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Becky's Food Tales - Have a bran-tastic day


By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
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Those who know me may be aware of the fact that I am not a morning person. Perhaps it is a holdover from years of working night shifts; I do not know. If you call my house before nine a.m., prepare to leave a message. I may be awake, but I am not quite ready to converse.

My husband is an early bird; I don’t know how he does it. He gets out of bed without hitting the snooze button, has a couple cups of coffee, reads the news, and then gets ready for work. Before he leaves the house he might give me a careful nudge to make sure I’m planning on joining the world for the day. Inevitably I do get out of bed, but I’m never really happy about it.

Because I love my husband, I want to make sure that he has a good breakfast before he leaves for the day, something that isn’t a fast food sandwich picked up on the morning commute. Crock pot oatmeal, cereal bars and instant breakfasts are all in the rotation. Lately we’ve been enjoying these All Bran cereal muffins, which are based off of a recipe of my mom’s. Feel free to experiment with the add-ins, and use any type of nut or dried fruit you prefer.







Cranberry-Walnut

All Bran Muffins



2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 Tbsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 cup sugar

¼ cup vegetable oil

¼ cup melted butter

2 eggs

2 ½ cups buttermilk, divided

1 ½ cups dried cranberries

1 ½ cups walnuts

4 cups dry All-Bran cereal

Combine cereal and two cups of the buttermilk in a large mixing bowl; set aside.

Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In a large measuring cup, combine remaining ½ cup of buttermilk, two beaten eggs, melted butter and vegetable oil. Mix this into the cereal mixture, followed by dry ingredients, then nuts and cranberries.

The mixture will be very dense, and you may have to use your hands to fully mix it through. It will resemble cookie dough in texture.

Generously spray muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray, and fill with balls of dough that are slightly larger than a golf ball. Bake at 350 for 16-18 minutes, until a toothpick comes out of a muffin cleanly. Turn out onto a cooling rack and cool completely before storing.

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Working Mom - 12.15.14

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Who remembers getting apples, nuts, and hard candy in a brown bag after their Sunday School Christmas program? I do and am not sure why, but my parents never seemed to be worried about me choking on the ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
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Once upon a time long, long ago in the small village of Preston; brothers Marshall and Herman Ebert owned a hardware store on the corner across the street from the Park Hotel. It stocked manly man stuff like shovels, hoes, rakes, lawn mowers and whe ..... 
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A View From the Woods

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
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Climate Chaos We shivered through November days colder than ever before in Minnesota. Last spring was extremely wet. Summer was extraordinarily cool and pleasant. I recall the summer before was excruciatingly hot and humid. Rainfalls seem to com ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
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By: Becky Hoff The Plight of the Pumpkin My friends, this is not a good time of year to be a pumpkin. In truth, it’s not a good time to be any sort of squash, but the round orange guys really get it this time of year. In October the frenzy bega ..... 
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The Working Mom

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
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Minnesota Women and Flip-Flops Do you ever wonder if anyone loves flip-flops as much as Minnesota women love them? My husband does not understand my obsession so will continually ask me if I “really need so many pairs.” (Like they are taking u ..... 
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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 infam ..... 
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A VIEW from the Woods - If a Tree Falls in the Forest…

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
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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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