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Sue's Muse 1.4.16


By Sue Ommen

Sun, Jan 4th, 2015
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Gilbert, the food addict

Gilbert is a food addict. I thought this comment a comical assessment, as all dogs seem to be obsessed by food. An image comes to mind of my childhood black lab, Scout, gobbling the grilled hamburgers resting on a plate on our picnic table.

Gilbert gets his measured dog food two times a day, and the sound of him crunching the meat laden chow lasts about the amount of time it takes to return the measuring cup to the dog food bag. Now his meal lasts longer, as Lu has made him a pottery dish in the shape of a maze.

When our own supper is served, Gilbert wanders into the dining room, affixing a potent stare in Lu’s direction, until he is commanded to go “down under” the table.

At times you feel cruel relegating your trusty friend and this important tool in your life to a spot under the table, as the cooking smells hang in the air, making our mouths water over the feast to come. My husband is a world-class cook. As a food network aficionado, I can whip up a few good dishes as well. We once belonged to a gourmet club, and still make favorites from the around the world themed menus, such as chimichangas and French onion soup.

Gilbert, however, is on a fairly strict diet. This is not only for his benefit, but also because he needs to be in good physical health to accomplish the job he has been trained to do. Gilbert’s veterinarian weighs him periodically to make sure he maintains a healthy weight of about 58 pounds.

This is not to say Gilbert is without his fair share of treats, although they are considered into his overall food allowance. A trip to the library nets a dog biscuit, given to all pets with owners on a reading binge. The bank hands out treats as well. After alerting my husband, Gilbert is rewarded with a handful of dog food. Gilbert loves the tasty peanut butter, carrots, pears or apple bits stuffed into a Kong, a rubber toy with spaces for food.

Gilbert is always fed in his dish or the Kong, except when our little grandson, Oliver, smuggles him a piece of his favorite tomato and basil wheat thins, a snack Gilbert also enjoys. Oliver likes these whole-grain crackers so much; he often walks out the door with the rest of the box to finish later.

Last fall, Gilbert sneaked an apple off the ground occasionally, and hid it in his mouth to munch on later when he thought us too busy to notice. On a winter’s walk .....
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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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