Jan/Feb
2013

Freezin' For a Reason

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Written by Amanda Wingren

freezin-for-a-reasonPlunging into frigid waters to support Special Olympics

Every February at Foster Arend Park, they come as groups and alone, in costumes and swimsuits, as coworkers and friends. They all have the same plan: a bone-chilling plunge into an icy lake to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota.

Kevin Torgerson organized and founded the first Polar Bear Plunge in Rochester in 2002, with 25 plungers pledging to take the jump for charity.

“We decided we wanted to make a splash, and, hey, we could do this,” says Torgerson. Since then, the Plunge has grown steadily in numbers and popularity, and in 2012, over a thousand people pledged and plunged, raising over $250,000 for Special Olympics, which provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with disabilities.

 

Jan/Feb
2013

Above & Beyond

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Written by Rochester Women Magazine

cover-storyFour Rochester women who put the “extra” in extraordinary

When we called Kathy Johnson, this year’s Extraordinary Businesswoman award winner, and told her she had won an Extraordinary Rochester Women Award, she replied with disbelief, “Seriously?” It was a common reaction among this year’s winners whom we are proud to introduce.

 

Jan/Feb
2013

Buying Rocks

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Written by Barbara Hight-Randall and Marlene Petersen

buying-rocksDo you find buying gems confusing? Check out these tips from Certified Gemologist Appraiser Barbara Hight-Randall.

 

Jan/Feb
2013

Remodelers Corner: Jan/Feb 2013

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Written by Penny Marshall

remodelers-cornerAs a young girl living in the Twin Cities, Cindy Rapp often visited the rural Rochester home of her aunt and uncle, Paul and Marie Hennessey.

“I remember running through the pasture, swinging on the porch swing and playing with the kitties in the barn,” Cindy recalls about the 150-year-old home her relatives owned. “My Uncle Paul would open the hatch to the cistern in the kitchen floor and tell me, ‘that’s where they throw naughty kids.’”

 

Jan/Feb
2013

On a Mission

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Written by Trish Amundson

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Nicole Curtis, host of the DIY Network’s series “Rehab Addict,” was in the right place at the right time. Reality TV was just an idea when she met a producer at the DIY Network and shared her mission to save every last old house through home restoration and preservation. Now in its third season, “Rehab Addict” features Curtis up to her neck in drywall dust and old floorboards as she curses and sometimes cries to bring new life to old homes.

 

Jan/Feb
2013

A Taste of Mexico and India

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Written by Dawn Sanborn

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A taste of Mexico & India to transform your taste buds!

 

At RochesterWomen magazine, we decided it was time to try a new way of presenting food recipes for our readers, in a real-world fashion that most of us cook in. The “What’s for dinner tonight?” and your only thought is, “Gosh, what IS in my fridge or pantry?” Then you get about to looking and cook with what you have lying around. So we will offer recipes that are easy to cook, something new and mostly seasonal.

Spring is upon us and I know I am ready to forget about winter and get warm. In honor of our exotic travel features to India and Mexico this issue, let’s savor some new tastes. Ahh! I can feel the sand beneath my feet already. 

 

Jan/Feb
2013

Voyage into Veganism

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Written by Margo Stich

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One family’s adventure with a new diet brings challenges and rewards

Last year, Michelle and Brian Lamka set out to revamp their diet. They were motivated by a desire to jump start a healthy lifestyle. After viewing a documentary on the benefits of a vegan
diet, they decided to challenge themselves to adopt it. In doing so, they hoped to lower their cholesterol and blood pressure.

 

Jan/Feb
2013

How to: Créme Brulee

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Written by Margo Stich

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Créme Brulee is a classic French dessert made from cream and egg yolks with a brittle caramelized sugar topping. The textual contrast of smooth, warm, creamy custard lying just beneath a fragile glassy sugar coating is culinary perfection for the senses.

 

 

 

Jan/Feb
2013

Seasons of the Vine: Jan/Feb 2013

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Written by Margo Stich

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Fermented Follies

Inspired by the book title, “He Said Beer, She Said Wine,” (DK Publishing 2008) and bored with the dark, cold days of winter, I set out to learn if “she” really says wine and “he” really says beer.

 

 

 

Jan/Feb
2013

Moments of Shared Learning

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Written by Debi Neville

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When the Diversity Council of Rochester and Rochester Civic Theatre partnered five years ago, their main goal was “Celebrating Diversity and Inclusivity in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”  The long list of events that has been presented has received overwhelming support from both presenters and participants. Fundamentally, the partnership has lead to looking at injustice from a theatric point of view. The goal is to sustain a welcoming attitude to all people, keeping that in mind when making decisions for the Rochester community. 

 

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