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Mia and Bouzo could barely contain their excitement as they watched their owner cook up chicken, rice and vegetables on the stove. When Beverly Patronas cheerfully asked if they were hungry, they wiggled with eager anticipation. No run of the mill dog food for these Yorkshire terriers. Patronas' cooking goes to the dogs. "I don't want to give my dogs anything that has preservatives, byproducts and fillers in it, and so much of commercial dog food does," Patronas says. "My dogs are like family.
Richard Kalar knew his father had labored in an International Falls' paper mill during the Depression. And he knew his father had published a few poems in his youth. After his father died in 1972, Kalar went through his papers and discovered many more poems, published and unpublished.
Paper or plastic? It's the gnawing question at the grocery store checkout line for those of us who want to make the Earth-friendly choice. Paper is biodegradeable and made from a renewable resource, while plastic is neither. So, paper must be a better environmental choice, right? Not necessarily. Experts say more factors must be considered, including the energy used and the waste and pollution created in both manufacturing and transporting bags to stores. Plastic or polyethylene bags, which are made from crude oil and natural gas, are less polluting to manufacture.
The last day of a camping trip can be slim pickings when it comes to cooking up a meal.
You're going to replace windows, hang drywall or rebuild that sagging porch. Hold on. Did you get a permit? While most homeowners know they need a building permit for an addition or a garage, many aren't aware they need permits for other home improvement projects, such as installing a bay window, insulating walls or finishing an attic. As the Northland's home improvement season kicks off, the number of permit applications increases at the city of Duluth's Building Safety Division.
Growing up in a family that owned an Italian restaurant, Caterina Romano learned how to cook Italian. "I learned to cook just being around it all the time, watching them cooking in the kitchen," she said. In her early 20s, Romano became interested in Middle Eastern food when she began dating Sabah Alwan, a college student from Iraq, and they attended get-togethers with other Middle Eastern students. "Every week we'd go to a different home," recalled Romano, now 49. "Somebody would host it and make all the food, usually indigenous to their country. The food was really different.
Think twice before you shove those potato peels down your garbage disposal. Even with a good flush of water, you may cause a clog that will take a professional to clean out. Jeff Williams remembers the panicked call he got on Christmas Eve from a woman preparing dinner for a big family gathering.
You won't find hot dishes and Jell-O salads at Lenten suppers at First Lutheran Church in Duluth. Wednesday dinners feature homemade soups, fresh-baked breads and salads -- sometimes with exotic flavors and spices. The meals, organized by nationally known cookbook author Beatrice Ojakangas, are credited with enticing more people to Lenten worship services and discussion groups. "Could it be a baiting?" the Rev. Warren Schulz said with a sly smile. "Why, of course it could be the case.
Duluth's community reading project takes a multicultural turn this year with the "The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan. The 1989 novel shares the stories and relationships of four Chinese mothers and their American-born daughters. The daughters know little of their mother's tragic lives in China while the mothers' hopes for their daughters are misunderstood. "The mothers come from a culture that's so completely different than the ones their daughters are living in," said Julie Ahasay, who teaches inter-cultural communication at the College of St. Scholastica.
Shin-Ping Tucker of Superior relates to the characters in the "The Joy Luck Club." She understands the cultural struggles that start with a formidable language barrier and extend to differences in family values, behavior and food. The novel's four mothers who left unhappy and tragic lives behind in China are no surprise to Tucker, who emigrated from Taiwan in 1993. "Everybody has sad stories," she says of Chinese immigrants.