Cook of the Week


Hollaar’s kids looked forward to freshly-made buns, rolls

Twylah (Vander Vorst) Hollaar and her husband, Eldon, tried living in a city once, but her husband was not happy there and they moved back to the Pollock area. When the Hollaars were first married, they lived in Bismarck, N.D., where Twylah worked as a registered nurse at the Bismarck Hospital, but Eldon didn’t care for the city. In 1958 […]

Dust doesn’t settle under busy Betty’s shoes

Betty (Martin) Vander Vorst is a busy person for someone of any age. In her spare time, Betty likes to “run around”, likes to bake, go for coffee, play cards and go to basketball games. Betty, lives in Pollock now but is originally from Mound City. She attended grade school in Mound City and the attended high school in Herreid. […]

Super Bowl calls for some super dips

When it comes to the Super Bowl, I want food I can fix in advance so I can enjoy the day and the game completely unhindered and unstressed. For the meal it’s either a big pot of chili or a ham, allowing everyone to help themselves. But the Super Bowl is a big chips and dips day and here are […]

Priscilla’s first-try gravy was ‘hard as a rock’

Priscilla Meyer started cooking at a young age. Four years old to be exact. She was in the kitchen with her grandmother, who was doing the cooking. Wanting to help, Priscilla added “a bunch of sugar” (instead of salt) to a recipe when her grandmother wasn’t looking. “Needless to say it was not edible, and grandma was not very happy,” […]

Family enjoys simpler things in life

Sarah Wheeler had a bit of a hard time adjusting to living near Blackfoot after being born and raised in Olympia, Wash., but now things are different. She moved here in 2011 to be closer to family. “It took a while to learn to enjoy the simpler things in life and not have the constant entertainment,” she said. Now she […]

Pie crust comment lands Bob a job

Bob and Linda Reecy are a great gardening team. She loves the process, he loves the processing. Linda enjoys planting, working in and watching her garden grow, but that is the extent of it. She said if it were up to her, she would pull it up before the fall harvest. It is Bob who takes what they grow and […]

Mistake with eggs leaves a memorable odor

“And boy did they stink,” said Philiphine Smolik as she recalled with a laugh a valuable lesson learned in her cooking experience. She was talking about a mistake she made leaving food on the stove longer than she should have. It happened back when she was still living on the family farm near Timber Lake with her late-husband Vic. “I […]

Celebrate New Year’s with food, spirits

New Year’s Day, a national holiday celebrated on the first day of the New Year, is one of the oldest days of celebration known to man. The day is marked as the first day of the New Year on both the Gregorian and the Julian calendar. The earliest known New Year celebrations were in Mesopotamia and date back to 2000 […]

Kids, cookies and Santa: It’s a perfect combination

Christmas cookies are a big part of the holiday season. Baking with the family, decorating the cookies, cookie exchanges and goodies for the neighbors are all part of holiday traditions. Everyone has their favorites and has an idea which are Santa’s favorite. He is a connoisseur of the sweet treats and gets energy from those left with milk for him […]

Cooking for customers is a labor of love for new residents

Working long hours, six days a week preparing and serving authentic Mexican food would seem like a lot to most people, but to Jose Madrigal, his father Ricardo Madrigal and Joel Lopez of LaCabana, it is a labor of love. Jose came to Mobridge from Hood River, Ore., about three months ago and took over managing the restaurant. He joined […]

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