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One Moment, Please... Politics aside

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in All Commentary

Certainly, most of us would like to fast forward to November 7 right now, so we could bypass the election and begin the next chapter in our lives, whatever that will be.

But really, for me, it’s all relative. Elections come and go. Figureheads move in and out like a high profile chess match.

I would rather take a detour toward a less contentious temporary distraction: eating and running.

Best Cooks of Bluff Country

On October 30, Harmony Foods and the Fillmore County Journal will be hosting a cooking contest at the Harmony Foods store in Harmony.

All entries have already been submitted, so participants have been selected. This special event, our third annual cooking contest, demonstrates how blessed we are to have such great recipes and cooks who know how to work their magic.

I know I am always happy to be a tasting judge, and we have a number of others signed up. But, if you would like to join in on the fun of being a tasting judge, please contact me before noon on Tuesday, October 30, at 507-251-5297. All you have to bring is your appetite.

And, after all of the wonderful dishes have been tasted and judged, rewards for first, second and third place will be granted to cooking contest winners in the form of gift certificates to use at Harmony Foods, Preston Foods, or Rushford Foods. Collectively, $765 in gift certificates will be donated by the three participating grocery stores to the top three finishers in nine categories.

And, don’t worry. If you can’t make it to the event held on October 30 at Harmony Foods, you will still be receiving a copy of every recipe offered in this year’s competition in the Tasty Temptations Cookbook published and inserted in the November 19, 2012 issue of the Fillmore County Journal.

I would definitely like to thank Brad Hoiness and his staff at the grocery stores in Harmony, Preston and Rushford for hosting and sponsoring this event each year.

Fillmore County Turkey Day Run

For those of you feeling a little out of shape, especially after indulging in your own homestyle cooking contests, this ones for you.

Now in its fourth year, the Fillmore County Turkey Day Run, starting at 8:00 a.m. on the morning of Thanksgiving Day, is a pilgrimage from Lanesboro to Preston by way of the Root River State Trail. This 10.3 mile jaunt is full of a perfect blend of scenery and conversation.

With the group of people I run with each year, we’ve seen turkeys, deer and all sorts of wildlife.

Just think. You can burn 2,000 calories before you consume 2,000 calories of turkey, gravy, yams, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, and stuffing -- and you’ll still be a break even for the day. It’s like a free pass for those of us who fight the metabolism battle every day.

Oh, and you don’t have to run the entire 10.3 miles. As a matter of fact, many people walk the entire distance. Some people even bring their dogs.

I hope to see you on the trail.

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