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The Groundhog’s got it wrong

Check out this issue of The Call for winter news, current town events, and fun recipes!

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February 2022 #1
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A wise person asked me this morning, ‘Why do Minnesotan’s care about Groundhog day? We’d all be thrilled if we only had six more weeks of winter.’

We Minnesotans are a hardy bunch. We can chuckle over Groundhog Day, and take a deep breath and bear it as we step outside this week into more sub-zero weather. My memory is flashing back to the wisdom I learned from one of my kids’ coaches: There’s only two things you can control, your attitude and your effort. That wise advice applies to winter as well! Draft your Think-Off essay. Join an art group at the Library on Saturdays. Experiment with healthy new recipes. Attend one of the live music events. Or hit the trails and lakes to breathe in all that fresh air.

Proving that attitude is everything, laugh along with this Minnesotan and Unilad for finding humor in our bitter cold! Try freezing your laundry, spaghetti, or even an egg outside. You’ll laugh, and the results will amaze your kids or grandkids!

Blood Orange & Sweet Potato Salad

A new twist on your favorite salad! Perfect timing to support your resolution to eat more veggies & nuts!

-8 cups spinach

-2 sweet potatoes

-4 beets

-6 Tbsp Olivelle Blood Orange Olive Oil

-3 ½ tsp Olivelle Vanilla Bean Sea Salt

- 2 Tbsp Olivelle Harvest Fig Balsamic Vinegar

- Pumpkin seeds or pecans, for finishing

- Feta Cheese, for finishing

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Dice the sweet potatoes and beets into ¼” cubs. Arrange on a baking sheet, being careful not to overcrowd, and drizzle evenly with the 3Tbsp Blood Orange Olive Oil and 2 tsp sea salt. Roast 40-50 minutes, until golden and tender.

Meanwhile, make the dressing by whisking together the remaining 3 Tbsp olive oil, sea salt, and vinegar.Arrange a large serving platter with the spinach seasoned with the dressing.Top with the roasted veggies, nuts, and cheese. Olivelle products can be found at NEST in Perham.

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