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The beauty of Otter Tail Lake means more to this family than the picturesque view. The importance of family and its heritage was the deciding factor in this decision to build.
Every spring hundreds of species including waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds migrate, traveling from their wintering grounds to their breeding grounds. Help keep them safe.
Don’t be intimidated if your thumb is not anywhere near the color green. Read these easy tips on starting your own garden. The glorious rewards outweigh the failures.
Is original art really that necessary? The answer is a resounding, yes! Learn about the universal power of art created by local artisans and its eternal influence in all our lives.
The Meyer lemon is a magical and versatile gem. A cross between a mandarin orange and a lemon, its delicious power lends itself to an array of taste-tempting dishes.
Scandinavian heritage includes this traditional dessert most often enjoyed in spring during Easter or Påske. If you can whip an egg, you can make this dessert. It’s easy!
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Welcome to our Spring issue!
Just inside these pages, we offer ideas and insight from some of the most influential people in the field of design as it relates to us in our everyday experiences. You’ll learn how local artists, architects, gourmet chefs, interior designers and landscape architects all share the same driving passion and desire to create.
Spring is an exciting time of year for gardeners–you know who you are! But for even the most novice gardeners reading Inspired Home, we share easy tips to help you on your way to enjoying a garden of your own. We enjoy our backyard with family and friends, but other important “guests” also visit us – our native bird population. In this issue, Audubon Dakota helps us understand what we can do at home to enjoy, protect and save them.
We celebrate the season with you in many different ways. From tending a garden in your backyard to the appreciation for the talents of our local artists. Learn why original art in our homes creates a powerful influence on our daily lives. And of course, Inspired Home wouldn’t be complete without sharing the beauty and tranquility appreciated by a family on Ottertail Lake. Learn how the importance of family history, tradition and a plot of land continues to make memories.
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Having a career in the design world and her real estate license, along with a genuine interest in connection, led Sarah here to Inspired Home Magazine. She loves dinner date nights with her boyfriend, nature photography (iphone style), walks with her dog, kissing on her rescue kitties, listening to podcasts, reading, yoga, antiquing, getting lost in a good television show, and enjoying a citrusy IPA or glass of wine.
Before earning an English writing degree at Concordia College, Hovland dreamed of being an interior designer. Now, serving Inspired Home Magazine as a writer and social media director, she has the best of both worlds—pairing the power of words with innovative interior design.
Born and raised in Detroit Lakes, MN, Chelsey enjoys all things lakes country. Finding her love for wine working at Epcot Food and Wine Festival in 2012, she was thrilled to move back to Detroit Lakes to help run the family business. Today you can find her at Seven Sisters Spirits, planning events and helping people find the perfect wine.
A licensed real estate agent and photographer based in the FM area, Kinsey can wholeheartedly say she found her calling and has met amazing people along the way! Obsessed with interior design and home renovation, she is, by her own admission, a true introvert that enjoys spending her free time traveling, reading, and enjoying the outdoors with her dogs, Finley and Murphy.
Wood is an international chef who worked in London, Stockholm, Toronto, Vancouver, Palm Beach and Houston before moving to Fargo with wife Susie, a doctor with Sanford Health. Most recently he operated The Blue Goose Café in the Plains Art Museum.
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Bold, Bolder, Boldest…
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olor is always a fascinating topic, and its spectrum and its applications are literally endless. This year is no exception. Each year, Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year is the result of a yearlong exploration into design, art, fashion, cultural and environmental influences around the globe. From more than 3,500 colors, they carefully curate a Color Trends palette that balances modern-day relevance with longlasting appeal. At the center is one special hue that defines that palette —The Color of the Year. Last year, a gently shaded neutral sage, October Mist, took center stage. For 2023, the irrepressible Raspberry Blush, a coral-tinged vivacious pigment, is the supersaturated starlet of the year.
“Blush is the definition of charismatic color,” says Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore’s director of color marketing and development. “This unapologetic shade of red-orange had us thinking: bold, bolder, boldest.” According to Magno, “It’s about choosing one color and really making that the hero. A lot of times, particularly with neutrals, the walls become the backdrop and it’s the other elements that
This living space explains it all. Never a backdrop, Raspberry Blush, is the definition of charismatic color. This unapologetic shade of red-orange communicates with every person that enters the room with optimism and positivity.
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Andrea Magno, Benjamin Moore color marketing and development director.
Conch Shell, one of Moore's seven complementary 2023 palette hues is a gentle pink reminiscent of a sepia tone. Bathed in comfort by this color, this room becomes a place of rest.
Complementary Wenge is a deep chocolate with hints of brown, black, and violet in undertones. Warm and engaging, this shade is a perfect companion in a neutral room setting.
take center stage. Here, we’re kind of changing the conversation and we’re saying the walls are going to be the star.” Never a backdrop, this hue is a joyous color for the home or office.
Don’t be afraid to use this color in a small area. Perfect for your powder room, mudroom or bedroom, this shade will instantly lift any space it bathes. Dousing your dining-room in this tart color will stir up hearty meals and lively conversation with your guests. Perfect for toneon-tone decorating for any space in your home, it will instantly lift a room.
Raspberry Blush leads the way for the rest of Benjamin Moore’s 2023 palette, which includes a range of saturated tones varying from a deep blue to a sultry green, to more rich chocolate and cinnamon hues.
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Cinnamon, a 2023 complementing palette color is a perfect neutral shade that is bolder. Strong enough to stand on its own or used with Raspberry Blush, your room wins.
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Conch Shell is a gentle pink shade that reminds us of sunsets. The color adds a blush and comforting touch to a room and perfectly balances out the bold shades in the 2023 color palette. The shade Cinnamon is a rich brown hue with orange undertones, a warm color that stands between neutrals and richer shades. If you want to go for a bold neutral or a neutral-rich shade that is the focal point in a room, then Cinnamon is an excellent choice. Wenge is a deep chocolate hue with hints of brown, black and violet undertones. It is comforting and dramatic, warm and engaging. If you want to add a rich tone to a neutral
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Savannah Green is a statement-making shade blending yellow and green tones with ochre. The sprightly shade adds whimsy and drama that plays well with neutrals and saturated tones.
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North Sea Green is a moody, richly saturated Benjamin Moore 2023 complementary color that blends gray-blue and vibrant blue-green. A soothing color that adds depth.
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room or bring balance to a colorful room, Wenge is a great choice. Savannah Green is a whimsical rich ochre shade with yellow and green undertones. A statement-making color, it works well with neutrals and saturated hues. New Age is a soft, light purple shade with a gray undertone. Depending on the light, this shade looks gray or lavender, which
creates softness in a room. Starry Night Blue is a radiant navy with a violet undertone, similar to the dark indigo of dusk. The blue shade adds a cozy and romantic touch to a room. The saturated North Sea Green blends the relaxing gray-blue shades and vibrant blue-green shades of the deep sea. Soothing and engaging, the gray undertone enrichens
this moody shade with depth and dimension. For Magno, all of these hues share one unifying commonality: “They’re all happy. And we all need a bit of that right now.” Celebrate the use of color to influence dramatic transformations. Make your rooms happy. Give these vibrant color selections a try!
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Raising THE BAR
BY TERRI FERRAGUT
Elegance is the word for this spacious bar. Natural stone, exposed barware and Nahéma bar stools by Koket meld seamlessly to create an evening of luxury. The detached backs feature a metal and lacquer frame with "hand" detailed support rails.
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ife presents many perfect opportunities to connect with loved ones and dear friends. Gathering in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere in your home is a moment for establishing warm memories at any time of the year. A home bar can be an attractive and integral part of creating a beautiful entertaining space. It doesn’t matter if you prefer a glass of wine, a bottle of beer or an upscale mocktail — even if you just fill up on fizzy water — this specific area will come in handy during dinner parties and holiday celebrations. From lacquered millwork to decorative furnishing, a home bar can bring character and personality with layers of personalized mixed decorative accessories such as art, fresh florals, decorative objects and sophisticated lighting.
Before you begin, you’ll want to consider a few factors. The first is size. While some homes may be able to accommodate a larger area, small space dwellers might need to downsize with an elegant bar cart or some double-duty storage. You’ll also want to think about your home bar’s contents: elegant glassware might be proudly displayed on open shelves or glass-fronted cabinets, while bottles of liquor can be stowed away in a cabinet.
If you’re a wine drinker, you may not need fancy barware or special cocktailmaking supplies. Consider an investment you’ll enjoy — a wine fridge. It will keep your wines at the proper temperature, helping you build your wine collection. Plus,
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Katie Morris, KM Interiors owner and designer of this Swenson Cabinet project, commented, "I wanted to give my clients a cozy yet moody space with a “Ritz-Carlton-meets-rustic” twist, where they could enjoy their downtime with family and friends.“
I love the “butler’s pantry” feel this bar exudes - the dishwasher, full-size refrigerator, and built-in microwave all provide that next level of functionality. I also love the minimalistic look of the double garbage pullout and appliance garage cabinet that can house miscellaneous items such as liquor bottles or barware.
Mixing different metals with the blacks and whites helped create a timeless and luxurious space."
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KRIS CARLSON + TERRY BRAATEN
DRAMA IN DESIGN
This step-down bar with a lakeside vista is an extraordinary sight in this great room. The homeowners, Designer Kris Carlson of designingwomen2 and Terry Braaten of Mill Creek Custom Cabinets worked together to bring this space to beautiful fruition.
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STUNNING AND CAPABLE
With its streamlined silhouette inspired by French antiques, the Aurel Bar Cabinet from Front Gate is always ready for entertaining. Crafted of hardwoods, it features a stunning Carrara marble work surface and window-paned Parisian door pulls.
wine fridges look quite impressive —especially when they’re built into your cabinetry. If your drink of choice is a pilsner, a lager or an IPA, take your home bar to the next level by installing your own beer tap. Connect the tap to a keg filled with your favorite brew and treat your guests to a freshly poured pint.
Keep your guests comfortable by crafting an inviting space. Consider your guest’s comfort with a couple of cozy armchairs, an ultra-soft rug, and a few plush pillows. You’ll be well on your way to creating a special area for conversation.
Color will create a defined space for your home bar. Because a home bar is usually a smaller area, it can be a great space to incorporate unexpected colors and patterns. From cabinetry finished in a high gloss to covering the walls with wallpaper that makes a statement, this gathering space will be special. Interesting barware as art is an easy way to add your own personality and creative
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Now you see it and now you don't! Pure ingenuity was the driving design force behind this family's at-home bar. With the expertise of Courtney Lanes, vice-president of Terry Welle Construction and Josh Humble, founder of Finnu Designs, this reveal-it-or conceal-it approach is outstanding.
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instincts. Collected vintage barware and glasses thoughtfully displayed create beauty and charm. Perfect conversation pieces, your guests will love hearing of their historical significance.
And, of course, your home’s aesthetic will play a major role in the final design. To help spark your imagination, check out these stunning home bar ideas — and how you may recreate them in your own home. From bold pops of color, warm woods and sparkling glassware to more subtle solutions, these are dressed to impress. Cheers!
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RICH AND NOSTALGIC
Colorful hand-painted tile, rich wood and antiqued bronze hardware bring a warm nostalgic look to this home bar. Attractive shelving and see-through barware add design interest.
SMALL DWELLER BEAUTY
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Design in Fargo has beautiful compact options for small space dwellers. With room for everything, the Corridor Bar by BDI has everything needed to host your next party.
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This comfy-looking space created by Poss Woodworks and Design says, "Gather around everyone. You are welcome here." Inviting and comfortable, the brick, warm wood tones, stunning tray ceiling and big screen TV complete this successful design project.
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Minnesota lake country provides a peaceful backdrop for this four-season sunroom. Airy and sun-filled, natural light streams through large Marvin windows topped with transoms creating a floor-to-ceiling scenic view of nature.
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A Lakeside Legacy
BY TERRI FERRAGUT PHOTOGRAPHY BY JILL OCKHARDT BLAUFUSS
for generations of families. Lives forever intertwined by a plot of land, forest and glistening water is a life circumstance many relate to. For Gary and Michele Kezior, a family plot of land on a Minnesota lake became just that. And this is where the story begins.
In 1947, Michele Kezior’s grandparents, George and Martha Faunce, who lived in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, purchased a piece of land on Otter Tail Lake for $250. That same year, her grandfather built a cottage that eventually became an important gathering place for family, aunts, uncles and cousins. Michele’s father, Ev Faunce, loved his hometown of Fergus Falls — and football. Humble with a talent for the game, he graduated from high school, joined the Navy and played football for
woven tapestry of lifelong memories
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the University of Minnesota Gophers. After graduating with an engineering degree, he continued to play professional football for the Baltimore Colts. His love of football led to a coaching position at Minot State, and he later became the head football coach at Utah State University. Michele’s father met and married her mother in Utah, and raised three children.
It didn’t take long for Michele’s father to instill in them his love and appreciation for family and Minnesota lake country. Every summer, they traveled back “home” to Otter Tail Lake to spend time with her grandparents and extended family. “I was raised there and Dad always made sure we spent summers on the lake with our grandparents,” she explains.
The open design flow surrounded by windows created a spacious area for the Keziors to experience the natural world from every angle – a very important element to the homeowners.
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To chase the chill, this stunning fireplace created by Jesse Robinson Masonry of Breckenridge, MN, provides the Kezior family a comforting gathering place for conversation, laughter and story-telling. Natural wood tones and neutral colors provide airy spaciousness.
A look towards the kitchen and dining area reveals a seamless flow for family traffic. The openness created by large windows in the surrounding style of the home brings nature in, a design element important to both Frank Lloyd Wright and the homeowners.
Dessert time at the Kezoirs is a special event involving their grandchildren. This spacious island allows for the “kitchen help” to create their specialties, safely, with plenty of elbow room.
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Creating a spa-like feeling for family and guests was an important design element that came to successful fruition. The spacious and sunny atmosphere is relaxing and welcoming.
Michele met her husband, Gary Kezior, in Utah, and they raised a family of their own. And so, it began — nostalgic summer journeys back to lake country. Over the years, the Keziors helped care for and maintain the property after her father inherited the cottage. After her father’s passing, the Keziors took ownership, continuing the family’s legacy.
The decision was made by the Keziors in 2009 to build a new home to accommodate summer visits for their own growing family, including nine grandchildren. After years of thoughtful planning, they began the initial stages of the project. The couple, who own
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homes in Maui and Utah, were no strangers to knowing what they desired for their lake home. “We were inspired by homes in Maui where we spend a lot of time,” Michele says.
Impressed with the design of neighboring Otter Tail Lake homes and high praise from the homeowners, the Keziors contacted Tony Stoll, AIA, Principal Architect at bhh Planners in Perham, Minnesota. Sharing pictures of design elements with Stoll began the process. “We sat down with Tony Stoll and shared our vision — the floor plan, windows, vaulted ceilings and covered living areas outside,” Michele says. Their goals for the new build, in terms of designing a functioning gathering
place for their family, were important to them both. “The footprint was critical to keep the oak trees that we loved so much. We wanted an open floor plan with as many windows as possible on the lake side so we could enjoy the view from any room. We ended up with a beautiful design.”
Design details became an integral requirement for the Keziors.
An initial screened-in porch toward the lake evolved into a four-season space — a change the couple welcomed. Another consideration was installing flooring to withstand the rigors of nine grandchildren and all their dogs. The kitchen island had to be large enough to
Through the expansive windows, you witness one of the many reasons careful planning was essential to the homeowners from the initial stages. Positioning the home’s footprint to save as many oak trees as possible on the landscape was paramount.
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The Kezoirs also own homes in Maui and Utah. The covered outdoor patio area shown here was an important design element inspired by the architecture of homes in Hawaii.
safely accommodate all their grandchildren, who love to help Michele make desserts. The bathrooms were to be designed to create a spalike experience for the comfort of their guests.
Gary Kezior played an important role in this project as a general contractor and builder, a fact Michele is very proud of. “We have been remodeling homes over the years and we decided we wanted to build our own. In doing so, we had the help of a friend and contractor Benje Jensen. He was so kind to allow us to work with him on the framing and exterior
A collage depicting memories, historical reference, teamwork and the importance of family.
A beautiful palette of earthy and natural exteriors gives the new lake home a true sense of belonging. The design uniformity of transom windows surrounding the home adds intrinsic beauty.
A better look at the home’s exterior lakeside, surrounded by stoic oak trees. The covered patio invites the family to gather, relax and enjoy the beauty of their beloved Otter Tail Lake.
work. We did all the finish carpentry, painting, tile work, plank flooring and interior design. It took us several summers to finally complete it.” As an added benefit Michele adds, “We had our dear friends Bill and Bobbi Borbis show up from Illinois to help us frame for a week.” Although most stories come to an end, this one will no doubt live on. The now three generations of family heritage on this plot of land on Otter Tail Lake will continue fostering new generations with love for family, fishing and eating Grandma’s desserts.
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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN: Tony Stoll, AIA, Principal Architect, bhh Partners, Planners/Architects, Perham, MN
GENERAL CONTRACTOR, BUILDER:
Gary and Michele Kezior
Finish Carpentry, Painting, Tile Work, Plank Flooring
Michele Kezior: Interior Design
Benje Jensen Construction: Battle Lake, MN
Eric Doll, Hill Top Lumber: Ottertail, MN
Emil’s Electric, LLC: Battle Lake, MN
Andy Pettow Construction: Foundation, Concrete Patios, Walkway, Perham, MN
Eric Ruther Excavating Inc: Richfield, MN
Jesse Robinson Masonry LLC: Breckenridg, MN
Jill Ockhardt Blaufuss: Photography
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location It’s all about
Seasonal change brings on migration
BY AMANDA BOOHER, AUDUBON DAKOTA COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Entering my second year working for the National Audubon Society, my appreciation of the lessons learned from changes in our seasons and the natural world around us has grown. The snow is melting, temperatures are warming, and soon trees, grasses, and shrubs will green up again. Understanding the connection between the living beings in which we share our environment, allows us to better appreciate the greater ecosystem we are a part of and fosters a more empathetic relationship with nature.
The Great Plains of North Dakota is located within the Central Flyway, a corridor where thousands of birds seasonally migrate through each year. Migratory birds have an innate ability to connect with the earth’s natural cues, letting them know when it’s time to migrate and where they need to go. Every Spring hundreds of species of birds including waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds migrate, traveling from their wintering grounds to their breeding grounds to build their nests for the summer and to prepare to raise their young.
This spring, I encourage you to take a moment and consider the influences of seasonal changes happening in nature as you are gifted with one of the first signs of spring - the cheery songs from
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warblers, finches, and most recognizably, the American robin. Often nesting on porches, barns, and ledges, American robins perform before the sun comes up and quite possibly before your alarm goes off. For the American robin, chirping their song is vital for survival as males migrate before females to defend territories and they must sing to attract potential mates. In the early stages of courtship, females may be actively pursued by
one or several males, meaning we are treated to a chorus of songs.
Considering the many challenges migratory birds face on their migration journey, knowing that they made it safely to your backyard is truly remarkable. Collisions with tall buildings, predators including domestic cats, exhaustion, light pollution, and lack of food are among the many potential risk’s these heroic birds face. Migration is one of our natural wonders
that have fascinated researchers, birders, and people of all ages, and for good reason.
This past year, the National Audubon Society and partners released the Bird Migration Explorer, a first-of-its-kind digital platform that reveals migration data for birds across the Americas. Interested in seeing where the birds at your feeder are coming from? With the Bird Migration Explorer, you can see the
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incredible flight path of 458 species that breed in the United States and Canada, like the Black and White Warbler. Embarking on their journey in late February, having spent their winter in Central and South America, Black and White Warblers will peak in our region the last week of April and into early May. Known as the butterfly of the bird world, warblers are tiny, bright, and resilient songbirds familiar to most backyard birders. Whether you’re a novice birder, a self-proclaimed bird nerd, or simply someone who routinely fills your feeder, take a longer look - the Black and White Warbler is easy to identify and abundant each Spring.
It’s time to stock up on bird seed, migratory birds are on their way, and they’re going to be hungry.
1 Make windows safer, day and night
Adding window clings to your windows can help birds identify reflections easier, making them more oriented to their surroundings.
2 Keep cats indoors
Outdoor cats kill more birds than any other nonnative threat, keep them indoors.
3 Reduce lawn by panting native species
Create a backyard habitat full of prairie coneflower, smooth aster, and other native grasses.
4 Watch birds, and record what you see
Join the backyard bird counts in your community to share important bird data.
5 Reduce light pollution
Consider dimming unnecessary lights at night time during Fall and Spring migration.
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Gardening — Try it. You’ll like it.
BY TERRI FERRAGUT
The thought of gardening might intimidate some who feel the proverbial “green thumb” had to have been present from birth. No matter where your skill level is, gardening is an experience anyone can and should enjoy. Whether you have a gardening “mentor” or simply strike out bravely on your own, you will receive rewarding benefits back tenfold. Despite failures mixed with glorious successes, the joys and rewards outweigh all risks. To get the spring growing season primed, Inspired Home asked area expert, Master Gardener and Pro Garden owner Tony Randall for his thoughts.
IH: What is your advice for the “novice” who wants to create and maintain a successful flower garden? Our soil, weeds, weather — how do they factor in?
TR: In this area, we have heavy clay soil that retains water. Most plants prefer well-drained soil and do not like to be constantly wet. I add sandy loam and compost to all my planting areas and the more you can add the better. Also, the city of Fargo produces really good compost — give it a try. Another important ingredient is mulch. Use shredded mulch in planting areas as much as possible. Mulch will help prevent weeds, keeps the soil cool and helps retain moisture in the summer. It also helps insulate the soil in the winter landscape rock does none of these things. I do not use fabric under my mulch, it just gets in the way of planting and restricts plant growth. Fabric is only necessary under the rock to keep the soil and rock separated. I prefer finely shredded mulch instead of chunky mulch with large pieces because it tends to stay in place much better. My suggestion is to install about 3 inches of your preferred mulch.
Astilbe, likely a focal point in any shady summer garden can be recognized by its tall, fluffy plumes that tower above frilly, fern-like foliage in your shade garden. These attractive perennials make great companions for other shade-tolerant plants such as hosta.
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2: Brunnera is one of the prettiest plants to include in a shady garden. Petite blooms compliment attractive glossy foliage. Its light blue blooms rise above glossy leaves that vary from variegated hues of gray, silver, or white.
3: Chelone or turtlehead is an interesting perennial wildflower that is hardy, requires minimal maintenance, and provides late-season color to the landscape. Deer resistant, many gardeners like planting them plus they provide delicious nectar for pollinators.
4: Ferns are an unusual perennial, gracefully textured plant, that love shade. Every spring they develop new fronds that last through autumn. Dappled sun that reaches them a few hours a day is plenty. Water regularly for best performance.
TR: Weeds are something that will never go away. Gardeners can try a pre-emergent herbicide like Preen. It may help some, but grassy weeds like quack grass are difficult to get rid of because you will never be able to remove all the roots. They will grow back. You could spray, but I find it much easier to walk around my planting areas at least once a week for a few minutes to pull them. If you wait until the weeds are established, you have a much bigger job ahead of you to clean up.
TR: I have learned it does not pay to worry about the weather. I would prefer it to be dry in the summer. It is easier to water than to pray for the rain to stop. Most plants will survive longer if they are on the dry side than if they are overly wet.
IH: What are your personal favorites in flower varieties?
TR: As far as flower selection, I choose plants that are proven to perform in our area. I would not be afraid to try questionable plants if you are willing to put in the extra time to help them survive. That is part of the fun of gardening, you may be surprised by what you can grow. Buy your plants from a local greenhouse or nursery. Box stores tend to bring in plants from the West Coast and they do not always use the proper names for identification. Local businesses will bring in plants from regional wholesalers or grow their own and they will also be more informed about your plant selection.
IH: What are your thoughts on perennials vs. annuals?
TR: I am a big fan of perennial flowers. I reserve using annuals for containers and pots. I find that a lot of landscapes (foundation plantings) only have about 3-5 feet of space. There is not a great selection of shrubs that will stay that size without a
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1. Bergenia, native to Siberia, is a clump-forming perennial noted for its incredible hardiness and vigor. Borne on thick red stems in early spring, erect clusters of deep-pink flowers rise above a rosette of leathery, shiny heart-shaped leaves.
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fair amount of pruning. I prefer to use shrubs in larger areas for screening. Perennials are less work. You clean up the dead foliage in the spring and you are basically done for the season. I do not deadhead spent flowers. I prefer to leave the plants in their natural state. I also like the wide range of growth sizes in perennials. You can find everything from ground covers to plants that will reach 5-6 feet. Choose plants with various foliage colors and textures. The foliage is the main attribute of the plant. Flower color and bloom time are secondary. I have a long list of perennials that I like, but here are a few of my favorites. So, what are you waiting for? Start gardening! continued on page 54
Mukdenia, native to woodland areas of Asia and Japan, has fanned, maple-like leaves that emerge bright green in spring with white bell-like flowers with leaves that age to bronze and by summer mature to a bright red. Add drama to your shady garden with this one.
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Compost and mulch are terms often used interchangeably, however, there is a big difference between the two and they are used for different reasons. Compost is a biologically active material that breaks down from organic matter. To gardeners, compost is considered “ black gold” because of its many benefits to the soil. It is a great material to add to clay soils, making them easier to work and plant. By adding and mixing organic matter into the soil, plant growth and health will be improved. The composting process involves four components: organic matter, moisture, oxygen and bacteria. Materials used for compost should be a mixture of equal amounts of brown and green. Greens include food scraps such as apple cores, leafy greens, onion skins, corn cobs and husks, egg shells, banana peels, chopped potatoes, squash, pumpkins, and coffee grounds — fruit and vegetable refuse. Browns include trees, branchy plants, leaves, shredded paper, newspaper, sawdust, nut shells, coffee filters, straw, small
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twigs, wood chips and cardboard tubes. For faster composting, the smaller the pieces, the better. Brown materials provide carbon and green materials provide nitrogen. Water provides moisture to help break down organic matter. A compost pile is a living ecosystem and needs the right balance of ingredients and adequate water to function. The goal is for the compost pile to be damp and have good drainage.
Mulch is any material, organic or inorganic, that covers a given soil surface as a dressing. The material used could be leaves, lawn clippings, shredded wood, straw, recycled rubber, gravel, crushed seashells, crushed nut shells or similar products. Mulch is best at limiting weed growth, preventing erosion and retaining soil moisture. Inorganic products that technically fall under the term mulch provide some of the benefits seen with all mulches. However, with organic mulch, such as shredded leaves, shredded wood or lawn clippings, comes added benefits of improved soil structure and added nutrients as it decomposes.
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Is original art a
BY TERRI FERRAGUT
It may seem like a simple question, with a simple answer. The true answer goes beyond the surface of just adding décor or bringing color into your living room.
We all need original artwork in our living spaces
Vivid and vivacious colors create positive energy and a great sense of optimism with each and every view.
Artist: Kate Baldock, Life On The Course, acrylic on canvas
Art makes a home more human. With all of the machine-made items in our homes, art has a special way of engaging life in a room. With original art, you sense the time, effort, and patient skill that went into its creation. Maybe you were fortunate to meet the artist or hear the story behind their work. If not, seeing their fingerprints, brush strokes, or names on the work reminds us of the person behind the art. Without words, art can express who you are to yourself and others because art tells a story. When you love a piece enough to hang it on your wall, it defines you. Whether it’s
Pastoral beauty and a peaceful sense of calm are evident and realized in this collection of prairie landscapes.
Artist, art educator, arts advocate, managing director, FMVA: Jon Offutt, Dakota Horizons, free-blown glass
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."
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An ancient and historical tribute that pays aesthetic respect to indigenous humans using clay as a connective and primal element.
Artist, Art Educator: Brad Bachmeier, wheel-thrown, pit-fired Olla
This underscores the peaceful and intrinsic value of nature’s beauty in our remaining open prairies, grasslands and meadows.
Artist: Doug Stuckle, Prairie’s Edge, oil on canvas 16” x 20”
A nostalgic and reflective look – remembering, perhaps anticipating beautiful summer days at the lake, past and present.
Artist: Ellen Diederich, Summer Breeze, watercolor, 201/2“ X 213/4”
This portrayal of the historical and primal relationship with a 30,000-year-old tradition of humans and vessel-making is inspirational and thought-provoking at every glance.
Artist, Art Educator: Brad Bachmeier, Horizon Vase, wheel-thrown, pitfired
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your personality or what you value in life, art can become the perfect translator, forging connections with those who enter your home.
Art helps us recognize our emotions
Whether it’s a memory or a feeling, a piece of art can evoke powerful emotions. It can provide comfort, cheer us up after a bad day, remind us of a special experience, or inspire us. Art provides a reflection back upon ourselves that enables us to contemplate our own reactions, emotions, or thoughts. Whether positive or negative, we realize that others experience the same thoughts.
Powerfully emotional and reflective, this portrayal of a tragic event in our nation’s history, reminds us of a dark, yet hopeful time period in our nation.
Artist, Art Educator: Grady Carlson , Little Tribute to Jasper, oil on canvas
Inspiring to all, this portrayal of Albert Einstein stirs respect and honor for a man that is powerfully captured with every distinct stroke of the artist’s pen.
Artist: William Damon, Albert Einstein, pen and ink
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A stirring and somber interpretation of leaving one’s ancestral homeland – art that is emotional and thought-provoking to the viewer.
Artist: Doug Stuckle, The Long Walk, oil on canvas, 24” x 30”
The beauty of this merganser and its mate floating peacefully along the lakeshore brings universal feelings of calm and peace.
Artist, Art Educator: Barbara Benda , Cruisin’ On Date Night, watercolor, 8” x 10” in black frame, 2022
An inspired and delightful interpretation of a day fishing on Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, creates smiles and positive feelings for its subject and locality by the viewer.
Artist: Beverly Benda, Catch of the Day II, mixed media collage on masonite, 17” x 60”
Art stretches our boundaries and encourages growth
Art challenges our intellect. It might confront preexisting ideas we may hold, and sometimes even make us uncomfortable. By acknowledging these feelings, we think more openly and challenge ourselves to see the world from a different viewpoint. Having artwork that has shifted a worldview in our own home is a daily reminder to question our habits and thoughts.
Art reminds us of what is possible
Seeing other people do what they love is inspiring. That’s why we follow Instagram accounts, the passion is contagious. It is invigorating to see someone else both creating
and dedicating their time to what gives them the most joy in life. By pursuing these passions, they inspire us to do the same.
Art encourages us to be brave
Being an artist is not an easy path. It often requires deep sacrifice both financially and socially for periods of time. Anyone who has ever displayed a work of art, poetry, writing or given a speech knows—putting yourself out there is also making yourself vulnerable. Having original art in your home may encourage you to take your own risks and embrace vulnerability—the result of which could be something great.
Art breathes life into a home
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The perfect trifecta of the moon, shimmering lake and a lone loon evoke feelings of peace and tranquility that humanity can relate to.
Artist: William Damon, Loon Moon, watercolor
Your home is your castle, and that’s why decorating is important. You need to feel comfortable. Surrounding yourself with art you love will help you enjoy where you spend the majority of your time. From a functional standpoint, art acts as a focal point, makes a room appear finished, and presents your interests and ideals to visitors. By choosing original art, you are choosing to bring life into your home.
We need art in our homes
How do you find the perfect piece? If you have something in mind, you can determine the price point, size, and orientation of your art. The FM community is home to a plethora of talented local artists near you that by purchasing their art, will help support our community.
Not sure where to begin? Visit a local art gallery that provides an opportunity for you to peruse and wander through the talents of many area artists all in one space. Let the art speak to you. Another great asset is the local Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists organization (FMVA). Jon Offutt, area glassblower, arts advocate, and managing director of the FMVA
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From a functional standpoint, art acts as a focal point, makes a room appear complete, and presents your interests and ideals to visitors.
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Annie Laughlin (Goldade) is a wildlife and portrait photographer based in the FM area. She is best known for her local wildlife portraits as well as lifestyle family and couple portraits in nature, private homes, and local studios. Her wildlife gallery is currently located in the Dean of Science and Math at NDSU. You can book your next session with her by contacting her on her photography page Annie G. Photography or purchase wildlife pieces on Søciety 6.
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May 5-7 11:00-5:00, Spring Art Sale/Open House, Double Trouble Gallery, 809 20th St. North, Moorhead, MN. (Original watercolors, acrylics, and mixed media collages at all price points.)
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I like to empower people to create and enjoy the mediums of drawing and watercolor. Sign up for my March workshop by downloading the registration form and supply kit at barbarabendanagle.com or call 218-443-1126.
Discover a fun & fabulous artist collective gallery downtown filled with unique, inspired artworks created by hand. We carry a wide variety of original art by top local & regional artists. Featuring jewelry, pottery, glass, painting, printmaking, photography and art furniture. Gift cards available.
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Located on a piece of paradise northwest of Vergas, Minnesota, this gallery is owned and operated by metal artist/potter, Patrick Shannon and painter/jewelry maker, Helena Johnson. We feature a kaleidoscope of works from handblown glass and sculptures to pottery. Take a stroll through our beautiful floral and sculpture gardens.
My greatest mission is to bring joy to others through art.
Specializing in acrylic on canvas, I describe my style of painting as fresh, modern, and unique. I use a variety of bright and neutral colors and love creating texture and linear interest in my abstract work.
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Title: Marked With Love , 36”x 48” Media: Acrylic on canvas with semi-gloss varnishing
Meg Spielman Peldo Spielman’s portraits of the west series “Unbroken”, elegantly capture North Dakota’s own wild horses and bison. Said to be descended from Sitting Bull’s horses, they reflect their significant history on the Badlands and Plains. Available at Dakota Fine Art, Fargo.
I use paint, paper, pigment and photography to explore all manner of art styles and concepts. I explore the abstracted landscape, environmental degradation, politics, and pure abstraction. I also work with mixed media photographic techniques to explore the boundaries of the graphic arts.
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Title: Full Stringer , 10” x 8”. Media: Acrylic, collage, toner transfer, and oil paint on canvas panel
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This work. displays amazing properties of hot glass combined with physical force and processes that create intricate and organic patterns to be interpreted and enjoyed.
Artist, art educator, glass blower, arts advocate, managing director, FMVA: Jon Offutt , Large Rolled Lip Jar With Optic Twist, free-blown glass
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A playful moment at the beach is entirely relatable in this folksy depiction and approach to life. A pure gem that brings smiles of relatability and recognition.
Artist: Suzanne Moser, Sunflower, watercolor
enthusiastically suggests, “The FMVA is a great place to start!” Offutt adds that each year the FMVA produces the Studio Crawl, the Arts for the Holidays event at the Fargo Civic, the Big Art Exhibition (again this year at West Acres) and an educational lecture series at the Plain Arts Museum called the Visual Talks. Offutt also suggests that everyone is encouraged to become a FMVA member to receive announcements of exhibitions, receptions, and other art events. Connect with original art and its creators to add essential depth, beauty, and life to your home or office. VISIT fmva.org for more information.
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Revland has been designing and creating art objects, specifically art furniture, for over 50 years. His works are sold exclusively at Dakota Fine Art Gallery, as well as through his websites and social media platforms. He has also just released his autobiography, “simply revland”, a 70-year deep dive into the life of an uneducated man, and his meandering journey through life as an artist, musician, and author. Enjoy!
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For nearly 50 years, Plains Art Museum has provided the Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo community with high-level contemporary art from around the world. On May 6, 2023, the Museum will host its 26th annual Spring Gala – this year’s theme is Wonderland. The public is invited to see the spectacles and sites while bidding on artwork from over 70 artists, from our community and beyond. Purchase tickets through our website, plainsart.org.
Art is our passion. For over 40 years we have showcased talented local, regional and national artists. Located in the Market Square Mall, our beautiful gallery displays a vast collection of original art from paintings and sculptures to glass and ceramics. With hundreds of frame options, we can also custom-frame your art to suit you and your budget!
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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Position rack on the middle shelf. Spray ramekins with nonstick spray.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks, milk, lemon zest and juice, butter and salt. Add flour and sugar and whisk until smooth.
3. In a bowl of an electric mixer or using a hand-held mixer, beat egg whites until
up those short gray days and add some “zest” to bland food.
Citrus is an extensive family and is essentially a winter crop, but my favorite citrus fruit — the Meyer lemon — is prolific through May. This little gem is magical and super versatile. A cross between a mandarin orange and a lemon, it has just the right amount of acidity to lend itself to a variety of dishes. It is thin-skinned with a
soft peaks form. Take a quarter of the egg whites and whisk into lemon mixture until smooth. Using a rubber spatula gently fold remaining egg whites into batter until smooth.
4. Ladle batter evenly into prepared ramekins. Place ramekins into a 9- by 13inch baking dish. Using a pitcher, carefully pour tap water into baking dish until water reaches halfway up the ramekins. Carefully place the baking dish into oven
fleshy reddish interior so you can actually eat the whole thing, if you so desire. With its thin skin, there is little bitter white pith, making them ideal for preserving.
Years ago, when I lived in Palm Beach, Florida, my neighbor had neglected his Meyer lemon tree and that bushy little evergreen found its way over the fence into my yard. It would be neglected no further as I used
WARM LEMON PUDDING CAKES
Makes 6 (6 oz.) ramekins. Spoon into these cakes and discover a layer of lemon pudding – a luscious taste of sunshine!
3 large eggs, separated
1 cup whole milk
2 tsp. lemon zest
6 Tbsp. lemon juice from Meyer lemons
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
¼ tsp. salt
6 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
Dust with confectioners sugar after baking. Garnish with fresh berries. (optional)
on the middle shelf. Bake for 45 minutes until cakes are puffy and lightly golden on top.
5. Using tongs, remove ramekins from pan and cool on a rack for about 20 minutes. Cakes will sink as they cool and that’s OK.
6. Dust with confectioners sugar after baking.
7. Garnish with fresh berries.
the fruit daily for lemonade, in main dishes and desserts. And sometimes one might be found in the occasional martini. Some little-known facts: One lemon tree can yield up to 600 pounds of fruit a year, and Meyer lemons yield much more juice than any of the other six varieties of lemons. The Eureka, also known as the Four-Season lemon, is the continued on page 74
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one found in grocery stores year-round with that thick-skin and yielding less juice.
Citrus fruits are chock full of vitamins and minerals with lemons being No. 1, making it a super health food. B complex, zinc, iron, potassium, vitamin C and much more are packed into that beautiful little yellow orb. It is said lemons evolved from daffodils 300,000 million years ago somewhere in India or China. I am not sure how anyone would know that, but it makes for a fun bit of trivia.
I do know that, because of their high content of vitamins, citrus fruits were effective in warding off scurvy amongst British sailors on long voyages back in the 1700s. Lemons and limes were the primary sources of vitamin C, hence the origin of the nickname “limeys” for Brits.
Alice Waters, famed chef of Chez Panisse in Berkley, California, brought the Meyer lemon to the forefront of the new American food movement back in the early 1980s. Young
chefs, me included, embraced the Meyer lemon and it popped up on the menus across the country. To solidify its place in our culinary vernacular, icon Martha Stewart wrote about the humble Meyer lemon in the 2000s, putting it directly into domestic kitchens nationwide.
The Meyer lemon had arrived, anointed by the matriarch of entertaining and cooking at home. I think it is safe to say Martha ushered in a whole new era of style to the American household — and she is still going strong.
The beauty about Meyer lemons in cooking is that you can use the whole fresh lemon, peel, and all, whether it’s with roast chicken or in a lemon tart. Preserved lemons on the other hand lend themselves to vegetables, pasta and grain dishes. Moroccan tagine is a fabulous- flavored baked dish incorporating preserved lemons, chicken, dried apricots, peppers and a myriad of seasonings with couscous as its base.
Personally, for a quick, easy spring dinner, I like to take chicken drumsticks and bone-in thighs, small new potatoes cut in half, red onions cut in quarters, two or three whole red Fresno chilis and three or four Meyer lemons cut in slices. Toss the lot in some olive oil with black pepper, Kosher salt, smoked paprika and fresh thyme leaves, place into a cast iron pan, and then put it into a 350-degree oven. Leave it in there for about an hour. Go plant some bulbs and then enjoy your one-pot dinner. An extra squeeze of lemon to finish it off and you are good to go with some rustic French bread. Enjoy a lemony spring.
So, when life gives you lemons, make a pitcher of Lemon Drops (vodka, lemon Juice, Triple Sec and lots of ice. Shaken, not stirred.)
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Suksessterte, Norwegian Success Tart
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAUREN FERRAGUT CARLSON
Scandinavians are notoriously famous for their stoic behavior and testimony to that fact is a set of actual Norwegian rules to live by —Jantelagen or Law of Jante actually exists to outline appropriate behavior. No boasting or bragging! But, what the folks way up north lack in bravado, they certainly make up for with their cakes and pastries — most notably, what they name them. The national cake of Norway, for example, is named verdens beste or “the world’s best”. That sounds pretty boastful to me, but worthy of the title. Slightly humble in its name is the suksessterte or Norwegian success tart. Yet, in every way, this cake is a golden success.
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Suksessterte is served year-round throughout Norway but is most popular around Påske (Easter) and throughout the spring and summer seasons. With its cheery yellow custard, how can it not induce a winterweary smile? The base is made of almond macaron, but really any nuts will do. The history of the tart is not quite clear. It is generally agreed upon that its Norwegian
roots first began in Finnmark, a county on the country’s east coast, specifically Vardø and Vadsø. The pastries of Austria and France, inspiring new flavors and textures, eventually influenced the baked goods in that region of Norway. The trade routes along the eastern coast of Norway allowed for access to these European pastries, thus influencing their own. Suksessterte and other macaron-based tarts
Suksessterte, Norwegian Success Tart
INGREDIENTS (This cake is gluten-free.)
5 egg whites
1 ²∕ ³ cups powdered sugar
1½ cups almonds
5 egg yolks
¾ cup plus 1 Tbl. heavy cream
¾ cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, split in half
²∕ ³ cup butter, softened at room temperature
4-5 oz. dark chocolate
If you add all the nuts at once their oily fats will break down the beautiful tiny bubbles in the egg whites you've worked so hard to achieve. Instead, add ¼ cup at a time. Fold in gently by running your spatula down the middle of the bowl and folding. Rotate bowl, fold and repeat until nuts are mixed in.
are typical to this part of Norway.
If you can whip an egg white, you can make this tart. I love the simplicity of it. The most difficult part of making the tart is waiting for the macaron base and custard to cool so you can assemble and, ultimately, eat it. It takes just a matter of minutes to whip the egg whites for the macaron base and cook the egg yolks over medium heat
Grind the almonds. I like to leave a few a bit coarse so you get a nice bite full of texture.
Beat the egg whites until stiff and reserve egg yolks for later. Gradually add powdered sugar. The egg whites will be smooth and glossy. Once the egg whites are whipped to stiff peaks, gently fold in the ground almonds. I add them a ¼ cup at a time. You don’t want to deflate those egg whites!
Grease a 9-inch springform cake pan. Pour in the batter and bake until light brown at 350°F for 25-30 minutes. Let the tart cool completely before removing it from the pan. The almond base should pull away from the sides.
For the cream custard, place reserved egg yolks, heavy cream, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly and bring to a low boil. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 10 minutes. It will thicken
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I grease my springform pan, then I line the bottom of it with parchment paper. If you don't have a springform pan, use a regular cake pan. I have baked egg white-based cakes and tarts this way and it works just fine. Be sure to line the entire pan with parchment for easy release of the macaron base.
To whip the egg whites into stiff peaks, begin with room-temperature whites. At low speed, mix until eggs are foamy and bubbly, then gradually increase the speed. Whip beyond firm peaks- eggs will be slightly floppy. Beat to stiff peaks. Your beaters should be able to hold up stiff whites.
For the cream, keep the heat at a simmer taking care not to cook the eggs. If you happen to find flecks of cooked egg in the cream, don't panic. Simply pass the mixture through a fine sieve and you will have a smooth and delicious cream to cover the awaiting macaron base.
to thicken. There are a few delicious options I discovered in creating a successful tart. One variation to consider is what kind of nut to use. Almond is most typical, but you could use hazelnut, pecan and walnut, even pistachio! Another great advantage of this pastry? If you are the type who likes planning ahead, this tart freezes beautifully.
slightly, but it will do most of the thickening as it cools.
In a large bowl, cream softened butter and whisk until smooth. I use an electric hand mixer to really whip it up. Add the cooled cream and blend together until well-mixed and smooth.
Once the cake is completely cool, top it with the cream custard and drizzle with melted chocolate.
Eat now or freeze to enjoy later!
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