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Mexican Food: Good eating any time

I’m a Mexican food fan and could eat it just about every day. Here are a couple of recipes I found that sounded good. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

VEGETABLE RECIPES TO ENJOY WHEN THE

These recipes come from the Le Cordon Bleu Home Collection Vegetables book. While many of the gardens in our area haven’t produced yet, this would be a good column to hang on to for when the veggies do start to ripen. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:07 AM

HOT SOUP, COLD SOUP, BEAN SOUP, CRAB SOUP

While a person may not usually think of soup as being a summer dish, I like soup any time of the year. Just recently I woke up with a fever and a sore throat. Some may like a warm, soothing cup of tea with honey added to ease a scratchy throat. More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

Recipes for children: some for fun and some to eat

Since the school year is coming to a close, I think that these recipes provide some fun ideas for projects for the rainy days that we will more than likely have from time to time during the summer. Once again, I thank   More...

Posted 6/1/2017 11:07 PM

Burger, wieners, and pork in savory barbecue sauces

The following recipes are from a cookbook called Our Favorite Recipes, compiled by members of St. Anne’s Society from the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Glencoe, MN in 1969. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Celebrating Mexican food on Cinco de Mayo

Given that this week’s edition comes out on May 5, it seemed appropriate to have Mexican-based recipes in the column. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:42 PM

Hometown Focus staff share cake recipes in honor of our 9th anniversary

In keeping with the 9th anniversary theme of this week’s edition of Hometown Focus, we thought it would be fun to get cake recipes from members of our staff. More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:44 PM

Exploring gluten-free and healthy recipe options

I had this recipe column written a couple of weeks ago; I like to keep some on hand. Ironically, when Julie Asbach submitted the content for her column, Healthy for Life (see p. More...

Posted 4/6/2017 11:20 PM

Round two of recipes from the 7th Annual MN Congressional Delegation Hotdish Off

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second week HTF is presenting recipes from the Hotdish Off competition. You can find these and other recipes from this annual event at www.franken. senate.gov. - Kirsten Reichel, HTF Staff Writer. More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:56 PM

A recipe tribute to the early settlers of the Iron Range

I found the cookbook titled Come, You Taste – Family Recipes from the Iron Range, by B. J. Carpenter, in a stack of cookbooks I keep in the office to reference for the weekly recipe column. More...

Posted 3/3/2017 12:09 AM

Members of P.E.O. Chapter ER of Cook, MN, share their recipes

This week I present recipes from the cookbook, Lovingly from Lake Vermilion, which was compiled by members of the P.E.O. Chapter ER of Cook, MN, in 2016 to commemorate their 30th anniversary. Along with friendship, the mission of P.E.O. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 11:09 PM

This is what’s cookin’ at the neighborhood Super Bowl party

Dar Thomas, who currently lives in Virginia, MN, but grew up in the Zim, MN area, contributed a story this week on the 25-year Super Bowl party tradition that she and her family and friends have established over the years. More...

Posted 2/3/2017 12:08 AM

It’s all about the beans

I have to admit that it’s sometimes difficult to come up with new recipe ideas each week so this time I just randomly opened a page to my Crockery Cookery cookbook, by Mable Hoffman, to see what would appear and it just so happened to open to t More...

Posted 1/19/2017 11:27 PM

RECIPES FOR ENTERTAINING AND THE COLD DAYS AHEAD

The first recipe in this column is from an acquaintance of our editor, Jean Cole. I found his style of writing to be fun so left it pretty much as he presented it. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:06 PM

Yummy recipes to try during the holidays

I assume that most of us have our traditional holiday meals so coming up with something different for this time of year is a bit of a challenge. More...

Posted 12/23/2016 12:24 AM

THERE'S ALWAYS ROOM FOR JELL-O

This week’s recipes are from our ever efficient HTF office manager, Vicky. These are some family recipes that are made over the holiday season for her family and guests to enjoy. More...

Posted 12/8/2016 10:22 PM

Our family recipe ideas

As has been the tradition over the last many years, my husband’s cousin, Loretta, hosts the Thanksgiving family meal and we host the Christmas family meal at our home. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 11:39 PM

It’s the second week of deer camp…

Here is the second installment of wild game recipes since ‘tis the season. Once again, these were provided to us by Rick and Jen that share many wild game recipes on their website www.foodforhunters.com. More...

Posted 11/10/2016 10:47 PM

Lake Vermilion cooks chef it up

This week’s recipes were provided to us by cooks from the Lake Vermilion, Tower area. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:47 PM

WOK AND ROLL!

These stir-fry recipes are from the book Easy Cooking Wok Dishes by Norman Weinstein. I have introduced other recipes from this same book before and here are more that I know are winners. More...

Posted 10/13/2016 10:53 PM

Friends’ faves shared here

This week’s recipes were shared by friends of mine and HTF editor Jean. There are a gazillion recipes that can be found online, but it helps to have a friend recommend or share one to know if it is tried and true. More...

Posted 9/29/2016 09:27 PM

Backwoods Home dishes it up

The recent ORR Center Sustainability Expo held on August 20 and 21, at what was previously the Orr High School, brought in hundreds of visitors and was deemed a success by the ORR Center organizers. More...

Posted 9/15/2016 10:40 PM

St. Michael’s Chili Cook-Off

VIRGINIA - The St. Michael’s Foundation 7th annual chili cook-off signature event is planned for Thursday, September 15, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Miners Memorial building in Virginia. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:23 PM

Campsite (or backyard) cookin’

In keeping with the 100- year anniversary of the National Park Service and our story on Voyageur More...

Posted 8/18/2016 10:47 PM

Fabulous new fare at the stae fair!

This week I cheated on the recipe column in that you won’t actually have recipe directions to follow. More...

Posted 8/4/2016 09:52 PM

Enjoying the taste of the tropics on the mainland

Aloha to all! I had the privilege of spending the past week on the island of Oahu with my family and am still in vacation mode, albeit a bit jet lagged and have household chores yet to take care of (laundry) since returning. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

SALADS TO CHALLENGE YOUR TASTE

The following recipes are from a cookbook called Twenty Dinners by Ithai Schori and Chris Taylor. I was looking for some different salad recipes and the three listed certainly are. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:45 PM

Wrap it in foil, light the campfire and cook away

The sun is shining and the rain has let up – at least for the time being. More...

Posted 6/8/2017 11:09 PM

Memorial Day BBQ tips and recipe ideas

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following are some tips to start off the BBQ season. The recipes are from the Pillsbury Cookbook offering some ideas for Memorial Day festivities. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Fishing opener is here again!

Once again, I present recipes from the cookbook, Lovingly from Lake Vermilion, compiled by the members of the P.E.O Chapter ER of Cook, MN. More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

Easy bake breads for all occasions

The following recipes are from a favorite book of mine, The General Federation of Women’s Club (GFWC) Centennial Cookbook that I have used in the past to pass on recipes to our readers. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:43 PM

What to do with those eggs

This is the time of year when people buy eggs in large quantities for the fun of dyeing and coloring as part of an Easter tradition, but what to do with all those eggs? More...

Posted 4/13/2017 11:08 PM

Pies, Pies, And More Pies

Credit for the recipes this week goes to Idell Henderson of Virginia, who is the assistant office manager here at HTF. She dug out pie recipes from her file that are made up of family and friend favorites. More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:36 PM

Recipes from the 7th Annual Minnesota

“Working together to improve the lives of Minnesotans, one hotdish at a time.” - www.franken.senate.gov   More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

Recipes that carry on family traditions

The following recipes are courtesy of Bob Henderson of Virginia. More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:00 AM

COOKING UP POTATOES AND PEAS

This week, the recipes I selected are from Butch and Anne Folman of Embarrass, MN, who contributed a handful of recipes a couple of weeks ago. I’m a big fan of potatoes so these all appealed to me. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Easy recipes for entertaining a crowd

The following recipes were provided to me by Butch and Anne Folman of Embarrass, MN. They recently hosted a surprise birthday and retirement party for HTF former editor, Jean Cole. More...

Posted 2/9/2017 11:47 PM

Soups - from Supper to Sopa de Tortilla

The following recipes were taken from a book titled When Friends Cook which was compiled by the Friends of the Institute for the Minneapolis Institute of Art. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Wild rice recipes - some variations on the old standby

These recipes came from the favorite Wild Rice recipes book by the Bemidji Area League of Women Voters, printed in 1990. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

Appetizers for New Year gatherings

These recipes come from the recipe book titled Appetizers, by Mable Hoffman. I found this one, too, while perusing the shelves at the Thrift Shop in Cook. More...

Posted 12/30/2016 12:18 AM

Festive Holiday Drinks

This week’s drink recipes were graciously provided by our Hometown Focus assistant office manager, Idell Henderson. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 11:52 PM

Sweet and salty hits the spot

Our editor, Jean Cole, was able to wrangle most of these recipes from some of her neighbors. A good combination of sugary and salty recipes to suit a variety of appetites. More...

Posted 12/2/2016 12:38 AM

Venison recipes to wrap up the season

This is the third and last week of the www.foodforhunters.com website recipes. These that we have presented the last three weeks are just a handful of many recipes on the website. More...

Posted 11/17/2016 11:49 PM

LET THE WILD GAMES BEGIN

The recipes presented this week, and the two weeks following, are all wild game recipes that I found on a great website www.foodforhunters.com. Rick and Jen operate this website and were happy to allow us to use recipes from their site. More...

Posted 11/3/2016 09:27 PM

Bea Ojakangas shares some fab recipes

Author and celebrated chef Beatrice Ojakangas will read from and sign copies of her new memoir, Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. More...

Posted 10/20/2016 11:07 PM

Natural Harvest Food

The following recipes were contributed by employees of the Natural Harvest Food Coop in Virginia. Some were submitted earlier this summer and we just simply ran out of space to include all of them. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 10:55 PM

Benny (again) Crocker

My favorite recipe contributor has done it again and provided us with some more of his tasty recipes. We saw him quite a bit this summer and were treated to his over-the-top spring rolls and homemade sushi one night. More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:20 PM

Stress Free

You may have noticed since I started working on the recipe section that, other than some cookie recipes, I have not been heavy on the baking recipes. The truth is, I hate to bake. More...

Posted 9/8/2016 10:56 PM

Pasties – a mining meal tradition

I have made over a couple of thousand pasties in my life. It may sound impressive but the truth of the matter is that I made them, with the help of many other volunteers, to sell for class fundraisers for my boys when they were in high school. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:19 PM

FROM THE EARTH TO THE TABLE

After the hard work of planting, growing, and preserving, it is time to enjoy the bounty. More...

Posted 8/11/2016 09:30 PM

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