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Mabel’s on 4th kitchen boutique closing as sister company, Rosie’s Barkét, expands

Mary Mendoza browses at Mabel’s on 4th store located at 419 North 4th Ave., on Nov. 25, 2016. 

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One pan egg bake: only fresh ingredients needed | Agweek

What I love about this dish is its simplicity — everything is cooked in the same pan, from start to finish, meaning less time required for preparation and cleanup. The only dishes I need to wash after making this egg bake is my skillet, a spoon and the bowl I use to beat the eggs.

For this recipe, I’ve chosen a mix of meat and vegetables to create a hearty egg dish that is perfect to serve at a summer brunch, for lunch or even a light dinner. This is a fluid recipe, meaning that the amounts I’m using for each ingredient can easily be adjusted according to your needs and taste.

The first step is to beat the eggs with a bit of milk and any other flavor add-ins you might enjoy, like salt and pepper, fresh herbs or your favorite hot sauce. Once they’re frothy and well combined, set the eggs aside and move on to the main dish.

Bacon is my meat of choice here, and as the first ingredient to be cooked it sets the flavor tone for the entire dish. I cook the bacon until it’s crispy, then remove it from the pan and use the bacon fat and drippings to cook the rest of the ingredients. You could skip this step and use canola oil instead for a healthier alternative, but you won’t get all that good smoky flavor that the bacon fat brings.

Yellow onion and garlic are added to further ensure great flavor, and once they become fragrant and start to soften, I’ll add the remaining vegetables in stages to ensure even cooking. Asparagus and mushrooms are some of my favorites veggies to pair with eggs, and I add them next as they take about the same amount of time to cook. Once they’re slightly softened, I add diced Roma tomatoes followed by a couple handfuls of fresh spinach leaves.

Once the egg mixture is added, I stir in the bacon and finish the dish with a good sprinkling of shredded cheese which gives the top of the egg bake a lovely golden crust. For this for this recipe I’m using a Monterey Jack-Cheddar blend, but any good melting cheese will work.

This One Pan Summer Egg Bake is gorgeous to look at, easy to make and even better to eat. Enjoy!

One Pan Summer Egg Bake

Serves: 4 to 6


4 large or extra-large eggs

1/3 cup milk

1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped

1 teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled into pieces.

½ medium yellow onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

½ cup mushrooms, sliced

6 asparagus spears, bottom ends removed, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 roma tomato, diced

1 cup fresh spinach leaves (about 2 large handfuls)

¾ cup shredded cheese, Monterey Jack-Cheddar blend or other good melting cheese


Preheat oven to 375 degrees and position rack in the center.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, basil, salt and pepper together until frothy and well combined; set aside.

In a 9 or 10-inch cast iron or oven-proof skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Once cool, crumble into bite-size pieces.

Cook the onions in the bacon grease over medium heat for 2 minutes, until they start to soften, stirring occasionally. Add the minced garlic and continue cooking for about 30 to 60 seconds, until fragrant. Add the mushrooms and asparagus and cook for another 2 minutes until slightly tender, stirring often. Stir in the diced tomatoes and continue cooking for 2 minutes, then add the spinach leaves and cook just until they start to wilt, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat.

Pour the egg mixture into the skillet, add the crumbled bacon and stir to evenly distribute the vegetables. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top and transfer pan to the oven. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, until the cheese begins to brown and bubble and the edges are golden.

Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 2 to 3 minutes. Slice into wedges and serve.

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Collectors coming to learn, share, shop

The society’s 42nd convention runs Thursday through Saturday, July 12-14, plus there will be auctions, sales and special events all week. Including walk-ins, attendance could top 1,000.

Again this year, the gathering is being held at two locations due to work being done at the previous site, Red Wing High School.

Convention activities will be at the locations used in 2017 — Minnesota State College Southeast and the Red Wing National Guard Armory — because those sites worked well, officials said.

The biggest draw for community residents usually is the Show Sale, which will be at the armory on East Seventh Street on Saturday, July 14. Upwards of 50 vendors will have tables filled with antiques, pottery, stoneware and memorabilia, according to Stacy Wegner, the society’s executive director.

The free show opens to the public at 10:30 a.m. Shuttle service will be available until 2 p.m. from the Minnesota Correctional Facility to the armory and back.

Another event that is open to everyone is the “Wine-ing for Red Wing” fundraiser held each year on the eve of the convention.

A Red Wing Collectors Society Foundation celebration with adult beverages and hors d’oeuvres, silent and oral auctions, it will run 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Pottery Museum of Red Wing, 240 Harrison St. Admission is $20; tickets are available in the museum gift shop.

Foundation President Dave Hallstrom encouraged everyone to stop in during the week and see what’s new at the Pottery Museum. “Each year we make sure to change or add new collections,” he said. This year Union Stoneware Company (1894-1906) is honored in a new display.

Collectors come to Red Wing each year for many reasons, Wegner said. The camaraderie of getting together with people who share the same interests is as important to most members as the chance to find special items for their collections.

Auctions and sales will be underway throughout the week. Individual vendors set up at a variety of locations, but the busiest spot is always the Pottery Place parking lot outside the museum. Local residents promote Red Wing at their yard sales, and several auctions are scheduled within a few miles of the city.

The official RWCS auction takes place Thursday of convention week at the armory, which will be cooled with portable air-conditioners if the weather is too warm, according to society president Paul Wichert.

Several rare items have been submitted to the auction, Wegner said, including the cowboy sconces, a seldom-seen Bud pitcher, two brushware lobby jars, water coolers, Nokomis pieces and a lunch hour piece of a dog with barrels. They are pictured on the society’s Website.

Another special feature will be framed prints of some of artist Larry Veeder’s groupings of pottery pieces. The Veeder family donated the prints, and Valerie Becker of Red Wing Framing prepared them for auctioning.

A 24-by-14-inch matted and framed print spotlights collectibles, plus Veeder painted in some historic photographs that hang in the Pottery Museum today. Two 10-by-12-inch prints feature kitchen items and cookie jars.

Additional Veeder prints will be available at convention headquarters.

The Thursday auction and activities at the college are for members only. However, Wegner pointed out, anyone can join in person at the college starting Thursday, online at or by emailing her at

Collector society members have a full schedule of activities for all ages.

At Thursday’s opening they will hear from Goodhue County GIS Systems Specialist Leanne Knott, who created a “story map” of the historic Pottery District and get their first look at displays and the 2018 commemorative, a miniature of a Red Wing production piece. Young Collectors will go on a field trip to ArtReach in downtown Red Wing.

Friday is Education Day with sessions on topics ranging from dinnerware patterns, bean pots and fruit jars to life in Red Wing at mid-century, dump-digging for shards and shape numbers, plus tours of Oakwood Cemetery.

The Goodhue County Historical Society and ArtReach are teaming up to present Kids View, a learning program for youth members. A social gathering rounds out Friday’s schedule.

In addition to the show and sale on July 14, there will be a banquet celebration at Mount Frontenac Golf Course.

A supplement with additional details will be distributed with Wednesday’s Republican-Eagle. It also serves as the convention program for attendees.

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InventHelp Inventor Develops Improved Kitchen Trash Container (KOC-822)

PITTSBURGH, July 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — An inventor from Abilene, Texas, has developed the TRACAN, an improved trash can that eliminates the hassle of air pockets and retrieving bags/liners that have fallen into the container. It also allows for easy cleaning and pulling bags out easily. A prototype is available.

“I invented this item to eliminate all the pesky problems that come with trash cans. My wife asked me to try to find a solution. I began studying and researching ideas, which led me to my invention,” said the inventor. The TRACAN serves as a timesaving alternative to traditional trash containers. It eases the task of removing filled trash bags for disposal. It will eliminate air pockets and bags falling into the container. This will, in turn, also eliminate the messy and unsanitary practice of retrieving a fallen bag inside the container. This improved trash can will effectively secure a bag for optimum usage. This eye-catching unit is easy to use and simple to clean.

The design also eases the task of cleaning the trash can. It solves every problem with trash cans. It will come with accessories for repeat buy. The placement of holes eliminates air pockets. The convenience of this idea is accomplished by the design and how it breaks down into three individual pieces.

The original design was submitted to the National Sales office of InventHelp. It is currently patent pending and  available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, write Dept. 17-KOC-822, InventHelp, 217 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call (412) 288-1300 ext. 1368. Learn more about InventHelp’s Invention Submission Services at

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How to protect yourself from PFAS contamination

Scientists and regulators are trying to define their approaches to highly fluorinated chemicals – collectively known as PFAS – as officials increasingly discover them in water supplies, prompting concerns to escalate.

But Michigan’s consumers also are looking for answers.

Should we wait for word on our water systems or test our tap? Is it worth buying a filter, just in case? What do we do with old cans of Scotchguard? Do we need blood tests? How do we know our Teflon pans are safe?

These questions and more logically follow news of PFAS spreading in Michigan.

Answers are still developing, due in part to research that only starts to clarify many of the health risks to humans – such as increased cancer risk and changes the immune system and liver. For example, Dan O’Connor of Oscoda asked his doctor about a blood test, after learning that PFAS reached his home well. But his doctor said he wouldn’t know how to treat him if the reading was high. Now, O’Connor just watches for symptoms.

Of the 3,000 or so variations of PFAS, so far six variations of the “long chain” subgroup are considered most dangerous. The reason is they are “persistent in the environment, bioaccumulative in wildlife and humans, and are toxic to laboratory animals and wildlife, producing reproductive, developmental, and systemic effects in laboratory tests,” according to the EPA. The ones carrying most of the identified health risk include PFOS, PFOA and PFHxS (or perfluorohexane sulfonic acid).

Environmental groups are pursuing warnings for other variants, citing data that offers alarms on the so-called “replacement” PFAS versions of the chemicals.

The most dangerous way for people to be exposed to PFAS is through drinking water, because of the way the chemicals act (and don’t degrade) in water. Eating contaminated fish is next, because of the way it concentrates in the fish. Skin and respiratory contact is said to have fewer risks for adults.

Here are some ways Michigan residents can identify or lower exposure to PFAS:

If you’re on a municipal water supply, learn what testing shows. All of the public systems in Michigan will be tested this year, but the larger ones already went through rounds of testing after PFAS was added to a temporary requirement of the Environmental Protection Agency. If the reading is under 70 parts per trillion, the water provider doesn’t have to change anything – but some are, given the increasing concerns about the chemicals. Ann Arbor, for example, is in a filtering pilot program, and Plainfield Township near Grand Rapids recently added more rigorous filtration.

If you’re on a well near an area of concern, contact your local health department about testing. “Alternate water or a filtration system may be available to you,” said Scott Dean, DEQ spokesperson. The State of Michigan Environmental Assistance Center also can be contacted at 800-662-9278.

If you’re on a well and not within an active investigation area, test it yourself. Private labs will test for a few hundred dollars. Then report it to the DEQ, so that the statewide monitoring knows where PFAS was found – or not. “They just need to contact the general DEQ inquiries line and we’ll get it to the right division/regional office,” Dean said.

Buy your own in-home filter. NSF International tests systems and rates them based on filtering claims. Three manufacturers now offer NSF-approved point-of-use devices.. These products have been tested to the NSF Protocol P473 – with water starting at 1,000 parts per trillion (ppt) of PFOS and 500 ppt of PFOA – and capacities of these products range from 200 to 1,320 gallons. The filters reduce the PFAS to 70 ppt or below, representing the lifetime federal health advisory from the Environmental Protection Agency.  Listings of these certified products can be found on the NSF website. If you have questions about water treatment, call NSF at 1 800 673 8010 or email

Use caution when catching fish that you’ll eat. PFAS travels quickly and unpredictably in water – so consider that when catching fish and exploring Michigan’s Natural Resources. The state publishes annual “Eat Safe Fish” guides for all regions. The information is based on testing from a year previous (or longer), and the presence of PFAS won’t be noted in all areas. The DNR will classify the fish based on the contaminant with the most health risks, so you may see a warning for mercury – that won’t mean that PFAS isn’t present, just that mercury ranks higher on the health advisory scales.

Research before you go into a lake or river. Don’t assume that signs are posted in areas of known risk. One example: Foam with extremely high levels of PFAS have been found on Van Etten Lake near Oscoda and the Rogue River in Kent County, and the state will be removing it. In the meantime, “do not eat” advisories have been issued for the foam, but the shoreline isn’t marked.

Protect your pets and livestock. If you identify PFAS risks in your water, use similar precautions for your animals as you do for yourself. “Contact a veterinarian if you suspect that your pet or livestock is experiencing liver, kidney, immune response, or reproductive issues and you suspect that your animal has had PFAS exposure,” according to the state’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Products labeled stain- and water-resistant likely contain PFAS chemicals. Neither PFOA nor PFOS are manufactured in the U.S., nor are they added to products made here, as of 2015. However, they still are used globally. Assume that some type of PFAS is in any product with those labels. That includes clothing, fire-retardant items and furniture.

Research your rugs and carpet. If it’s stain-resistant, there’s a chemical – likely some form of PFAS – giving it that property. Some environmental groups want any PFAS chemical used in a rug or carpet to be considered for toxicity. California, for example, is taking steps to regulate PFAS in carpet. While PFAS from carpet is considered low-risk for most people, young children of an age to crawl or play on carpet face more risk, according to the Center for Disease Control.

Ask your restaurants. Fast food wrappers have been considered a source of PFAS contamination, but they “largely have been phased out of food packaging materials,” according to the CDC. Products like microwave popcorn and “shiny” cardboard have been among the culprits.

Check out your cookware. Nonstick cookware, through the name brand Teflon, contained PFOA for many years. Now some PFOA-free versions are available, but they may contain other versions of PFAS. Consider buying ceramic, glass or cast-iron cookware. And if you’re using non-stick pans, don’t use metal kitchen tools with the pans – that will reduce the risk of the chemical flaking. Experts also suggest that nonstick pans stay below 500 degrees to prevent chemical decomposition. Don’t use them on high heat.

Check ingredients on cosmetics. Avoid cosmetics with PTFE or any word containing “perfluor” or “polyfluor” on their ingredients list, the Green Science Policy Institute says.

Dispose of old products safely. PFAS and the brands associated with it — like Gore Tex, Scotchguard and Teflon — were once considered safe. Now that early versions of those products are identified as dangers to health and the environment, those contaminants will follow discarded products into the waste stream. Many items have low levels of the contaminant, and communities advise to throw them away or put into recycling. But aerosol cans can be considered household environmental waste – and you can follow your community’s guidelines for that.

Still wondering what to do? Check out the MPART website, which continues to be updated with information on PFAS. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services also runs a Toxicology Hotline at 800-648-6942.

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6 Kitchen Accessories That You Never Knew You Needed

Whether you cook purely for necessity or find it de-stressing after a long day, you’ll know it’s work. In the kitchen, even the smallest tasks require a sizable amount of effort and by the time dinner is served, you’re exhausted. What if we told you there are a few accessories that can make the burden just a little easier? Take a look at these 6 tools and accessories which will help in the kitchen and probably find their way to your shopping cart.

When your recipe asks to sprinkle your fillet of salmon with finely chopped fresh herbs, don’t scuttle for the knife to tediously chop your greens to size. Instead, try this device that will skip the trouble so that you herbs are chopped with just the twist of your hand.

The National Import Herb Kitchen Tool Set is available for approximately INR 245 at Amazon


The next time you’re slicing and dicing in the kitchen, make sure you do it without injuries. This tool will prevent any kitchen mishaps when you’re on the chopping board.

The SYGA Finger Protector is available for approximately INR 170 at Amazon


When putting together a salad, leafy vegetables can seem to slip right out of one’s fingers when being cut. For cases like this, a pair of kitchen shears can shred light veggies and finer materials without any hassle.

The Kitchen Aid Professional Series Kitchen Shears is available for INR 1490 at Amazon


The next time you want a foamy latte right in the comfort of your kitchen, don’t rush to the coffee shop for a takeaway. Instead, use this tool in your cup and within seconds, you’ll have a rich lather on your beverage which will leave you with a foam mustache.

The Hongxin Foamer is available for approximately INR 172 at Amazon


Wouldn’t it be nice to have a quick smoothie without any trouble in the morning? Then try this device for size. Just add your ingredients in and you’ll have them blended to perfection in a glass that’s ready to sip from.

The Smoothie Maker is available for approximately INR 1899 at Homestore 365


To knock two tasks of washing and rising your vegetables off your list in one step, this tool will do it for you. A bowl with an attached colander strains any food and ensures it is ready to serve in a jiffy.

The Generic Rinse And Bowl Strainer is available for approximately INR 210 at Amazon



Go ahead and upgrade your kitchen style too.

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