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Laura Johnson Andrews

Food Columnist

Laura grew up on a farm east of Yankton but left for many years to the big city of St. Paul. She returned in 2006 because of a yearning for family and a garden (she has a passion for weeding).

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Lake Norden residents celebrate St. Urho s Day with a parade. Photo by Patti Andrews.

Saint Ur-WHO?

March 14, 2013
On March 16, Brown and Hamlin County Finns celebrate their fictitious patron saint with playful parade floats and Finnish food.

Patti Frazee (one of the kitchen helpers) with krumkake and Al Mathiasen with a roaster of klub. Photo from Kathy Mathiasen.

King of Klub

March 4, 2013
We’ve all heard of soup kitchens and spaghetti suppers. But up in Milbank, folks feast on on a rarer delicacy — a Norwegian potato dumpling called klub.

Say It with Chocolate

February 13, 2013
Shower your love with South Dakota made sweets this Valentine’s Day.

Dorothy Shannon, Mitchell s benevolent baker. Photo from the Avera Brady Senior Living Facebook page.

Benevolent Baking

January 15, 2013
Dorothy Shannon of Mitchell mixes up goodies for others.

Gerard Heier (pictured) and his brother David s Hosmer meat market is better known for delicious sausage than for head cheese....for now, anyway. Photo by John Andrews.

The Head Cheese

January 13, 2013
One spouse’s stomach is tested by a pork product from Hosmer.

Springerle are a traditional German Christmas cookie with pictures pressed into the dough. Photo by Franz Muller.

Picture-Perfect Cookies

December 20, 2012
Enjoying springerle, an old German holiday treat, is a Christmas tradition for the Bensons of Brookings.

Whether you call them pfeffernusse, pepernoten or peppernuts, small, crunchy spiced cookies are a holiday tradition for many South Dakotans.

One Contentious Cookie

December 6, 2012
Peppernuts? Pfeffernusse? Pepernoten? These crunchy holiday cookies are good no matter what you call them.

Rapid City s Wine Cellar Restaurant offers a historic atmosphere, fresh foods and, occasionally, South Dakota grown bananas. Photo by Pamela Light.

Eat Local...Bananas?

November 23, 2012
It may sound crazy, but a Rapid City restaurant periodically offers a taste that’s both tropical and South Dakotan.

Tonight, Let the Kids Cook

October 25, 2012
Mitchell and Sioux Falls students learn to love their fruits and veggies after attending Time at the Table's cooking classes.

The winners of the 2012 Heirloom Recipes Contest in Huron: Sheryl Kloss, Marie Harvey and Mike Sibson. Photo by Catherine Lambrecht.

Don't Judge Too Harshly

October 13, 2012
Good intentions are not always enough when making sugar cookies.

Creamy homemade goat cheese flavored with garlic, lemon and rosemary makes a tasty spread for crackers. Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Fiber Animals, Food and Fun

September 27, 2012
Homemade herbed cheese was one of the delights sampled at the recent North Country Fiber Fair in Watertown. 

Get your tiger meat to go at Meridian Corner, located south of Freeman at the intersection of Highways 81 and 18.

It's Not Made From Real Tigers

September 14, 2012
Only the bravest hearts dare tear into this raw beef concoction. 

Swedish egg coffee and orange cake make a fine afternoon meal if you re a hungry Scandinavian farmer.

Eggy Coffee?

August 30, 2012
For a smooth, clear brew at coffee time, Scandinavian Americans used an unorthodox secret ingredient.

Is this how homesteaders would ve made it? — Gold Cake from the Yankton Weekly Dakotian.

Bake Like a Pioneer

August 16, 2012
We test a couple recipes from the early days of Dakota Territory. 

Cookie dough on a car dash starts cooking in Yankton s summer heat.

As Hot as an Oven

August 2, 2012
A mobile summer kitchen experiment tries to take advantage of Yankton’s 100+ degree temps.

Dave Cornthwaite practices for his Missouri River swim with a dip off the coast of Cornwall. See more photos on his  Facebook page.

An Extreme Missouri River Challenge

July 25, 2012
An English adventurer is testing his endurance on South Dakota's mightiest river in August.

Sour cream raisin pie — the way to at least one man s heart.

Friendly Competition

July 19, 2012
Family favoritism can turn the field of pie-loving into a delicious battleground.

Remembering Calamity

July 16, 2012
Deadwood residents recalled Martha Jane Cannary’s fondness for local children…and the bottle.

A sweet, watermelon-flavored slush is a cold treat on a hot day.

Watermelon Granitas

July 8, 2012
Fruity, icy watermelon slush helps tame South Dakota's intense summer temps.

One of the images taken by Lakota schoolchildren for the Lakota Voice Project.

Visions of Hope

June 22, 2012
The Lakota Voice Project documents hope as seen through the eyes of Lakota schoolchildren on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

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