Wear expandable pants when attending food-tasting events



Greeting and Sallytations!

I know I have mentioned my upcoming retirement from time to time. I’m retiring from the City of Mt. Iron but, for the record, I’m not retiring quite yet from writing this column. You see, I made a solemn vow that I was going to get into a size 16 many years ago. Year after year, week after week, day after day and this personal goal has not happened. So, the column continues.

I’m talking about getting into this size without physical pain. I’m talking a size 16 that I can zip the zipper and button the top. I’m talking a size 16 where I don’t have a small-tire tube look on top of the waistline. I’m not sure if it’s called a muffin top. I have the whole pan of muffins. I’m talking a size 16 where I can actually sit down and be able to breathe. I’m talking a size 16 where there is no fear of seams bursting.

So, I’ll be writing this column for a bit. I thought it may be fun to write about the joys of retirement and this new transition I’ll soon be entering. Moving right along.

Folks, you want to set your calendar for Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Mt. Iron Community Center from 4 – 6:30 p.m. Plans are underway for the 3rd annual Taste of Mt. Iron. This is a benefit for the Mt. Iron Public Library. What a great way to support literacy and reading and enjoy all kinds of ethnic foods, appetizers, desserts and so much more.

I convinced my husband to cook for this event. He reluctantly said yes, and agreed to make his famous Chicagostyle casserole. It’s one of his mother’s favorite recipes. I swear it weighs about 20 lbs. when he makes one large roaster. Well, he has to make five of them. So, I’m calling it the 100 lb. casserole.

And I wonder why I can’t get into a size 16. We’ll have homemade raviolis, sarmas, mini pasties, many Iron Range family favorites, and homemade candies. We’ll have a death-by-chocolate table. If you decide to come, wear expandable pants. Avoid zippers. I’m thinking of yoga pants and a yoga mat for after the food tasting. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the library by calling 218-735- 8625. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Another great food-tasting event is coming up next week on Thursday, Sept. 20. The annual Chili Cook Off at the Miner’s Memorial Building in Virginia. This is one of my favorite days, right up there with Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s so much fun seeing all these various groups of people compete making chili all for a good cause.

A little tip from a professional chili taster— invest in a jar of Beano. This event is a total blast (no pun intended). Take your time savoring the flavor of each chili. There are so many unique types of chili to try. The library will be represented at this event. Stop by and give us a hello. And, again, I wonder why I’m not in that size 16.

The big football game is this Sunday— the Vikings vs. the Packers. Once again, it’s more than football. Can we say potluck overload? The lodge at the lake has quite the awesome spread. From soups to dips to desserts, it’s so much fun. I could care less about the game. Just get me a chair close to the chicken wild rice soup. Man, I have food on the brain today.

Let me wrap it up with some good books to read. I haven’t done this for a while. Here’s some hot new reads: In His Father’s Footsteps by Danielle Steel, Walking Shadows by Faye Kellerman, Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber, Clock Dance by Anne Tyler, Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin, When We Found Home by Susan Mallery, Double Blind by Iris Johansen, A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo, The Good Fight by Danielle Steel, The Summer Nanny by Holly Chamberlin, Gracie’s Secret by Jill Childs, The Other Woman by Daniel Silva, and Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter. Or, try books written by two of my favorite authors: Heather Gudenkauf and Allen Eskens. There you go. It’s a wrap.

Over and out until next week. Go Vikings!

Sally Yuccas lives in Virginia, MN.

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