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Sue Doeden

Sue Doeden contributes food columns, recipes and photos every Sunday in the Detroit Lakes Tribune. She also teaches cooking classes in the region.
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Start your day with a good (and fun) breakfast

The fresh fragrance of fall has greeted my nose as my golden retriever, Gracie, and I have been out for our brisk morning walks together. It’s that exhilarating smell that signals the transition of summer to autumn. It prompts me to say good-bye to the comfort I’ve settled into during one season and get ready to embrace new experiences of the days ahead.

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This dish really stacks up

For Midwesterners who love to eat food fresh from the garden, this is the best time of year. Local gardens are teaming with bright heavy tomatoes, slender green beans, colossal cabbages, a variety of peppers, zucchini almost as long as my arms – all kinds of vegetables – fresh and full of flavor.

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Feed your inner child with Layered Ice Cream Crunch Cake

Last summer when I was spending time with my young granddaughter, the ice cream truck rolled down the street. We could hear the lilting, clearly recognizable music coming from the truck when it was a block or two away. Suddenly, I was a child again.

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Pakora: India's version of onion rings

When my husband and I travel, we find our stops seem to be all about food. One of our favorite activities when we get out of town is exploring restaurants that are new to us. Ethnic restaurants are a favorite.

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That's some stinkin' good garlic sauce

I’ve been to wine tasting parties, cheese tastings and olive oil tastings, but a garlic tasting party? Never. When veteran gardener Carol Schmidt invited me to her farm near Pelican Rapids, Minn., to sample some of the 20 varieties of garlic she grows, I immediately said yes.

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New twist on an old favorite: Marinated Asian Cucumber Salad

Fresh long, seedless cucumbers are showing up at the farmers market and some grocery stores that carry produce from local growers. I buy cucumbers just as I buy fresh tomatoes – only in the summer when I can get them from local farmers or pluck them from the two plants I have in my little garden. To me, it’s the only way to get the true clean, refreshing flavor and crisp texture that cucumbers are supposed to have.

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Super simple supper: Summer-Fresh Bowtie Pasta

Hot summer weekend afternoons are meant for lounging with friends on a pontoon boat floating down the Mississippi River. Preferably with a cooler full of ice and beverages. It’s best followed with a dinner made by friends.

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Cherishing cherry memories with Quick Cherry Turnovers

As soon as I see shiny dark red cherries in the grocery store, my mind floods with memories of summer days spent with my grandparents on their Indiana farm.

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It's love at first (or second) bite with some food

Sometimes it takes baby steps, or baby tastes, before we realize we actually like a certain type of food.

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We all scream faux ice cream

I had my eye on an old ice cream maker at an antique shop a couple of weeks ago. I found it when I was crouching on the floor digging through a cardboard box filled with an array of treasures someone must have dropped off at the shop. It was an old hand-cranked model with a deep narrow tin inside of a round wooden container, with room for packing in plenty of salt and ice.

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Chocolate cookies get a spark from crystallized ginger

The sudden change in weather, from sunny and warm to cool, wet and dreary, put me in the mood to start “cleaning out.” You know, cleaning out my clothes closet, cleaning out the refrigerator and cleaning out the kitchen pantry.

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Wild Rice Dried Cranberry Salad showcases local ingredients

At first glance of the cover of “The Minnesota Table: Recipes for Savoring Local Food Throughout the Year,” one might think it’s a book that would appeal to only those who live in Minnesota.

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You'll be the envy of the lunchroom with this Choice Roast Beef Sandwich

My granddaughters were talking with me recently about going back to school, wondering who their teachers would be and which of their friends might be in their classes this year.

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Got zucchini? Moist cake flavored with orange liqueur, zest makes good use of summer’s bounty

Many years ago, when my husband and I bought our first house, I couldn’t believe our luck when we moved in just as the beautiful vegetable garden in the small back yard was profusely producing and ready for harvest. We enjoyed garden-fresh meals for weeks.

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Join the Clean Plate Club with Whole Wheat Italian Bread Salad

According to registered dietitian Diane Welland, there’s no better way to take care of yourself and your family than by putting healthful, nutritious, clean food on the table.

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Raspberry Brownies melt in your mouth

Soft, succulent red raspberries are peeking from the plants growing in the ditch along my road. As I walk down my driveway, I pick a few of the bright wild berries with their velvety skin.

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No matter how you say it, bruschetta is a summer treat

Chopped ripe tomatoes, freshly snipped herbs, garlic and onions toppling over a slice of slightly toasted baguette is a summer treat I love. It’s called bruschetta (bruce-ketta).

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Puffy bowl of berries is a new twist on cream puffs

Just thinking of plump cream puffs stuffed with sweet cream as light as air makes my mouth water. Mounds of dough rich with eggs and butter expand with air like little balloons as they bake in a hot oven. When they cool, they can be split in half, their hollow shells filled with whipped cream, custard or ice cream and then sandwiched back together, the filling seeping out of the seam.

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Rice and Orzo Summer Pilaf an ideal side dish for grilled meats

When my husband and I began dating (several decades ago), it didn’t take me long to realize this skinny guy needed to eat. His meal of choice was meat and potatoes. Preferably roast beef with a mountain of mashed potatoes and plenty of gravy.

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Street fare at home: Not-So-Traditional Gyros with Yogurt Cucumber Sauce

Summer in the Midwest offers a continuous stream of street fairs, state fairs, ethnic fests and food festivals. All of them include a bevy of food. At many of them, you will find a vendor selling a Greek-style sandwich called a Gyro.

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