Country Cook News – October 25, 2012

Hi Everyone!

RECIPE OF THE WEEK

Chili Baked Potato Casserole is an offshoot from Wendy’s Restaurant that once offered a chili baked potato on their menu. My family loved Wendy’s chili baked potatoes so much that we’d often swing through the drive-up window and bring a whopping size bag of them home for dinner. When I realized I could make an even better chili baked potato for less money at home, I went to the kitchen and created the same chili baked potato dish in casserole form that quickly became our new family favorite. Make this casserole your own by using the canned chili you like most, or top it with chopped fresh tomato,salsa or jalapenos for some real pizzazz. This simple-to-make casserole will fill you with warmth from the inside out during frosty fall and winter months.

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BLOG OF THE WEEK
Mamma’s Meals offers a Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole that will quill the chill of cold mornings, and a recipe that can have them eager to come to the table for a “breakfast for dinner” meal. Perhaps if you have a bit more time to spend in the kitchen try Mamma’s Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups or start your day with Pumpkin Spice Pancakes. Mamma does it up big for breakfast, but she also does a grand job throughout her site with a Crock Pot Challenge section and scrumptious side dishes like Apple Topped Sweet Potatoes or Healthy Tater Tots! Why? Simply Potato!! to serve alongside the wide selection of beef, chicken, pork and pasta entrees. Check out Mama’s “My Recipe Box” for hundreds of delightfully tempting recipes and food ideas that will have you dancing in the kitchen.

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CB’s KITCHEN TIPS OR FOR TWEETERS #CBKITTIP
~~Store popcorn seeds in freezer, pop while still frozen for better popping results, fewer ‘old maids.’
~~To prevent an infestation of pests in dry goods, freeze new product from the store for 3 to 6 weeks before storing in air tight container.
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FOOD FOR A HALLOWEEN PARTY
My Catholic Kitchen has re-created Pigs in a Blanket that are tastier and tinier Mini Pigs in a Blanket. Perfectly spicy and bite-sized for goblins of all ages.
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AN APPLE A DAY BOOSTS YOUR HEALTH!
Fall’s most popular–and most nutritious–fruit can…
Protect your bones! French research suggests phloridzin, a flavonoid found only in apples, may increase bone density and protect against osteoporosis. Woman’s World Magazine, October 22, 2012, Number 43.
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BURN MEGA CALORIES WITH PEANUT BUTTER
Women who eat one to two tablespoons of peanut, almond or cashew butter daily weigh about four pounds less and have waistlines that are nearly an inch smaller than those who don’t, reports the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Credit goes to nut butters’ rich supply of healthy monounsaturated fats (which rev your metabolism) and protein and fiber (which fill you up and keep you satisfied for hours). Even better: The same study shows that having a peanut-butter habit lowers your risk of heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Woman’s World Magazine 2012 Number 35
P.S. If this is true, I should be really skinny!
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ASK CYNTHIA A QUESTION
I need to replenish my basket of questions. Please zip your food and cooking questions off to Cynthia with just a click.
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Happy Halloween!
CB

Cynthia Briggs

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