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Country Coffee Talk - Egg Coffee


By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Columnists

It’s that time of the year when you wouldn’t have to cook for at least a month….church dinners, church dinners, and did I mention church dinners. There’s Ham and Meatball, Salad Luncheon, BBQ & Hot Dogs, Pork Dinner and, of course, the infamous Lutefisk Dinners. Some people boast bragging rights as to how many Lutefisk Dinners they attend each year. They say you don’t even have to be Norwegian to enjoy lutefisk (but I think it must help). For those not so in love with lutefisk (heaven forbid), delicious meatballs and mashed potatoes are served, too. Just about as important as lutefisk is lefsa…a soft Norwegian flatbread made with cooled mashed/riced potatoes. Days are spent before the church dinner rolling and baking it.

I’ve read that half the Norwegians who immigrated to America came to escape lutefisk, and the other half came to spread the gospel of lutefisk’s wonderfulness. A long time ago, in pre-refrigeration time, salting and drying fish was an efficient way to preserve it. They then soaked it in lye afterward to pull the salt out and believe it or not, make it more palatable! Lutefisk literally means lyefish. The lye was then washed from the fish and the fish were cooked.

In the earlier years of our local lutefisk dinner (back in the ‘50s), the lutefisk was taken to Dutch Detloff’s slaughter house, where it was soaked and the lye washed out of it. Today it comes kettle ready with no lye. It just needs to be cut into serving size pieces for eating. There is a real knack to cooking lutefisk, and those who do the cooking for church dinners have perfected it….the job is probably their’s forever!

Back in the day in the Midwest, a tradition at Scandinavian-American Lutheran church gatherings was “egg coffee”. It made a clear brew with no bitterness or acidity. (Did you know the scent of coffee puts people in a positive mood). This recipe is about as close as I could come to good “Egg Coffee”, to give you that warm and fuzzy feeling.



Egg Coffee



Prep time: 20 minutes

•9 cups water (to boil) plus 1 ¼ cups cold water

•¾ cup ground coffee (medium to course grind)

•1 egg

Bring 9 cups water to a rapid boil in a saucepan or enamel coffee pot

Meanwhile, stir together ground coffee, ¼ cup water and 1 egg (diehard egg coffee lovers use well washed, crushe .....
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A VIEW from the Woods - If a Tree Falls in the Forest…

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

lunch in the garden. Our god-daughter and her husband were visiting Minnesota from their home in Colorado. She was excited to show him the beloved hardwood forest landscape of her childhood. They brought her parents along, and we all soon switched ou ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
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“An apple a day may keep the doctor away”, but sour green apples sprinkled liberally with salt (stolen from a neighbor’s tree) definitely do cause a belly ache. I know this from personal experience. Perhaps it was the excitement of stealing ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk - 9.29.14

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

Where did the summer go?!! Even as I write…in the first sentence we are enjoying the summer side of the road…heat and humidity; the next sentence we’re already on the autumn side of the road…cool and crisp. It’s time to move that favorite ..... 
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A View from the Woods - Peace of Mind

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

I garden for many reasons, such as fresh food, colorful flowers, butterflies and a lovely landscape. Yet increasingly, I find that I am seeking peace of mind. When it happens, the experience is sublime, hard to describe and fleeting. It can come w ..... 
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The Working Mom - Good Mom Gone Bad

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
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Just like a good investigative TV show or gossip column would start their juicy story, I have to ask: “When did it all start going wrong?” Where did this mom go bad? Well, it all started as I took a reflection on my history of mothering and de ..... 
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A little of this, a little of that

By Kathy Little

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
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“Girls just want to have fun,” I explained to my husband when he asked about our latest girls’ weekend. For the last six years my three sisters and two nieces and myself have gone on a vacation together. Our male counterparts who used to pou ..... 
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Blueberry Crumb Cake

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
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We wave hello, we wave goodbye. Hand waving is one of the ways to avoid communication or to explain away a hard problem. We hope by hand waving a problem will magically go away….like a magician wave. But here in Minnesota there’s more to wa ..... 
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Prairie Strips Offer Glimmer of Hope

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
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Water pollution from agriculture is all over the news these days. A half million people had their water turned off in Toledo, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie due to toxic water from algae blooms, largely caused by nutrients from fertilizers and man ..... 
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