May/Jun
2013

The Layered Look (Recipes Included!)

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Written by Margo Stich

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Layered recipes offer an opportunity to feast first with our eyes on the visual complexities of the culinary arts before relishing the unique flavors those layers place on our palate. All restaurant chefs know this, which is why we, as consumers, see them plating everything from appetizers to desserts as architectural presentations.

Now here’s your chance to try it at home. Use these recipes to create your own culinary layered looks. Take your creativity to the table in how you serve an item, such as presenting a layered salad in individual martini glasses. Layers allow you to be as creative as you want to be!

 

May/Jun
2013

How to: Gnocchi

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Written by Margo Stich

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Gnocchi (pronounced no-key) are little potato dumplings that can be served as a side dish with a simple sauce, herbed oils/butters or turned into an elegant main entrée. Meticulous preparation is required, so we spent a morning in Pescara restaurant’s kitchen with Chef Tony Pester learning how to “do it right!”

 

May/Jun
2013

Seasons of the Vine: May/June 2013

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Written by Margo Stich

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Not My Parents' Wine

Forty years ago France produced the finest wines in the world. French, Italian and a few Spanish wines were the only wines Americans really knew at that time. My parents drank cheap Burgundy or mixed drinks and “highballs.” When I went onto college I entered the realm of Boone’s Farm (“graduating” since).

 

May/Jun
2013

Confessions of a Novice Shroomer

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Written by C.G. Worrell

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Hunting the elusive morel mushroom

When my foodie friend Doug insisted on a spring visit to Minnesota, I was floored: “You wanna fly all the way from Chicago to hunt mushrooms?”

“Yeah. Morels taste better than truffles.”

“But that means hiking through . . . nature,” I replied.

“C’mon, it’ll be fun.”

 

May/Jun
2013

Tiptoe Through the Tulips

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Written by Trish Amundson

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Gorgeous garden spaces for outdoor living

Elegantly framing her family’s residence, Suzanne Dinusson’s gardens represent nature’s abundance with blooming perennials, textured foliage and colorful annuals. There, Suzanne hosts a variety of activities such as intimate get-togethers, bridal showers and birthday, graduation and retirement parties. These welcoming garden spaces reflect her and her home and are a haven for her family and guests.

 

May/Jun
2013

All Decked Out

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Written by Penny Marshall

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A guide to decking from a local company that has been selling lumber for 98 years

In 1915 former Iowan H.J. Kruse built a business in Rochester that would, over the course of 98 years, outlast a host of independent competitors. Originally known as Kruse Lumber and Coal, the family-owned store has successfully evolved and continues to operate under the philosophy of its founder: Succeed by offering service and products that are a fair deal to the customer.

 

May/Jun
2013

Remodelers Corner: May/June 2013

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Written by Penny Marshall

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Taking the plunge of putting in a pool was something that Dick and Evelyn Berger had thought about many times over the years.

“We always wanted a swimming pool, but I loved the landscaping and my Eastern Redbud trees were so beautiful that we kept putting it off,” says Evelyn, whose landscape would have to be completely remodeled—including removing her favorite trees—to accommodate a pool.

 

May/Jun
2013

Fifty Years Never Looked So Good

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Written by Debi Neville

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Kellogg Middle School celebrates the half-century mark

The doors of Frank B. Kellogg Middle School in northeast Rochester first opened in late fall 1962 to a flood of seventh through ninth grade students. Known then as Kellogg Junior High, the building was designed for 1,200 students on 17 acres and built for only $13.81 per square foot (which included cost of equipment).

Tucked into a wooded hill, it still glistens inside and out and is now home to about 900 students grades six through eight.

 

May/Jun
2013

Taking a Mental Health Break

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Written by Michelle Kubitz

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Slowing down and finding coping strategies in a frenetic world

Imagine the carefully organized chaos of your typical day—the balancing act of commitments and loved ones, crossing off items on the never-ending-to-do list. Couple that with our increased connectedness to the world around us. Is it any wonder that all of these factors can make a person anxious?

But what if your anxiety doesn’t let up?

 

May/Jun
2013

Exercising Friendship

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Written by Bob Freund

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Running groups that fuse training with the pleasantness of a social club

Two women planning to move to Rochester contacted local fitness business Moms on the Run after locating it on the Internet. They signed up for runner’s training in advance of their arrivals because they wanted to hit the ground running socially.

Unlike book clubs that are social but sedentary, Moms on the Run and several other running groups in town are taking their gatherings on the road to offer participants fitness with friendship.

 

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