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Country Coffee Talk - Egg Coffee


By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Columnists

It’s that time of the year when you wouldn’t have to cook for at least a month….church dinners, church dinners, and did I mention church dinners. There’s Ham and Meatball, Salad Luncheon, BBQ & Hot Dogs, Pork Dinner and, of course, the infamous Lutefisk Dinners. Some people boast bragging rights as to how many Lutefisk Dinners they attend each year. They say you don’t even have to be Norwegian to enjoy lutefisk (but I think it must help). For those not so in love with lutefisk (heaven forbid), delicious meatballs and mashed potatoes are served, too. Just about as important as lutefisk is lefsa…a soft Norwegian flatbread made with cooled mashed/riced potatoes. Days are spent before the church dinner rolling and baking it.

I’ve read that half the Norwegians who immigrated to America came to escape lutefisk, and the other half came to spread the gospel of lutefisk’s wonderfulness. A long time ago, in pre-refrigeration time, salting and drying fish was an efficient way to preserve it. They then soaked it in lye afterward to pull the salt out and believe it or not, make it more palatable! Lutefisk literally means lyefish. The lye was then washed from the fish and the fish were cooked.

In the earlier years of our local lutefisk dinner (back in the ‘50s), the lutefisk was taken to Dutch Detloff’s slaughter house, where it was soaked and the lye washed out of it. Today it comes kettle ready with no lye. It just needs to be cut into serving size pieces for eating. There is a real knack to cooking lutefisk, and those who do the cooking for church dinners have perfected it….the job is probably their’s forever!

Back in the day in the Midwest, a tradition at Scandinavian-American Lutheran church gatherings was “egg coffee”. It made a clear brew with no bitterness or acidity. (Did you know the scent of coffee puts people in a positive mood). This recipe is about as close as I could come to good “Egg Coffee”, to give you that warm and fuzzy feeling.



Egg Coffee



Prep time: 20 minutes

•9 cups water (to boil) plus 1 ¼ cups cold water

•¾ cup ground coffee (medium to course grind)

•1 egg

Bring 9 cups water to a rapid boil in a saucepan or enamel coffee pot

Meanwhile, stir together ground coffee, ¼ cup water and 1 egg (diehard egg coffee lovers use well washed, crushe .....
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Letter about Miner for Sheriff...

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The time to elect our next county sheriff is fast approaching. I hope that people will take a good hard look at voting for Brian Miner to fill that position. For over 20 years, Brian has served the people of this county with fairne ..... 
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Letter about serving Fillmore and Houston Counties...

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, It’s been a privilege to serve the residents of Fillmore and Houston Counties. Over the years, I’ve worked hard to increase funding for local schools and rural nursing homes, improve our economic development and our agricultura ..... 
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That’s my boy -- Kaase for Sheriff

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Stan Kaase of Preston, Minn. Watching Tom grow up, I have always been very proud of my son like any father would be. However, I saw something in Tom at a young age that always struck me as unique. I admired his passion to help others. He was ..... 
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Letter about farmers and economy...

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Local farmers and their farms are crucial to our local, rural-based economy in Fillmore County. Without farmers in Fillmore County, many of whom are second, third and fourth generation farmers, our local consumers would be far mor ..... 
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Vote Tom Kaase to protect our county

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Angi Kaase of Preston, Minn. Tom Kaase has my vote to be the next Fillmore County Sheriff. Not only is Tom my brother-in-law, he also displays all of the characteristics I would want in someone to protect my family, my friends, the community I ..... 
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Aliesha Schlaak, a survivor’s story

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

We’ve all heard of people who have battled breast cancer. Some of us may know of a friend, a co-worker or neighbor. Some of us may have a family member who has struggled through chemotherapy, surgery and radiation treatments. But, the reality ..... 
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Preston Sets Alley Assessment Policy

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

An addition to Preston’s assessment policy was approved at the city council’s October 6 meeting. About three weeks earlier, requests for several possible alley improvements had been discussed. Councilman David Harrison was absent. At that time ..... 
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Grant applications now being accepted

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Preston Public Utilities (PPU) and Preston’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) are looking forward to assisting the community through Preston Public Utilities Spare Change Round Up program. Local organizations can apply for grant assistance ..... 
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