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Interesting Fact of the Day
The candy bar "Baby Ruth" was named after the daughter of U.S. President Grover Cleveland in 1921.

Thought for the Day
Ability without ambition is like a car without a motor.

My New Computer Needs a Name

Suggestions for a name for my new computer are:
Trusty Tim, Arthur and Chopsticks, HAL. NANA,

I like: Traveler because your recipes and readers cover the globe thanks to you computer and efforts.
Sunshine because reading the column brings a little sunshine in everyone’s day.
Rita because I like to “Reada” the recipes.
Tattie because the recipes are tried and true.
Fancy because it is Nancy’s fancy and her fancy new toy.

OK maybe I am getting a little carried away here. It is bitter cold here and I am sitting at the PC much of my day.
Nana in SE OH

Lizzy is my choice for your new Computer. I just think it fits.
Sara in FL

Because you bring so much joy to others through the newsletter and your kind and loving personality. I suggest your new computer be called
Robbie IN

Hi Nancy,
I was toying with the idea of calling your new computer
Hannah (for hard-working Hannah), but I really liked b's suggestion of NANA in yesterday's newsletter. It is creative and clever. Will keep thinking.

I hope you and the little ones are warm and safe. Here in New York, the temperature has dropped to -1 with the wind chill factor. We are not used to these temperatures and people are struggling with many layers of clothing to get where they are going.
Artemis in NYC

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Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo

2-1/2 lb. uncooked chicken breast tenders (not breaded)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3/4 c. uncooked orzo or rosamarina pasta
1 c. Progresso® chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
1/4 c. water
2 tsp. chopped fresh or 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary leaves
1 tsp. dried mint
1/4 tsp. salt
1 medium zucchini, cut lengthwise into fourths, then cut crosswise into slices (3/4 cup)
2 plum (Roma) tomatoes, cut into fourths and sliced (1 cup)
1/2 med. bell pepper, chopped (1/2 cup)

Heat 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken in skillet about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until brown.

Stir in garlic, pasta and broth. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 8 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.

Stir in remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 5 minutes, stirring once, until bell pepper is crisp-tender and pasta is tender.
Artemis in NYC
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To Susie Indy,
Here is the recipe for the salt substitute submitted by Nell in VA last week.
Artemis in NYC
the link is Everything But Salt recipe

Hi Nancy ~ Susie from Indy wants to know where she can find the recipe for Everything But Salt. If she will just click on the bold print that says Everything But Salt in today's newsletter, Jan 22nd, it will take her directly to the recipe.
Hope this helps her.
Sunshine in South Texas

This is a family favorite and I will be making it later in the week. You can use regular cracker crumbs or even bread crumbs, if you don't have cheese crackers. You can also add a few tablespoons of Parmesan cheese to plain cracker or bread crumbs to make your own cheese crumbs.
Robbie IN

Stuffed Spicy Chicken Breasts

1 1/2 cups crumbled cheese crackers
2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
6 boneless chicken breast halves
4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, not shredded or other cheese you like
1/3 cup melted butter or margarine

Mix together cheese cracker crumbs and taco seasoning mix and set aside. Pound chicken breasts until thin enough to roll up. Cut cheese into 6 equal portions. Place one piece in center of flattened chicken breast piece. Secure with wooden toothpick. Roll and seal. Dip into melted butter, then in crumb mixture. Place onto pan prepared with non stick spray. Bake at 350F for 30- 35 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
Robbie IN
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Thank you Julie for the Pioneer bar recipe. I was missing the oil from what I had written on my recipe card.
Mary Ann Upstate N Y

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Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, PA. If it is sunny and the groundhog sees his shadow, there will be more weeks of winter. If it’s cloudy and no shadow, Spring
is coming.

There is a souvenir shop that sells groundhog-shaped cookies made with groundhog cookie cutters that you can buy at Punxsutawney Phil’s Official Souvenir Shop. You can even buy Groundhog Brew Coffee from Nicholas Coffee in a
groundhog mug. And there are chocolate  groundhogs and lollipops and groundhog
barbecue sauces. You can buy the cookies at gailsladylocks.com and use them to adorn a Groundhog Sundae. The cookie stands on a square of ice cream and “sees” its shadow of chocolate sauce (GroundhogStuff.com).

Spicy Groundhog Cookies

2 c. flour
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. ground cloves
1 t. ground ginger
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 c. soft butter
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. molasses
1 egg yolk
Currants or raisins
1 egg, slightly beaten

Sift flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda & spices together. Set aside. Cream butter & sugar together until fluffy. Blend in molasses & egg yolk. Stir in flour mixture & mix well. Form into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap or wax paper. Chill overnight. For ease in rolling, work w/small amounts of dough at a time, topped w/wax paper. Roll dough 1/8 in. thick. Remove wax paper. Cut out cookies w/lightly floured cutter. Place cookies on greased baking sheet. Brush w/ slightly beaten egg.

Decorate by giving each groundhog a currant or raisin for an eye. Bake 8-10 min. in preheated 350 oven. Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet. Makes 12 - 15 large groundhogs or 3-4 dozen small cookies. Put cooled cookies in sealed container w/ slice or 2 of bread to soften, if desired.

Athena in DE (Source: Elaine Light, via Punxsutawney Phil’s Official Souvenir Shop)
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I have a real problem. My neighbor gave me a small basket of what she calls jicama. I have no idea what to do with them. Never heard of them. They are a root vegetable she said. Gave me no recipe for them either. She thinks everyone knows about them i guess. Wish i did but, i don't want to chuck them and i know someone in nancy's land will know what to do with them. So please send some recipes for me and if you can tell me what they taste like.
Thanks, jana

Nancy I came across a recipe for a French Toast Casserole. It is called Overnight French Toast Casserole and I know that there are a lot of recipes for is but what I like about this recipe is that you can use any bread including raisin bread but no icing on it, hot dog buns, hamburger buns, any type of rolls leftover and just bread. I would not use Rye Bread or any seeded on top bread.

Overnight French Toast Casserole

1 stick or 1/2 cup butter, mieted
12 slices Texas toast or any bread item leftover
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup pecans, chopped, optional
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk

Melt butter and pour in a 9"x13" pan. Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and nuts. Whisk eggs, milk and vanilla together.

Layer bottom of pan with half of the bread pieces then sprinkle half brown sugar mixture over the bread.

Next layer second half of bread. Pour egg mixture over the bread pieces, making sure all are covered evenly. Sprinkle remaining brown sugar mixture on top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning remove from the refrigerator removing the foil and cove with new foil. Preheat oven to 350º bake the casserole for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 more minutes so the French Toast is brown and set.

Another recipe that I have and really like to use up extra already baked potatoes. All you have to do if they are cold is put them on a plate and wet a paper towel putting it over the potatoes then put in the microwave oven on 50 percent for about 2 to 3 minutes depending on the wattage of the microwave oven.
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Cheddar Bread

3 1/2 cups Bisquick
2 cups, 8 oz. pkg., shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/4 cups milk
2 eggs, slightly beaten

Combine Bisquick and cheese. Add and eggs, mixing just until moistened. Pour into greased and flour 9"x5" loaf pan. Bake at 350º for 55 minutes. Remove from pan. Serve warm.
Susie Indy
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Crock Pot Potatoes

1, 8 oz., carton sour cream
2 can Cheddar Cheese soup
onion, chopped to your taste
1 stick or 1/2 cup butter.

Melt butter in saucepan and add cream and soup. Cook in a crock pot on low temperature for 1 hour.

The next recipe I like to make for dinner but also I like it toasted in the morning with cereal or eggs.
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Everyone have a great day. Nancy and 4 legged associates take care, stay safe and warm.
Susie Indy

Judy in Alaska~ Even tho your recipe for "Portuguese Bean Soup" isn't the one used at Punahou School's Carnival each February, I'll try it-- as local markets don't have Portuguese sausage needed for the authentic recipe sent (anonymously) the other day. I never go wrong with interesting recipes I've saved from you. Thanx.
~carol in SoCal

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Just to say thanks to Robbie for the recipe for danish rolls.. This one I have seen but like to make mine from scratch. So much better.
Erma in Jacksonville, FL.

MaggieB in AZ: About that rib roast--First, do a internet search for 'standing rib roast' which is a good article on just what it is; then, you can do another search to find recipes on how to cook it. You have a really nice piece of meat there, treat it as it deserves ----- and save me some. jeanlock in McLean VA

Lean and Mean Pasta Skillet
Serves: 4

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound turkey sausage, casing removed
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, not drained
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound whole grain angel hair pasta
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat; cook sausage, bell pepper, and garlic 5 to 7 minutes, or until meat is browned, breaking up meat as it cooks. Stir in tomatoes, salt, and pepper, and simmer 10 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Stir the basil into the sauce and serve over the pasta.

Who doesn't like a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese over most any pasta dish?! And if you like your sausage a little spicier, feel free to use hot turkey sausage
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Hello again everyone. I remember this from a father's day gathering ten years or so ago.

White and Wild Rice Salad

1/2 cup wild rice
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup long grain white rice
1/3 cup dried cranberries
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp freshly grated orange peel*
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 cups seedless red grapes halved (can vary color)
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced (about a cup)
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup toasted pecans
orange juice**

Cook wild rice as label directs using ½ tsp salt. Cook white rice as directed, using 1/4 tsp salt. Cool both rices.

In a small bowl combine cranberries w/just enough boiling water to cover. Let stand 5 minutes. Drain well.

Dressing: Whisk or use a food processor. Combine oil, vinegar, orange peel, 3/4 tsp salt, and pepper till blended. Add rices and other ingredients. Toss to coat. Toss and cool.

*Use more orange peel if desired, up to 1 1/2 tsp

**Add orange juice for extra moisture if needed.
Jerry, Upstate NY

PS to Artemis...
I purchased the Fiore deSicilia from King Arthur Flour. It's used a lot in Italian baking. I think maybe it might be nice even for flavoring traditional cheese cake, though I haven't gotten to that point yet. I almost always use anise oil for the Italian cookies I make, but I did try some during the holidays using Fiore deSicilia, and as I noted before in rice pudding. It has a vanilla/ citrus flavor, different, nice, and as I am finding out needs to be used sparingly. I have a recipe here for Italian Easter Bread that is always flavored with anise, but... I am wondering what it would be like to break away for once from tradition.
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Travel Alaska  

This message is for Camille, Commack L.I. NY When I was caring for my MIL with cancer, the visiting nurses suggested that she have
Carnation Instant Breakfast drink whenever she didn't feel like eating. It has all the vitamins and minerals of most of the other higher priced drinks at less cost. You can also mix it with many different things, even ice cream for a shake type meal. Hope this helps. Laura in Ct

Camille, Ask your Dr. to prescribe Meg-Ace for you. It will increase your appetite in no time. We used it for my mom when she had cancer and it was wonderful. Have since used it with other people and it has always worked. Hope this helps and good luck in your fight!
Pat in SW Oklahoma

Hi Camille,
I am a cancer survivor, and two years ago, I had a virus in my blood which left me paralyzed and speechless. I had a feeding tube in my stomach for eight months, I survived on Ensure and water, and I am here to tell the story. When I was able to drink the
Ensure which meant I could taste it, I discovered the chocolate was my favorite flavor. Perhaps you might want to try the Ensure as a change fro the Boost since they have several flavors now.

Best of luck for a speedy recovery, and please keep us posted. We really do care.
Artemis in NYC

I want to tell Camille, Commack, LI, NY. that I went through chemo and it was very hard for me to eat because everything tasted like metal. One of the nurses told me to eat with plastic forks and spoons and to sprinkle a little lemon juice on the salted foods and cinnamon on sweet foods. That did help with the metallic taste. I'll be praying for you. Keep us all informed.

Nancy, I was thinking about the name for your compute, what about BFF, best friends forever, because you certainly are a best friend to all of us.
Jean in TN

To Gay in Long Island
Thanks for your prayers. Trying my best to force myself to eat.

My son says he is bringing me over a dunkin donuts shake every day for extra calories.
I do eat my 3 meals a day because my kids make sure of that.

But I don't snack or have anything else during the day which is where the extra calories would come in.

My son takes me for reflexology every week. It is working to relieve stress and I am feeling pretty good.
Camille,Commack,LI,ny NY

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