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Catch of the day

By Staff | May 21, 2010

-Farm News photo by Darcy Dougherty Maulsby Bev Radke, of Holstein, who enjoys fishing with her husband, Lee, often cooks fish once a week, including crappie, which she just took from the oven.

By DARCY

DOUGHERTY MAULSBUY

Farm News staff writer

HOLSTEIN – For someone who had never picked up a fishing pole before meeting her husband, Bev Radke, of rural Holstein, has become quite an angler, as well as a skilled cook.

“We eat fish about once a week,” said Radke, who catches, cleans and cooks crappie, walleye, perch and bluegill.

-Farm News photo by Darcy Dougherty Maulsby Deviled eggs have long been a signature dish for Bev Radke, who often brings them to potlucks and other events.

The Radkes enjoy fishing at Okoboji and Big Spirit Lake, where Bev Radke caught a 10.5-inch bluegill last August, which qualified for the Iowa Department of Natural Resource’s Big Fish Award.

“We fish as often as we can and often give fish away to our friends,” said Radke, who taught kindergarten in Cherokee for 33 years before retiring in 2000. “We recommend covering the fish with water before freezing it, because that helps preserve the flavor of the fish.”

Finding time to fish can be tricky, however, since Radke stays busy as a substitute teacher at Holstein and serves as the head organist at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Galva. She also enjoys raising a large garden each summer, canning tomatoes and making homemade pickles.

“I grew up with gardening and farm cooking,” said Radke, who was reared on a farm near Sutherland. “I was the oldest of five children, and I always helped Mom with the cooking for the baling crews.

“While I don’t cook as much as I used to, I still enjoy trying new recipes that I receive from friends.”

Contact Darcy Dougherty Maulsby by e-mail at yettergirl@yahoo.com.

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