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Cheesy Mushroom Casserole


By Kathy Little

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
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“Never say never” is a saying I should always remember. When I forget this saying, I look like a liar or a fool. For instance, as a teen-ager I hated the message “kissing don’t last; cooking do” that was immortalized on a plaque in my grandmother’s kitchen. Heaven forbid that I would witness my grandparents kissing in the kitchen, but I was young and quite sure that kissing would always be more fun than eating. Besides who wanted to cook if you had to do dishes! I envisioned a future filled with much kissing and much less cooking. Tuna salad sandwiches and chips served on paper plates seemed the perfect solution.

Fast forward to reality when I discovered that my husband, who is a very good kisser, replaced “I love you’s” with “what’s for dinner” (breakfast, lunch, or dessert can be substituted for dinner). Fortunately, kissing and cooking can both last in a happy marriage.

I was also 100 percent certain that I would never become like my mother who was always quoting annoying “sayings” like “Only boring people are bored” or “If you’re feeling sorry for yourself, just go and watch people at the Mayo Clinic.” I was also absolutely sure that I would never ever act like her. She loved grocery shopping. It was like a hobby for her. She would clip coupons and peruse grocery adds and then brag about all the money she saved. BORING.

I would never go to rummage sales, rush home with my purchased treasures, and then hide them under the bed so my husband wouldn’t find out about them until later. I would never cleverly stack them in the china cupboard and pretend these dishes had always been there. To actually remove a piece of glass from said cupboard required great finesse, time, and prayers that nothing would be broken or chipped. Something usually was. But did she learn a lesson from this? NO.

I would never hide boxed potato chips in the laundry hamper. I would never make my kids eat every last pea on a plate. I would never make a child eat potato salad which made that child gag; so that the child was forced to hide potato salad in her napkin or on the window sill by her kitchen chair.

I would never limit the number of hostess cupcakes a child could eat in one setting. I would never tell a child that she could cry and carry-on as much as she liked, but could she please go to her bedroom and close the door so that the whole family wouldn’t have to list .....
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Crustless Asparagus Quiche

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
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When I started to write this, it was a beautiful day at the end of February…one of the few above zero with no wind or snow!! I decided to dust off my X-country skis and try out the snowmobile trail in the ditch, made especially for me. As I’m ..... 
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Let’s call it spring

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
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As the Winter That Drove us Nuts began to wind down, I found myself ecstatic at the first March day to attain 40 degrees. I put on my gardening overalls and a sweatshirt, with no jacket or hat, just to get in the mood. I was about to uncover a bi ..... 
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Bubble and Squeak

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
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“St. Patrick’s Day”. It’s the day one and all claim to have a touch of the IRISH so they can celebrate with the shamrocks and the music of the harps, parades, dances, parties, singing the Irish ditties, stories and, of course, the “drinkin ..... 
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The grand exodus

By Sue Ommen

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
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It is winter in Minnesota and the grand exodus has begun. Temperatures have been frigid, freezing our spirits and tempers. We should be used to our northern clime by now, but after balmy summer breezes and breathless fall landscapes, we fool ourselv ..... 
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Waiting for Something to Happen

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
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This is the time of year in which we are all waiting for something to happen. That ‘something’ is of course, spring. We’re all eagerly awaiting signs that the arctic landscape has not become a permanent fixture in our lives. Here is what I ..... 
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Bacon Rice Bake

By Kathy Little

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
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Move over Arnold S., “The Baconator” has replaced “The Terminator” in American pop culture! The pulse of the nation is on bacon, and it’s not just for breakfast anymore. Bacon frying is one of my favorite smells.....right up there with b ..... 
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Heath Bar Brownie Trifle

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
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February may be the shortest month of the year, but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of special days to celebrate. Groundhog Day and the Super Bowl started the month out on February 2 ... both worthy of celebrating ... at least right up until ..... 
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Your Digital Health

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
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In this day and age, it seems everything can be enhanced with technology—even your health. We all know that figuratively within our own backyards, we have some of the most technologically advanced research labs and medical care facilities, thanks ..... 
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