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Pineandlakes Echo Journal
Prison work program helps preserve historic southern Minnesota church
Capitol Chatter: Minimum wage automatically heads up
During the solar eclipse, animals will be confused
9-year-old boy dies after UTV rollover accident in Douglas County, Minn.
Mezzenga Carlson celebration of life set Saturday
Twins activate former All-Star closer Perkins
Danecdotes: Practice begins for area fall sports
Vikings kicker, punter positions up for grabs yet
Vikings QB Sam Bradford opens up on faith, trust and drowning out the intrigue
Injuries strike Vikings offensive line again
Richard Wayne Gravdahl
Jesse Elmer Lodermeier
Carl J. (Corky) Smith
Curtis W. Smith
Crosslake offers something for everyone Aug. 12
The endless summer
Pages from the Past - Aug. 18, 2017
Last duck race of season is today
SOLO to play Saturday in Pequot Lakes park
Letter to the editor: Leave the memorial be
From the Lefthand Corner: Trump's downward slide
Supporting a free press
Vogt's Notes: Imagine a day without local news
Try a new twist on zucchini with 'zoodles'
letters to the editor
Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd, births
Spike & Karen Wales
Cole Richard Sifferath
Robert and Susan (Gregg) House
August 16, 2017
Chef's Hat: Here's a new twist on an old vegetable
In the last few weeks, area gardens have been popping with produce. And, just like every year, my neighbors' gardens have an overabundance of...
August 16, 2017 - 7:00am
August 7, 2017
Chef's Hat: Mini pies are all the rage
There's something special about having a whole pie to yourself - even if it is a mini pie. You can honestly say, "I ate the whole thing all by myself!" Mini pies are also a great dish to take to parties or family get-togethers because there is no cutting required. These pies can be...
August 7, 2017 - 5:00am
July 11, 2017
Chef's Hat: Flavored butters are a cook's secret weapon
An extremely simple way to add magic to almost any dish is by topping it off with flavored butter. Flavored butters are also known as compound...
July 11, 2017 - 7:30am
June 28, 2017
Chef's Hat: For fast cleanup, try foil packet recipes
It doesn't matter if you are using a grill, campfire or the plain old oven in your kitchen, foil packet recipes are a great way to go when you...
June 28, 2017 - 7:00am
June 13, 2017
Chef's Hat: Lemonade - it's sunshine in a glass
There is nothing more refreshing and nothing that says summer more than a glass of fresh lemonade. This delightful summertime drink is available in frozen concentrates and powders you mix with water and, of course, premade lemonade comes in bottles and cans. But once you make lemonade...
June 13, 2017 - 4:00am
May 31, 2017
Chef's Hat: Asparagus - four years in the making
Asparagus is not an ordinary vegetable. You don't plant it in the spring and harvest it in the fall as you do with most vegetables. This is a...
May 31, 2017 - 6:00am
May 16, 2017
Chef's Hat: Don't hesitate to use that forgotten broiler in oven
A few weeks ago I was discussing recipes with a friend and I was surprised to hear that she had never used the broiler in her oven. I don't know if it's because I'm short on time or because I find broiling an easy cooking method, but I use my broiler once or twice a week. Broiling...
May 16, 2017 - 8:30am
April 30, 2017
Chef's Hat: Enjoy the start of warm weather with a juicy steak
With warmer weather slowly coming into the lakes area, there's been quite a few nights lately when the smell of a charcoal grill has filled the evening air. About anything grilled is good - hamburgers, chicken, pork chops - but what quite a few people, including myself, really enjoy...
April 30, 2017 - 5:30am
April 18, 2017
Chef's Hat: Coffee cakes will satisfy holiday sweet tooth
If you missed it, Coffee Cake Day was Friday, April 7. But just because you missed the official Coffee Cake Day, that doesn't mean you can't...
April 18, 2017 - 6:30am
April 5, 2017
Chef's Hat: Are your meals boring? Try muffin tins
Sometimes you get into a rut cooking three meals a day, seven days a week. It often comes down to not having a lot of time to spend preparing...
April 5, 2017 - 5:45am
March 16, 2017
Chef's Hat: For the day, we're all a bit Irish
Even those who have no connection at all to Ireland enjoy the festivities and camaraderie that come about every year on March 17. This is a day...
March 16, 2017 - 6:05am
March 7, 2017
Chef's Hat: Pancakes - they aren't just for breakfast
In my many years (decades) of cooking, I've run into people who didn't like a variety of foods, including potato salad, baked beans and, believe...
March 7, 2017 - 12:06pm
February 19, 2017
Chef's Hat: Not your usual chicken salad sandwich
Simple and perhaps a bit old-fashioned, the chicken salad sandwich is a great way to use up leftover chicken. For many people, chicken salad is simply diced chicken and a bit of mayo on toasted bread. Grapes are one of the traditional ingredients added to chicken salad. But there...
February 19, 2017 - 8:38pm
February 2, 2017
Chef's Hat: Bring nontraditional snacks to Super Bowl party
Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner. For some people it is about the game, but for a lot of people it is more about socializing with friends and eating elaborate snacks. It may or may not surprise most people, but Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest food day (or holiday,...
February 2, 2017 - 10:48pm
January 20, 2017
Chef's Hat: Sheet pan dinners are almost as easy as crockpot meals
When it comes to cooking, dishes that are appetizing, easy to make and have minimal cleanup time are what hold a lot of attraction for me - and for most people I know who have busy lives. For years crockpots have provided the answer to easy preparation; although crockpot meals are...
January 20, 2017 - 7:54pm