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A little of this, A little of that. - 6.22.15


By Kathy Little

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
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“Back in the day When there were Preston Bluejays, There was the Victory Café.”

It was located next to what is now the Preston IGA. Lunch specials were served daily; but each one contained real mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, and some canned vegetable. The meat was usually roast beef, roast pork, roast turkey, roast chicken, or ham. My aunt Eva Tienter did the boiling, mashing, roasting, and gravy making. During her spare time she made pie crusts using lard or Crisco. The meals were hearty, cheap, and delicious so many court house workers ate there.

My first real job was writing commercials for the brand new country western radio station, KFIL, housed in the old lumber yard building. By “real job” I mean that I got to dress up for work and had a lunch hour! I also learned that the “customer is always right”, so if you make a mistake; admit it, fix it, and apologize. That’s the Midwestern work ethic, which also includes being punctual, pleasant, and cooperating with fellow employees. Do young people today have that work ethic? I guess I’m old fashioned enough to think that the young have an overwhelming sense of entitlement. They think everything should just be given to them! But I digress.

My co-workers were easy to cooperate with, so it was a pleasant work experience. Mavis, Bev, Marge, and I often went out for lunch together. Because the Victory was farther away from the station, we often ate at the Rebound Inn, located down on the flat. It was an old-fashioned tavern with a mirrored back bar and high backed wooden booths. Rita O’Connor ran that bar, serving beer, drinks, and food with a “don’t mess with me” style. She never needed a bouncer to handle customers who got rowdy!

That woman could really cook. She served up heavenly fried chicken, Swiss steak, baked ham with a pineapple slice, meatloaf and burgers, and hand cut skin -on fries. My favorite was the cold meatloaf sandwich served on thick slices of homemade bread slathered with real butter. Pickles, ketchup, and chips were served on the side.

I started thinking back to those days while reading an article on exciting new foods, beverages, and condiments. It mentioned that goat was the new meat. Of course I love goat cheese, but I have never eaten goat or even lamb. Greek yogurt is the new health food, along with hummus (chickpeas) and edamame (soybeans). Living by the soybean mill in Preston and dealin .....
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Country Coffee Talk - 6.15.15

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
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It’s that time of the year when uninvited guests arrive….and I don’t mean relatives. It’s that little social insect…ANTS. Ants are social because they live and work together, where they feed and protect one another. Actually they are an ..... 
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A View From the Woods - The Earth’s Call

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
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One of my favorite publications, The Maine Organic Farmer and Gardener, just arrived in my mailbox. It is a dense mixture of updates on organic farming policy, tips for the gardener, and farsighted explorations of emerging issues. From the esoteric t ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Grow your own

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
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Early June is an exciting time of year in Minn. Warm weather has finally come, and everything is full on green and beautiful! Flowers are blooming, and tender seedlings are being planted to give us lovely summer veggies. Young and fragile pepper and ..... 
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The Working Mom - The art of compromise

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, May 25th, 2015
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When the word compromise is offered, it can sometimes feel like a four-letter word or a substitute for the acronym IDGMW---I Didn’t Get My Way. However, when approached with a light touch and a bit of a conniving nature, compromise can be very ..... 
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A little bit of this A little bit of that - 5.11.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, May 11th, 2015
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“Harmony” according to the dictionary means “peaceable or friendly relations”. To teens in the 1960s, “Harmony” meant Harmony, Minn., the “date night capital” of Fillmore County! That’s because it had a drive-in root beer stand, ..... 
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Coffee Talk 5.4.15 - Correction

Mon, May 11th, 2015
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Corrections to last week’s Country Coffee Talk: 7 tablespoons of flour was omitted from the filling part of the recipe. See below for correct recipe. Rhubarb Custard Bars Crust: 2 cups flour, ¼ cup sugar, 1 cup cold butter Combine flour & s ..... 
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Coffee Talk - 4.5.15

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, May 4th, 2015
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Get Happy!! It’s porch season, which makes it harder to focus on work. “If I never see another snowflake, I’ll consider the rest of my life a success” (at least not until next winter)….something I read and totally agree with now that it ..... 
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A View From The Woods - Fits and Starts

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
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The coming of spring is a process of two steps forward and one step back. The season is all mixed up with long weeks of warmth followed by seemingly endless stretches of cold, wet, windy awfulness. Control freaks are impatient, cranky or depressed ..... 
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