Here is the proof that mywife (very handy) and father-in-law (who built his own house on the lake!) arenot the only ones in the family who can tackle a project. I screwed on theshower head!
Here is the link to somethingmy wife (still very handy) found online. Apparently there are gazillionsof dollars sitting in accounts all over the state waiting to be collected. Wewent onto the site and found real money that we never knew existed! Check it out. One in twenty people are successful in finding cold hard cash.
Here is a thought . . . . Why arewe overwhelmed with visual images of Anna Nicole's coffin, but are not allowedto see the thousands of coffins interring the remains of our brave servicemenand -women who died in the Iraq and Afghanistanian wars?
On another tangent, JohnMichael Lerma—who leads food trips to Italy and is alocal cooking teacher, author, and regular fixture at the State Fairblue ribbon podium—was officially told by the Fair that because he is not arecreational hobbyist, and he uses his food career as a direct means oflivliehood, he is no longer eligible for the food competitions. And yes, therehas been a rule on the books about this forever. But by enforcing the rule, theFair has opened a Pandora's box:
1) They have sucked away the fun of watching David beat Goliath. I placed last, dead last in the BBQ sauceevent three years ago. Pros lose more than they win, and it's fun having someone'sgrandma kick your ass.
2) How do you draw a line inthe sand? Local legend Marjorie Johnson, who has appeared on all the major latenight talk shows and has a book in the works, has been forewarned that she maynot be able to compete in future years. Many other regular jam and jelly queensearn hard cash in competitions, many quilters and woodworking winners selltheir work during the other 355 days of the year . . . . The easiest solution is tolet any and all comers toss their pickles into the jar. The rules don't needenforcing, they need changing so that sore losers aren't incentivized tocomplain. Apparently that's how the policing and enforcing of the rulesstarted. The State Fair shouldn't waste valuable and limited resources on thisissue. Let everyone compete in the spirit of a culinary Pro-Am event.
Here's a great way to dineand do good works all at the same time: celebrate World Kidney Day todayby having lunch or dinner at any of the seventeen Noodles & Company restaurants in Minnesota. A percentage of all sales on World Kidney Daywill be donated to the National Kidney Foundation serving the Dakotas and Minnesota.
Sur la Table, thenational powerhouse cooking school for hobbyists and destination retailcookware giant, is opening soon on 50th and France in Edina and rumored also to be looking for space on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. Seems they are trying to move in on the niches thatthe locally grown treasure Cooks currently has carved out for itself.Cooks can survive—they are the best product out there in their category—butif SLT opens more than one location, look for many of the other less successfulcooking stores/schools to close their doors forever. Sad, but inevitable. SLTis a great experience, and there is a limited market here—certainly not enoughto support everyone if SLT comes out of the box as strongly as they haveelsewhere.
WineHaven of Chisago Lakes has just received invitations from both Paris and Austria to participate in their International WineCompetitions. My spies tell me they are the first MN winery to beinvited. Apparently they had turned-down theinvitation before and have decided to participate this year. Lastyear, WineHaven took San Francisco's Best of Show double gold. The wines are availablelocally, and in more stores since all their recent success.
La Belle Vie is hosting afive-course wine dinner Thursday, March 22. The menu, createdby resident genius Chef Tim McKee, will be pairedwith wines from Château Palmer. And get this—the evening's featuredguest will be Château Palmer co-owner James Sichel. The reception begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $125, not including tax and tip. For reservations call612-874-6440.