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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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When Czech immigrants arrived in Dakota Territory in 1869, they brought a delicious dessert called the kolache, a small pastry usually filled with fruit, though today s cooks enjoy many filling variations.

What’s Your Favorite?

January 27, 2015
There’s more than one way to fill a kolache.

Naming South Dakota

January 29, 2014
We might be living in the state of Winona had common sense not prevailed.

Visit the Historic Adams House to get a glimpse of Deadwood s holiday traditions in the 1890s. Photo by Rebecca Johnson.

Deadwood's Christmas Past

December 17, 2013
Tours at the Historic Adams House highlight local holiday traditions from the 1890s. 

Ma amoul is a molded cookie stuffed with dates or walnuts that is popular in the Middle East. Photo by Sanaa Abourezk.

Molding Ma'amoul

December 5, 2013
Sioux Falls chef Sanaa Abourezk's molded, stuffed cookies are a celebration of friendship.

Æblekage is an easy Danish dessert made from layers of applesauce and toasted crumbs.

Æblekage: A Crummy Dessert

November 21, 2013
Layers of applesauce and breadcrumbs make an easy treat for Viborg Danes and frugal folks.

The Original Kimball Popcorn Ball

October 24, 2013
A blend of butter, corn, marshmallows and entrepreneurial spirit binds one Brule County town.

Leaping Around the World

October 18, 2013
The South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre is saying goodbye to a treasured artifact this weekend.

Winter Storm Atlas devastated many West River cattle herds.

Finding Support After the Storm

October 9, 2013
How to help South Dakota ranchers who suffered a severe blow in last week’s blizzard.

All of Raymond

October 8, 2013
Joan Putman got to know her Clark County neighbors by sketching every single one.

USDA Photo.

Potatoes and Promises

September 26, 2013
South Dakota spuds served Swedish style — with cream and dill.

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

Savoring the Story

August 29, 2013
Memories spice up the flavor of South Dakota’s food history.

Tines of Thanks

August 19, 2013
Pitchforks and searing hot oil seal friendships at the Cutts family's annual fondue party near Mission Hill.

Jeff and Jolene Stewart raise aronia berries near Wagner, South Dakota. Photo by Loretta Sorenson.

Better Living Through Berries

August 1, 2013
At Aronia Acres near Wagner, Jeff & Jolene Stewart are making South Dakota healthier one berry at a time.

A view of South Dakota State University s campus from the Coughlin Campanile.

Burgers, Bells, Blooms and Brews

July 18, 2013
A busy day in Brookings, one of America’s best small towns.

Photo by Marisa DeMeglio.

Confessions of a Lilac Thief

May 24, 2013
The scents and tastes of spring in South Dakota make hearts and fingers light. 

Huron s turkey handlers are not allowed to touch their racing turkeys, but may coax them to victory using other methods.

Fowl Balls

May 9, 2013
Spectators at Huron's Turkey Races gobble Tom Turkey's deep-fried treasures.

Gramma's Delicacies

April 24, 2013
B. Angelique Mills’ all-natural spice mixes add zest to life in Box Elder.

Many aspects of South Dakota life are covered on the Oral History Center s tapes, but the collection is especially rich in Native American history. Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Eavesdropping On History

April 16, 2013
The South Dakota Oral History Center in Vermillion offers thousands of chances to listen in on our state's past.

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.

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