The Daily Press Blackfoot Morning News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-02-26T17:43:22-05:00 take on Irish stew2015-02-26T08:37:32-05:002015-02-26T07:52:55-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsChicken and dumplings is a wonderfully simple, deliciously comforting dish — a thick, meaty stew bubbling away beneath a patchwork of moist, pillowy dumplings.So we decided to channel that comfort for a dish suited for St. Patrick's Day. Taking inspiration from classic Irish ingredients and dishes, we came up with this over-the-top savory lamb stew with a rich broth made from beef stock, Guinness beer and fresh rosemary.And dolloped over the top? Soda bread-style dumplings that are at once hearty and tender.Like most stews, this one only improves with age. For a do-ahead option, prepare the stew as directed, but chill it after the pureeing and recombining steps. When ready to serve, return the stew to a simmer, then proceed with the dumpling portion of the recipe.___GUINNESS LAMB STEW WITH WALNUT IRISH SODA BREAD DUMPLINGSStart to finish: 1 1/2 hoursServings: 62 pounds lamb stew meat, cut into 1 1/2-inch piecesKosher salt and ground black pepper1 pound mixed mushrooms, sliced1 large yellow onion, diced2 medium carrots, peeled and diced2 celery stalks, diced1 small potato, peeled and diced1 teaspoon ground cumin1 tablespoon finely minced fresh rosemary12-ounce bottle Guinness beer3 cups low-sodium beef stock1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts1 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour3/4 cup all-purpose flour3/4 teaspoon baking soda1 1/2 cups buttermilk1 egg3 tablespoons butter, meltedSeason the lamb with salt and pepper. Heat a large Dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot over medium-high. Add the lamb and sear until well browned. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the lamb to a plate. Add the mushrooms to the pot and cook until well browned and tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer mushrooms to a bowl and set aside.Add the onion, carrots, celery, potato, cumin and rosemary to the pot. Cook until beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Return the lamb to the pot. Add the Guinness and broth. Cover and cook for 45 to 60 minutes, or until the lamb is tender and the vegetables are cooked through. Using tongs, transfer the chunks of lamb to the bowl with the mushrooms.Working in batches if necessary, ladle the vegetables and broth into a blender and blend until smooth. Return the mixture to the pot, along with the lamb and mushrooms. Return to a low simmer.In a medium bowl, stir together the walnuts, both flours, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg and melted butter. Gently mix the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture. Using a spoon or a cookie/ice cream scoop, dollop the dough on top of the stew. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the dumplings are cooked through.Blackfoot, IDNo author availableFresh take on Irish stewBlackfoot Morning to manage Community Garden plots2015-02-26T17:43:22-05:002015-02-26T05:40:35-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot, IDNo author availableCity to manage Community Garden plotsBlackfoot Morning bill targets Idaho's daylight saving time 2015-02-25T18:00:14-05:002015-02-25T18:00:14-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsThe House Ways and Means Committee, made up of exclusively legislative leadership, voted 4-2 to advance the bill on Wednesday.Prior attempts to pass legislation eliminating Idaho's daylight saving time — usually advocated by farmers and agricultural representatives — have failed.Under the bill, Idaho's two time zones would cease taking part in daylight saving time on July 1. This means that the southern half of the state could face a two hour time difference with states like Washington and Oregon roughly six months out of the year.It was not immediately clear if the either of the two time zones could opt out of the exemption.Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSNew bill targets Idaho's daylight saving time Blackfoot Morning student goes from Blackfoot to Broadway2015-02-25T16:35:54-05:002015-02-25T16:35:54-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News"I remember the first thought that came to my mind was Blackfoot? What is that? Where is that? I was a bit disappointed that I wasn't going to a bigger city or somewhere with a beach. But after some thought, I was eager to see what it would be like to live in the countryside."It turned out to be just what she needed."Now I think it was a perfect place to come to as an exchange student," Finn said. "It was safe and sheltered. I was not an adult yet and a big city might have been too much for me. I absolutely loved being on the dance team and I even honestly liked moving pipe on a sunny summer day with my host family was great exercise and I got some sun doing it! And I had a wonderful host family." (She lived with Kevin and Susan Caldwell).Finn graduated from Snake River High School with the class of 2003. They knew her as Johanna Anttila. She got honor grades, joined the school dance team and was named "Best Senior Pantherette", worked in a haunted forest for Halloween and moved pipe during the summer.After returning home to Finland, Johanna studied child welfare and worked in that field for a couple of years before deciding to move to New York to follow her dream of being an actress."I was kind of scared to come to New York. I thought it would be hard to adjust and people would be cold. But many New Yorkers are in the same situation....adjusting to a new it creates a feeling of community. I feel at home here," Finn said.After taking classes in both New York and Los Angeles, Finn has had the lead role in several short films."The most challenging roles I have had were probably intellectually in 'Hot Therapy' because I also co-produced and wrote it, physically in 'Retribution' because I had to learn choreographed knife fights and psychologically in 'Hot Therapy' and a film called 'Daybreak' because they both had intimate scenes in very different ways and I felt exposed both externally and internally."Finn continues her education by taking improvisation classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade and acting classes with Anthony Abeson, who has trained many working actors, including Jennifer Aniston.She has just landed a role off-off-Broadway show called "12 Angry Jurors." It will be an adaptation of the movie "12 Angry Men" and the performances start at the end of February.Blackfoot, IDJOE WILLIAMSExchange student goes from Blackfoot to BroadwayBlackfoot Morning comes early at Jensen Grove2015-02-24T23:23:14-05:002015-02-24T23:23:14-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot, IDNo author availableWater comes early at Jensen GroveBlackfoot Morning selling, shipping snow from his yard2015-02-24T15:10:22-05:002015-02-24T15:10:22-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsKyle Waring, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, got the idea while shoveling snow earlier this winter and launched first he shipped 16.9-ounce snow-filled bottles for $19.99, but he found the snow melted by the time it arrived at its destination.So he came up with a new plan, selling six pounds at a time. He tells even if the snow melts a little by the time it arrives, the package can still make 10 to 15 snowballs.He's also started offering 10-pound packages for $119.Blackfoot, IDMORNING NEWSMan selling, shipping snow from his yardBlackfoot Morning may consider remote fire station2015-02-24T00:02:47-05:002015-02-24T00:02:47-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot, IDNo author availableCity may consider remote fire stationBlackfoot Morning OF THE DAY: NFL scouting combine: Winners and Losers2015-02-23T15:34:47-05:002015-02-23T15:34:47-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot, IDNo author availableVIDEO OF THE DAY: NFL scouting combine: Winners and LosersBlackfoot Morning OF THE DAY: Joey Logano reflects on Daytona 500 win2015-02-23T15:09:50-05:002015-02-23T15:09:50-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning NewsBlackfoot, IDNo author availableVIDEO OF THE DAY: Joey Logano reflects on Daytona 500 winBlackfoot Morning calendar2015-02-23T02:11:41-05:002015-02-23T01:25:59-05:00Copyright 2010 Blackfoot Morning News• AARP Tax Aide from 9 a.m. to noon at the Senior Citizens Center, 20 E. Pacific St. Service continues each Mon. through Apr. 13, also every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30-8 p.m.• Cottage meeting for zone 4 (Riverside) at 7 p.m. at Riverside Elementary to discuss the Snake River School Levy.Feb 24• Diabetes Management seminar at the Gables in Ammon at 1405 Curlew Drive at 11 a.m. This event is sponsored by Encompass Home Health and Hospice and The Gables of Ammon. For additional information call Josh Sorensen at 542-3400.• Free job classes offered by the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Blackfoot. The classes will be held at the Blackfoot High School Career Center on Tuesdays (Feb. 10, 17, 24 and March 3, 10) from 7-8:30 p.m. The classes are open to anyone but are geared toward people who have had to leave a job or a profession due to a life-changing event or disability. The classes will focus on things such as job finding, social networking, resumes, cover letters, online job assessments, soft skills and interviewing. For more information or to pre-register for the class, contact Tami Murdoch at 785-6649 or email her at • Community Dinner Table will serve a hot meal for those in need at Jason Lee Methodist Church, 168 S. University Ave, from 5-6:30 p.m. No charge, no ID’s, no dress code; nothing but good food and fellowship. For more information call 785-3611.Feb 25• Story Time at Blackfoot Public Library, 129 N. Broadway, at 10 a.m. This weeks theme is “Me.”• Cottage meeting for zone 1 and 3 (Rockford, Thomas and Pingree) at 7 p.m. at Snake River MiddleSchool to discuss the Snake River School levy.• Medicare Seminar learn the A, B, C’s and D’s of Medicare. Sort out which parts you’ll use without getting confused at the Blackfoot Senior Citizens Center at 6 p.m. at 20 East Pacific Street in the large meeting room. It is sponsored by American Senior Benefits. For more information or for private meeting times, call Matthew Rust at 208-221-7613.• Free parenting classes Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. through March 11 at the Counseling and Family Services building in Fort Hall. Registration is required in advance to attend the classes. To register, call 237-5631.• Legislative breakfast at 7 a.m. at Stinger’s Bar and Grill for an open discussion on current legislative issues facing Idaho and Bingham County with Sen. Steve Bair and Representatives Julie VanOrden and Neil Anderson via video conference direct from Boise. The breakfasts go every Thursday until March 19. Attendance at the legislative breakfasts is free and open to the public. Attendees pay for their own breakfasts.• Free dental sealants starting today for Stoddard Elementary first and second graders. Delta Dental of Idaho provides these clinics on-site at schools serving low-income families as part of its Community Outreach. To receive these free cavity-prevention treatments, children must attend Stoddard Elementary and have a parent or guardian sign a health history and permission form. Permission forms will be available through the school. For more information, call Delta Dental Community Outreach at (208) 489-3541.• Where do you come from? Is there royalty in your background? Are there thieves? Can you truthfully wear that “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” button? Or are you Portuguese? Roy Chiappini from the Family Research Center will be in the Blackfoot Public Library to introduce you to the research resources for you to find your ancestors.Blackfoot, IDNo author availablecommunity calendarBlackfoot Morning