Country Cook News – January 5, 2013

Hi Everyone!

I created this low-cal recipe for Chicken Enchiladas a few years back when my husband, Ed, and I returned to Weight Watchers for our second run at reducing our waistlines. These enchiladas are satisfying and tasty, yet they’re a guilt-free dining experience. The full story that inspired this recipe is in Pork Chops & Applesauce.

An excerpt:

We’re headed into another battle. This time we’ll call it WWII. Ed said, as we turned into the church parking lot where the meetings were held.

Honey, it’s not like we’re about to face a firing squad. I said, amused at his flair toward the dramatic. Maybe after a few Weight Watchers meetings we’ll get back into the swing of dieting. I was trying to look at the bright side of our on-going battle of the bulge.

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BLOG OF THE WEEK

The Daily Dish Recipes is a taste-full site whether you’re cooking for a special occasion or wanting to take the ho hum out of Thursday night dinners. A quote by Ruth Reichl tops this site and is so deliciously true of its content. “Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ~ Ruth Reichl

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STRESSED OUT?
Kissing washes away stress and inspires feelings of relaxation. The reason? It sends your levels of the feel-good, bonding hormone oxytocin soaring, say French researchers. You can also enjoy the same benefit from cuddling a four-legged pal, additional research shows. Woman’s World Magazine, December 24, 2012, Number 52
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KITCHEN TIP

DON’T TOSS IT: Use empty butter wrappers to grease baking pans – there’s just the right amount of butter left on the wrapper to perfectly grease the pan.

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AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN (ATK)
Lemon Pudding Cake from ATK fits the dessert board for the new year. Light and creamy, it’s a refreshing treat after overdosing on sweet-laden foods over the holidays.
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ASK CYNTHIA A QUESTION - January 3, 2013

WANTED: A chocolate raisin nut drop cookie where the chocolate is melted and then added to the cookie batter. The recipe is thought to be in the 1960, 1962 or 1963 unrevised copies of the Joy of Cooking cookbooks. Please send an e-mail to books@porkchopsandapplesauce.net if you have any information about his recipe.

Julie S. contacted me before the holidays seeking the recipe for the cookies her mother baked for her as a child. With the exception of the original 1931 edition of the Joy of Cooking, ’60, ’62 and ’63 editions are among the most valuable copies. I have promised Julie that I’ll find the recipe, so please check your cookbooks! You might find the recipe and learn that your Joy of Cooking is worth more than what your grandmother originally paid for it.

Happy New Year!
CB

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