Category Archives: Feature

From the Kitchen: Heidi Brand

This week’s featured cook, Heidi Brand, would be lost without her menu board. “Each week I plan out 7-10 complete meals and put them on the board,” explained Heidi. “I don’t plan each day’s meals, just a list for the week, and decide each day which to use. Each of our three oldest kids chooses...
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Greetings from St. Louis – Kitchen Column by Julie Van Manen

Editor’s Note: Thanks, Julie, for filling in over the summer months in Shelly Rankin’s absence. Look for the Wooden Spoon to return this fall. As I write this morning, my view out the window is that of the St. Louis Cardinals Stadium. Unfortunately, the Cardinals are not in town this week. I am attending the National...
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The DeeZee Spirit by Darrell Zegers – 8/10/17

I have been writing weird stories in the “Hometown Press” for years. That’s quite something when you realize I have no writing skills at all. I was educated through the eighth grade and got horrible grades. I was never good at anything in school except for time spent in the principal’s office. But I have...
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From the Kitchen: Olicia Smothers

With summer temperatures heating up, there is no place like home for this week’s featured cook, Olicia Smothers. Olicia, along with her husband, Patrick, and son, Trent, love lake life at their home at Lake Ponderosa, just outside of Montezuma. “We spend a good portion of the summer boating,” said Olicia. “We don’t stay in the...
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Press INKlings: Watermelon is a fruigetable?

In 1989, Lee Wheelis set the world record by spitting a watermelon seed 68 feet and nine and one-eighth inches. Today (Aug. 3) is National Watermelon Day, try a slice and don’t forget to see how far you can spit a watermelon seed. There are actually You Tube videos about the correct method! If summer had...
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The DeeZee Spirit by Darrell Zegers – 7-27-17

Driving a car has always been fun for me except when I look in the rearview mirror, and it is full of red flashing lights. This, unfortunately, has happened to me several times. I remember when I first started driving an automobile. I was 12 or 13 years old. Our home was about a block from the...
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From the Kitchen: Miranda Paskach

This week’s featured cook, Miranda Paskach, makes sure that mornings start off on a nutritious note for her family. “The kids and I love making our morning shake together!” said Miranda, who has shared the recipe with readers this week. “We send one off to work with Daddy and share the second one together. They think...
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