Talking with My Mouth Full
Bonny Wolf says she remembers most life events by what she ate. In her new book of essays, "Talking with My Mouth Full: Crab Cakes, Bunt Cakes and Other Kitchen Stories," Wolf connects Jell-o salads, roast chickens and Nut Goodies with life's special moments. Most of us will be creating our own special moments as we gather around the Thanksgiving table later this week.
Wolf is a commentator for NPR's Weekend Edition and grew-up in Minneapolis. Her book includes recipes collected from family and friends and essays about the foods of her childhood.4:50 p.m.
Cleveland Cliffs pulls the plug on nugget project There's been a big set-back for a long-awaited Iron Range industrial development. Backers said the Mesabi Nugget project would be making a high iron product at a Hoyt Lakes plant in just over a year. But now key partners say they're dropping the project. The State of Minnesota invested millions of dollars in Mesabi Nugget.5:52 p.m.
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