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Country Coffee Talk - 9.29.14


By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
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Where did the summer go?!! Even as I write…in the first sentence we are enjoying the summer side of the road…heat and humidity; the next sentence we’re already on the autumn side of the road…cool and crisp. It’s time to move that favorite sweatshirt to the front of the closet and enjoy a walk in the colorful woods of SE Minnesota.

Most of the garden has been harvested and it’s too late to plant the fall crops of radishes, lettuce or spinach…next year we will start sooner. But there’s still the planting of next years garlic crop, soon to happen down the road. Paul Schmidt plants at least 25 varieties of organic garlic in the fall…some for commercial use, some for the Garlic Festival, some for the Farmers Market and of course some for me. He promotes this herb with a t-shirt that says “Garlic Is Life”!

Who doesn’t like the aroma of garlic added to whatever dish you’re cooking…not to mention the taste and healthy benefits of this herb. While cooking with garlic adds so much to your dish, eating garlic raw is another thing. Raw probably has more benefits, but the odor coming out of your pores and on your breath could very well ward off vampires (or someone sitting next to you). A Yiddish proverb says “A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat”. Anyway, you might want to reconsider eating a raw garlic clove, if you are going out in the public. But in case you forget and eat that healthy clove of garlic right before you leave the house, drink a glass of milk to neutralize it. It does work and it’s probably the only thing that will.

There are so many wonderful recipes in which to use garlic. I’m going to share a couple recipes with you from the “Garlic Guru” himself…



Garlic Artichoke Dip



Combine in a small heat proof casserole:

3-6 minced garlic cloves

2 cans artichokes, drained & chopped

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Bake at 350 degrees until warmed through and bubbly, about 20-30 minutes.

Serve warm with crackers, bread, or vegetables for dipping

A View from the Woods - Peace of Mind

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
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I garden for many reasons, such as fresh food, colorful flowers, butterflies and a lovely landscape. Yet increasingly, I find that I am seeking peace of mind. When it happens, the experience is sublime, hard to describe and fleeting. It can come w ..... 
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The Working Mom - Good Mom Gone Bad

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
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Just like a good investigative TV show or gossip column would start their juicy story, I have to ask: “When did it all start going wrong?” Where did this mom go bad? Well, it all started as I took a reflection on my history of mothering and de ..... 
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A little of this, a little of that

By Kathy Little

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
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“Girls just want to have fun,” I explained to my husband when he asked about our latest girls’ weekend. For the last six years my three sisters and two nieces and myself have gone on a vacation together. Our male counterparts who used to pou ..... 
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Blueberry Crumb Cake

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
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We wave hello, we wave goodbye. Hand waving is one of the ways to avoid communication or to explain away a hard problem. We hope by hand waving a problem will magically go away….like a magician wave. But here in Minnesota there’s more to wa ..... 
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Prairie Strips Offer Glimmer of Hope

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
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Water pollution from agriculture is all over the news these days. A half million people had their water turned off in Toledo, Ohio, on the shores of Lake Erie due to toxic water from algae blooms, largely caused by nutrients from fertilizers and man ..... 
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Real Bites: The Sweaty Gypsy of Peterson

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
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Have you ever heard of a sweaty gypsy? Me neither. Not until I visited Burdeys Cafe in Peterson, Minn. As I scanned the menu, I arrived at a section titled “Fancy Pants Gourmet Burgers,” and the first one on the list was The Sweaty Gypsy. ..... 
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Mint Julep

By Kathy Little

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
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“Build it and they will come” is an old saying. I say build a fence and people will wonder what is behind it just like in the “Wizard of Oz” when Dorothy wondered what was behind the curtain during an audience with the great wizard. My hu ..... 
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Honey Raspberry Iced Tea

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
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How’s your garden doing? ... A common greeting this time of the year. Up until a few weeks ago, our answer was “good”. Then one morning we came out to some beet foliage mowed to the ground and parts of the beautiful row of peas torn down…(p ..... 
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