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More notes from a country kitchen.


By Vicki Christianson

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The other night I got out my Silverstone cooking pan and lightly sprayed it with Fat Free Pam and thought, “boy, have we come a long way in the frying area!” When I was first married I only owned a great big black cast iron fry pan that had been a wedding gift. I used left over “grease” whenever I fried something - and back then the only thing you usually did was “fry.” When it came to “grease,” well that could be left over fat drippings, rendered lard, Oleo, Crisco, cooking oil or butter.

Lard was the most common thing mom had when we were kids. She usually bought it in a tin pail or in one pound blocks. After you fried your meat or potatoes in the lard you poured the drippings into a tin can that was sitting on the back of the stove to be used again at a later date.

Mom even used lard when she made her “lard/sugar” cookies. They pretty much were made up of everyday ingredients that you had on hand in the cupboards - especially lard - and were cheap to make. She used a drinking glass that had been dampened and dipped in white sugar to press down each cookie ball on the cookie sheet before baking. The sugar is what made the cookie special! Without that sugar they were pretty blah!!

When mom wanted to be “fancy” she used a dampened fork dipped in white sugar or colored sugar to smash down the balls. The fork left pretty colored ridges in the cookies. Oleo was always bought by the case. We never had butter, just Oleo for baking, cooking, and spreading on our bread or toast. Didn’t always melt the best on your toast but since it was all we had we really didn’t know any different.

I remember when Crisco first came out. We thought it was wonderful! It was nice and white and fluffy! First time my little brother saw Crisco he thought it was something else. I think whipped cream. I tried to tell him to get out of the Crisco can but he had grabbed a big tablespoon and dipped it into the Crisco before I could stop him. I told him he would be sorry but he just stuck his tongue out at me and shoved the entire tablespoon full of Crisco into his mouth! His eyes got big, his face turned red, he glared at me and then he ran to the waste basket and starting spitting. Bet he spit for 10 minutes! And then I think he started crying and blaming me!

Mom finally gave him a couple of soda crackers to eat so he could get the taste out of his mouth. I remember looking at him with .....
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Local artist to have painting grace cover of TOSCA magazine

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

By Barb Jeffers Joni Finnegan, an artist who resides in rural Lanesboro, Minn., has had one of her paintings chosen to be on the cover of the Twin City Arts and Theatre Magazine, TOSCA, which is an acronym for Theatre, Opera, Shakespeare, Culture a ..... 
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Peterson native Abby Stocker wins Phillip Christopher Schrun Prize

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Arts & Culture

SAINT PAUL, MN - Abby Stocker, of Peterson, Minn., was one of five students representing Bethel University at the recent “Making Literature” conference at Taylor University, in Upland, Ind. Stocker won the Phillip Christopher Schrun Prize for Li ..... 
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Bradley honored by Thrivent Financial for outstanding performance

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, MN - Walter Bradley, FIC, Lanesboro, a financial associate with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, has qualified for the Sierra level conference by providing financial guidance and solutions to members of the organization in 2012. Out of n ..... 
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Bob Bovee & Gail Heil In Concert

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

“A toe-tapping history lesson? Expect no less at tonight’s performance by Bob Bovee and Gail Heil! Banjo, fiddle, guitar and harmonica are all vehicles for heritage in story and song. This homespun treasure draws its integrity from personal root ..... 
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National Trout Center angles for State Bond Funding

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Minnesota legislators recently heard a proposal request for $4.5 million in state bond funding to establish a permanent home for the National Trout Center organization located in Preston. The non-profit center is currently operating in a temporary s ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company announces 16th Annual Ibsen Festival

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Mn - The Commonweal Theatre Company announces its 16th Annual Ibsen Festival is April 12-14 in downtown Lanesboro. Named for the acclaimed “Father of Modern Drama,” the Festival, a celebration of Scandinavian theatre, visual art, musi ..... 
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SEMAC awards Arts Grants

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

On March 19, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 46 grants for a total of $183,305 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included twenty-three McKnight Individual ..... 
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Recycling aluminum

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator The recycling of aluminum started in the early 1900s. Then, during WWII, great amounts of metal were needed, and it became quite extensive. Then, after a bit of a lull, the introduction of the alu ..... 
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