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Musings from the back porch! - August 5, 2013


By Judy Thomas

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
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In the good old summertime

We waited quite awhile for it to get here and before we know it, it will be gone. Since this is my first attempt to share bits of myself and who I am, I guess I could describe myself as liking to meet and getting to know people. My background is loving to cook and to see family and friends enjoy it. I do have experience in institutional food preparation and a smattering of restaurant experience and lots of just plain good food. I am a life long diabetic and now a dialysis patient and that brings me to why I wanted to try my hand at this column. There are times when our physical or health problems seem to make it very difficult to stay healthy and still enjoy cooking and eating. Let me help you address some of those problems and perhaps give you some recipes and tips or hints as how to straddle those challenging dietary requirements so that you can be comfortable and still enjoy your meals. I would welcome questions and try to help where and when I can.

A little more about me, I love to garden and have to keep it pretty much to flowers, although I have a couple of tomato plants in a bucket (my daughter does most of my planting for me). I love the way the English name their homes and cottages, so I have dubbed my Little Ranch Home the French word for flower and tacker on to my home “Fleu’r Cottage” and I am an avid reader, so you may get a book report on occasion. This week I am including one of my favorite meals, I call it a “One Pot Meal.”





One Pot Meal

1 meaty ham bone

1 large onion peeled and sliced

2-3 lbs. green or yellow beans (can be cut up or left whole)

Enough potatoes for however you are feeding, if using red ones and they are small, leave whole or cut in half, if using russets you may want to quarter.

For those of you who have salt restricted diets, do not use any seasoning except pepper, and if you wish, garlic powder to taste.



Method: Put ham bone, beans, onion (garlic powder) in a large kettle, cover with water to just the top of the beans. Bring to a boil and then turn the heat to simmer. Cover and simmer about 45 min., at that time put potatoes on top of bean mixture and continue cooking until potatoes are fork tender. About another 15-20 minutes, enjoy. It’s a simple meal but so good when accompanied with fresh sweet corn and garden fresh tomato .....
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Postcards from the Windy City - A Bird? A Plane? A...Magnet

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
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Dear Readers, Picture this: a giant circular object, apparently a ring, shrink-wrapped in some kind of white plastic, on top of a 16-axel red flatbed trailer, driving maybe five miles per hour through a gap in the trees opposite the building wher ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - Casablanca

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
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Here’s looking at you, Readers. I got stuck in “Casablanca” this week. Astoundingly, I’d never seen the movie. So I spent nearly two hours last Monday evening with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and my host parents, waiting for letters ..... 
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Tech Bytes - Uninvited Guests

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
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Keeping in touch with family and friends via instant messaging is great, through video is even better. Skype, for example, is a great program to video chat at people’s convenience by utilizing your computer’s webcam. However, if a stranger was ..... 
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A View From The Woods - Blackcaps and Bites

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
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I rose at sunrise, anticipating a sweltering hot day with only a couple of hours of relative comfort in the shade before the sun reached the forest edge. I forced myself to put on lightweight slacks and a long-sleeved shirt, both stained and relegat ..... 
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More notes from a country kitchen.

By Vicki Christianson

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
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Summer always makes me think of hay and that is one hot, sweaty, and itchy subject! When we first started farming, we had many acres of hay ground. We didn’t have any animals that ate hay as we only raised pigs, but we sold our hay to others. Si ..... 
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Tech Bytes - The-end-for-the-telegraph-has-come. Stop.

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
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The telegraph; it has served as a worldwide communication platform decades ago, sending messages with its dot/dash combinations that proved to be the most innovative technology at the time. What is most likely considered a primitive device to many ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - A Taste of Chicago

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
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Dear Readers, This week I went to Chicago. I felt very hip, very urban as I boarded the Metra commuter train and headed downtown to meet a friend. Our destination? Taste of Chicago, an outdoor food festival which ChooseChicago.com promises is ..... 
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Tech Bytes - Printing in 3-D

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
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Printing in 3-D Today we can watch movies in 3-D, we can buy three dimensional television services, we can even buy 3-D, real life greeting cards, but what if we could print in three dimensions in our own home office? Well, to no surprise, you actu ..... 
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