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What’s New in Wabasha

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

It’s been such a busy week here, like everyone is realizing hey, it might be the last of summer over the next few weeks. Here in Wabasha, we have had it all. The best of the summer festivities, music, and food!

Our farmer’s market grows each week as more food becomes available from mother earth and I have to say, the last batch of radishes and zuchinni we got was superb. Sweet and delicious.
We got duck eggs and they were great. I made a fast omelet with tomatoes, zuchinni, oregano and vinegar, a dash to lighten up the eggs for me. It was great. I’ll have another tomorrow! The farmer’s market also has three ways to pay. Credit card, ESB card, and another one you have to ask Sara about. Liam played guitar and sang for us and we were happy to give him a gift of money for his efforts.
We have had a few good meals at the Bluff View. Last night, a half a dozen scallops with pineapple salsa on a bed of baby greens was superb at 11 bucks, and the scallop were decent size. My husband had a steak which I thought looked delicious and he said it was indeed. We have also had a very nice Sunday buffet there a couple of times and relished in the fact that everything was so much better than the usual fare. Also about 11 dollars.

Wabasha Farmers Market Opening Day

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Four great vendors came out today, despite the threat of rain and held shop underneath

  • the Bridge in Wabasha. I, for one, was so glad to see them after 7 months of No Farmers
    Market! Oh, dear, how did I make it. I tell you how I made it, I had some things I had
    bought last autumn from the WFM that brought me thru the winter. Relish and salsa,
    cookies and fudge. Flowers and their seeds and so much many good memories of
    live accoustic music and chats and freshly grown local fruits and veggies.

    Today we heard live music from two charming ladies who played American and Irish
    folk music for us. We are always happy to leave them some dollar bills because they
    don’t charge for their tunes and it’s worth a million bucks.
    We also had a nice chat with a couple who sell herb plants and wooden eating spoons,
    hand carved, beautiful and a bit too expensive for us today, as we had a limited budget,
    but I think I am going to try and save my nickels and dimes for at least one. We did get
    some healthy and lovely basil and rosemary plants.

    We also met Sara from Pepin who runs the Wabasha Farmers Market, see
    Sara (715) 442-2488 for her excellent picante or for
    details about the Wabasha Farmers Market. They are looking for vendors, too.
    Sara has a lot of good ideas to expland the Farmers Market and we can all
    help by supporting and participating. When it all comes down to it, the
    farmer is are our best of all friends.

    Cakes, Etc

    Friday, May 24th, 2013

    When you happen to be in Plainview, Mn, in southeastern Minnesota, you’d be very sad to hear that you had
    missed going to this very tiny, very quaint bakery with giant huge flavor and awesome tastiness when it comes
    to their cupcakes, of which I had many.
    We had heard through the grapevine that the cupcakes were quite good so we took a little 15 mile hop off Hwy 61 to Plainview and found this bakery shop right away on Broadway and 3rd Street. You cannot miss it as you drive into
    town because it is the only pink store on that main strip. Like right out of a kid’s book, this shop sticks right out.

    The cupcakes are so good I cannot imagine how they would ever be better. I had the coconut with cherry on top and chocolate cake, I also had the lemon cake and icing with raspberry in the middle and a lemon candy drop atop of lemon icing and raspberry candy coating. The ingredients are top notch and taste as fresh as can be. I also had a brownie, which would be what I could make if I could, and a maple cupcake which was just delish! I also have the nut roll, but no room to eat it a day and a half later. Sorry, you’ll have to see it for yourself.

    I would recommend this shop to the Pope and his mom, it’s so good. They also have tea and coffee.

    Stop by and tell them Bright and Doug sent you. Have a great time and don’t forget some to take home to your favorite people.
    Cake, Etc.
    321 W. Broadway
    Plainview MN 55964

    When You Are Ready

    Monday, March 12th, 2012

    They say when you are ready, the master will appear. I guess, no, I know I must have been ready when I finally walked into ‘Kimono’. a, you’ll never guess what, Kimono shop where fine Japanese Wedding Kimonos are sold.

    I had been directed to visit the shop over a year ago, but it was closed that day, and then they moved around the corner and I lost track of it. Yesterday, after visiting Alice the Great Horned Owl who was also visiting the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN, we were walking over to get one of our favorite so fresh pizzas at the Flour Mill, and we saw the door to Kimono wide opened. It was a 65 degree day and we decided to take a look around, even though the shop looked very dark inside. Well, the shop was dimly lit and the reason for that is to save the very special fabrics found inside.

    The kimonos are simply divine, collector’s items, historically significant and are many of last ones ever to be made in the hand sewn manner of hundreds of years of tradition. If you have never seen gold and silver thread and all manner of incredibly wondrous colors set to a nature scene with only birds who pair together for life adorning the gardens and streams pictured this is for you. I cannot say enough about this collection. I have seen many fine museum quality pieces in museums that hardly compare.

    So, for me, so interested in fabric arts lately, this discovery was a major gift and blessing for my mind and body and spirit. Many thanks to Richard Fuller.

    Please visit Kimono by appointment or
    10 to 4 Weekdays, 12 to 4 Weekends
    or call as directed on the door.

    The owners are nearby at all times, but don’t come too early as Richard keeps late nights talking to his Japanese clients.

    651 565 2002
    128 Main Street
    Wabasha, MN

    Eagles, Not the Football Team

    Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

    Searching around the Internet can be somewhat frustrating at times when so many things are named for things that they are not. But, let’s not get into that right now. My focus is on an old problem with an old solution that was brought to my attention by a recent WCCO newscast. but still, our country’s incredibly beautiful and wonderful eagles are still being sickened and killed by highly toxic lead shot and lead bullets.

    Lead is toxic and the effect on eagles is a painful and drawn out death. We took lead out of our paint because it was killing kids. Let’s take it out of our guns when hunting deer and other animals. Many states have laws that require the use of copper or other non-toxic ammunition and many people around here volunteer to do so because they know it makes their families safer, too, when they eat the game they shoot. Although it may be more expensive, it will certainly go along way to make up for the damage caused by lead.

    The warmer season we are having this year only aggravates the situation as the deer entrails containing the lead left by hunters are more visible to eagles and others and therefore more accessible and visible as food.

    If you are a hunter or know of one, please pass the information on and let’s reduce the number of eagles dying each year.
    It’s bad enough they have to contend with harsh weather, other predators and vehicles. Give our eagles a break and take lead out of the equation.

    If you google, “non toxic bullets deer hunting”, you will see dozens of articles that talk about this subject at length.

    Also, please visit the eagles at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN. A beautiful building and museum right on the Mississippi River.

    Where Have I Been Lately?

    Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

    If things seem a little quiet around Northfield (when the hot rods aren’t there) it may be because we have finally sold our home sweet home. The honors go to Carol Hong of Coldwell Banker. She is a wonderful woman who does a great job and never gave us a moment of concern. We did have to lower our price from what we had hoped, but that’s an old story. We found a great buyer and we are so proud of the deal and how it went down…smooth as melted butter.
    I will miss Northfield, but I really love it here in Wabasha so much. The trees, the sky, the river, the space, the no big box stores, and most of all, really, really friendly people.

    Last weekend, we visited the Minnesota Maritime Museum of Art. They had a special show on photography and we spend quite a lot of time in the new wing. OMG. There are oil paintings therein from brand names like Georgia O’Keefe, Monet and Picasso. There is an American Illumination painting that brought tears to my eyes, it was so
    completely beautiful. You must go there soon. MMMA is a treasure.

    Wabasha has it’s Septober fest for six weeks and there’s plenty to do on the weekends, as well as the everyday National Eagle Center. We took a ride on the Segue vehicles last weekend. What a trip!

    All the restaurants in town are really good. The prices are right, the people are nice, so keep coming all year round.

    Wabasha is the oldest town west of the Mississippi River.

    Stay tuned as I occasionally write about tips and stuff I think is neat, even if it isn’t ol’ Northfield.

    One of my favorite new food recipes is to make boca burgers taste like a new dish after years of eating them for breakfast several times per week. I add three tato tots with melted cheese on them. Put them in the microwave with the burger, and maybe a few seconds more. Put them on the veggie burger and make a sandwich with light Italian bread, or gluten free tapioca toast. Ketchup if you got it. Enjoy!

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    Guest Chef’s – A Great Idea!

    Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

    Up at Coffee Mill’s Chippewa Restaurant, we have had the great pleasure of having a couple of special dinner nights with guest chefs…members of the golf club who are good, if not super good chefs. In both cases, we got barbequed meat and veggies. I won’t go into how delicious the filet mignon steak was, or how exhilerating the pork ribs were last night…but I want to talk about what a good idea it was to have people who may only have one thing they cook well come in and do their thing for a predetermined size group who sign up for the deal weeks beforehand.
    The price has been right, the change of menu is delightful, and the results, so good.

    If you own a restaurant, or if you have just one meal you mastered the heck out of, why not get it together and
    share your talents or your talented person with the rest of us. We love it!

    The Olde Triangle Tavern, Wabasha, Mn

    Saturday, June 4th, 2011

    The Olde Triangle Pub
    219 W. Main St.
    Wabasha, MN 55981
    (651) 565-0256

    We finally got around to trying out this cute little Irish style pub, which smelled a lot like Guiness which I suspected from the fact that everyone, meaning ten or so people all had a glass of beer with Guiness glasses along with their meal. While there is only about 6 table tops, a long bar and no outdoor service, the place gets quite a lot of action.

    We had Irish Stew and Walleye Diinner. The stew was very authentic Irish Stew and quite good. The walleye was fantastic with it’s specilal light sauce along with a baked potato with a really well seasoned skin and green beans do die for…although I have to admit green beans have been a fav of mine since childhood, these were pretty unique in their edible qualities…no mush, beautiful color and flavor naturale.

    I had to get out of there though because I am not a fan of alcohol odor to that degree. It must be an acquired taste, and though I am not opposed to a Coors light on ice once a year or less, I could never get used to the real beer smell that the European’s enjoy so well and I had to get going as soon as our bill was paid. Next time I’ll get the order to go…but am sure my beer drinking readers will do much better there. The food was worth the nasal remorse.

    Visit me at my card shop and get some unusual, cute and wonderful cards for your friends and family…give them something to remember you!

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    Having Fun Yet? I Am

    Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

    All my life I wanted to be an artist. Well, let’s correct that. All my life, I was an artist in heart and soul and occasionally that manifested into a minor work of art.

    It is tough coming up with any great work of art. Even the old Masters often redid a piece over and over again til it was just right…or right enough to pass for a great work of art.

    What’s so hard about great art, fine art? You have to be in a good frame of mind to create something good. You have to be in a beautiful frame of mind to create something beautiful…which was the aim of my youthful inclinations and into adulthood. Of course we could get into a huge discussion about what beauty is, but for me at that time in the past, it was what might approach the level of a clear colorful or a field full of day lilies or lavender.

    Then, if you are in the good frame of mind, you need your oils or watercolors to be the right temperatures, the brushes to be the right ones in the right condition and you need to be left alone with your music or silence or view or memories for just the right amount of time.

    The artist, you or me, need to keep all this going for an hour or a week before the paint dries or get it going again after one layer dries. You need to stop painting before you add too much. You need to keep painting before you leave it too undone.
    Then, you need to be able to allow that one thing, some fleeting bubble of a thought to enter in when the muse appears, or reject it altogether because it takes you off into a direction you cannot go. It’s tough putting it all together and getting something beautiful that can be called art or fine art.

    Never mind the difficulty in narrowing the subject down to one, choosing the exact right color palette, getting the right sized canvass, having the proper easel, disposing of your waste properly, wearing a mask, or using all non toxic materials. So, in between having all those things together, I make greeting card and some fun.

    But, creating cards is just fun. I use whatever medium is ready, whatever I am one with that moment, I use my love of jokes and words and twists and puns, I put them altogether.

    The last two years (come May) I will have spent hundreds of hours creating all sorts of cards. People say I have a funky mind in that I allow all sorts of styles. I put most of my attempts up for sale because I have found that just because I don’t like it, doesn’t mean there isn’t some one who will like it enough to buy it.

    I sell my 5300 plus cards amongst almost a million other cards at the site, and I only make a pittance on each card, but it’s lots of fun and it gives me a chance to put my best art and jokes and creativity in the hands of people all over the world. Knowing I make people smile feels good and I hope that people will not forget to send cards by snail mail because that’s something they can put their hands on ten years from now and remember you.

    Slippery’s Answer

    Friday, March 4th, 2011

    No, I am not talking about a politician’s answer to an pointed question. I’m talking about the restaurant sitting on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha, MN known as Slippery’s Tavern and Ristorante’s answer to the question, “Where is a good time for food and fun on the Great River?”

    Dh and I decided to go there even if all it promised to be was an old restaurant living off the fame brought by the movie, “Grumpy Old Men” and its sequel. Turned out, I was pleasantly surprised at the wonderfully authentic, clean, family oriented, full service bar, full dock, full out door deck and t-shirt shop with really delicious cole slaw…oh, and don’t forget the gum ball machines!

    Yep, I said cole slaw. So many places used to put some slop in a paper cup and call it cole slaw, but it was really just chunky glop. Well, once in awhile I run into a good batch of this stuff, and it tells me that the people in the kitchen, and owners and managers really care about what they serve. As the meal progressed, I continued to be impressed while I devoured my best ever walleye sandwich while Dh ate his altogether good burger with the all the works and fixings including kettle chips that I kept stealing because I couldn’t help it.

    Slippery’s Tavern and Ristorante also has a variety of dishes from Greek Chicken to Cajun Chicken to Linguini Prima Vera and there are a couple of steaks and a nice range of food for just about anyone’s desire.

    We didn’t have time for dessert, really I am back on my food crunch as I look 130 pounds in the face, but we had some excellent service and good stories by a lady named Sherry (hope I’m spelling your name right, Sherrie?) but we hope to return soon to try out a few more morsels.

    I really liked the atmosphere and I felt like I was on a boat dining there by the window with just a narrow deck between me and the Great River.
    Gee, that was a lot of fun for me who has been sitting around inside most of the winter.

    Now, although the restaurant is right on the banks of the Mighty Mississipp, (talk about living on the edge!) and spring floods are in the making, and Sherri tells me Slippery’s does get flooded, they take everything upstairs and serve meals from there!. Way to go! We’ll be there if we can, for the food and the view!

    Thanks, Slippery’s, for the super good meal and super friendly service.