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A View from the Woods - You get what you get


By Loni Kemp

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
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Wilting in the heat, I gather tomatoes and dig onions in the hot sun, as sweat stings my eyes and soaks my shirt. I wipe my face with the back of my arm and dream of diving into the clear cool waters of “our lake” up north.

I can recall many decades of cabin life. We grab towels and Crocs and gather on the warm, sloping granite. Sometimes I step in up to my ankles and then dive right into the deep waters, shooting forward as my body becomes clean and bouyant. Other times I wade in ever so slowly, getting used to the cool waters in long lovely stages, which for some reason drives some family members crazy, leading to teasing and laughter.

I’ve had this fantasy many times this summer. So as we pack up for our summer time at the extended family Island cabin, I picture the sunny hot days of summer.

We arrive to greet our grandsons and their parents, who report they’ve had a great time on the boat but it has been too windy for swimming. That night a thunderstorm drenches the cabin and a gray day dawns, drizzling, fiercely windy, and in the 40s.

We boat them ashore and say our goodbyes, then return to a gloomy cabin. The next three days bring more of the same weather. We donned hats and jackets in the rustic cabin and kept a big fire going. Puzzles, books, cooking up a big pot of chili, glasses of red wine for cocktail hour – these are typical of winter evening activities, not an August vacation.

Today, our fifth day dawns sunny, while temperatures creeping towards 70° are forecast. Maybe we will get a bit more summer after all, but I’m not sure there will be much swimming.



Cooked Mexican Salsa (Good to freeze)



Use a food processor.



20 lbs tomatoes - Process most of the tomatoes smoothly,

and peel and coarsely chop the rest.

Process 1 c. cilantro or parsley, 2 large onions, 10 garlic

cloves.

Process 10 jalapeños with seeds, 6 habaneros and and 2

cups green peppers.

Add 2 T. cumin, 2 T. sea salt, and 1/4 c vinegar.

Add everything to a large roasting pan placed over two

burners on the stove. Stir all together, boil, then simmer at

lower temp for 2-3 hours to reduce by half.

Add the juice from 6 large limes.

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Becky's Food Tales - Eating from the garden: Zucchini intervention

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
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Picture this - its spring, and nearly time to plant your garden. Winter was a cold and depressing time. You’ve missed stepping out into your garden and picking fresh vegetables to add to your meals. You’ve missed being outside in the sunshine, a ..... 
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The Working Mom - 8.17.15

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
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The cool parents Have you been around “those parents” before? Ah yes, the cool parents. You know who they are---they wear similar style clothes as their kids, they use the same slang phrases, and they know what apps are popular this month. The ..... 
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A little bit of this, A little bit of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
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Whether the weather be cold, Whether the weather be hot, We’ll whether the weather Whether we like it or not! I am not liking the tropical weather we have been experiencing lately. It is good for the hostas, but hard on the humans. The heat a ..... 
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Real Bites - The Cracked Egg An international diner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
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Right next to the Lanesboro bp Food Shop, you’ll find a place that many people refer to as the old Chat-N-Chew. Yes, it was the Chat-N-Chew for many years, but now there’s a new chef in town by the name of Adam Mindrum. And, Adam has brought ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
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Have you ever been “The New Kid on the Block”? And just who is the new kid on the block? Believe it or not, this phrase was coined in the U.S. and first seen in the 1940s in the cartoon “Skippy”. There are many synonyms used to describe “ ..... 
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A View From the Woods - 7.20.15

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
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Garden Artistry Picture a warm, breezy evening. Four of the most beautiful gardens in the county await as you set off on a tour exploring how four gardeners created their individual artistic expressions on the landscape. With great anticipation, yo ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Eating from your garden: Kale and Potato Gratin

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
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Earlier this year I planted four kale seedlings in my garden, and then totally forgot about them. Kale is a simple leafy green from the brassica family (which means it’s related to cabbages and broccoli, among other plants) and has been cultivated ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 6.22.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
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“Back in the day When there were Preston Bluejays, There was the Victory Café.” It was located next to what is now the Preston IGA. Lunch specials were served daily; but each one contained real mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, and some canne ..... 
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