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Becky's Food Tales - What’s in the garden today?


By Becky Hoff

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
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I took a stroll around my garden yesterday to see what signs of life I could find.

Early spring flowers are not plentiful in my yard, but it’s nice to see the tiger lilies shooting up their leaves, and a tiny patch of bloodroot is showing off it’s delicately ribbed little white flowers. Also springing up is rhubarb, Minnesota’s unofficial state plant. I look forward to pairing my rhubarb with blueberries and turning them into jam this summer.

In the herb bed, I found chives, lovage and Chinese flowering leek all making a comeback. Chinese flowering leek is similar to chives, flowering leek’s third year in my herb bed, and I was glad to see it coming back strong.

With our beautiful spring weather, I’m tempted to get out and do a bit of planting. Peas and radishes make good spring crops, so that’s what I’m going to go with for the month of April.





Chive roasted new potatoes



You will need:

Two pounds of new red potatoes, scrubbed and quartered

2-3 tablespoons of minced chives or Chinese flowering leek

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

Sea salt and black pepper to taste



Directions:

Toss all of the above in a mixing bowl, adding more olive oil if it seems necessary. Spread potatoes out in an oiled shallow baking dish, then bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Stir well, then continue baking for an additional 30 minutes, or until potatoes are well cooked.

A little of this, A little of that. - 4.6.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
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“Birds of a feather really do flock together” in Houston during the International Owl Festival in March! This is the second year my garden club, “The Forget-me nots”, has catered the food for the “Meet and Greet” where members, owl l ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk 3.30.15

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
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It was a rainy spring day and I was enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee, when my spouse announced today was the day the cattle needed to come home for ear tagging. Of course, all other help was busy but that didn’t change my spouse’s mind…the ..... 
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A view From the Woods - Through a Child’s Eyes

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
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We left home during a below zero cold snap and returned a couple of weeks later to full-on springtime. While we were lounging around the sandy Mexican beach under coconut trees, soaking up the warmth, Minnesota experienced the big thaw. Driving h ..... 
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becky's Food Tales - Hummus- Really Easy, Very Good

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
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Hummus- Really Easy, Very Good Hummus is a Middle Eastern spread made from blending just the right amounts of tahini (also known as sesame seed paste), chickpeas, lemon juice and olive oil. With a pinch of salt and a little garlic, you have a fla ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 3.2.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
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One of the last remaining phone booths is in Lanesboro, Minn. It was getting quite a lot of attention last summer. Young tourists were snapping “selfies” of themselves standing by it and in it. Laughing loudly and scornfully and exclaiming ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk 2.23.15

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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Get ready! Here comes that fifth season called March…will it come in like a lion or lamb; do we really have to beware of “The Ides of March”; will your favorite movie win the Academy Awards; will you give up something important for Lent? Or wi ..... 
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A View From the Woods - Enduring trees

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
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The view out my windows is all about trees. This morning bare branches wave and tall trunks sway in he frigid wind. For a brief few moments at sunrise, the sky glows pink behind the black tracery of living wood. Yesterday’s snow clings to horizont ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. 2-2-15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
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I love Minnesota in the spring. I love Minnesota in the summer. I love Minnesota in the fall. I do not love Minnesota in the winter At all! Blizzards, ice storms, wind chills, and slippery roads are not my definition of fun. Getting up at ..... 
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