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I’ve always loved doing projects. David and I have built seven houses during our 34-year marriage (yep, we’re crazy) and the idea of a blank slate, of taking those blank walls and empty spaces and making them beautiful, is something we adore. I love the sense of accomplishment that comes with projects, the before and after, the journey of creation. This past summer, while David was building an outdoor wood storage/bar for our firepit area, I decided to work on another project: transforming an old pump organ into a beverage station. The organ, a beautiful piece of craftsmanship, was a holdover from his parents, and we tried selling it, we tried donating it to a few churches, to no avail. So, I got to work. I removed all the insides (the dirtiest job ever!), sanded, primed, painted and distressed the organ. I’m so pleased with how it turned out! (See pics below.) And so, I thought, let’s share some DIY projects that folks can work on during these cold months. I made a chunky knit blanket, which I don’t feel any shame in telling you, took me a LOT longer to figure out than tearing apart that organ. But I finally cracked the code and was able to finish it. Other editors offer up some fun projects, too; you can find the story on page 16. Happy DIY-ing!
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A collective of furniture artisans with one common goal. Taking old furniture pieces and transforming them back into timeless pieces, with lots of care and hard work, is the mission of The Artisans Markets Minnesota collective. Created four-and-a-half years ago by Lori Gravink of LaDeeDa Design and Laura Johnson Hernandez of Vivid Furniture Designs, this successful, online collective is for artisans to come together with a common goal and a commitment to raise market quality for furniture. The 40-plus artisan collective, with more than 20,000 members, uses Facebook as their platform to list their wares. From the page, members can view furniture listings— which change daily—and deal directly with the artisans. Members are promised first grabs at pieces since they won’t list items on any other website for the first seven days. If a piece is purchased, artisans offer personal delivery of the item. “Artisans are all unique and do this for different reasons,” Gravink says. They can structure their production based on their lives; it’s a unified mission. Each artisan has produce as often as they want, and can leave or enter anytime. It’s a flexible, highly motivated group of individuals. And, Gravink says, it’s a “worth-while adventure because it gives me the opportunity to be a part of different generations.” Gravink runs the collective out of a spot in White Bear Makerspace. She also has a second group, The Artisan Markets Minnesota Too, which features home décor, art, jewelry and accessories. —Samantha De Leon Interested in joining? Head to The Artisan Markets Minnesota and The Artisan Markets Minnesota Too on Facebook and request to join. If interested in becoming an artisan, reach out to Gravink or Johnson Hernandez on Facebook about the application process.
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BEAR’ly Open celebrates winter for a good cause. PUTTING THE FUN IN FUNDRAISING, White Bear
Lake’s BEAR’ly Open event does so in true Minnesota fashion as an official Winter Carnival event. Celebrating its 14th year, BEAR’ly Open invites hundreds of local residents to Ramsey County Beach on the frozen White Bear Lake to enjoy rounds of golf on ice. Established in 2008 by members of the Rotary Club of White Bear Lake and White Bear Events, BEAR’ly Open was created as a way to celebrate the community and support the White Bear Area Food Shelf (WBAFS). Typically equipped with two nine-hole courses, a variety of delicious food, a hospitality tent, music and a Community Dance, there is no shortage of entertainment during this jam-packed weekend. But due to the pandemic, this year's event will look a little different. "There will be no sponsor tents or congregating of any kind," said Ken Galloway, founder and current chair of BEAR'ly Open. "Instead, we will have the course open on Friday and Saturday, February 5th and 6th. We will sell tee times in groups of four and spaced out 10 minutes apart; golfers will register and pay for their tee time in advance on our website." The event will also include a virtual Gala on Friday night, February 5th, as well as an online auction that will run for four days up until Friday. And, as always, it's about giving back; all of the proceeds of this event go toward the WBAFS. Providing support to the area since 1977, the food shelf is a critical resource for local families striving to live a healthy, nourished lifestyle. Through their partnerships with various nonprofits and local businesses, the
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Community Driven, Community Focused ReGrow White Bear Lake supports downtown businesses. WHEN DOWNTOWN WHITE BEAR LAKE FACED THE BRUNT OF THE PANDEMIC IN EARLY SPRING, ReGrow White Bear Lake stepped up to the
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plate to help the many shops, eateries and businesses that help make the area such a great place to live, work and play. The campaign is a community-wide partnership of several groups, including the city of White Bear Lake, White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Organization, Explore White Bear and White Bear Lake Economic Development Corporation. They came together to help find a way for business owners to survive and reopen; within several weeks, ReGrow invited several local business owners to join. They use events, such as WBL Bear Hunt, Plant Party and Picnic in the Park, to help bring folks to the area to
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dine and shop; they’re also working on building resources to promote smaller businesses and safe dine-in and takeout options for restaurants. In fact, several restaurants are collaborating on a pledge to commit to safety for their business and their customers. “We’re changing how we do things, smaller and more intimate, but in a way to celebrate community,” says Lisa Beecroft who is a ReGrow White Bear Lake committee member and volunteers at Explore White Bear. Beecroft says the collaborative effort is also resulting in a webinar series to assist businesses, technologically, such as online ordering. Generosity from local business owners and volunteers have helped make those events, Plant Party and Picnic in the Park and others, possible.
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Namaste Find your calm at Zen Fitness and Wellness. BY WHITE BEAR LAKE MADELINE RESIDENT BRITTANY KOPIECKI
TOBIN happened upon yoga at a particularly pivotal time in her life. “I actually found yoga when I was pregnant with my son, about seven years ago; I did prenatal yoga. It helped with my back pain, everything, and I’ve been falling in love with it since then.” Tobin kept at it, taking more classes herself, and introducing the practice to her friends and family through yogain-the-park lessons. After becoming a certified instructor, Tobin’s next step was to open her own studio, Zen Fitness and Wellness. “I think the biggest shock was how surreal it was at first,” says Tobin. “Now I have people who love to come to the studio—which feels great—and I just love hearing their stories.” The people who attend Tobin’s classes come from all walks of life, with students as young as 12, and others getting started on their yoga practice in their 60s. Tobin says that no matter your age or prior experience, it’s never too late to learn. “When people tell me that they don’t think yoga is for them, I’ll either get, ‘I’m not flexible at all,’ or ‘I have horrible balance,’ or ‘I like an intense workout.’ But yoga isn’t about flexibility,” Tobin notes. “It’s about stretching. It’s stretching the muscles in ways you aren’t used to, which has so many benefits. Inside the body, there’s blood flow and circulation. And with all of us on more screen time, especially now, it helps with the neck strain and calming your mind.” To help her clients, Tobin also offers a complimentary wellness profile with any class purchase. “I do a full body scan, PHOTOS BY CHRIS EMEOTT
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I scan their water weight, muscle weight and BMI,” she says. “A lot of people, when they look at a regular scale, say, ‘I’m not losing weight.’ But they’ve actually gained six pounds of muscle because they’ve been working out.” Tobin says yoga also helps to ease anxieties. “I have a lady who comes in, and she says, ‘I’m so stressed, and my body’s so stiff. I take your class and after the final pose I feel like a whole new person. I can breathe, I can move my body more.’ And I just love to hear that.” Note: Due to the ever-changing pandemic situation, please head to zenfitnessandwellness.com for the most up-to-date studio information.
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FLEX YOUR DIY MUSCLES WITH THESE FUN PROJECTS. Written by Editorial Staff
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We’re relegated to staying home a lot more these days, so why not put that extra time indoors to good use? You know there are lots of projects you’ve been meaning to do and oodles of Pinterest board ideas and Instagram posts you’ve been meaning to try but have always just been too darn busy. Well, now’s your chance. Our editorial staff compiled a list of four delightful projects you can create—a chunky knit throw, bookmarks, door décor and faux pottery—to help get your wheels a-spinnin’ and your creativity a-flowin’.
We all love cozy blankets and throws to help keep the chill away during these cold
winter days. When you make said cozy blankets and throws with your own two hands, well, they just feel a whole lot snugglier. So, grab some yarn, find a flat surface on which to work (preferably a table or kitchen island), and let’s get hand-knitting—no knitting needles required! (Contributed by Nancy Eike)
• 4–6 skeins of 7 mm yarn (I used Yarn Bee’s Chunky Knit Yarn in ivory.) • Tape measure
Create a 4-inch loop using a slip knot. Leave approximately 12 inches at the end (this is called the “tail”; the rest of the skein is called the “working yarn.”) Reach your hand through the loop, grab the yarn and pull it through to make another 4-inch loop.
Continue creating the loops until you’ve made 20, which will resemble a chain stitch. (This will make a throw of approximately 50 inches by 60 inches.) Turn the 20th loop up (this becomes your first stitch of the new row) and put your finger underneath the top “hill” of each loop thereafter, and pull the yarn through to create another loop. Continue going back and forth until you’ve reached your desired length. To finish the blanket, put the first two loops in the last row together, reach your hand through both loops, grab the yarn and pull it through to create a new loop. Use the new loop and next loop in the row until you get to the end of the row. Cut the yarn leaving a 12-inch tail, and tie a knot in the last loop. Weave remaining tail through the blanket.
I am typically not a “crafty” person, but I am an avid reader, and these DIY bookmarks seem like a wonderful way to repurpose old books. And, it looks easy! That’s an important project component to non-crafters like me. That is, if I can get past the idea of deconstructing something as venerable as a book. You may have old books on your shelves to use. If not, check thrift stores and garage and estate sales. (Contributed by Angela Johnson; inspired by familyhandyman.com)
• Old hardcover books • Razor knife • Grommet maker, hole punch or drill • Assorted ribbon or leather strips
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Simply use a razor knife to slice the covers from old books, and cut out the spines. Drill a hole (or use a grommet maker) in the top of the book spine. Thread a strip of leather or ribbon through the hole to accent these unique bookmarks that could make fun gift items for the bookworms in your life.
HAT’S OFF Who doesn’t love a craft project that repurposes some of what we already have on hand? With some greenery
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rescued from December and January’s wreaths, outdoor pots or home arrangements, a little floral foam, seasonal fillers and—an adorable winter hat—we have ourselves a cozy, cute door hanging. (Contributed by Renée Stewart-Hester; inspired by craftsbyamanda.com)
• A sturdy knit winter hat with ties • Container, to fit into the hat • Floral foam • Hot glue gun and clear glue sticks • Greenery, dried or faux • Seasonal fillers, ideas
include mini bird houses or faux pine trees, pinecones, pompoms, seasonal ornaments, etc. (Switch these up to highlight Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, a birthday, an anniversary, etc.) • Decorative picks (or bamboo skewers covered in floral tape) • Large safety pin and sturdy elastic band
Cover bamboo sticks with floral tape, and glue decorative, theme-appropriate items to one end. Using hot glue, secure the floral foam in the
base of the container. Add larger greenery elements to the container, making sure both sides are balanced. Fill in the arrangement with remaining items. Carefully, place the container into the hat with the ties facing forward and backward. Secure the ends of the hat ties with the safety pin, looping in the elastic band, which will be used to hang the arrangement on the door.
TRASH TO TERRACOTTA Let’s face it. Everyone has
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old glass vases and jars lying around, stored in old boxes or the back of shelves. Instead of collecting dust, upcycle old glass and ceramic pieces with house or acrylic paint and baking soda to make faux pottery. (Contributed by Hailey Almsted)
• Glass or ceramic vessels, vases, jars, etc. • House, acrylic or chalk paint (just about any paint will do!) or liquid terracotta • Baking powder • A small container • Spoon or small stick • Large bristle paint brush
Put ¼ part baking powder and ¾ part paint in a small container and mix using a spoon until a thick, textured paint is formed. (Add in additional baking powder, 1 tsp. at a time, for a more textured look.) Laying out newspaper and using a clean paint brush, began to paint the mixture onto the vessel in large, sweeping strokes. To create a pottery-like feel, paint in horizontal strokes around the pieces instead. Let fully dry, and paint 1–2 more coats, depending on coverage. Textured or colored vessels may need more coats.
If your family is itching to get into the DIY zone, check out CreARTivity kits, which are available through Minnetonka Community Education. The wood projects are assembled-to-order and can be pre-ordered, picked up curbside (no contact) and completed at home. The family-friendly kits feature supplies and materials, paints, brushes, sponges and written instructions. (Some kits may include video instructions.) If the CreARTivity kits, a collaboration between Minnetonka Community Education and White Bear Makerspace (supporting local crafters and artisans), are a win in your household, keep at it, as new kits are released every 1-2 weeks.
To view all the available kits and place an order, visit Minnetonka.ce.eleyo.com.
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Written by Nancy Eike
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Illustrations by Em Handy
ENJOY THE UNIQUELY NORTHERN SPORT OF ICE FISHING. With a motto that aptly states, “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” well, we all know just how important those glistening and gleaming bodies of water are to us in the bold north. We swim in them, we boat on them, we picnic around them, we catch fish in them. And we don’t let Old Man Winter with his decidedly-icy-and-sometimes-irritatinglylong-grip to deter us from dropping a line and catching a big one—nope! In fact, we relish it. We bundle up. We head to the frozen lake. We drill a hole. We bait a hook and drop a line. And we hope for a hungry or inquisitive fish to find that bait just so dang irresistible that it takes a nibble and, voila, a fish is on the line. This process of catching fish on a frozen body of water, of course, has been going on for at least two millennia as a way for folks to eat when the weather cooled, and food became scarce. But now, ice fishing is mostly done as a hobby, a way to spend time relaxing alone or with friends or family, or for sport. Many Minnesota cities and towns hold well-attended ice fishing
contests; the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) notes they issue nearly 400 permits for ice fishing contests and tournaments statewide each year. FOR THE LOVE OF ICE Austin Holmes remembers as a young boy bundling up and heading out to the icy lake with his dad on cold winter Saturdays. Perched atop one of those overturned fivegallon buckets and with fishing pole in hand, he’d wait, as patiently as a small tyke can, for a fish to bite. “Those Saturdays were always a really big highlight of my week,” Holmes says. Those memories of father and son, of fish and fisherman, intrigued him—set the hook, one could say—to a life of water and ice, of fishing, and of relishing the still, quiet moments when the hustle and bustle of an overscheduled world seems far away. Ice fishing with buddies while in college in northern Wisconsin only shored up his passion for the sport. A self-professed “cold weather freak,” who says temperatures above 55 degrees are “just too hot,” Holmes,
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after time in the U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska, and Hawaii, where he met his wife Chelsea, settled in White Bear Lake and began to study White Bear and Bald Eagle lakes and the fish that inhabit them. “I started really learning the different contours of the lake, where the fish move based on the temperature of the water,” says Holmes. “There’s a lot that goes into it that people don’t realize; obviously, there’s luck involved, but there’s a lot more.” And, just as his father introduced him to ice fishing, so, too, has Austin shared his love of the sport with Chelsea, and their two dogs, Cobalt and Timber. They recently purchased an icehouse/camper from Ice Castle USA in Forest Lake and, when the lake is frozen enough to hold the camper, head out on the weekends to make some ice fishing memories. Let’s just say it’s a little nicer than an overturned plastic bucket. “Chelsea loves it because she gets to go out fishing with me and have the heater on,” Holmes says. “And wake up in the morning, make cinnamon rolls—and still catch fish. It really has become a family affair for us; we love it.” AUSTIN’S TIPS • When it comes to bait, have a lot of options. “I tend to fish walleyes more than anything else and they’re finicky biters,” says Holmes. “What works one day might not work another, so just bring lots of bait and jigs.” • Invest in an electric auger. “That is a game-changer,” says Holmes. “You don’t have to worry about fumes or having the windows open ...” • Use an electronic fish finder with GPS. “They’re really neat because you can walk around and you can tell within a pretty short distance how deep you are, the contours of the lake,” says Holmes. “You may stumble across a little shelf that nobody else knows is there and you may find a nice school of perch ...” • For walleyes, Holmes recommends fishing at dawn and dusk. “But for perch, sunfish and the like, any time goes.”
The biggest fish … Chelsea caught a 32” northern pike on Bald Eagle. Austin caught a 22” walleye on White Bear and a 32” pike on Bald Eagle.
walleye northern pike
The DNR website (dnr.state.mn.us) is chockfull of information, facts and regulations about ice fishing (and a whole lot of other stuff, too, but we’ll focus on ice fishing) in the approximately 4,500 fishing lakes in our neck of the woods. We’ve culled a few of those fish-inspired nuggets to inspire you to don your mukluks and your warmest winter gear, grab your fishing supplies and an auger, and, whether you plop yourself down on an overturned bucket or inside an elaborate icehouse, create a fish tale of your own. WHAT YOU’LL NEED • Ice fishing rod: Typically, 24”–36,” which is smaller than your warm weather fishing rod, as you need the leverage because of the confined space. • Ice fishing reel: More compact than a typical reel. • Ice fishing line: This line is created to withstand frigid temperatures and jagged ice. • Lures and bait: Research the type of fish you want to catch and adjust lures and bait accordingly.
• Tackle box: Yep, a way to keep all your small items secure and organized. • Ice auger or drill: A must; no hole = no fish. • A spot to sit: On a 5-gallon bucket or inside an icehouse. • Warm clothing: Make sure to dress in layers. WHAT TO CATCH (a few of the many species we can catch ice fishing): It’s probably no surprise that the favorite fish to catch in Minnesota, the most beloved, is—you guessed it—the walleye. It doesn’t hurt that it’s the official state fish and, well, just think of the best plate of grilled walleye you’ve ever eaten—with that subtle sweetness and delicate, flaky texture—and you’ll understand why we Minnesotans adore this fish species, which is part of the perch family and is named for its distinguishable pearlescent eyes. Did you know bluegill, named for its large “gills,” is the most commonly caught fish in Minnesota? We have two species of crappies here
in Minnesota, black and white, and they tend to hang out not near the surface or the bottom, but, instead, according to the DNR’s website, “somewhere in between.” When you’re hankering to catch a big fish, one of those fish you can tell your grandkids about, Northern Pike may just be the one. He’ll give you a run for your money, as they’re known to put up a fight as you bring them in. The state record is 45 pounds, 11 ounces, so you’ve got your work cut out for you. DID YOU KNOW? If you are 16 or older, you need a license to ice fish in Minnesota lakes; you don’t need a license if you’re fishing in state parks. FOR MORE INFORMATION Head to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website (dnr.state. mn.us) for complete ice fishing information, ice thickness safety, specific lake information (regulations, lake maps, fish species, stocking reports, etc.), where to find fishing groups and a whole lot more.
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ON THE TOWN W H AT ’ S G O I N G O N A R O U N D T H E L A K E
Mainstream Boutique lets you shop from the convenience of your own home.
Natalie and Kelly
hen business had to shut down due to COVID-19 last March, Mainstream Boutique acclimated to the times and found a way to bring its customers’ in-store shopping experience to a weekly online fashion show via Facebook Live. “The [online fashion shows] became a light in a dull time for women,” says shop owner, Kelly Arcand. For women, who were homebound and busy with work and/or kids, the shows became an outlet of entertainment. Now that the store is open again, Arcand says their clients still want to watch their online shows. Every Tuesday at 6 p.m., 15 to 20 outfits are showcased live; the videos are then posted to the Mainstream Boutique of White Bear Lake Facebook page. With the help of her daughter, Natalie, she puts together the outfits, each piece with a number, and explains on-camera content, color and fabric of the item. Women can comment in real-time and ask questions or purchase an item. Both Kelly and Natalie say the videos help clients see a snippet of what they have and, in-turn, brings in the foot traffic. And the experience has strengthened Kelly and Natalie’s relationships with their clients. —Samantha De Leon
Mainstream Boutique 4729 Highway 61 N.; 651.209.6790 mainstreamboutique.com Mainstream Boutique of White Bear Lake @mainstreamboutiquewbl COURTESY OF MAINSTREAM BOUTIQUE
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O N T H E TOW N
White Bear Lake Winter Farmers Market 12 Home at Last Tour
Learn more about Solid Ground, which helps families build the strong foundation for a brighter future and works to prevent and end homelessness in the community, for a one-hour tour, held virtually, every second Tuesday. All ages. RSVP. 5:30–6:30 p.m. Solid Ground, 3521 Century Ave. N.; 651.773.8401; solidgroundmn.org
30 Polar Plunge
Participate in the biggest fundraiser for Special Olympics Minnesota! All funds raised help over 8,100 athletes across the state. This year, there are two Plunge options: in-person or virtual. All ages. Register online. Fundraising required to participate. Begins at 1 p.m. (subject to change). Ramsey Beach, 5050 Lake Ave.; email@example.com
Eat, shop and support local at the White Bear Lake Farmers’ Market! This year, shopping can be done online with quick pick up at vendors’ booths, or onsite with food trucks and more! All ages. Free. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Tamarack Nature Center, 5287 Otter Lake Road, White Bear Township; 651.407.5350; tamaracknaturecenter.org
2–31 Shamanic Reiki
Undergo the unique sessions that blend techniques of Reiki and Shamanic healing, enabling you to rid blockages that have built up of oppressed emotions and negative thought patterns; every Saturday. Ages 18 and up. $35 for 30 minutes; $65 for 1 hour. Noon–6 p.m. Enchanted Boutique, 4074 White Bear Ave. N.; 651.600.3769; enchantedboutiquemn.com
8 Friday Night Yoga and Wine Samples
Candlelight yoga and wine samples— talk about a fun time! Grab a wine sample before or after class, or sip throughout while you learn about “healthy” wine. To secure spot, send payment to ZenFit via Venmo. Ages 21 and up. $20. 6–9 p.m. Zen Fitness and Wellness, 1350 Highway 96 Suite 9; 651.341.4694; zenfitnessandwellness.com
2 Gingerbread Wonderland
Norway House presents Gingerbread Wonderland in all its cinnamon splendor. Explore the gingerbread village of familiar buildings and landmarks from the Twin Cities, created by friends and neighbors. All ages. $10 general admission, $5 members, seniors (65+) and kids (5–12), free for kids 4 and under. Virtual access is available and free. 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls.; 612.871.2211; norwayhouse.org
3 Twin Cities Bridal Show
The Twin Cities Bridal Show is your go-to spot for the perfect wedding day! Meet area vendors, discover wedding ideas and find your fairytale dress. Masks are required to attend this event. All ages. $15 general admission option or upgrade. Noon–5 p.m. Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 Kellogg Blvd. W., Saint Paul; twincitiesbridalshow.com
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TA S T E M A K E R S
FILL YOUR BOWLS WITH A HEALTHY DOSE OF WARMTH AND COMFORT. BY EDITORIAL STAFF
PHOTOS BY CHRIS EMEOTT
By now, even the most fervent cooks have grown a bit weary as the holidays and heavy-food season begin to fade into the distance. As with nature, cooking has its own seasons—enter the time for comfort cooking. Soup tops the list, providing warmth against winter’s chill and soothing what ails us—one glorious spoonful at a time. Our editors from across the Twin Cities celebrate soup’s restorative qualities by sharing some of their favorite recipes.
• 3 cups whole milk • 12 oz. smoked trout fillets, skin removed
WHITE CHICKEN CHILI
Nancy Eike, editor of White Bear Lake Magazine
• Smoked paprika for garnish • Optional: Chopped dill leaves, parsley or chopped chilies for garnish
This is my go-to soup recipe. With the precooked chicken and minced garlic, it’s about as easy-peasy as it gets. You
Melt butter in a large saucepan over
can also serve it with a stack of warm
medium heat, and add bacon. Cook
tortillas to sop up some of that glorious
until light brown, about five min-
utes. Remove bacon with a slotted
spoon, and set aside. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add the onion and celery. Cook them for five minutes or
• 1 pound of precooked rotisserie chicken, shredded (or 4 breasts)
until onion is softened. Add flour to
• 1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
the saucepan, and stir to make a roux,
• 3 Tbsp. minced garlic
about two minutes. Add chicken stock
• 1 medium onion
and milk, and bring to a boil while
• 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
whisking constantly. Add potatoes and
• 1 15 oz. can white beans, drained
A good friend from Hibbing, Minn.,
thyme, and simmer, stirring occasion-
• 1 4 oz. can diced green chilis,
introduced me to the delicious flavor
ally for 12 to 15 minutes or until pota-
of smoked fish, an Iron Range hall-
toes are tender. Break the trout flesh
• 1 tsp. oregano
mark. Often available at local farmer’s
into bite-sized pieces, and add them
• ½ tsp. chili powder
markets, smoked fish is terrific on
to the pan along with the reserved
• 1 tsp. cumin
crackers, but I’ve always wanted to try
bacon; cook until heated through.
• 1 tsp. salt
Sara Moulton’s recipe for Smoky Fish
Serve soup sprinkled with paprika
• 1 tsp. ground black pepper
Chowder. Here’s the recipe. It’s creamy
and chopped herbs or chilies.
• Fresh cilantro, chopped
and flavorful, the perfect winter soup.
• 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
Notes: Trout is closely related to
Add olive oil to stockpot; warm. Place
• 8 oz. Canadian bacon, chopped
salmon and can be a good alterna-
onions and garlic in heated oil; cook
• 1 medium onion, finely chopped
tive to often-overfished salmon. It’s
until onions become translucent. Add
• 2 medium celery sticks, finely chopped
a great source of protein and can
chicken broth, beans, chicken, green
• 1 lb. potatoes, 1/3-inch cubes
encourage healthy bones, muscle
chilis, oregano, chili powder, cumin,
• 2/3 tsp. dried thyme
development and boost energy levels
salt, pepper and cilantro. Simmer on
• 3 Tbsp. flour
with B-vitamins, including niacin, an
low for at least 30 minutes. Serve with
• 2 ½ cups homemade chicken
essential mineral for a healthy nervous
tortilla strips, Mexican cheese and
system and brain function.
freshly sliced avocado.
SMOKY FISH CHOWDER
Angela Johnson, editor of Edina and St. Croix Valley magazines
stock or canned broth
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TA S T E M A K E R S
Roasted Carrot and Ginger Soup
Notes: Did you know that, according to
vegetable stock (reserve 1 c. broth).
some health experts, cilantro is not only
• 2 lbs. carrots
Screen mix through mesh into a medi-
delicious, but good for you—it’s an anti-
• 1 Tbsp. roasted ginger
um-sized stock pot, heating up the soup
oxidant, helps diminish sodium intake, lowers blood sugar levels and more? Don’t
(more or less to taste) • 32 oz. vegetable stock
like cilantro? Blame your genes! There is a
to desired temperature. Add in remaining broth (if needed), along with salt and pepper to taste. Add all gremolata
genetic variant in some people that makes
ingredients to a bowl, and mix; sprinkle
cilantro taste like soap.
• ¼ c. carrot tops, finely chopped
on top of the soup.
• 1 Tbsp. lemon zest, finely chopped
ROASTED CARROT AND GINGER SOUP
Hailey Almsted, editor of Woodbury Magazine, and Patrick Miehle, Woodbury resident
• 1 Tbsp. raw ginger, finely chopped
Notes: Ginger, a flowering plant originat-
• 2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts, chopped
ing from China, has powerful medicinal
• 2 Tbsp. olive oil
properties and is closely related to tur-
• Pinch of salt, to taste
meric, cardamom and galangal. It’s used to calm digestion, reduce nausea and help
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Peel
to fight common colds—amongst many
and cut carrots to evenly-sized pieces;
This is the ideal hearty, winter soup—and
lightly coat them in olive oil, and spread
a family favorite! It’s vegan (perfect for my
out evenly over a baking sheet. Bake
sister!), low-fat and pairs perfectly with a
for a total of 45 minutes—20 minutes
toasted sandwich. The topped gremolata
in, flip the carrots, and add chunks of
adds contrasting bitterness, brightness
peeled ginger; cook for remaining 25
and spice, creating a tasty soup recipe
minutes. Add carrots and 1 Tbsp. of
you’ll be sure to write down for later.
roasted ginger to a blender, slowly add
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TORTELLINI AND SPINACH SOUP
Renée Stewart-Hester, editor of Lake Minnetonka, Maple Grove and Plymouth magazines
White Chicken Chili
Tortellini and Spinach Soup
This recipe is my go-to when I don’t
the tortellini, and cook for 6 minutes.
features seafood or vegetables but is
have the time or inclination to pull
Add tomatoes and spinach, and cook
typically chunky and made with cream,
together a healthy, warm meal. The
for 2 minutes or until the spinach is wilt-
milk or a roux.
wine brightens up the flavor profile, and
ed. Add butter, and cook until it melts.
there’s plenty left in the bottle to serve
Bouillon or Consommé: Bouillon is usually a seasoned broth made
along with the soup. If you’re not a huge fan of spinach but appreciate its health
Notes: Spinach, related to beets and
by straining water in which beef, chicken
benefits, this soup’s for you—the spin-
quinoa, offers loads of nutrients and
or other proteins have been cooked.
ach flavor is muted.
antioxidants, including Vitamin C, which
Consommé is a clear version of bouillon
promotes immune function. It also bene-
as it uses egg whites to collect the excess
• 1 Tbsp. olive oil
fits eye health, reduces oxidative stress,
fat and sediment from the broth.
• 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
helps prevent cancer and aids in reduc-
• ½ cup dry white wine
ing blood pressure.
• 18 oz. cheese tortellini • 1 ¼ cup tomatoes, chopped • 6 oz. baby spinach • 1 Tbsp. butter
Stock or Broth: Stock is made from chicken or beef bones
• 3 – 15.75 oz. chicken broth
WHAT’S IN YOUR BOWL? Bisque or Chowder:
and creates a thicker liquid. Broth is made mostly from meat or vegetables and tends to be thinner and more flavorful.
Bisque is a smooth French-style soup
Velouté-based Soup or Pureed Soup:
Over medium heat, heat olive oil in a
made from crustaceans (lobster, crab,
Cream veloute-based soups are thick-
soup pot. Add garlic, and stir for 30
shrimp and crayfish). The shells are used
ened with a roux, while puree soups
seconds. Add the broth and wine, and
to make stock, and the meat is incor-
rely on a puree of the main ingredient
bring to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes. Add
porated into the finished dish. Chowder
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A Bridge to Beauty Unique frost makes for a picturesque scene on Manitou Island.
BY NANCY EIKE
NATURE, IN ALL HER UNBRIDLED BEAUTY, frequently
puts on a dazzling display for all to see. Such is the case when Ron Hawkins awoke on a chilly Monday morning last February and noticed the hoarfrost on the trees—he knew the tiny crystals of frozen water vapor coating the landscape would make for beautiful photos. “I went straight to the area of Matoska Park and the Manitou Island Bridge,” says Hawkins. “After hopping out of the car, this was the first PHOTO BY FRON HAWKINS
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view that caught my eye—and it was the very first picture I took that morning.” And Hawkins, an avid photographer, perfectly articulates the feeling his photo, A Frosty Morning on Manitou Island, evokes. “What I like most about the photo is that it simply gives me a sense of peacefulness and hometown pride. White Bear Lake has so many beautiful gems around town and this area certainly is one of them,” says Hawkins. “That morning, and when I look at the photo again, I feel a sense of calmness.”
A Frosty Morning on Manitou Island garnered first place in the City Landmarks category of our 2020 Lens on the Lake photo contest.
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