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St. Kitts Chicken

St. Kitts Chicken


Posted By on Jun, 2016

St. Kitts Chicken This is a recipe we picked up while living in the West Indies during Dad’s international business days. It’s a three-step process, so you need to plan ahead for this one. The first step seems counter intuitive, but trust me, those islanders know what they are doing. 3-4 lbs bone-in dark meat chicken pieces, skin removed 1 T olive oil 4 cloves finely minced garlic ½ of a large yellow onion, finely minced 1 1/2 C ketchup 1/4 C chicken stock (the boil water works too!) 3 T molasses 2 T Worcestershire sauce 1 t mustard juice and zest of one lime 1 C crushed pineapple 3 T Jerk seasoning 2 T white wine vinegar 2 t salt Your favorite hot sauce to taste (we use a lot of Franks!) Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. While waiting for it to reach boiling point, start your sauce. Heat olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add onions and sweat for 1-2 minutes. Add garlic and sautee for another minute or two, then add all other ingredients. Remember when adding the hot sauce that the Jerk seasoning will already have some heat to it. Allow sauce to simmer for about 5 minutes to marry flavors. When water is boiling, flash boil your chicken for 5 minutes. Transfer chicken from your boil pot to a 9×13 baking dish and spoon a generous amount of sauce over the top. You will have extra sauce. Save some for brushing on at the very end – set it off the heat to until then – and stick the rest in a jar in the fridge to be used another night. Turn each piece of chicken, making sure everything is coated well. Cover with tinfoil and bake in a 325° oven for one and a half hours. When there is about ten minutes left on your bake time, preheat your BBQ. Remove individual pieces from the baking dish and – carefully! – get some good grill marks on both sides. Your meat will be fall-off-the-bone-tender, so be very gentle with it. Consider using a spatula to aid in flipping the chicken.  Brush with some of the reserved sauce throughout grilling, being sure to get it all good and sticky. Serve with red beans and rice. Finger lickin’...

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Artichokes with White Trash Hollandaise Fresh artichokes ½ C Mayonnaise 3 T Mustard 1 T lemon juice Salt and pepper When buying the artichokes, you will want at least one for every two people, though I recommend simply giving everyone their own. Sharing can become dangerous, especially when it comes down to the artichoke heart. Prep the artichokes by snipping off the sharp points of the outer leaves with a pair of scissors and chopping the stem off so that it is flush with the bottom of the leaves. Boil in lightly salted water for approximately 20 minutes (Dad says 23), or until a fork can be easily inserted into the base. For the sauce, mix mayonnaise, mustard, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Add a pinch of salt and a couple turns of black pepper, to taste. To eat, peel leaves off one at a time, dip the fat end in the sauce, scrape that little lump of fleshly deliciousness off with your teeth, and toss the spent leaves into a large bowl in the center of the table. Repeat as often as it takes to get to that ultimate treat: the heart. Be sure to scrape away all of the fuzzy stuff with the side of your fork – you don’t want anything interfering with those three or four bites of pure...

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Joyce’s Big Batch of Dough


Posted By on Jun, 2016

Joyce’s BIG Batch of Dough Ingredients: 5 C warm water 1 C warm milk 6 T shortening 6 T sugar 3 T salt 3 pkg yeast – check the date! Do not use if expired. ½ C water Flour – lots! 1 very large mixing bowl Instructions: Start by melting your shortening on the stove. Once melted, remove from heat and set a timer for 15 minutes to cool to the right temperature. Once cooled, add shortening, warm water (you want this warm, but not hot – test it with your elbow!), warm milk (try to get it as close to the temperature of the water as you can), sugar, and salt to the large mixing bowl. Stir until dissolved. In a separate small bowl, add the yeast to ½ C warm water. Again, check the temperature with your elbow. Do not stir. Allow to begin to foam up. Add 3 cups of flour to the large mixing bowl. (Here I used a whisk to incorporate the flour because it was so wet. Later, I switched to a wooden spoon.) Once incorporated, add the yeast and an additional cup of flour. (Again, I whisked.) From here, Connie’s recipe reads “Continue adding flour until consistency is ready to knead.” She admitted that she had no idea how much that was. For curiosity’s sake, I counted, and found that I needed an additional 12 cups of flour. All told, I used more than a five pound bag of flour. About two thirds of the way into the process of adding flour, I found it incredibly difficult to stir, and so dumped it out onto the counter to fold in flour until I reached the right consistency. You want to get just past “sticky” but don’t go too far or your bread will be dry and tough. Once you reach that stage, knead the dough for ten minutes, sprinkling flour only as needed to keep it from sticking to your hands and counter. Place in a large mixing bowl spritzed lightly with cooking spray. Cover and leave in a warm area to rise over the edge of the bowl – about one hour. Punch down. Let rise again. Form into desired items. I made 2 loaves, 24 dinner rolls, and 16 cinnamon rolls. Let rise a final time, until doubled in size. Bake at 350. For loaves, about 45 minutes, or until loaves sound hollow when tapped. For dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls, about 15...

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COMMISSIONER MEETING May 16, 2016 Commissioner Laura Obert called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.  Commissioners Franklin Slifka and Nick Korthals were also present. Julie Zipperian, Centennial Insurance, and Shannon Sholtzholter, MACO (Montana Association of Counties ), were present to discuss property and casualty insurance premiums, which will increase 3.16% for Broadwater County this year; and workers’ comp insurance, which will decrease this year for the county. In response to a question from Cheryl Campbell, Shannon stated all employees and elected officials are bonded under the blanket policy. Debbie Kelley appeared to review the budget process, citing the  power point presentation complied by Harold Blattie, Director of MACO, which has been sent to all department heads and county candidates.  Lary Richtmyer asked about CIP (Capital Improvement Plan) funds – they are accounted for separately, and any interest earned is allocated to the respective funds. Commissioner Korthals moved to approve minutes dated 5/9/16.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried. Communications received: graph showing Broadwater’s taxable value has not kept up with inflation; Broadwater has one of the lowest tax burdens in the state and a 56.63% increase in residents over 60 years old; handout for Mental Health Month; DPHHS rabies notice; MDT Butte District construction priority list; Local government Services Bureau information; Department of Agriculture list of partnerships between national forests & local governments; American City & County magazine; FS Chief’s letter of intent re: 2016 wildland fire season; DNRC scoping notice pertaining to investment opportunity  on Forest in Focus Initiative; request from Board of Investments to complete and return the STIP resolution ASAP.  Communication items are filed in the commissioners’ office as deemed necessary and are available for review. The Commission agreed to keep the 55 mph school zone speed limit at Winston, as the other option MDT would approve was to adjust back to 70 mph. Commissioner Slifka moved to allow the claim to Yellowstone Environmental Solutions which exceeded the $5,000 authorized to the Sanitarian for said services. Motion seconded by Commissioner Korthals and carried. Commissioner Korthals moved to approve claims dated 5/11/16 for $5,932.56.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried.   Commissioner Obert read the claim amounts. Public comment:  Valerie Hornsveld, Clerk of Court, said she is advertising for a part time position in her office; the windshield on the county vehicle is cracked, and thanked the Commission for their support and good relationship.  Duane Holom and Bill Amsk questioned why Bill was not on the agenda.   It was revealed when Bill produced his letter from  the Commission that he had misunderstood that he had agreed to a delay to next week. Montana minute: Commissioner...

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COMMISSIONER MEETING May 9, 2016 Commissioner Laura Obert called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  Commissioners Franklin Slifka and Nick Korthals were also present. Montana minute: Commissioner Slifka commented on the Canada fire.  Commissioner Korthals commended amazing mothers.  Commissioner Obert added Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers. Community update: Commissioner Slifka attended the DES meeting on the dam.  Commissioner Korthals met with the Sheriff and Undersheriff re: the budget.  Commissioner Obert participated in interviews for the position in the Justice of the Peace office, and attended the DES Hebgen Dam training. Commissioner Korthals move to approve minutes dated 4/18/16; to approve minutes dated 5/2/16; to sign a letter to Bill Amsk re: procedure he has questioned; and to sign department head time sheets.   Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried.  Commissioner Obert read the claim amounts. Communications received: Memo re: the budget; MBAC quarterly report of revolving loan fund; Rural Montana magazine;  and claim from Commissioner Slifka submitted without proper verification.  Communication items are filed in the commissioners’ office as deemed necessary and are available for review. Commissioner Korthals move to approve claims dated 5/21/16 for $77,478.87.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried. Commissioner Slifka moved to approve payroll for pay dates 4/15 and 4/29/16 in the amount of $321,813.09.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Korthals and carried Allison Kosto, Extension, appeared for the monthly update.  The contract for mosquito control needs to be signed.  The mosquito truck with fogger need $800 repairs immediately, with more necessary later.   The old truck is for sale.  Broadwater is the only county with Extension managing mosquito control. Most counties have weed and mosquito together.  She will attend a wheat diagnostic clinic at Kansas State.   Five people graduated from the Master Gardener Course, and are volunteering in the county.   The no-till drill is being used by several growers.  She will help with 4-H Camps and has planned two rancher tours this summer.  4-H Clubs are helping with Ag Day on May 26. Brian Hohn, Solid Waste, was present for the monthly update.  The Board discussed a better way to track fee appeals, and developed a form to be used.  He asked permission to proceed with the appeal form.  Commissioner Korthals moved to grant approval to move forward. Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried. Brian stated the KOA pays solid waste fees, but the department receives no fees for the campground area.  He is working on the FY17 budget.  The equipment shed is complete, with the baler inside. Nichole Brown, Community Development Director, presented the Galzagorry #3 and #4 Minor Subdivisions for final approval.  Per Montana Code, the commission cannot add conditions...

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COMMMISSIONER MEETING April 25, 2016 Commissioner Laura Obert called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  Commissioners Franklin Slifka and Nick Korthals were also present. Public comment:  Carole Plymale asked about repairs to the damaged fence on Ross Gulch Road, and added thanks for fixing the fence at Dennison’s.  Commissioners Obert and Korthals replied after review the county was not responsible for the damage. Montana minute: Commissioner Korthals is impressed with the Volunteer Fire Department and DES. Commissioner Obert saluted the Rotary District Conference in Butte which 6 adults and 4 youth from Broadwater County attended. She is impressed with youth leadership and reported that in the fight against polio only 11 cases were reported in the world last year. Commissioner update:  Commissioner Slifka attended the Conservation District and building meetings.  Commissioner Korthals attended the Fire Board and building meetings.  Commissioner Obert attended the Trust Board and building meetings; HR Regional Training in Butte with Michelle Beebe and Joni Brooks; Board of Health meeting. A letter and proposed contract was received from gec, Inc. for Phase I assessments for 3 BOR parcels as requested by the Trust Board to facilitate the transfer of said parcels from BOR to Broadwater County.  Mike Delger and Bill Amsk offered comments.  The County Attorney will review the contract before action is taken. Debbie Kelley, Accounting Manager, appeared to discuss the increase in health insurance premiums, $30/ employee/month and how it should be paid.  The County paid the March increase to avoid late payment as the insurance company did not give any advance notice of the increase.  Commissioner Slifka move the have the employees cover the March, April and May increases.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Korthals, who then amended the motion to have employees pay the April, May and June increases and the County pay the March increase.  The amendment was accepted by Commissioner Slifka. The amended motion carried. Commissioner Korthals moved to approve and sign the Secondary Roads Capital Construction Program Priority Change from MDT involving projects in Park County.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried. Nichole Brown, Community Development Director,, appeared to request consideration of several projects. #1. County Day of Recognition; hold tentatively May 19 in Memorial Park, have a speaker and refreshments, involve student as well as adult volunteers.  #2. Consider a County Coffee Hour each Wednesday at 7:00 a.sm. rotating among businesses and officials in charge.  #3. Recreation opportunities: hold an evening meeting to compile a “wish list” for projects, collaborate with schools and organizations.  #4.  Hiking trails:  There are no wilderness walks in Broadwater County.  She has mapped the parks and is willing to map trails, working...

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COMMISSIONER MEETING April 21, 2016 Commissioner Laura Obert called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  Commissioners Franklin Slifka and Nick Korthals were also present. Mike Myers, Maintenance, re-visited the in-line grinder need, the engineering packet is completed, the project will be under the $75,000 limit for advertising for bids.  This is a City/County project but County responsibility. There is no city permit required. Commissioners Slifka and Korthals will call local businesses re: submitting a proposal for the project, and a decision will be made on May 9, with installation scheduled for May 16. A lively discussion ensued on the building project. The tentative plan is for Search and Rescue and Ambulance to use the new storage unit, with Weed and Mosquito to use the current S&R building for storage.   Extension, Weed, shower facilities and meeting rooms will be in the modular building. The discussion involved current needs, future growth needs, history and the financial plan.  It may have been simpler for each department to do their own thing, but it would have been much more expensive in the long run. There will be no new or additional special taxes to fund this project.  The building will be financed by an Intercap loan at 1.25% over 10 years.  Departmental payback plans are already budgeted. Commissioner Slifka read a letter opposing the building complex, requesting both weed and mosquito control be contracted and Extension be at the fairgrounds. He declined to divulge who signed the letter and refused to share the letter with the other commissioners or submit it as part of the public record. Commissioner Slifka moved to reconsider the building project in its entirety, except for the Search and Rescue restroom and new storage building constructed at the Silos.  Commissioner Obert, per Robert’s Rules of Order, stated since he had voted against the original motion, can’t bring up the same motion again for reconsideration. Comments in support were received from Mary Mystic, Tammy Rauser, John Hedstrom, Brandon Harris, Jenny Clowes and Scott Dunning.  Questions were received from Larry Wright and Bill Amsk.  Comments were received from Cory Swanson and Dana Rauser. Commissioner Korthals moved to proceed with the bid process and follow that procedure to get real financial numbers.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried. Also in attendance were Doug Ellis, Nichole Brown, Cheryl Campbell, Eric Crusch, Barbara DeMartin, Tom Christensen and Kyle Hopstad The meeting was adjourned at 12:20 p.m.    The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 25, 2016 at 10:00...

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COMMISSIONER MEETING April 18, 2016 Commissioner Laura Obert called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  Commissioner Franklin Slifka and Commissioner Nick Korthals were also present.   Public Comment: Bill Kearns said the Broadwater Community Foundation fundraiser over the weekend was a success. He also stated the Foundation awards $20,000 in grants every year, and encouraged people to apply. He stated it is a one page simple application. Mr. Kearns also mentioned that on May 11 (he thought that was the correct date) Hal Stearns, Historian, will be speaking to the school kids about Lewis and Clark. He will also be giving a presentation to the public that night titled “Montana Towns; Past, Present, and Future”. Montana Minute: Commissioner Slifka mentioned the good moisture we received last week.  Commissioner Korthals commented on the good weather and rain, and noted many students are getting excited for graduation. Commissioner Obert said the High School Rodeo was held over the weekend, and Townsend kids did well. Commissioner update:  Commissioner Slifka attended the Elkhorn Restoration meeting. Commissioner Korthals met with the County Attorney to get up to speed concerning MCA and County policies. Commissioner Obert attended an Agency on Aging meeting. Commissioner Korthals moved to approve minutes dated 4/11/16.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Slifka and carried. Commissioner Korthals motioned to approve payroll in the amount of $164,314.92. Commissioner Slifka seconded and the motion was carried. Commissioner Obert stated that she consulted with Chief Legal Counsel with MACo concerning certifications/qualifications of County Maintenance staff. It was verified that Mike is BOC 1 & 2 certified, and Eric is BOC 1 certified. Facts of construction work were verified, and everything was above board according to MCA. Commissioner Obert stated that if anyone has concerns about building projects that they need to contact the department heads that are overseeing the work. Commissioner Korthals stated that he knows that Mike works really hard to follow MCA rules and that he has visited with him. Bill Amsk asked if this was in reference to the roof on the museum. Commissioner Obert then read a letter from Linda Huth, Museum Curator, concerning the recent roofing project and her support of the County Maintenance staff. Communications received: DEQ notice of wastewater discharge permit for Bozeman; MDT STIP program notice concerning switch of projects in Park County, the county needs to vote per MDT requirement. Commissioner Korthals moved to address the issue next week. FYI from Debbie Kelley, Insurance Committee, concerning increased premiums for county health plan. Issue of whether county will pay for increase or employees. Commissioner Obert stated that Debbie should be consulted about who will pay and possible...

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