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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR \ AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Warren .... I [/'i I1~!o J ....... tl,,!l.tl,,,,,ll,,[,llh,~i,,l .... [,lf,,,i,, Town and County News 50 Vol. 42 No. 12 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 Thursday, August 12, 2010 What's New at La Quercia? By Mary Lou Gray It's been five-and-a-half years since La Quercia opened its doors in Norwalk. In 2004 Kathy and Herb Eckhouse started their business at 400 Hakes Dr., on the south side of Norwalk. La Quercia is nationally known for its cured ham and the many different se- the Ozarks provides La on one piece and good fig lections they offer for pur- Quercia with a new pro- jam on the other. Top with chase. Since their incep- sciutto "varietal" which several slices of La Quercia tion in 2004 they have comes from one of the old- Prosciutto or Speck and doubled the size of their est of pig breeds, close sandwich gently. building and increased the The Eckhouses offer a Variations: Use a drizzle of number of employees. An variety of prosciutto in- honey instead of the jam; in-house slicing operation cluding Rossa-Heirloom, use La Quercia Speck has been added also. They Americano, Speck Amer- Americano for a delicate make every effort to utilize icano, Coppa Americana smokiness. area businesses and those along with many others. This richly flavored dr), around the state to main- Some of these are pro- aged ham wins praise tain and run La Quercia. cessed by smoking with from critics and chefs Much of their equipment apple wood to add aroma across the continent. It was comes from Italian sources and flavor, but never with judged the "hands down but the set up and mainte- any preservatives or addi- winner" by a tasters' panel nance is performed locally tives that would change from Cook's Illustrated as much as possible. The the organic nature of the versus the best known Ital- majority of their biggest product, ian prosciutto (Prosciutto clients are in the Chicago For more information di Parma & Prosciutto di area as well as the coasts about purchasing or gen- San Daniele). Made in of the United States, with eral questions about La Iowa by Herb and Kathy some export to Canada. Quercia you may visit Eckhouse, Bon Appetit The Eckhouses pur- their website at www.l Magazine Food Artisans of chase the majority of their aquercia.us or ca11515-981- the Year (2007), with hu- ham from Iowa producers. 1625. The La Quercia manely raised, non-con- The Becker Lane Organic products are available at finement, antibiotic free Farm in Dyersville is the . Scott's Foods in Norwalk. pork. Selected for their main source of the Pro- A spokesperson at Scott's menus by celebrity chefs sciutto Green Label they Foods advised that if you Mario Batali, Wolfgang process. Prosciutto simply desire a product from La Puck and Rick Bayless. means dry cured ham Quercia that is not in their Salad Ideas from therhind leg of pigs, store, they would be La Quercia not cooked and processed happy to obtain it for you. Summer Mushroom with sea-salt. Nothing else Salad with is added, no preservatives La Querrcia La Quercia Prosciutto or seasonings. Sea salt is a Prosciutto Americano Americano more coarse salt and has Sandwich Ideas 2 small heads butter or no additives like table salt. The Perfect Sandwich: bibb lettuce, leaves sepa- The sea salt the Eckhouses Split fresh challah or rated, washed, and dried use comes from California brioche rolls, or cut slices 8 ounces (or 3 3-ounce and is processed by evapo- from a loaf, and spread packages) La Quercia Pro- rating salt water from the with sweet unsalted but- sciutto Americano sea. Where normal pro- ter. Put several slices of La 1 pound mixed mush- cessed ham has lots of Quercia Prosciutto rooms (chanterelles, black moisture, the Prosciutto Americano or Speck on the trumpet, shitake) trimmed process actually takes the buttered piece and top and cleaned moisture out, making a with the other. This is so 1/2 cup extra virgin olive dryer product. It can be simple and so delicious[ oil, juice of one lemon, salt used in recipes just as any Everyone loves it. It is and pepper to taste other ham. The Becker wonderful for airplane 1/4 cup shaved or coarsely Lane Organic Farm raises trips. It's also good made grated Parmigiano Reg- pigs on organic pasture with other kinds of bread, giano and they eat a healthful Savory and Sweet: La Heat the olive oil over diet of corn and soybeans. Quercia Prosciutto, fresh mediumheat and saut6 the Some other organic con- goat cheese, and fig jam: mushrooms for about 3 nections are Eden Farms Split a ciabatta roll and minutes. Remove from and Heritage Acres. In toast if desired. Spread heat, add the lemon juice, 2010 the Kremer Farm in fresh goat cheese (chevre) Continued p. 2 By Mark Miller Norwalk City Administrator The Citv of Norwalk is completing actions on multiple purpose bond issues. The efforts include a new Public Works facility, funding for streets, water and sanitary sewer improvements, a new aerial platform truck, trails, economic development projects and a remodeling of the current municipal building, as well as a number of purchases to provide a safe work environment, safe equipment and solid planning efforts to address where the City is going in the near future. To accommodate all of this activity the City adopted a Capital Impro.vements Pro- gram that provides the documentation and needs of the City departments to meet what has been planned for and successfully funded. Norwalk in the past has acted on items such as these on an annual basis and now the City is looking longer term. The undertaking included the City getting its first bond rating from Moody's Fi- nancial Services; this is a barometer to indicate the successful budgeting and plan- ning by the City to meet its financial obligations. The positive news is that the City of Norwalk received an A1 rating, a very good score for a first-time applicant. This is an important score for those who purchase these bonds. This effort was accomplished with the assistance of the City fiscal agent, Public Financial Management, City staff and Dorsey Whitney, bond counsel. The results of the bond sale which were bid August 5, 2010 show the success of the rating, the monitoring of financial integrity of the City and the dedication of the Mayor and Council to make sound financial decisions. In addition the Council has combined both debt service planning and tax increment financing. The City also refunded existing debt amortizations with higher rates and secured savings with the actions of August 5. Three bond issues were bought for the following rates: $1,260,000 UMB Bank Etl-Kansas City True Interest rate-1.192% 5 years $4,685,000 Northland Securities-Minneapolis True Interest rate-3.320% 20 years $5,320,000 Robert W. Baird Etl-Milwaukee True Interest rate-3.543% 20 years The City is actively moving on a number of dther projects due to the sale of our Waste Water Treatment Plartt to the Des Moines Metro WRA, a sanitary sewer line that renovates the whole east side system along North Avenue, extension of a water line to the east, the just completed traffic signals on Iowa 28 where the City used American Recovery funding and storm water efforts on the southwest side of Norwalk. Future studies include a Lakewood infrastructure studjfi an update to the 1998 City Comprehensive Plan and a new welcome sign to Norwalk connected to the completion of a City marketing program/branding identity and logo. Look for more commitment by the City in the future to the future of Norwalk. Community Blood Drive *A Norwalk Commu- nity Blood Drive will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursda~ Aug. 19, in the Fellowship Hall at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Dr. Schedule an appoint- ment online at www.blo odcenterofiowa.org or contact Sharon Burns at 515-981-4184. It is easy to show your achool spirit! Donate blood and you will have the exclusive opportunity to redeem a "What Color Do You Bleed" gift in your favorite team colors for just 100 points at The Blood Center of Iowa's Online Store. The blood drive is spon- sored by the Norwalk Li- ons Club. Participants need to bring a valid form of identification, such as a Donor ID card or driver's license. Fall Fest August 19 The annual kickoff for the fall season of Norwalk High School athletics and activities, Fall Fest, will be held Thursday, Aug. 19, beginning at 6 p.m. at the football stadium. Opening ceremonies will be fol- lowed by football and vol- leyball scrimmages begin- ning at approximately 6:30. Admission to Fall Fest is a non-perishable or canned food item spon- sored by the Norwalk Ath- letic Ambassador Club to assist the Norwalk Food Pantry. KC Pancake Breakfast This Sunday Members of Knights of Columbus will hold a Pan- cake Breakfast Sunday, Aug. 15, from 8 to 11 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Or- chard Hills Dr, The menu includes pan- cakes, eggs, French toast, sausage, juice, milk and coffee for a free-will dona- tion. Proceeds are used for community service projects. LIBRARY HOURS Monday- Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed Sundays (M mor Dv-t. orDv)