Sep/Oct
2018

Italian Fare and AMORÉ! How one woman’s dream came true over chocolate cake

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Written by Dawn Sanborn Photography by Dawn Sanborn Photography

AHH, ITALIAN FOOD! FRESH INGREDIENTS, AND ALL THE WONDERFUL LOVE THAT GOES INTO THE PREPARATION, BRINGS AUTHOR SHERYL NESS—AND ME—BACK TO THE BEAUTY OF ITALY EVERY TIME WE EAT SUCH AUTHENTIC FOOD.

Sheryl Ness, The Chef’s Wife and author of “Love in a Tuscan Kitchen: Savoring Life Through the Romance, Recipes, and Traditions of Italy” shares my deep love of Italy and its food. I first met Sheryl and her husband, Vincenzo, this year when we entered their quaint, recently remodeled “Italianized” kitchen as Vincenzo was prepping the recipes below. I immediately had a connection to these two beautiful people, remembering my vacation to Italy in September 2017. After sampling the bruschetta, downing the risotto and finishing off the dessert, I was excited to start reading Sheryl’s book. Not only did these dishes remind me of Italy, but I could see the love Sheryl and Vincenzo had for each other just by being in their presence, and I wanted to learn more about their whirlwind romance in Italy. 

CRACK OPEN THE BOOK

When I returned home that evening, I began reading the book with fervor and even emailed her later that night to tell Ness how much I was enjoying it. I also liked how she describes the book: “’Love in a Tuscan Kitchen’ is a different kind of love story. The book tells a story of my love for the people, traditions and foods of Italy first, then by chance, how I fell in love with a chef, Vincenzo,” states Ness.

 

Sep/Oct
2018

Home Design Trends to Beautify and Brighten Your Home

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Written by Trish Amundson

WHETHER YOU’VE BUILT NEW OR ARE UPDATING YOUR LIVING SPACE, KEEPING YOUR HOME LOOKING FRESH IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. MANY HOME DESIGN TRENDS COME AND GO, BUT A CLASSIC DESIGN HOLDS UP OVER TIME AND IS ONE THAT YOU WILL ENJOY YEARS LATER. CURRENT AND POPULAR STYLES OFFER A WIDE ARRAY OF EYE-CATCHING FORMS, COLORS AND MATERIALS THAT CAN FIT ANY LIFESTYLE. 

“Every trend has a shelf life to a certain extent,” says Karen Blissenbach, design principal at Design Studio B. “The Midwest typically follows the coasts in trends, so by the time we are really getting into them, they may be changing in other parts of the country. Eventually people tire of seeing the same things over and over again and want to do something different.”

SLAB FRONT CABINETS, BOLD COLORS & TRANSLUCENT FINISHES

Jessica Curry, owner and certified kitchen designer and interior designer at Interiors by J. Curry, LLC, describes the appeal of bold colored cabinets to homeowners. Often used as an option for base cabinets on the perimeter of a kitchen or as an accent for a standalone buffet or island, “The main cabinetry throughout the space may be painted very neutral gray or white,” she says. “The accent colors that people are asking for are the jewel tones in navy, deep emerald greens, black and charcoal.” Many are moving away from dark-stain accent colors for cabinetry. 

 

Sep/Oct
2018

Countryside Builders: A Past Winner Stands Out

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Written by Cindy Mennenga

THE ROCHESTER AREA BUILDERS FALL SHOWCASE OF HOMES IS A POPULAR ANNUAL EVENT, WELL-ATTENDED BY PEOPLE PLANNING TO BUILD A NEW HOME OR SIMPLY THOSE WANTING TO SEE THE LATEST IN HOUSING TRENDS. THE 2018 FALL SHOWCASE OF HOMES PROMISES TO BE LOADED WITH GORGEOUS HOMES BURSTING WITH THIS YEAR’S HOTTEST DECORATING AND DESIGN IDEAS. 

Area builders enter their finest homes in the showcase competition, inviting the public to tour their newest houses, hoping for the much-coveted recognition—being voted a winner—from the home-building community. The prestige of having a winner on the showcase is not only good for business for the builder; it also brings credibility and elevated standing within the community. There are several homes on the Fall Showcase as there are five distinct divisions in the competition, all based on the price of the home. 

WINNER IS A STUNNER

Last year’s Division 3 (homes between $408,000 and $499,900) winner was Countryside Builders. Their home at 2206 Glady Lane NE in Rochester nabbed the prize and all the honors. 

 

Sep/Oct
2018

Fall Tips and Resale Considerations

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Written by Cindy Mennenga

Fall is the best time of the year to catch up on home maintenance—the air has begun to cool, and our weekly schedules begin to settle into a familiar rhythm after fun-filled days of summer. Knowing that winter will be creeping up on us soon, it’s time to make a to-do list for fall and start chipping away at it.

THINK SPRING

You may want to plant some bulbs this fall so your yard will have a bright pop of color next spring. While you’re at it, you’ll want to cut back most of your perennials, rake the leaves and lower the mower height the last time you mow this fall. Also, after you mow your yard for the last time, you will want to winterize your lawnmower, so it will be in peak condition next spring.

REMOVE SCREENS FROM WINDOWS

It’s tempting to save time and not remove the screens from your windows; however, removing the screens is a critical step in managing the air flow around windows during winter. Thomas Pinto from Champion Windows says, “Winters can be long, and people feel cooped up. Removing screens allows for better ventilation and a clearer view out the window.” 

 

THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY OFFERS EXCEPTIONAL CAREERS FOR WOMEN, PARTICULARLY WOMEN WANTING TO MAKE AN IMPACT IN THEIR COMMUNITIES WHILE CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE. A CAREER IN REAL ESTATE OFTEN COMBINES PERSONAL INTERACTION, SALES, INTEGRITY AND BUSINESS SKILLS. REAL ESTATE IS A SERVICE INDUSTRY THAT REQUIRES CURRENT SKILLS, LEARNING ABOUT THE REAL ESTATE FIELD
AND NETWORKING. 

While many first think of real estate agents when considering the industry, there are numerous other careers in real estate. Appraisers, inspectors, loan officers and attorneys, just to name a few, are essential to the transaction. 

Real Estate Agent

Guiding a client through the home buying or selling process is the general job description of a real estate agent. The career focuses on helping people and getting to know what clients want to achieve by buying or selling property. Real estate agents help buyers find the perfect home and sellers find the right buyer. It is through agents or attorneys that buyers and sellers work out agreements for a property. 

 

AT DINNERTIME, MY DAUGHTERS BECOME MASTER ILLUSIONISTS. UNWANTED FOOD IS STRATEGICALLY SPREAD ACROSS THEIR PLATES. TA-DA, THEY’VE MADE THEIR FOOD MAGICALLY DISAPPEAR! WHILE MOST OF THEIR SCRAPS ARE EDIBLE OR COMPOST-WORTHY, THEY’RE STILL SMUGLY SCRAPED INTO THE TRASH. FOOD WASTE: 1, FOOD CONSERVATION: 0. 

A WAKE-UP CALL

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that food waste consumes 30 to 40 percent of our food supply, which is about 133 billion pounds. Farmers and grocery stores reject “ugly” produce, despite it being edible. Many schools, hospitals and restaurants lack information or resources to manage their food purchasing and waste wisely. Over-buying groceries and confusing expiration dates add to the epidemic. Dr. Roni Neff, researcher at Johns Hopkins University, projects that we could feed 84 percent of our nation with the food that Americans waste. 

 

Sep/Oct
2018

Holistic Health: More than the sum of our parts

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Written by Emily Watkins

GATHER A WHOLE WELLNESS TEAM TO CONNECT YOUR BODY, MIND, SPIRIT AND EMOTIONS BY FOCUSING ON PREVENTIVE HEALTH MEASURES LIKE EXERCISE, HEALTHY EATING, MASSAGE AND REGULAR CHIROPRACTIC CARE. LOCAL PRACTITIONERS BRING WELLNESS TO THE ROCHESTER AREA.

VITALITY: THE KEY TO WELLNESS

Dr. Stacy LeQuire, owner of Vitality Chiropractic with her husband, Ed LeQuire, says, “We are more than the sum of our parts, and that’s the principle that holistic health practitioners honor.” She recognizes each individual patient’s unique needs, telling them not to follow her professional advice blindly, but rather when “it makes sense and aligns with them.” 

 

Sep/Oct
2018

SeptOberfest: Celebrate Fall in Wabasha

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Written by Holly Galbus

FOR MANY PEOPLE IN SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA, FALL IS A FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR. THE LONG, HOT DAYS OF SUMMER GIVE WAY TO AUTUMN’S COOLER TEMPERATURES, THE LEAVES BEGIN TO CHANGE, AND THE SMELL OF WOOD SMOKE AND FRESH APPLES FILL THE AIR. WE ADMIRE THE CHANGE IN SEASONS AND PERHAPS THERE IS NO BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE THAN AT WABASHA-KELLOGG’S SEPTOBERFEST SEPTEMBER 7 TO OCTOBER 27. 

What began in 2007 as a way to add something extra to the grand opening of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha has grown into a seven-week event with hundreds of family-friendly activities, events, unique shopping experiences and more. “This is our biggest event of the year,” says Christina Dawson, executive director of the Wabasha-Kellogg Chamber of Commerce. “It is our opportunity to showcase our community for fall.”

EXPLOSION OF FALL COLOR

Dawson says many people come to SeptOberfest to see the artistic displays of fall splendor sprinkled throughout the city. Crafters, artists and farmers use thousands of pumpkins, cornstalks, flowers, hay bales, gourds and squash to create fun fall scenes along the winding Mississippi River and majestic bluffs of the historic river town of Wabasha. 

 

Sep/Oct
2018

The Rule of 3: Resilience Creates Happiness

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Written by Kathryn Lenn

IT IS MY OWN SUPERSTITION THAT EVERYTHING HAPPENS IN THREES. PERHAPS I HAVE THIS SUPERSTITION BECAUSE MY BIRTHDAY IS MARCH 3, OR BECAUSE MY HUSBAND WAS MY THIRD BOYFRIEND. MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE WE LIVE IN THE THIRD HOUSE ON THE RIGHT, I’M 5 FEET 3 INCHES, MY BEST FRIEND IS THREE DAYS OLDER THAN I AM, OR BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER MADE US A FAMILY OF THREE WHEN SHE MADE HER DEBUT AT 33 WEEKS AND THREE DAYS. WHATEVER THE REASON, I BELIEVE IN THE “RULE OF THREE.”

ONE

This applies to many things in my life and it can seem inescapable at times. So, when the dishwasher was sparking and spitting smoke on a Monday evening, I got a little worried what would be next.

Our dishwasher was something my uneducated, first-time homeowner self took for granted. The first time we had it fixed, we were told to probably not fix it again because it was 15 years old. We knew it was only a matter of time, and that fateful evening we finally came to the end of the road with our beloved dishwasher.

TWO

 

Jul/Aug
2018

ISLAND LIFE

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Written by JORRIE JOHNSON

I recently traveled to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands as a part of the first Adult and Continuing Education travel seminar through Winona State University. Dr. Tamara Berg, director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Winona State University, organized the trip based on the course she has been teaching for more than 12 years. She has developed invaluable connections on St. Croix to help students—and now voluntourists—immerse themselves in the history, culture and tropical island lifestyle. While hiking through the forest we learned about the plant-life as well as the history of enslaved African laborers from St. Croix ecologist Olasee Davis. Mistreatment of African slaves in the Caribbean islands occurred concurrently with indigenous people of our area being forced off their land. Emancipation of the Caribbean islands began in the early 1800s and not until July 3, 1878, on St. Croix.

In this issue of Rochester Women magazine, you can learn more about Prairie Island Mdewakanton Dakota history (page 19). It is our privilege to share their story and tell you more about their successful business known as the “Island.” These days Treasure Island is much more than a casino, it’s a place for the whole family to get-away and have fun not-so-far-away.

July finds us at the tail end of strawberry season in southeastern Minnesota, while midsummer berries will arrive soon. Despite her loss of memory due to Alzheimer’s, my grandma would tell us about how she loved to eat fresh-picked raspberries with ice cream as a child in Michigan. I remember going to Bridgeman’s as a child and ordering a malt or shake in a tall glass, served with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Read about and make some of your own berries and ice cream memories (page 27).

Summer is a busy time of year as you will see in this issue of Rochester Women with garden parties, tours, fairs (page 31) and festivals (page 38). I hope you do something that makes you happy each and every day like we Rochester Women do (page 22). Try to stay cool during the dog days of summer.

Thank you to our advertisers who give us the opportunity to do what we love (write, photograph and design) for Rochester Women magazine (see page 22). Together we are “empowering women to live passionately!”

Jorrie Johnson

 

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