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Discovering The Mature Lifestyle Gourmet cooking in Wayzata Page 5 Food•Fun•Entertaining November 2016 November 18, 2016 Lessons learned on the Iron Range Rosemount cook well served growing up in Buhl BY SUE WEBBER CONTRIBUTING WRITER Patricia Roberts and her granddaughter, Courtney Casey, team up to make bread in Rosemount. (Submitted photo) Growing up on the Iron Range figures prominently into the cooking and baking emerging from the kitchen of Patricia Roberts. “I’ve always been a baker,” said Roberts, a resident of Rosemount. “I remember making ethnic breads and foods since I was 10.” She has fond memories of learning to cook and bake with her mom -- Finnish cardamom braid, potitza (a Slovenian dessert bread), pasties, homemade noodles and ravioli. A 4-H member, she said that she baked for people during her high school years. “ Instead of babysitting, I baked for people. I had my own supplies in the kitchen cupboard. I had certain customers each week. Some had special requests. I bought more supplies with the money I earned. Along the way, folks showed me how to make things they liked.” Roberts’ mom was a war bride, who met her husband in Connecticut. “He brought her back to his hometown of Buhl, Minnesota, (on the Iron Range) and introduced her to people, and she learned to bake and make things,” Roberts said. “She met his friends, his parents, the grandparents of Dad’s friends and learned about the foods he liked growing up.” A home economics major in college, Roberts taught for a couple of years and then spent the rest of her career as a chemist. She has been a consistent winner at the Minnesota State Fair since 2006, when she won her first blue ribbon. This year, her ginger cookies took first place. Roberts also has collected a plethora of ribbons from her entries in the Dakota County Fair. Her winning entries include Swedish rye bread, oatmeal cookies, Finnish cardamom bread, scones, and oatmeal bread. She has created a cookbook for her son, daughter and three granddaughters. Roberts also is a member of the St. Paul Bread Club. “I’ve got a neighbor who has his favorites [of Roberts baking] and I’ve been baking for him in return for snow shoveling and mowing,” she said. “I’m a pretty good neighbor. I share what I bake.” She and her husband grew up together, attending the same classes from kindergarten through high school, graduating in a class of 40 from Buhl High School. “I was the student and he was more fun-loving and outgoing,” she said. “We kept each other in line.” They went to college together, too, and then married. She had a teaching job in the Twin Cities for two years, before the family moved to a town in Wisconsin, then back to the Iron Range and finally to Colorado Springs, Colorado, before resettling in Rosemount. “We have the same house and the same ROSEMOUNT BAKER - TO PAGE 5