Country Cook News – April 19, 2013

Hi Everyone!

RECIPE OF THE WEEK

These (nearly) guilt-free Super Breakfast Cookies are super-sized and super-full of healthy breakfast cereals and grains. Add a glass of milk and kids of all ages are good-to-go. Use whole, organic ingredients to make these super cookies even more nutritious. You might also consider adding one to two tablespoons of wheat germ or flax seeds to the batter (the kids will never know). I made dozens of batches of these cookies for my kids when they were growing-up, and it’s a cookie I often give out as a sample at book signings…very few passersby can resist a fresh baked cookie that’s filled full of oats, granola, Cheerios, chocolate chips and “plumped” raisins.

This recipe and a story titled, The Cookie Monster are in my cookbook, Pork Chops & Applesauce. The story is about the natural affinity kids have for cookies.

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BLOG OF THE WEEK

If kids, moms and grandmothers like to play with their food then SugarKissed.net is the place they want to be. Creative Sweets Made Simple is the motto for the site, with extra emphasis on Creative. I was floored when I ran across, site owner, Janine’s tutorial on How to Make Sprinkles at Home. Imagine, homemade sprinkles! Just when I thought I’d heard of everything… HOME, DECORATED COOKIES, CAKE POPS, RECIPES, TIPS & TRICKS, SHOP and LINK PARTIES are tabs that will open a magical world of baking and decorating activities with kids or things to do when the little ones visit Grandma. This is a site that offers over-the-top food fun for those with little ones and great gift ideas for adults planning special events for youngsters. Thanks for sharing all your clever ideas with us, Janine!

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CHASE AWAY THE BLUES

For an instant mood lift, try snacking on an oatmeal cookie; it’s a complex carbohydrate that is study-proven to trigger the release of feel-good neurotransmitters. Recipe of the Week (above) is a sweet way to start lifting your spirits with oatmeal. Information taken in part from Woman’s World Magazine.

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FREE: THE ADVENTURES OF LILY AND LEON

Now through April 30, The Adventures of Lily and Leon: A Soppy Fish Tale is free on the Smashword website. Simply use the coupon code NL54F at checkout to get your free copy. Choose the format that works best for you: Kindle, Nook, PDF (e-book) and more. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this children’s fantasy about diversity in friendships.

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CB’s KITCHEN TIP

KEEP BUGS OUT of dried beans, rice, oatmeal, etc. by slipping 2 (bug-free) hot, dried chilies into their storage jar or bag.

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EGGS, WHO NEEDS THEM?

Actually we do! Eggs ease anxiety, and who doesn’t need less stress in their life? Eggs contain high levels of the amino acid taurine that slows adrenalin production so we can turn off the stressful thoughts that race through our head. So the next time you’re stressed, try eating an egg, it might help calm the jitters.

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MORE ABOUT EGGS

To tell if an egg is hard boiled, try spinning it on a table top. If it spins like a top it’s hard cooked, if it wobbles and doesn’t easily spin then it’s not cooked.

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ASK CYNTHIA A QUESTION – April 19, 2013

This week I’m asking my own question to see if anyone reading this newsletter will have the answer. Is there a proper name for a no-lettuce salad? I thought it would be called a caprise salad but I learned that’s an Italian salad made almost exclusively with tomatoes, mozzarella and herbs. I’ve searched the net and came up empty. If you know the answer or have an idea, please reply to this e-mail or send your comments to cynthiabriggsbooks@yahoo.com. Thank You!

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Till next time…
CB

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