Deb Pacholke recently retired after more than 25 years as head cook for the Northern Cass school district.  Photo by NDAREC/Liza Kessel

RECIPE ROUNDUP: FEBRUARY 2021

“I’ve always tried to make things fun as best I can,” Deb says.

Fun meant the lunch line was always decked out for the holidays or changing seasons. Rabbit droppings disguised as Cocoa Puffs cereal littered the way to Deb’s office door around Easter. October brought a spooky thrill, with Halloween lights and themed menus that included “ogre fingers” and “eye of newt.” Her lunchroom Halloween spectacle even drew a TV news crew from Fargo one year.

ROBERT “BOB” GRANT, Berthold

RECIPE ROUNDUP: JANUARY 2021

MOUNTRAIL-WILLIAMS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE
NDAREC President

▶    FAMILY | Wife, Helen. Four children and eight grandchildren.
▶    BOARD SERVICE | Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative board since 1981, currently vice president. NDAREC board since 1998, currently president.
▶    WHY I SERVE | I believe in the mission to improve the quality of life for every member through the delivery of electricity. It is so enjoyable to be involved with all the important issues we are involved with in our local communities and state.

Aftin Boling looks on as her 10-year-old daughter, Addy, gets busy in the kitchen. Photo by NDAREC/Liza Kessel

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“Clean-up is the hardest part about cooking!” says 10-year-old Adelyn “Addy” Boling.

(Agreed, Addy. Agreed!)

And based on the sheer volume of meals, recipes and cakes Addy has made, she’s done her fair share of dishes.

A fifth-grader in Miss McDonald’s class at Des Lacs-Burlington Elementary School, Addy plays volleyball, flute and ukulele, enjoys art and has become quite the chef.

“She’s been cooking since she was 4,” Addy’s mom and mother of four, Aftin Boling, says. “She’s always been my creative one.”
 

Waterfowl hunting is a favorite Sieg family activity, including for their beloved 12-year-old black lab, Bandit. Courtesy photos

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“Emmit’s a mini-Eric,” says Candace Sieg, the family’s matriarch. “He remembers everything and anything that comes out of Dad’s mouth.”

Emmit’s two older sisters, Isabel, 18, and Avery, 10, are also part of Eric’s fan club. You can see it in the way they look at their father and talk about one of their favorite family activities – hunting. All three children grew up hunting with their dad; Eric started them young.

“When they were 3 years old, Eric would dress them up at 5 in the morning, and they would go lay in the blind,” Candace says.

Dixie Brown, right, owns and operates Dixie's Cafe in Keene with the help of her daughters, Kennidy Chapin, left, and Cassidy Rink. PHOTO BY ANDREW SPRATTA/MCKENZIE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE

AUGUST 2020: RECIPE ROUNDUP - Dixie’s Cafe: a Keene delight!

“You can’t sit around here and do nothing, or you’re going to be crazy,” she told Dixie.

The tight-knit Keene community encouraged Dixie to open the café, knowing she had worked in restaurants since her teen years.

“My biggest fear was I didn’t know how to make soup, or omelets,” she recalls, knowing that soup-and-omelet making would be required by the job.

Maartje Murphy uses milk from her family's dairy in Carrington to make her Duchessa Gelato product. Courtesy Photos

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That’s because gelato is made with more milk than cream, compared to regular ice cream, and has about half the butterfat content. Gelato is also churned slower and warmer, Murphy explains, and incorporates less air, helping to keep it dense, fluid and creamy.

The daughter of dairy farmers from the Netherlands, Murphy’s heart was for dairy, but she didn’t want to be the farmer. She dreamt of a value-added agriculture enterprise.

Editor Cally Peterson and her husband, Darin, are pictured with their dogs, Raina and Aspen, at their home in rural Steele. Courtesy photo

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For just three easy payments of $55.95, which I charged to Mom’s credit card without full disclosure, I was going to bring honor to the family. Things turned out OK for Mulan, but unfortunately, the same can’t be said for fourth-grade Cally after the Turbo Cooker purchase.

I remember making a lackluster breakfast pizza and steamed broccoli with a charred-bottom meatloaf before my mom let me retire the Turbo Cooker to the basement, where all household items went to be hoarded until the next rummage sale.