With Independence Day coming up fast (where has this year gone?) it's time to meal plan our holiday gathering. I get bored of the same drinks, just as I do with food. I like to try new things and surprise my tastebuds. Here are a couple of drink recipes that are perfect for the holiday and are crowd pleasers. Make them for your celebration or any time. Enjoy! Beer Margaritas Makes six servings • 1 - 12 oz. can limeade concentrate • 12 oz. tequila (your favorite brand) • 12 oz. water • 12 oz. beer (your favorite brand) • Ice
10 years ago Excerpts from the June 22, 2006 Pioneer Journal • Hearing delayed in murder trial An omnibus hearing will be rescheduled for a rural Verndale man who is charged with second-degree murder.
25 years ago Excerpts from the June 20, 1991 Pioneer Journal • County increases recycling subsidies The recycling subsidy for Wadena County was increased at the June 4 county board meeting. Rates were increased from $33 to $41 a ton to match rates for regular garbage. County residents should not see any increases in their bills however, according to the board's chairman, Dale Paulsen.
It's grilling season! I love to grill and experiment with recipes. This recipe for bacon-wrapped corn on the cob is an easy side dish to accompany anything from brats to steaks to chicken. The saltiness of the bacon means that you don't have to add extra salt or butter to the corn after grilling. Enjoy! Bacon-wrapped corn on the cob Makes 10 servings • 10 ears corn, husked and cleaned • Cajun seasoning to taste • Salt and black pepper to taste • 1 lb. pkg. sliced bacon • 10 12x8-inch sheets aluminum foil
Do you like buffalo wings? Do you have some picnics or barbeques coming up? Why not make this Buffalo Chicken Pasta salad to share? It will remind you of buffalo wings and is simple to make. You can substitute your favorite vegetables when this easy side dish. Enjoy! Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad Makes 12 servings • 1 (16 ounce) package uncooked rotini pasta • 1/2 c. mayonnaise • 1 c. blue cheese or ranch dressing • 1/2 c. buffalo wing sauce • 1 tsp. salt • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
25 years ago Excerpts from the June 13, 1991 Pioneer Journal • Cops grab burglar at Elks Club The Wadena Police Department apprehended a 20-year-old Little Falls man early Tuesday attempting to break into the Wadena Elks Club. According to Police Chief Lane Waldahl, officers on a routine patrol of the city spotted the man attempting to burglarize the building. After a brief foot chase, the man was caught and arrested. He is being held at Wadena County jail pending charges.
I was looking through my old recipe cards looking for something to make the other night when I cam across this recipe for Spicy Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry. I made it that night and it was a hit with the family! You can eliminate the Sriracha sauce to make the dish milder. Enjoy! Spicy Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry Makes four servings • 1 1/2 lbs. cooked chicken (poached breast meat or rotisserie chicken), pulled or thinly sliced • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets and stems • Salt, to taste • 1 1/2 c. white or brown rice, cooked
10 years ago Excerpts from the June 1, 2006 Pioneer Journal • Crops recover from slow start Crops are close to being on schedule, local agronomists said, after some areas got off to a slow and wet start to the planting season. "It's not far off," said Ron Schertler, agronomist and salesman at Leaf River Ag in Wadena. Some of the planting was delayed because of rain, he said, but it should soon wrap up. One area that was specifically affected by the rain were the wet areas by Bertha.
If you are like my family, any holiday is an excuse to go all out with numerous dishes and have a real feast. Memorial Day is no exception. Inevitably, there will be too much food and the last thing we will want is a heavy dessert. Why not try this recipe for Basil-Lime Sorbet? It is full of flavor and is the perfect light dessert to finish the meal. Enjoy! Basil-Lime Sorbet Makes eight servings • 1 c. sugar • 1 c. water • 3/4 c. fresh lime juice • 20 fresh basil leaves, minced
10 years ago Excerpts from the May 25, 2006 Pioneer Journal • Rev. Lane authors book After a second printing of his book this spring, the Rev. Chick Lane finds being an author humbling. So far, his book, "Ask, Thank, tell: Improving Stewardship Ministry in Your Congregation," has sold an estimated 2,500 copies, enough to start a second printing in late April.