Nov/Dec
2018

To Brine, or Not to Brine: That is the question

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Written by Jorrie Johnson Photography by tiffany Hansen

TO SOME PEOPLE THERE IS NO QUESTION—THEY HAVE THEIR ANNUAL TURKEY BRINING TRADITION.
I first heard about brining last year and upon being introduced, I searched and found that brine is a salt and water solution and learned that soaking in brine before roasting makes turkey juicer and tastier.

BASIC BRINE

Myrecipes.com says, “Brining is a technique that submerges food in a salt solution to prevent moisture loss during cooking, creating succulent, juicy bites.” A basic brine can be used for fish, shrimp or white meats such as chicken, turkey or pork.

Smithsonian.com says when you place a turkey in a brine, the proteins in the turkey rearrange to incorporate the sodium and chloride ions from the salt. This reconfiguration of the protein makes the meat more tender.

Frozen turkeys found in the grocery stores are pre-brined, containing turkey broth, salt, sodium phosphate, sugar and “natural flavorings for tenderness and juiciness.” Brining a store-bought turkey is unnecessary. Untreated turkeys, from the wild or raised on a turkey farm, such as Ferndale Market, are best treated with a brine solution. 

 

Part I was published in Rochester Women magazine September/October 2018 issue.

WE MADE SOME DAY TRIPS WHEN WE STAYED AT THE AGRITOURISMO FARM WITH OUR HOSTS, SYLVIA AND MICHELANGELO. We visited Loro Ciuffenna, an old town with fewer tourists than the main Tuscany towns, which was a blessing. The architecture and landscape were mesmerizing.  

LITTLE RED FIAT
Hair flying in the wind with the top down on a cute little convertible red Fiat 500 was the way to travel. Except for a few moments of terror with my friend at the wheel, we took the backroads and enjoyed the beautiful sights. Going through grittier parts of Italy, we passed several factories for designers like Prada, and got lost a few times. It was worth it to end up in the spa town of Saturnia and soak in the Cascate del Mulino hot springs.

 

AS WE MOVE INTO THE WINTER MONTHS, IT IS ESSENTIAL TO ENSURE YOUR HOME IS IN PEAK FORM TO HANDLE THE COLD WEATHER. In addition to having your furnace tuned up and removing the screens from your windows, there are several other chores you may want tackle before the full brunt of winter is upon us.  

SNOWBLOWER TUNE-UP
Snowblowers need a tune-up before the beginning of the winter. If you didn’t have your snowblower tuned up this past spring, call today to schedule your tune-up. You may wait several weeks for an appointment, so don’t delay this critical step. If you prefer, you can tune up your snowblower yourself. Simply check and replace oil, ensure the fuel filter is clean, add fuel stabilizer to fresh fuel, check tires, lubricate bearings and inspect parts for wear.

Either way, you don’t want to discover you have problems with your snowblower after a foot of snow is dumped on us overnight. Your snowblower needs to perform on-demand, and a well-running snowblower is something you’ll be glad you have after each significant snowfall.

 

Nov/Dec
2018

Talking About Death and Dying: November is Hospice and Palliative Care Month

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Written by Cindy Mennenga Photography by Fagan Studios

DEATH WILL COME FOR US ALL ONE DAY. It’s a fact, yet we fear talking about death with our loved ones, as if merely mentioning it will conjure up the Grim Reaper. What if we could reframe death and embrace it as a natural part of life and living? 

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

November is Hospice and Palliative Care Month. There are many events and activities in the Rochester area designed to spark a conversation within the community about death and dying.

Kylie Osterhus works at Mayo Clinic in the Office of Decedent Affairs and is touched by death every day. In an effort to get the conversation started and move death from a taboo topic into the mainstream, Osterhus and several other women working in various aspects of the death and dying field have organized numerous community events designed to normalize death.

 

Nov/Dec
2018

Anxiety: Recognizing and reducing symptoms in children

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Written by Tiffany Hansen

“ANXIETY” IS AN INCREASINGLY POPULAR CONCERN IN CONVERSATION IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD. Only one word in English serves for both the normal sense of anxiety and the psychiatric sense. In spite of growing attempts, the true definition, causes, types, expressions and treatments of anxiety disorders remains blurred.  

EARLY RECOGNITION AND REGULATING STRESS  

The explosion in recent findings regarding anxiety causes and treatment delays, points to a clear need for earlier recognition. The results of a recent study published by the National Institutes of Health reports that the average amount of time between onset of mental illness and seeking treatment is 10 years. Why is there such a delay? Delay in seeking treatment is complex. Depending on many structures of our society, simply identifying anxiety in younger populations, has the potential to make a great difference.  

 

Nov/Dec
2018

Happy to Help Others: Why help out during the Holidays?

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Written by Tiffany Hansen

HELPING OUT DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON HAS ENDLESS BENEFITS FOR YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR COMMUNITY. There is no better time to begin good habits of giving for the year to come, than during the season of giving. In the Rochester area, there is a great array of opportunities for you and your group to give. Volunteering is an especially great opportunity for families and friends to spend time together, stay active during the cold winter months and feel good about improving the lives of others.

GIVING TIME AND MONEY 

Donating items and volunteering takes more time than giving money. But being more involved increases the fun, and you can more easily see the direct impact of your contribution. In the words of Anne Frank, “No one has ever become poor by giving.” The "Journal of Health and Social Behavior" found over 90 percent of people report volunteering improves their mood, makes their community a better place and enriches their sense of purpose in life. 

 

STUMPED ON SECRET SANTA IDEAS? NEED A HOSTESS GIFT? ATTEND THE FIFTH ANNUAL FEAST! Local Foods Marketplace, December 1, 2018, Mayo Civic Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With treasures locally sourced and crafted by over 100 food artisans, Feast! features culinary gifts sure to impress everyone from Bob in accounting to your child’s third-grade teacher. For only $8, you can sample everything before you buy and watch cooking demonstrations. Supporting the local economy never tasted so good.   

Check out a few of our FEAST! favorites at the event or on their websites. Visit local-feast.org for a complete list of exhibitors.

Maple Syrup from B&E’s Trees

B&E’s Trees is offering a bourban barrel-aged maple syrup as beautiful as it is delicious. Produced on an off-grid farm in Viroqua, Wisconsin, this pancake topper’s smoky vanilla tones (with hints of bourbon) enhances everything from carrots to cocktails. For more information visit BandEsTrees.com. 

 

START YOUR CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS THIS YEAR BY REKINDLING THE WARMTH OF HOLIDAYS PAST.  A Victorian Christmas is brought to life in the sights, sounds and tastes at Plainview’s Olde Fashioned Christmas, December 1 and 2.  

The event, organized each year by the Plainview Lions Club, is attended by nearly 3,000 people from the area. “It’s a very merry time, very festive," says Dan Schmitz, president of the Lions Club. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Olde Fashioned Christmas, and organizers say they are planning some special surprises to celebrate.

BEGINNINGS
Plainview’s Olde Fashioned Christmas officially began in 1993 when a group of four townspeople, led by Ted Zabel, had the idea to expand upon wagon rides that were a Plainview Christmastime tradition for several years. Sally Harrington, one of those townspeople, recalls, “We all had young families at the time, and the kids had a ball helping out. In the beginning it was simple and short, but as the years went on, we drew in different parts of the community.” The first few years, attendees could visit a Victorian Christmas scene at the historic home of Curt and Sue Buck, located on Fourth Street. There was a choir singing carols, and Santa and Mrs. Claus were in the public library, awaiting guests. 

 

Nov/Dec
2018

How Digital Stole Christmas: New Traditions

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Written by Gina Dewink

CERTAIN THINGS ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS HAVE ENDURED FOR GENERATIONS–CLASSIC SONGS, TRADITIONAL DECORATIONS AND BAKING. But take it from an accidental millennial, things have changed a lot since my childhood in the 80s and 90s. And as I watch my own little ones enjoying the magic of the season, I can’t help but notice all the ways our digital world has altered the childhood experience.  

Rudolph On Demand
Remember when you had to vigilantly wait for weeks for Christmas specials to air? And then when you finally knew the date, time and channel, you had to help your parents finagle the VHS recorder if you wanted to watch it more than once? Today, at any time of year, at any moment, our kids can conjure up and watch nearly any special you can imagine. No waiting. No screaming at your brother for changing the channel. It’s just there. And for most of us, we don’t even have cable television anymore. Can you imagine not watching holiday commercials on repeat? How will our kids know what to ask Santa for?

 

Sep/Oct
2018

Women’s Empowerment

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Written by Jorrie Johnson

I’VE BEEN RESEARCHING AND THINKING ABOUT WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT. I FOUND PAPERS PUBLISHED ABOUT EMPOWERING WOMEN GLOBALLY AND NATIONALLY. LOCALLY, I HAVE SEEN MARCHES, MEETINGS AND THE LOCAL #USTOO MULTIMEDIA ARTS EVENT. ROCHESTERWOMEN HOSTED OUR OWN WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT (WE) EVENT FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AT THE END OF JULY. WE WILL BE CO-SPONSORING WOMEN IN BUSINESS EVENTS (PAGE 26).

In this issue of RochesterWomen magazine, read about Marissa Larson (page 11), a beautiful young woman who overcame depression, chemical dependency and the challenges of being deaf. Through treatment and her own resiliency, she is recovering and now advocates for the deaf. She says, “We can do everything but hear.”  

Next, read about two local female doctors who created the GRIT for Women in Medicine: Growth, Resilience, Inspiration and Tenacity conference to be held September 20-22 in Truckee, California (page 13). The conference will “empower women and men in medicine with the skills and resources to remove barriers and bias of women in leadership positions specific to the challenges in health care.” 

 

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