March Meltdown festivities and support Habitat for Humanity. The afternoon begins with a double elimination bean bag tournament beginning at 3:00pm. The ent ..... 
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Book signing in Harmony

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

The Harmony Arts Board is sponsoring a Book Signing event on Saturday, February 23 at the Community Center, Meeting Room #1 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with an “Author Speak” time set for 1:30. Harmony native, Amy Hahn will be in town with two o ..... 
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Lanesboro Community Theater’s production of Leaving Iowa

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Rehearsals for Lanesboro Community Theater’s (LCT) production of Leaving Iowa are well underway and director Barbara Benson Keith reports that everyone is having a great time. Leaving Iowa, by Tim Clue and Spike Manton, is a hilarious sentimental ..... 
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Book signing in Harmony

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

The Harmony Arts Board is sponsoring a Book Signing event on Saturday, February 23 at the Community Center, Meeting Room #1 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with an “Author Speak” time set for 1:30. Harmony native, Amy Hahn will be in town with two o ..... 
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Portrait painter and musician Matt Duckett will be Lanesboro Art Center’s 36th Artist in Residence

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Since its inception in 2001 with the first artist Erik Pearson, Lanesboro Arts Center has brought 35 artists to Lanesboro for Artist Residencies. Artist #36 will soon be here: Matt Duckett is a portrait painter and musician from LaCrosse, Wisc. He w ..... 
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