Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at http://lagniappe.areavoices.com/.
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There are bakers out there who turn up their noses at using packaged mixes and insist on making everything from scratch. I am not one of them. In my pantry, there's usually at least one box of brownie mix and maybe a cake mix or two. The rare times I make a cake from scratch are for the benefit of this food forum or when I mix up my favorite chocolate Crazy Cake -- a make-it-in-the-pan recipe that's actually easier than a cake mix.
WORTHINGTON -- The Tap is back. The establishment originally known as the A&T Tap is up and running once again and has returned to the short version of its former name. After a change in ownership last summer the place was called Boondocks, but new owners Rick and Heather Steele of Worthington have decided to call it The Tap. The bar-restaurant was closed for a couple of months during the transition, but now is open for business seven days a week. "We're just trying a new adventure," explained Rick Steele. "I owned a trucking company for 15 years. ...
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- At age 11, Sam Wessels has already hobnobbed with a lot of important political figures -- all the presidential candidates in the last two elections -- but he's quick to quash any speculation about a future in politics. "I don't think I'm going to be a politician when I grow up," he offered without even being asked the question. "I'm into politics, but it's too tough for me." Sam's campaign trail stumping has all been on behalf of people with autism -- people like himself.
WORTHINGTON -- Brandi Williams is a relative newcomer to the halls of Worthington High School and its Class of 2013. Growing up in rural Brewster, Brandi -- the oldest of Ken and Marcy Williams' three daughters -- first attended the Brewster school system before she made the choice to pursue an alternative method of schooling. "I actually went to Brewster through seventh grade, then for eighth grade through the first half of 10th grade, I went to Connections Academy, an online school," she explained. According to its website, Connections Academy "provides a new form of free public school t
WESTBROOK -- When a new café, The Recipe, opened its doors in January in Westbrook, it fulfilled both a community need and its owner's dream of running a restaurant. "It was the bowling alley-café when it closed seven years ago," explained Angie Knakmuhs Horkey about the space that now houses her restaurant, The Recipe. "So other than eating at the bar, there was not a place.
OKOBOJI, Iowa -- According to the Brewers Association, 174 craft breweries opened in the United States in 2011. One such establishment is located in this neck of the woods -- Okoboji Brewing Company in the Iowa Great Lakes area. Situated on U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- When Steve Zandstra's wife signed him up to take the Heart Screen at Sanford Worthington Medical Center, he figured it would be routine. He was, after all, in perfect health, and didn't expect any negative results. "She used to be a nurse at the hospital, and during February they always have this Heart Month thing where they do the Heart Screens for $25," Zandstra said. "A few people she knew, their husbands had a heart attack, and she said, 'Well, I'm going to get one, and I'm going to make an appointment for you, too. I said, 'I don't need one.
WORTHINGTON -- Over the last dozen or so years, Rich and Kris Besel have gotten a lot of mileage out of their passports. Their travels have literally taken them around the world, visiting such faraway spots as China, Egypt, Turkey and most of the European continent.
WORTHINGTON -- Some Nobles County taxpayers got a surprise when they opened the 2013 property tax statements that arrived in Monday's mail. For some it was a pleasant surprise, for others, somewhat of a shock. But in either case, they can expect the payable amount on their tax statement to change. Nobles County used an outside company to send out this year's property tax statements.
WORTHINGTON -- For some children, a trip to grandmother's house isn't as simple as going "over the river and through the woods," as a popular holiday song says. In July, 17 American-born children of Guatemalan immigrants will travel almost 2,000 miles to the country of their heritage through a local effort called Abuelos y Nietos Juntos --Grandparents and Grandchildren Together -- where they will meet their grandparents, and in a couple of instances, siblings, for the first time.