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Cool weather soups

By JEAN TELLERGRIT MagazineCold winter nights demand a hot meal on the table, and your family will not be disappointed with the sight of a stockpot or slow cooker full of savory soup, a loaf of homemade bread, a simple side salad, and a freshly baked apple pie for dessert.You'll be the talk of ...

A family bakes, a business begins

By LAURA CARLSONlaura@carlsonwrites.comSTORY CITY - "Yes, please!"These are words exclaimed often in the room when Kaare Mehl carries plates loaded with his signature potato lefsa rolled with butter and sugar."Ja, people love the potato lefsa," said Mehl, sitting at his dining room table full ...

Beef: a part of a healthy diet

By KAREN SCHWALLERkschwaller@evertek.netESTHERVILLE - Beef and the safety of the product were the topics of a hands-on workshop, Beefing Up Your Diet, that was held this fall in Estherville.Beth Doran, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, who led the workshop, told the women in ...

A buffet of Scandinavian proportions

By KAREN K. WILLGRIT MagazineIn colloquial English, the word "smorgasbord" is used to describe "a delightful (if not overwhelming) array of choices," and rightly so. The true and original meaning of the word relates to the traditional Scandinavian smorgasbord that originated in Sweden, where ...

Mincemeat cookies and more

By JEAN TELLERGRIT MagazineAmong the holiday treats from my childhood were cookies shaped in half-moons, the sweet dough pressed around a dollop of mincemeat and puffed to a golden brown.The cookies were favorites in our household, although the appeal for me was probably more the pie crust ...

Farm News favorites

As you start preparing for your holiday meals, you might want to try some of these dishes that are favored by some of the staff at Farm News.Kriss Nelson, Farm News editor, shared two staples that are always included at family holidays and gatherings."This is a favorite of mine to prepare for ...

Holiday cookies compete

By Karen Schwallerkschwaller@evertek.netSPENCER - All that was missing was the Christmas music.Sixteen competitors and their fans gathered at the Creative Living Center at the Clay County Fairgrounds (CCF) this past September to find out who baked the best holiday cookies.The holiday cookie ...

Favorites from the orchard

By KRISTIN DANLEY-GREINERksdg13@msn.comFORT DODGE - Fall is a crazy busy time for Community Orchard outside Fort Dodge, but the landmark keeps its doors open almost nine months out of the year with other events and activities including selling delicious homemade food.Bev Baedke and her husband ...

A life of pie

By JEAN TELLERGRIT MagazineThe holidays are prime time for desserts - cakes, cookies, candies, and more grace buffets, dining room tables, and coffee tables everywhere.When serving dessert to your guests, though, why not add pie to that list? We found a number of old-fashioned pie recipes in ...

Opening a cafe has been a dream

By LAURA CARLSONlaura@carlsonwrites.comSTORY CITY - Shannon Hayden loves to cook with new recipes, especially those that have been passed down to her by previous generations.She is also a self-described "cook book hoarder.""I love to look at recipes and try new recipes. I use my family as my ...