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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 “drinking of the Guinness and the green beer.” In other words a reason to shake off the winter’s doom and gloom and breathe a little merriment into what has been a long, cold haul and looking forward to spring.

I do have legitimate claim to the Irish as I am from a long line of short, chunky, auburn haired and blue-eyed Irish men. With a maiden name such as “McCraney” I can hardly deny it, nor do I want to: I am the youngest of 11 and was born in Iowa. How I got Minnesota is a story for another time.

My dad loved to cook, and at one time he was chief cook and bottle washer and bread earner (another story) for his family of 10 before my mother came along, and she was an excellent cook also. My dad used any holiday that came along as an excuse to gather kith and kin for a big meal and he was never happier than when he was cooking us a big pot of something.

As for our lineage, when asked, he always said that we were Irish, Pennsylvania Dutch and on my mother’s side I am Welch and Dutch and English. But somehow the Irish always came out on top. I had a niece who tried to research our family tree and she traced us back to somewhere in Northern Ireland near the Welch Border and that our ancestors were either tin miners or journalists, so that may be where I get my love for telling stories and keeping memories alive. I love to share stories with my grandkids. The older ones, when I start, roll their eyes and look at each other, groan, and say, “Here comes another Grandma story”, but they all seem to listen well.

My dad loved the St. Patty’s Day celebration, not as much for the partying as an excuse for the gang to gather and eat and always made BUBBLE AND SQUEAK”, which I always thought was an Irish dish, but is actually of English origin, but somehow got claimed by the Irish. I guess, according to the history books, the English helped themselves to much of what used to belong to the Irish. The Irish figured they could at least steal a recipe back. Anyway, the following recipe is my father’s rendition of Bubble and Squeak.

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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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A perfect winter day

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
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I rose early to make scones and prepare an egg bake. Our company was coming at midmorning and our brunch must be ready to serve. It pleased me to realize that the eggs came from the neighbors, the uncured ham from over near Rushford, the milk from C ..... 
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Musings from the back porch - Cornish Pastie Pie

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
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The frantic and hectic pace of Christmas, 2013 is but a distant memory, and cold, dark dreary January, February and March lie before us. Could I not be more gloomy and cheerless? Yeah, I probably could as I have to admit, these are not my favorite mo ..... 
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The urge to hide under blankets and wait for spring

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
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January- the month of the hermit. Every January I am inclined to batten down the hatches, stock up on library books, and drink endless cups of coffee. This is preferably done while huddled under a blanket and anxiously awaiting spring. Cold weather ..... 
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