Recipe: Zucchini Salad

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Written by Scott Brue

0009Zucchini Salad
4 medium zucchini
1/2 to1 small red onion, sliced
6-8 radishes, thinly sliced
3 Tbsp. lemon juice, divided
1/2 c. olive oil, divided
3 Tbsp. sour cream
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. white pepper



Recipe: Winona's Good Time Raspberry Viaigrette

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Written by Scott Brue

0012Submitted by David Kotsonas, assistant market manager, who makes this “family recipe” often.



Recipe: Pork Roast with Chiles and Second-Day Stew

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Written by Scott Brue

00106 to 9 chile peppers, roasted, seeded and deveined
2 c. water
1 c. white (or cider) vinegar
2 to 4 large cloves garlic
1/2 large onion
1 Tbsp. fresh oregano
salt, to taste
3 lbs. boneless pork roast (shoulder, butt or loin)
1 Tbsp. oil (Kari recommends a mild olive oil)


0011Kari Dunn, manager of the Rochester Farmers Market, learned about the benefits of using fresh produce, grains and legumes years ago when she was a vegetarian and pursued learning to cook for nutritional value and flavor.

    Staples in her diet include vegetables and herbs sautéed in olive oil and piled on quinoa, basmati brown rice, polenta or whole wheat pasta. She leans toward fresh veggies rather than animal products, but meats from pasture-raised animals prepared in almost any ethnic dish are runner-up favorites.


0013Nestled in Rochester’s southwest woods, tucked away from the road and surrounded by a plethora of tall maple trees, is the serene home of Robert and Marsha Rea. Visitors are greeted by a wooden walkway crossing a babbling stream feeding into a large pond.

     Expansive 30-foot ceilings in the main living area invite you into the space. Huge wooden beams frame the area for views of a forested backyard, visible from nearly every room. Cedar plank ceilings draw the eye upward.


0006Her clinic was in tip-top shape, having been remodeled and updated in 2005. Then the September 2010 flood hit. Dr. Sarah Mehrkens of Zumbro Falls Veterinary Clinic reflects on the disaster last fall.

    “A 28-foot crest was predicted, so ‘just in case,’ we loaded three trucks with as much as we could and removed it from the clinic; electronic equipment, medications and the surgery table were saved. We also moved things from the bottom cabinets to the top.”


0007The “Land Down Under” has risen to the top in dream destinations. Australian tourism has seen an incredible boost due to a variety of factors, including competitive airfare, social networking, and Oprah Winfrey’s highly publicized visit.

    While romantic images of the Sydney Opera House, koala bears and kangaroos have long been associated with Australia, savvy travelers know that the smallest continent is also one of the most intriguing places on earth. From the red desert sands to the lush tropical rainforests, from the sun-drenched beaches to the spectacular skyscrapers, Australia is a wonderland of diversity.


0002On July 19, Taran Schneider will receive the National Military Family Association’s 2011 Volunteer Corps Service Award in recognition of her service with military families in her community.

    “Her leadership and passion help her community to not just recognize the service and sacrifice of military families but also help support and meet the needs of military families,” said Christina Jumper, volunteer services director for the National Military Family Association.    



From the Editor - Jul/Aug 2011

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Written by Ellington Miller

0005Three years ago, Joel and I were the happy owners of four Springer Spaniels when we got a phone call that changed our life.

    A stray Springer had been turned into the local shelter, but the shelter was full. A volunteer for a Springer rescue group (springerrescue.org) asked if we would foster him for until he could be adopted. Cooper was a cuddly, smart, energetic, ball-chasing dog whose new family still sends us updates and gratitude. Since then, we have helped rescue and foster 19 more Springers and I have volunteered to transport dozens of dogs from other states to Minnesota rescue groups.



Carla's Cooking Lessons

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Written by Lynn Behnke

LynnandCarlacopyIt's not like I had never wandered into a kitchen before marrying Carla, but cooking together became a teaching opportunity for her, a learning opportunity for me. We took them. Here is a tasting menu of what she taught me about cooking.

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Carla and I shared kitchen duties from the beginning of our marriage. She prepared most of our family meals. I helped her set the table, clear it and do dishes.


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