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Things have greened up nicely in the Northland, but winter deer damage to landscape cedars remains an eyesore. "It's the worst I've seen it," said Craig Berryhill, certified arborist with Rick's Tree and Stump Removal in Duluth as he gazed at several shrubs devoured by deer over the winter. Last winter's early heavy snow, burying deer's typical food sources, caused the area's considerable deer population to munch on cedar, or arborvitae, foliage instead.
Many baby boomers grew up on meat and noodle casseroles, so it's not surprising that such a dish could win the grand prize -- out of hundreds of entries -- in the 1959 Duluth News Tribune recipe contest. Calling for lean, fresh pork cut into cubes, this hearty one-meal dish entered by Mrs. Eli Rajacich of Hoyt Lakes was a cut above most. Making assembly easy, the noodles don't have to be pre-cooked. In the article in the 1959 Duluth News Tribune Cookbook about her grand-prize win, Rajacich said she's always on the lookout for new recipes.
When Dennis Lamkin was a boy in the early 1960s, he and his brothers would go with their mother on visits to her friend, Elisabeth Congdon, at Glensheen mansion. He remembers playing with his brothers on the expansive grounds at 3300 London Road, throwing rocks into Lake Superior and playing games on top of the boathouse. As for the mansion that would someday be featured on A&E's "America's Castles," the young Lamkin wasn't impressed. "I felt sorry for Miss Elisabeth," he said with some amusement. "She didn't have the orange shag carpeting like we did.
Want a culinary herb garden but limited on space? Consider a container herb garden.
Basil: Tomato sauce, pizza, pesto, mashed potatoes Chives: Soups, sandwich spreads, potatoes, dips Cilantro: Asian dishes, salsas Dill: Fish, meats, sauces, salads, vegetables Lavender: Salads, teas Mint: Teas, fruit salads, carrots, chocolate Oregano: Meats, Italian food, tomatoes, peppers Parsley: Flat-leafed parsley in potato salads, curly parsley for garnish Rosemary: Fish and meat, soups, stews, roasted vegetables, olive oil Sage: Poultry, stuffing Thyme: Meat dishes, pasta, vegetables, soups Tarragon: Fish, chicken, eggs Fresh or dry? Herbs can be used fresh or dried.
Memorial Day ushers in the season for outdoor eating in the Northland. And few dishes say "picnic" more than potato salad. If you like potato salad and beer, consider trying this Western-Style Potato Salad with a dressing calling for 1/3 cup beer. The recipe -- submitted by Mrs. Alice Hamernik of 433 Sparkman Ave. in Duluth -- received an honorable mention in the Wines and Beer category of the 1964 Duluth News Tribune recipe contest.
Duluth Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to noon today and Saturday, 14th Avenue East and Third Street. Call 624-4159. UMD Market Day in the Plaza, 2-4:30 p.m. today, Kirby Plaza, 1120 Kirby Drive, UMD. Features music, farmers market and artists' booths. Call 726-6507. Grand Rapids Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Kremers lot, U.S. Highway 2 and First Avenue Northwest, Grand Rapids. Call (218) 245-1549 or go to www.grfamersmarket .org.
The folks planning Glensheen's 100th birthday celebration had picnics on their minds. One of the ways they're celebrating Glensheen's centennial is with a June 14 party on the estate grounds with music, artisan demonstrations and period games. But the star of the day will be a theme picnic contest. Groups are invited to pick a theme, pack a lunch and even dress up accordingly for a picnic on the grounds. The sky's the limit on themes, from a particular cuisine such as Tex-Mex to an era such as the 1940s to something more abstract.
A couple of years ago when Jim and Joan Halquist were asked to be a part of a cookbook featuring the use of locally produced ingredients, the couple expected it would result in a typical cookbook. The kind you put aside, then forget about. To their surprise, the book is a large, beautifully illustrated hardcover book with 200 color photos and 100 recipes.
Bill Majewski thought every city planner should live in a planned community at some point. So when Majewski, a Duluth city planner for 30 years, and his wife, Sue, had the chance in 1972 to buy a Morgan Park "company house" they liked, they jumped at it. Living in a two-bedroom bungalow in Lakeside with their 4-year-old son at the time, they were looking for something bigger. For Sue, the four-bedroom house with maid's quarters -- originally built for a U.S. Steel plant executive -- seemed liked a castle.