Healthy Comfort Foods: Satisfy Your Comfort Food Cravings with These Nutritious Recipes

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Written by Dawn Sanborn Photography By Dawn Sanborn Photography

t’s time to hunker down and hibernate through this year’s cold Minnesota winter. if there’s one thing we need in hibernation, it’s comfort food. 

Comfort foods tend to be traditional, which often provides a nostalgic or sentimental feeling for us; we associate it with warmth, family and overall good feelings. In the context of a normal, balanced diet, there’s nothing wrong with occasionally indulging in your “naughty” childhood favorites—especially if you make them yourself with fresh,
nutritious ingredients.

 Eating well may make you believe that these nostalgic or sentimental comfort foods can no longer be on the menu, but we are here to prove that theory wrong.  We have gathered several recipes that keep the comfort in comfort foods without all the “bad stuff.” 


Many industries are more heavily populated by one gender or the other but few so distinctly as the building and construction field. Nationally, the Women’s Law Center reports that only 2.6 percent of construction workers are women, but in Rochester, women are claiming their place among their male counterparts and literally climbing the ladder to success.


There are many influences that can lead to a chosen career field. For women in the building and construction industry, family is often a major influence. 


A choral organization in Rochester has been helping girls and young women in southeast Minnesota find their voice, courage and sense of belonging through the power of song. Sing Out Loud and its 130 members in Bella Voce Young Women’s Choir, Bella Fiore and the Bellettes have impacted the community, nation and world through the gift of music. Founded in 2007 by Shelly Winemiller, Sing Out Loud is on a mission to inspire young women to identify their gifts, reach their highest potential and make a difference in the world around them. 

“Young girls have so many doubts of their inherent worth and beauty,” says Winemiller. “An all-women’s choir creates a unique safety net to come together to express those fears and be validated.” She explains, “Music is a catalyst. The voice is one of a kind. No one else has your voice, only you. Once you embrace and nurture it, incredible beauty and potential begin to develop. This is the bigger work of the organization through song, support and community.” 



Thrill of the Hunt: Alison Streiff Gives Voice to Women in a Male-Dominated Sport

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Written by By Laurie Simon, Photography by Fagan Studios

What does Rochester resident Alison Streiff enjoy most about hunting? “Self-reflecting in the woods…gaining friends who share a passion for the outdoors…but the thrill of spotting and stalking gets my heart racing the most!” Streiff has transformed that thrill into a local business called Rack Em’ Guide Service. 


Growing up in a single-parent household, Streiff was not exposed to hunting at a young age. In fact, she went on her first guided hunt in 2009. “Terry Mittelsteadt, owner of Grounded Gander Guide Service, asked if I wanted to go goose hunting,” she said. “The morning we went, it was sleeting and the temperatures were frigid.  As the geese started cupping1, I was instantly hooked!” 





Not Just Any Body: This woman is athletic, dedicated and strong—with a little touch of crazy.

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Written by By Trish Amundson, Photography by Mike Hardwick Photography

Forty-seven-year-old Deanna Tompkins knows how to work up a sweat. She has run 15 half-marathons and two full marathons. She participates in grueling, military-based endurance events, holds a nerve-wracking position as a 911 dispatcher and tackles ambitious home renovation projects. Tompkins’ passions in life are evident in her fit and healthy body—and her body art.



Magic Mike Comes To Rochester

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Written by By Jenee M Cummings

Local Hawties right here in Rochester? Where have these men been hiding? And, more importantly, where can the women of Rochester find them? 

While the men may look like the next cast of “Magic Mike,” their muscled physiques are leveraged for activities far less provocative than stripping and winning female affection. As members of local model and talent agency Hawties for Hire, they are working to achieve an advanced level of health and fitness and find passion in modeling. And they’re here, in our fair town, thanks to Lori Yokiel. 



How They Do It All: The Women of ABC 6 News

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Written by By Laurie Simon, Photography by Dawn Sanborn Photography

The women of ABC 6 News love what they do. They appreciate that journalism is a dynamic field full of creative freedoms. They welcome opportunities to meet new people, learn, craft and deliver a well-told story—and it shows. 



Celebrating Colorful Cultures: Rochester International Association’s World Festival dancers

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Written by By Trish Amundson, Photography By Fagan Studios

The 40th Annual World Festival is your ticket to sampling and learning more about Rochester’s ethnic offerings. Participants will taste multicultural foods, enjoy activities for children and adults and indulge in beautiful music and dance. The festival will take you on an amazing journey, where dedicated performers—with colorful costumes and expressive rhythms and choreography—will make your experience simply unforgettable. 



Extraordinary Rochester Women Award 2015: Five Inspiring Women

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Written by Jorrie Johnson, Photography By Mike Hardwick Photography

Five women have been selected to receive the Extraordinary Rochester Women Award 2015. Getting recognized and celebrating at a tea party makes being featured in Rochester Women magazine even that much more special. Coincidentally, two of our winners work together at Shorewood Senior Campus, Angela Budensiek and Sarah Ness. Judy O’Fallon and Jean Osman have long-deserved to be honored and featured in Rochester Women magazine. Thank you to winner Janet Johnson and Allegro School of Dance and Music for allowing us to take our cover photos at the Plummer House while it was decorated for the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea. 

We thank our amazing sponsors who provide monetary support and gifts for the Extraordinary Rochester Women Award 2015 winners. 



Saturday Noon Meals Provide More Than a Simple Meal

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Written by Catherine H. Armstrong

saturday Guests find friendship and community while receiving a hot, healthy meal

During a time of year that is filled for many with an abundance of food and family time, it is important to remember that not everyone has a meal to eat or a home where they can celebrate. Many in the Rochester community will not have the luxury of participating in a traditional holiday feast this year.


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