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January 17, 2008
Montana Nuggets Newsletter

In This Issue:

Spotlight on Missoula
Ski Trivia
Yellowstone National Park Cookbook Recipe
     Pan Seared Veal Chops with Citron Sauce and Mushroom Risotto
Featured Montana Books
Free Montana Information – Vacation & Travel and Real Estate & Relocation
Upcoming Montana Events

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Spotlight On Missoula

Home to the University of Montana and one of the Treasure State’s most liberal populations, Missoula is a natural breeding ground of culture and diversity. Students from around the world and native Montanans blend together effortlessly in this city of 60,000 where new ideas and old traditions intertwine. As a result, Missoula retains a down-home charm with big city amenities. Add to this a majestic mountain setting boasting recreation opportunities of all kinds, and Missoula has it all.  No matter the season, Missoula is undeniably the heart of western Montana and is a crowd-pleasing city for people of all ages! Read on for just a few of the many must-see Missoula sites.

Rattlesnake Recreation Area
Beginning one mile outside Missoula, this 61,000-acre recreation area offers convenient access to the outdoors just minutes from the city hubbub. The area is one of Missoula’s most popular hiking destinations, featuring the extensive Sawmill-Curry trail system.
Located: Interstate 90 Exit 105, then north on Van Buren Street

Missoula Museum of the Arts
Discover Western art at its finest with the collection of works housed at the Missoula Museum of the Arts. Located in the city’s old Carnegie Library, the museum offers a small permanent collection while displaying traveling exhibits of art from around the world.
Located: 335 North Pattee in downtown Missoula

Downtown Missoula
Downtown Missoula is ripe for exploration with an amazing array of amenities. Take a stroll by the Clark Fork River, browse the acclaimed art galleries, or kick back at one of the many charming eateries. Wineries and brewpubs stand aside shopping at its finest. From exotic herb stores to antique emporiums, picnics in the park to community sponsored events, Missoula’s downtown area is renowned throughout western Montana and reflects the community’s diversity.

A Carousel for Missoula
No trip to downtown Missoula would be complete without a ride on the famous carousel at Caras Park. Recognized as one of America’s first fully hand-carved carousels, the classic attraction is one of the country’s fastest and features the U.S.’ largest band organ in continuous use. The carousel, featuring thirty-eight carved ponies and two chariots, is open year-round with extended summer hours. Private tours and rentals are also available.
Located: 1 Caras Park in downtown Missoula 

University of Montana
Founded in 1893 and home to the Montana “Grizzlies,” the University of Montana is the state’s leading liberal arts institution. More than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend the university, and an array of cultural and sporting events can be found on campus throughout the year. For a schedule of events, contact the University of Montana at 800-462-8636.

Museum of Fine Arts
Boasting nearly 8,500 works of art, the Museum of Fine Arts on the University of Montana campus is dedicated to the education of students and the enjoyment of the public. Antiques, photographs, ceramics, paintings, textiles, and more can be found in the extensive collection, which is open to the public Monday through Friday year-round.

Fort Missoula
Travel back in time and take a much-needed history lesson at Fort Missoula. Constructed in 1877 during the flight of the Nez Perce, the 32-acre Fort Missoula is now home to an extensive museum detailing the history of the fort and the surrounding area. More than 22,000 artifacts are presented, including thirteen historical buildings. Self-guided, interpretive tours are available, and the museum is open year-round with extended summer hours.
Located: South Avenue West in Missoula

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Visitor Center
Committed to wildlife habitat conservation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Visitor Center is a wildlife lover’s dream. In addition to taxidermy mounts, wildlife films, and natural history displays, the center also features a life-size bull elk bronze and wildlife artwork.
Located: 2291 West Broadway

Pattee Canyon Recreation Area
Named after homesteader David Pattee who staked a claim in the area in 1871, the Pattee Canyon Recreation Area is one of Missoula’s most popular year-round outdoor destinations. The day-use only site is a picture-perfect picnic area lined with ponderosas. For the more active and adventurous, Pattee Canyon features an extensive trail system perfect for hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, and Nordic skiing.
Located: 8 miles south of East Missoula on Deer Creek Road

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Q. What ski area has the most vertical feet of skiing in the nation?
A. Big Sky, with 4,180 feet.

Q. What famous newscaster, born in Cardwell, was the driving force behind the construction of the Big Sky ski resort town, but died three days before the grand opening ceremonies?
A. Chet Huntley.

Q. How many downhill ski areas are there in the state?
A. 16, with a combined area of 14,000 acres of skiing and 548 downhill runs.

Q. How long would it take to give a lift to the entire population of Montana in the state’s 65 ski lifts?
A. About 13 hours at a maximum capacity of 72,000 people per hour.

Q. What was the first commercial ski resort to open in the state?
A. Big Mountain near Whitefish opened in 1947.

From “Montana Trivia” by Janet Spencer, published by Riverbend Publishing, $10 + $2 S & H Call toll free 866-787-2363. Montana Quizzes available free to any publication, contact

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Recipe from The Yellowstone National Park Cookbook by Durrae Johanek, Riverbend Publishing

While this Park cookbook contains an interview of a chef and several of his recipes, it also offers dishes from other park personas as well, from the wolf project leader to a park ranger and many more. Some recipes are pulled from inherited family cookbooks, and some come with special directions for doctoring according to personal taste. With an eclectic mix of styles and cultures represented, you are sure to find something delicious to make and someone interesting to meet in the pages of this unique cookbook that is centered around the first national park, Yellowstone.

Pan Seared Veal Chops with Citron Sauce and Mushroom Risotto by Chef Jim Chapman of the Lake Hotel

Veal Chop:
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 10-ounce Frenched veal rib chops
Salt and pepper to taste

Citron Sauce:
1 ounce butter
1 ounce flour
1 Tbsp shallots, minced
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup chicken broth or stock
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/8 tsp turmeric 

Mushroom Risotto:
5-1/2 cups chicken stock or broth
1 ounce butter
1 Tbsp shallots, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced
2 ounces portabella mushrooms,
   diced, gills removed
1-3/4 cups Arborio rice
1 cup white wine
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp parsley, chopped

For the Veal Chop:
Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet. Season veal chops with salt and pepper; sear chops until golden brown, and finish in a 350-degree oven.

For Citron Sauce:
Make roux by melting butter and whisking in flour. Cook for 2 minutes and let cool. In a saucepan combine shallots and wine; simmer until reduced by half. Add stock, cream, lemon juice, and turmeric, and bring to a boil. Whisk in roux and let simmer for 2 minutes.

For Mushroom Risotto:
Heat broth and keep hot. Melt butter; sauté shallots and garlic, and do not brown. Add mushrooms and sauté 3 minutes. Add rice and stir to coat. Add 1/2 cup broth, stirring constantly until dry. Add another 1/2 cup of broth and cook, stirring until dry. Repeat until all broth is used, about 25 minutes. Finish with white wine, cream, Parmesan and parsley.

Yields 4 servings

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Featured Montana Books

We've included a few books about the state that you might enjoy. These selections are also published locally in Montana as well.

Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encyclopedia
Now the Ultimate Montana Atlas and Travel Encyclopedia is available in the 4th Edition, with new destinations and listings and many Forest Service Cabins added. It can help you plan a vacation, a weekend trip, a day’s scenic drive, or even your move to Montana! Whether you live here, want to visit or want to relocate, we’ve got information on the state from Alzada to Zortman and every spot in between. • This best-selling volume offers more information than dozens of other guidebooks combined and has received rave reviews from both Montana residents and individuals from across the U.S. • Not just a reference guide to big-name attractions, this must-have book also uncovers some of the hidden treasures and historical sites that make Montana so special. Learn about scenic drives, fishing holes, mountain hikes, and museums while gaining access to hundreds of hotels, restaurants, outfitters, and much, much more. • The book also includes special extensive sections on both Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks! Order your copy today, and discover all that this Treasure State has to offer!
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One Woman's Montana by Kathe LeSage

As a lifelong Montanan, Kathe LeSage is keenly aware that Montana is blessed with beauty. But she sees Montana’s beauty a little differently than most of us, and she records what she sees with a unique photographic style. Working in color and in black and white, Kathe brings out deep textures, unusual light, and graceful patterns. Her subjects are varied. Her focus is broad. What Kathe sees and shows to the rest of us is astonishing. She invites inquiry and study, and inspires a deeper connection to what we are viewing. Her images ask that we take a closer look, to see beyond the obvious. Her images foster a desire to take this expanded way of seeing into our own Montana.
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Yellowstone Bears In The Wild by Dr. James C. Halfpenny

From claws to cubs, from fur to food, this book accurately describes the lives of grizzly and black bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Written by noted naturalist Dr. Jim Halfpenny (Yellowstone Wolves in the Wild) this book features cutting-edge discoveries about bear biology and ecology, skillfully enhanced with amazing personal stories and illustrated with the unforgettable photography of Michael Francis (Yellowstone Memories). There are explanations of “bear art,” a bear’s “personal space,” and bear “thinking.” Imprinted on the front and back covers are impressions of the front and back tracks of Bear # 264.
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Free Montana Vacation Information and Montana Real Estate Information

Ultimate Montana is pleased to offer you two new services.

  1. If you are looking for information to help you plan a vacation to Montana, you can request free brochures from businesses all over the state, from hotels and guest ranches to fly fishing guides and horseback rides. Know what recreation opportunities are available in a town or area so that you can decide if you want to include it in your plans. Get information about lodging availability, tour and adventure reservations, and more—everything you need to know! You choose which brochures you are interested in receiving.

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