The summer has flown by and school is looming. With the beginning of the school year comes the multiple sports practices and games and hectic schedules. It can be difficult to put a healthy dinner on the table during the week. I have begun putting together my freezer meals that are a lifesaver on those busy days. I just pull one out the night before or in the morning and put it into my crockpot for a hot, delicious meal. This recipe for Garlic Parmesan Chicken is a favorite freezer meal of our family. I can set the timer and forget about it. Enjoy!
10 years ago Excerpts from the Aug. 17, 2006 Pioneer Journal • Wadena County population shrinks Wadena County experienced an unexpected shrink in population, according to county officials after hearing a demographics report from the region Five Development Commission. The county's 13,713 population in 2000 declined by 63 residents to 13,650 in 2005. The previous report predicted a slight increase in population over the next 10 years instead of the slight decrease the county recently experienced, said Mary Harrison, county commissioner.
I love watching the Olympics! The 2016 games began last week in Rio. Why not enjoy a traditional Brazilian dish to get into the spirit of the events? This recipe for Brazilian Chicken in Coconut Milk is bursting with flavor. Serve over rice or pasta for a hearty dinner. Enjoy! Brazilian Chicken in Coconut Milk Makes four servings • 1 tsp. ground cumin • 1 tsp. ground cayenne pepper • 1 tsp. ground turmeric • 1 tsp. ground coriander • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves • Salt and pepper to taste
10 years ago Excerpts from the Aug. 10, 2006 Pioneer Journal • City supports Highway 10 through town The Wadena City Council told a group of Wadena citizens Tuesday night it supports Highway 10 expansion through town and not a bypass. The council voted unanimously to make a stand for a four-lane Highway 10 through town after Harry Merickel and a crowded audience of nearly 40 people asked the council to take a stand and support Highway 10 going through town. State Rep. Dean Simpson also attended the meeting.
It has been a pretty hot summer. There is nothing better, in my opinion, than sitting on my back deck with some food off the grill and a pitcher of these watermelon margaritas. You can substitute tequila for lemon-lime soda if you prefer. Enjoy! Watermelon Margaritas Makes four servings • 1/2 c. white sugar • 1/2 c. water • 3 strips orange zest • 2 c. cubed seeded watermelon • 3/4 c. white tequila • 1/4 c. lime juice • salt or sugar for rimming glasses (optional) • 1 lime, cut into wedges
10 years ago Excerpts from the Aug. 3, 2006 Pioneer Journal • Local power grid grows A new transformer will be added to Wadena's northwest substation for efficiency and so the substation can handle more loads.
The last week has been hot, hot, hot! The last thing I want to do on a hot day is cook. When I have a gathering to go to, I try to make things that don't require my kitchen to be heated up. This recipe for Peach trifle fits the bill. It is easy to make and uses fresh summer fruit. Enjoy! Peach Trifle Makes eight servings • 6 large ripe peaches - peeled, pitted and sliced • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice • 2 (8 oz.) containers vanilla yogurt • 1 teaspoon lemon zest • 1 (10 in.) prepared angel food cake
10 years ago Excerpts from the July, 2006 Pioneer Journal • Ethanol company eyes Wadena property An ethanol company with offices in Iowa and Nevada has purchased an option on land in Wadena, a company official confirmed this week. Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc., a public company which trades on the Nasdaq under the symbol GPRE, is constructing ethanol plants in Shenandoah, Iowa, and is planning a second plant in Superior, Iowa.
The kids are gone and I am cooking for one these days. I don't like to make a big fuss when it is just me eating, so this recipe for Grilled Wonton Chicken Salad is perfect. It is flavorful, simple and delicious. Enjoy! Grilled Wonton Chicken Salad Makes two servings • 1-1/4 (6 oz.) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves • teriyaki marinade • 2 green onions, chopped • 1/4 tsp. salt • 1/4 tsp. pepper • 2 Tbsp. and 2 tsp. sugar • 1/4 c. rice vinegar • 1/3 c. olive oil
10 years ago Excerpts from the July 20, 2006 Pioneer Journal • Primary needed in WDC School Board election As a seventh candidate filed for one of three open seats on the Wadena-Deer Creek School Board at the end of the day Tuesday, a primary runoff was triggered.