Mar/Apr
2012

Recipe: Indian Spinach Salad

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Written by Margo Stitch

0035    6 cups fresh baby spinach
    1-1/2 cups chopped apples
    1/2 cup each raisins and cashew nuts
    2 Tbsp. minced green onion

 

0039It’s Saturday. The fridge is empty, and it’s time to trudge down the aisles of the usual supermarket for the same items you’ve bought a hundred times. When was the last time grocery shopping was an adventure, the last time you saw something new or even unusual at the supermarket? If it’s been a while, consider spicing things up by taking a trip to one of Rochester’s 15 ethnic grocery stores featuring Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Mexican, East African and European specialties.

 

Mar/Apr
2012

California Sushi Roll

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Written by Margo Stitch

0027Special equipment/ingredients:
• Bamboo mat for rolling (available at area grocers and ethnic specialty stores)
• Nori sheets (dried sheets of laver, a kind of seaweed)
• Precooked sushi rice (a short grain style; toss the warm rice gently with the “su” or seasoned vinegar*; keep warm.           
  *Suggested mixture is 1/4 cup vinegar mixed with 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1-1/2 teaspoon of salt. Different vinegars offer different tastes.)

 

Mar/Apr
2012

Seasons of the Vine - Mar/Apr 2012

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Written by Margo Stitch

margocopyThe 2012 seasons promises some exciting developments in the Minnesota and Wisconsin wine industry. Several new wineries are scheduled to open. The past year saw the opening of Sovereign Vineyard and Estate in Waconia (sovereignestatewine.com) and Four Daughters Winery in Spring Valley (fourdaughtersvineyard.com).

    Why visit a winery? It is part of the whole experience and it supports the local economy. It allows one to meet winemakers and
interact with others who are tasting and deciphering wines.

 

0043"It’s Girl Scout cookie time!” Those familiar words send people scrambling to get their fix of the popular once-a-year treats. But although many may think of cookies when they think of Girl Scouts, for 100 years the organization has reached far beyond satisfying a sweet tooth. Celebrating its centennial in 2012, Girl Scouts has long been dedicated to helping girls develop the skills they need to become leaders.

 

Mar/Apr
2012

Reluctant Runner - A couch-to-5K story

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Written by Daniell Allen

0042Running definitely wasn’t my usual cup of tea. My usual cup had vodka in it. So when I initially told my friends and family that I was going to train for a 5K, I had to wait a substantial amount of time before the laughter subsided enough for me to explain why.

    Indeed, that was the big question. Why? Why would I, a girl who once constructed a four-foot poker out of chopsticks and straws to change the channels on my TV because I was too lazy to put new batteries in my remote, want to do something as strenuous as running?

 

Mar/Apr
2012

Mining Rochester's Creative Community

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Written by Matthew Bluhm & Maria Bartholdi

There’s no place like Rochester. Not when it comes to putting together a documentary show that features the best of arts, culture, and history in southeastern Minnesota.

    Throughout the three seasons of Off 90, Rochester has consistently proved to be a fountain of fantastic stories. Amazing people and organizations make Rochester a rich tapestry. Here are some of our favorite Rochester moments from Off 90.        

 

0037Empowerment, encouragement and enthusiasm. These three powerful words will come alive at the “She Is” Women’s Spring Weekend, May 18–20, at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center outside of Lanesboro.

    The all-women event (formerly known as the Women in the Outdoors program) offers indoor and outdoor activities. Fly fishing, canoeing, biking, rock climbing, firearms, crafting and of course Eagle Bluff’s Tree Tops Ropes Course are a few of the more than 20 activities offered. Instructors are knowledgeable, patient and safety-conscious, and they teach participants everything they need to know about a given class.

 

0038Hattie Mayo was a true Rochesterite. Born in Rochester on May 4, 1864 as Hattie May Damon, she was the daughter of the town jeweler, Eleazer Damon, and his wife, Caroline Warner Damon. Hattie was raised an only child when her family lost her older sister Emma.

    In 1868, William Worall Mayo, father to Will and Charlie Mayo, and then a prominent member of the school board, had Rochester build the up-to-date Central School. Though only four years old, Hattie loved playing at the school and often could be seen sliding down its stone banisters. Her father decided she might as well attend the school for an education. Hattie was always a good student who loved to draw and read.

 

Mar/Apr
2012

The Age of Hereafter - A case of mistaken identity

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Written by Laurie Helmers

0044I was a woman on a mission again. I’m always trying to do too many things in too short a time, but as a self-proclaimed champion multi-tasker, I’m usually successful. So as I raced my cart toward the busy checkout lanes, I scanned for the shortest line. There it was—only one couple paying and no one waiting.

    I slid into line and exchanged a quick glance of acknowledgment with the woman in front of me. Seconds later, we caught each other in another glance. Then the man glanced at me. If we’d all had cartoon word bubbles above our heads, they’d have had captions like: “I think I know you, but I’m not sure, and I’m too embarrassed to start a conversation in case I’m wrong.”

 

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