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Becky's Food Tales


By Becky Hoff

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
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Brown Sauce- You Don’t Know What You’re Missing

Brown sauce? What is Becky talking about today? The name doesn’t sound all that appealing, but it’s pretty heavenly stuff. If you haven’t heard of it before, brown sauce is a popular British condiment, far more popular than ketchup in parts of the United Kingdom. One could describe it as a fruity, savory ketchup without the tomatoes, bearing some resemblance to steak sauce. While this description doesn’t quite do it justice, you get the general picture. With my mother-in-law hailing from the UK, my husband grew up using this tangy, vinegary sauce on just about everything. A bottle of HP’s brown sauce was always on hand for flavoring eggs, meats, sandwiches, gravies- you name it. His family would stock up on brown sauce whenever they had a chance, and were pleased when larger supermarket chains in the US started carrying it. While I at first was skeptical of this not-Minnesotan condiment, I’ve got to admit that a little dab goes really well with roast beef or on a cheese sandwich. My husband is still very much addicted to brown sauce, and we have continued the family tradition of stocking up when we see it.

But the flavor of brown sauce has changed somewhat over the years. Producers have started to use more corn syrup and cheap filler ingredients, and the overall flavor is not quite as good as it used to be. When the local supermarket near my in-laws stopped carrying brown sauce we decided to take matters into our own hands and make our own. As any good product of my generation would do, we went to the internet in search of the right recipe.

A British YouTube cooking show called Steve’s Kitchen seemed to offer a pretty good option. Steve offers a simple recipe with a relatively short ingredient list and not too many fussy steps, so we made a batch last weekend to give it a try. The resulting sauce was tangy, flavorful and very, very good. The flavors will mature and blend together over time, so if you find it too sharp right after cooking, let it sit in the fridge for a week or so before trying it again. Be sure to visit Steve’s Kitchen to watch a British food master in action. The link to the brown sauce instructional video is listed below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmJNLnK7LQo

Bear in mind that US and UK canning standards tend to differ, with US instructions erring more on the side of caution. Steve ladles his sa .....
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Sue's Muse - 9.21.15

By Sue Ommen

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
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Gilbert - searching for a service dog The day has begun. My husband swings his bare feet off the bed and greets our black lab, who is dancing about next to the bed. “Get my socks, Gilbert,” he commands, and the dog excitedly scampers off to the ..... 
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A little of This, A little of That - 9.14.15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
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Hats off to the growers, Who raise the crops and tend the livestock! I’ve tried to grow fruits and vegetables. It is hard work. True, the only animals I have ever tended are several cats and l dog. I know that any animal I took care of cow, p ..... 
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Real Bites - 9.7.15

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
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Meat and music To quote Billy Crystal acting as Larry in Throw Momma from the Train, “The night was sultry.” Yes, a little humid, so maybe sultry is an overstatement. On the eve of Friday, August 21, 2015, I had a hankering to venture out to ..... 
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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 d ..... 
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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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