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I actually wrote this for our Ask The Experts section in our Summer 2010, Paramount Peeks newsletter, but I thought I’d share it for those looking for this information on line.
It is not surprising that we get asked this question over and over in our showroom, not only from general consumers, but also from contractors who are eagar to educate their customers. According to the MIA article, Dimension Stone, granite is literally “found on every continent on Earth and global resources of dimension stone are virtually limitless. Significant deposits of granite and marble can be found from Alabama to Maine in the United States. Additionally, the Carrara District in northern Italy has long been a significant producer of marble, along with Spain and China.” Many of the more popular granites come from Brazil, and India. Many of these colors have a variety of flow, veining, and movement to them. Granite is also quarried in countries such as Portugal, Finland, China, Africa, Argentina, Italy, France, Canada, Norway, Russia, and of course, the United States.
Over the last several years, we have received more inquiries from consumers about locally quarried granites, which is most likely due to the green movement. Colors that are specifically quarried in Minnesota include: Rainbow (Morton, MN), Rockville White and Rockville Beige (Rockville, MN), Diamond Pink (St. Cloud, MN), Iridian (Isle, MN), Lake Superior Green (Isabella, MN), Agate (Ortonville, MN), and Mesabi Black (Ely, MN). While inquiries about Minnesota quarried granites are up, many of these colors are still used more in the commercial building industry because of their color pattern and consistency. Mesabi Black however, remains a popular choice for those consumers looking for an elegant black.
To satisfy the curious consumer, many suppliers these days, label their slabs not only with the color name, but also supply the country of origin.
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Here’s good recipe to try for those fish lovers. Over the Fourth of July weekend, we had a fish fry at our cabin, that was a hit. Troy, our lead installer, made the batter and some home made tartar sauce to go with the fish. He got some rave reviews and was nice enough to let me share his recipes.
Tempura Fish Batter
1 cup flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
pepper to taste
2 egg whites beaten stiff
1/4 tsp. lemon extreact
1 cold can of beer
1/2 cup seasoned flour (flour, salt, pepper, & cajun to taste)
Mix ingredients together in large bowl to form batter. Place fish in seasoned flour first, and then into batter mixture. Place carefully in fryer and remove when crisp crust is formed. Serve warm with tartar sauce, lemon, etc.
1-1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayo
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 T. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. hot sauce
1 Tbsp. worchestershire sauce
1/3 cup diced onion
3/4 cup black olives
3/4 cup dill pickled diced
1 T coarse ground pepper
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Chill. Serve with fish.
For many people, summer is the time to get out and enjoy the weather, and that is just what we’ve been doing. Last week, we particpiated in the NARI golf outing, and this week we spent some time with BATC members for their annual golf event. We couldn’t let the BATC members miss out on our hula hoop contest we sponsored at hole # 6. Thankfully I’ve been practicing my hula hoop skills too.
The event was held at Majestic Oaks Golf Course in Ham Lake, MN.
Following are some pictures I wanted to share:
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Ahh…summer, ice cream and granite—turns out to be the perfect mix.
I don’t know how many of you out there have visited a local Cold Stone Creamery for some ice cream, but if you have, your tasty treat was prepared on granite. And why not? Granite is one of the most durable surfaces for countertops and works great not only for rolling cookie dough, or bread, but also for mixing nuts, fruit, and candy into ice cream. Unlike other countertop materials, granite can also take on some of the temperature properties of what is placed upon it, keeping the ice cream cold, or those freshly baked cookies warm.
If you stop by a Cold Stone Creamery, you will notice the “ice cream artists” chopping, cutting, and concocting your favorite ice cream creation. Yummy—I can almost taste mine (Chocolate Devotion) of course. I can’t wait to visit them again. Otherwise—I might have to just make my own on my own granite! How about you?
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