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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 waving than solving problems, especially when we’re driving down the road. A few years back my brother-in-law and his family from the Cities were coming for a visit to the country. Passing a car on the country road they waved at each other. His daughters asked if he knew them and he said nope. They were horrified as they had always been taught not to talk or wave to strangers. They had forgotten their dad grew up in the country, so he knew the rules…you wave at everyone, just in case you might know them, so they wouldn’t think you were unfriendly or a city folk…maybe it’s just a reflex.

Sometimes you don’t even have to see a face when a car goes by, just the wave that’s unique to that person. There are so many different kinds of waves…the one hand no motion wave, the one hand flap up & down wave, the one hand half circle wave, the one finger (index) wave over the steering wheel...maybe back and forth...maybe not, the thumb wave, and then there’s those on the cell phone who wave with the hand they’re not holding the phone with (hmmm who’s steering?) I don’t think the Royal Wave is done much from the car but it is practiced at length to get it just right for riding in parades. So you see, each person has their own signature wave. Think about it, do you have your own signature wave…it might be so automatic that you don’t even realize you are doing it. It’s our way of being Minnesota nice.

Today I’m going to sit on our porch with a cup of coffee and eat this delicious and easy Blueberry Crumb Cake given to me by a good friend and wave at cars going by.

Blueberry Crumb Cake

In a medium bowl mix together:

2 C of flour

1 C of sugar

1 T Baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

Cut in with a pastry cutter: ½ Cup butter (not softened)

In small bowl mix and stir into dry ingredients:

1 C 2% milk, 2 eggs. Do not overmix!

Fold in 1 ½ C blueberries. Pour in greased 9x13 glass pan.

In a separate bowl mix topping: 1 C sugar, ½ cup flour, ¼ C melted butter

Put both batter and topping separately in refrigerator .....
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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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Real Bites: The Sweaty Gypsy of Peterson

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
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Have you ever heard of a sweaty gypsy? Me neither. Not until I visited Burdeys Cafe in Peterson, Minn. As I scanned the menu, I arrived at a section titled “Fancy Pants Gourmet Burgers,” and the first one on the list was The Sweaty Gypsy. ..... 
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Mint Julep

By Kathy Little

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
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“Build it and they will come” is an old saying. I say build a fence and people will wonder what is behind it just like in the “Wizard of Oz” when Dorothy wondered what was behind the curtain during an audience with the great wizard. My hu ..... 
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Honey Raspberry Iced Tea

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
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How’s your garden doing? ... A common greeting this time of the year. Up until a few weeks ago, our answer was “good”. Then one morning we came out to some beet foliage mowed to the ground and parts of the beautiful row of peas torn down…(p ..... 
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Grand View Grows From Land

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
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John Weiss, Senior Staff Writer for the Rochester Post Bulletin, had been nudging me for several months to talk about my consulting work. We finally caught up with each other in my garden during asparagus season, and he wrote this article for his we ..... 
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Coconut Cookies

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
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July 14, 1914 - What is so significant about that date? Well, it is my mother’s birthday. She would be 100 this year and I wish she were here to celebrate with, but in reality I know that can’t be. We all have wonderful memories about our moms, ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Summer Smoothies

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
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Roadside strawberry stands have been springing up in the last week or so- in between the rainstorms, that is! I recently enjoyed driving out into the country with a good neighbor to pick up a load of berries. This was one of those rare sunny days an ..... 
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Real Bites - Supper for Four

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
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It was a Wednesday night, and dad (that would be me) was in charge of supper until mom arrived home. A fail-safe plan is always to call upon the Village Square of Fountain. They have a 2-2-2 option that includes two medium pizzas with two topp ..... 
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