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By Kathy Little

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in All Arts & Culture

By Kathy Little

“Campbell’s Soup is M’m, M’m Good.” We knew that commercial was true because we had eaten a pantry full of their chicken noodle and tomato soup. Chicken noodle soup magically cured colds and tomato soup with grilled cheese was a gourmet delight.

The Campbell’s kids, a red-headed boy and a blonde girl, were cute with their brown eyes and dimples. Sometimes the boy had blonde hair and the girl had red hair. Strange!

We even saved the bright red labels to send in for free stuff. We wanted the soup bowls but our mother insisted that we send for the soup spoons with a U.S. President’s face on the handle. They weren’t breakable. Raising four children had given my mother a phobia about broken dishes. I didn’t know why at the time.

Those spoons are now sold at antique shops. How time flies. Campbell Soup merchandise is still being made and sold, too.

Homemade soup when I was young was usually a way to serve leftovers. It was either that or a casserole of leftovers mixed with a cream soup from Campbell’s. Turkey noodle soup appeared after Thanksgiving and ham with split pea soup would appear after Easter.

Thrifty cooks never threw anything away. A turkey carcass or a ham bone made a delicious broth.

I always “made” soup for lunch when I babysat my two cousins. They loved chicken noodle soup. One loved the broth. One loved the noodles. Woe to the babysitter who put even one noodle in that broth. The broth lover then considered her soup contaminated and threw a hissy fit. I learned that lesson the hard way.

When I married and began cooking from scratch, I learned that there were even soups that were served cold. These were never my favorite. I also discovered that soup could entice my family to eat more vegetables. Delicious and healthy - a wonderful combination.

Collecting soup recipes became a hobby. Some soups required much chopping, which I find relaxing. Others required hours of simmering, creating a wonderful aroma in the kitchen. Still others had great garnishes like popcorn, sour cream, or taco chips.

Eventually I purchased a chef-like soup pot and vintage rimmed soup plates and vintage soup spoons. Making soup made me feel like a pioneer woman cooking something in a black cast iron pot over a huge open fireplace.

My favorite homemade soup is cheap, easy, and elegant .....
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“Historical Harmony” during Holiday Fest

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

On November 17, as part of the Holiday Fest, the Harmony Area Historical Society will present its current display of pictures and other items that capture the history of Harmony. The display will be in the HAHS Interpretive Room at the Harmony Visit ..... 
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Salvation Army seeks local bell ringers and contributions

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Salvation Army kettle season is right around the corner in Preston. You’ll find the kettle and bell ringers in Preston on Wednesday, December 19 at the F&M Bank corner from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in front of P ..... 
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WAHS celebrating Christmas with annual tours and concert

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Wykoff Arts & Culture

The Wykoff Area Historical Society will celebrate the Christmas season 2012 with Home Tours on December 1st and a special Christmas Concert on the 2nd at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wykoff. On Saturday, December 1, the Home Tours will feature ..... 
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Grace Place continues expanding mission

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Grace Place, an organization with a 20-year history of serving single women and their families, is announcing plans to develop a future Family Care Center and Transitional Shelter Facility in Rushford, and to continue increasing services into other ..... 
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Lanesboro Christmas Inn tour

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The Bed and Breakfast Inns of Lanesboro, Minnesota welcome you Sunday, December 2, to our Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tour. Join us for an afternoon of celebration and tour the Bed and Breakfast Inns that have made Lanesboro the Bed and Breakfast Capit ..... 
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Adult soccer in Preston

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Every Sunday night from now until April 30, 2013, adult indoor soccer will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Fillmore Central Elementary School in the Elementary School Gymnasium in Preston, Minn. Soccer will be held indoor every Sunday night, with pick-up ..... 
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The Working Mom

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in All Arts & Culture

A Different Thankful List We can all think of advice that our mother told us like, “keep your house clean…you never know when company is going to stop by” or, “if you don’t knock it off, your face is going to stay like that!” That last ..... 
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New furnaces and air conditioners at the Spring Valley library

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Arts & Culture

By Gary Peterson At the Spring Valley council meeting the major item of concern was the news from the library that the furnaces and air conditioners for the building are in bad condition. The units on the roof have been leaking carbon monoxide, and ..... 
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