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Industrial Cooking


Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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Monday, March 26, 2001

You may have heard of "old wives tales". I have an "old farmer attitude" when it comes to cooking. When it is my turn in the kitchen, I tend to press on to get the job done regardless of obstacles. If I don’t have an ingredient that the recipe calls for, I either substitute something similar or leave it out entirely. If the batter or dough is not quite right, I crank up the torque and put more mixer power to it. If the muffins won’t brown, I pour more kilowatts into the firebox. If some mixture stuck to the sides of the bowl the last time, this time I add more grease. This attitude has been the undoing of many an otherwise promising recipe.

I got a lot of practice with making breakfast on the farm. Breakfast is easy as I just threw a few eggs in the frying pan and a couple pieces of bread in the toaster. Things started to get more complicated when I got out of college and had to cook more extensively. Lemon meringue pie is one of my favorites so I tried my hand at that. Most people struggle with the fluffy white stuff on top or find it hard to get a crispy crust underneath. I had trouble getting the filling part to solidify. I ate quite a few pies by scraping the meringue off the top, drinking the filling from a glass and eating the crust with my fingers. Finally, I mentioned this minor pie problem to a friend. She asked me if I had followed the directions. I told her that I had except the part where the recipe has you add all that water to a little bit of cornstarch. I told her that I knew that much water couldn’t be right, so I kept reducing the amount of water in hope that eventually the filling would be more like filling and less like yellow dishwater. I was inadvertently breaking several laws of cooking chemistry. My friend politely suggested that I would do well to try not to outsmart the recipe and do as it suggested. My next pie turned out perfectly so I quit making them. There was no challenge in it after that.

Our oldest son is away at college and seems to be living up to my legacy. One Sunday afternoon this winter he called from his rented basement lair. We chatted a while as he went about baking chocolate chip cookies. He remarked that he was having a few problems with his baking. His mother came on the line to help out. He complained that his cookies kept falling through the cookie sheet and dropping to the floor of the oven. His mom figured out that he was using the oven’s grilling rack instead of .....
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Something smells fishy

Fri, Mar 30th, 2001
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Monday, April 2, 2001

A lot of people have been asking me why the county is dumping the county engineer, Steve Voigt. "What has he done wrong?" they ask, implying that there is some smoking gun somewhere that would point to malfeasance or insu ..... 
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Weller sentenced to 10 years

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

Lloyd Albert Weller was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Judge Robert Benson in Fillmore County District Court on Thursday, February 22.

As part of a plea bargain agreement, Weller had plead guilty to one co ..... 
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Planning Commission puts Eagle Cliff on hold; deals with sub-divisions

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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By John TorgrimsonMonday, March 26, 2001

The Fillmore County Planning Commission tabled for 30 days any action on a request by Eagle Cliff Campground for a conditional use permit to establish a Bread & Breakfast at their campground in Holt Tow ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Concerns raised about damBy Mike McGrathMonday, March 26, 2001

At its regular meeting last Monday evening, the Lanesboro City Council held a discussion with representatives of the Bank of Cashton, Wisconsin about the fate of the building known ..... 
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Caught in the path of progress

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, March 26, 2001


There is a big change coming to Preston. Yes, the ethanol plant is going to expand, which will probably mean a taller stack and a stronger odor. But that change may be dwarfed by what the Minnesota Department of Tra ..... 
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Ecuador revisited

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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By Al MathisonMonday, March 26, 2001

I was told that there is a new super highway, an engineering marvel of sorts, that runs from Ecuador’s capital, Quito, high in the Andes Mountains, down to the Pacific Ocean, that cut ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


We offer a plan service ..... 
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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