Thursday, June 28, 2007

Chef Charlie's Curried Chicken and Pasta Salad

Chef Charlie tickled our taste buds on Tuesday with this great recipe, and a booze cake! THANKS CHARLIE!


¾ pound of large pasta shells ½ cup of low fat mayo
sliced almonds to taste ½ cup of low fat yogurt or sour cream
1 tbl of mild curry powder 1/3 cup of mango chutney
2 cups of cooked chicken 1 tsp of turmeric
¼ tsp of ground cinnamon
pinch of cayenne pepper

½ cup of raisins
½ cup of chopped scallions
½ cup of chopped celery

1. cook pasta, drain, rinse and set aside to cool
2. toast almonds till brown and set aside
3. toast curry in a small skillet about 30 seconds until fragrant and put in a small bowl
4. add mayo, sour cream, chutney, turmeric, cinnamon and cayenne. Mix completely.
5. combine pasta, chicken, raisins, scallions and celery.
6. toss with dressing and garnish with the toasted almonds

Please note that the salad that I prepared at the station used regular mayo and regular sour cream.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Plenty tomorrow morning at 7:20

Maggie and Scott will interview Alisa Smith and James McKinnon of Vancouver, BC tomorrow about their 100 mile diet and book "Plenty - One Year, One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally". Did you know that when the average North American sits down to eat, each ingredient has typically travelled at least 1,500 miles?

How many times can I say I'm sorry?

The circus is in town and all I can say is I'm sorry, I had no idea that signing a manifesto could lead to this. A really rude delivery man insisted I sign a voluminous document (in duplicate) of 35+ pages last Saturday while I was on the air. I'm here to say, don't sign for something until you read EVERYTHING, even if you are on the air and Scott Hall coerces you. We found out that the circus was sent to us in Grand Rapids Minnesota instead of Grand Rapids Michigan. Elephants and high wires and monkeys and popcorn and horses and human cannonballs and all the precious "gifts" from the animals, all this while we're trying to have a fundraiser! Let us know if you are headed to Michigan anytime soon and have room in your trunk. Thanks for supporting KAXE - email or call if you want to be a part of the circus 218-326-1234.

p.s. If Maggie asks you where I am, tell her you haven't seen me.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Cool Web Site

KAXE member, Jerry Angst, has a great web site. Jerry owns Little Bass Lake Resort in Cohasset. He includes a lot of phenology on his LBLR Chronicles including great photographs of wildlife. Jerry has preserved the old time "mom and pop" atmosphere at his resort. He also used native plants to do a beautiful shoreline restoration job on the thousand feet of shoreline at the resort. Jerry's neighbor, Kim Jamtgaard, lives across the road on (much bigger)Bass Lake. Kim owns Wildwood Resort. She's also doing shoreland restoration work at her resort. These projects not only protect water quality and improve shoreline and aquatic habitat for wildlife, but also are a great way for their guests staying at the resort to get first-hand insights about how the lake and shoreline comes alive when the natural systems are restored. Jerry's photos of the June bloom of Showy Ladyslippers along his shoreline are on the front page of KAXE's web site and on the Phenology page.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Local Milk in Glass Bottles!

Yesterday on the Morning Show Maggie and Jennifer talked with Wayne Dahl from Dahl's Sunrise Dairy in Babbitt. It was great to hear about locally produced milk and butter made without bovine growth hormones and delivered in glass bottles. He sells his milk at local coops and stores including Natural Harvest Food Coop in Virginia, but he also delivers. Milk, in glass bottles. Isn't that crazy? What a great, NEW, idea!!

A bunch of us at KAXE are thinking of starting a group order of dairy products to be delivered to KAXE. What do you think?

If you've got contacts of local producers for Maggie and her 100-mile diet, email or call us, 218-326-1234.


Friday, June 8, 2007

While the cat's away

the mice will play!

Scott Hall is headed out on a road trip today, and the rest of us will be filling in while he's gone. Here's what we're working on-

The Ham Lake fires - Maggie and John are both working on stories about this. Maggie will be on Monday and Wednesday - she's hoping to talk with some of the folks from WTIP North Shore radio in Grand Marais and firefighters from our area who went to help. John's looking into the insurance side of the forest fire story, he'll be on with Jennifer on Thursday.

Also, Doug MacRostie is sitting in with Maggie on Monday and will be bringing you The Binary Boys. Apparently it's something new on PS2. Whatever that means :)

On Friday next week John and I are going to talk with a couple of authors - Minnesotan author Micheal Lane and his book "The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum". I'm taking it home to read over the weekend - KAXE volunteer Don Vidal recommended it to me, after meeting the author on a plane ride (I think). It's the story of a wise old jazz singer in New Orleans...with a portion of the proceeds going to the New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund.

As I was writing this, I couldn't quite remember how the proverb for the title went - who would play and who would stay. Mark Tarner forwarded me a funny email he got, where they had First Graders finish the proverbs. Here's a few of them:

Don't change horses......................until they stop running.
Strike while the....................................bug is close.
It's always darkest before..................Daylight Saving Time.
Never underestimate the power of........................termites.
You can lead a horse to water
Don't bite the hand that.............................looks dirty.
No news is............................................impossible.
A miss is as good as a .......................................Mr.
You can't teach an old dog new .............................math.
If you lie down with dogs, you'll..........stink in the morning.
An idle mind is...........................the best way to relax.
Where there's smoke there's...........................pollution.
A penny saved is.......................................not much.
Two's company, three's .............................the Musketeers.
Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry have to blow your nose.
There are none so blind as........................Stevie Wonder.
Children should be seen and not.............spanked or grounded.
When the blind lead the blind................get out of the way.


Monday, June 4, 2007

KAXE-rs voices on CBS

Last summer, Aaron Brown and I did some recording of "midwest voices" for a project for Aardman Animation. They are the people behind the Wallace and Gromit/Creatures Comforts/Nick Parks creations. Don't know it? They tape real people and create clay animals that speak the words. What they come up with is hilarious.

Some folks from the Iron Range and KAXE members/volunteers Julie Crabb, her daughter Megan and sister Betsy as well as our friend Egon Humemberger, were picked to be voices on the show. The Duluth News Tribune did a feature on Creature Comforts today - and it made it's debut at 7pm on CBS. Unfortunately, none of the KAXE voices were heard in the first edition. Stay tuned on Monday nights throughout the summer!


Friday, June 1, 2007

The Empty Nest

It's much quieter behind the scenes on the Phenology Show. The nest is empty. Monday afternoons get espescially intense in March, April and May. That's when elementary and middle school students from all over the KAXE listening area "file" their phenology reports via e-mail and the talkback line. John Latimer and I read and edit them. Sometimes John doesn't finish organizing the talkbacks until a few minutes before air time at 6:45 Tuesday mornings. Now the school year is ending and the students will scatter. Mondays will be less hectic, but we already miss the hubbub.

As winter ends, the students and our older members of KAXE's phenology network, witness and report the incredible awakening. It's like a huge engine starting up. Now we're in high gear. There's still lots to report. Keep those calls and letters coming.

Thanks to these students and teachers who contributed so much during the last school year:
Ms. Magner's 5th graders at Hill City; Mr. Holmes and Mr. Cremer's 5th graders at Roosevelt Elementary School in Virginia; Ken Perry's students in the Forestview Middle School Bird Club in Baxter; Ms. Otteson's 5th graders at the Connor-Jasper Middle school in Bovey; Mr. Lavalier's 4th graders at the Cohasset School; Mr. Sipper's 5th graders at the Cuyuna Range Elementary School in Deerwood; Ms. Gephart's 4th graders at North Elementary School near Spring Lake; Ms. Johnson's 4th graders at SW School in Grand Rapids; Ms. Maki's, Mr. Owen's and Mr. Clusiau's students at Lincoln Elementary School in Hibbing; and Maggie from BO-VEE!

During the school year, John leads hikes and does programs in the schools. You can hear some of their recent reports on audio highlights at the bottom of our web page.