Friday, July 2, 2010

Food for Thought

I recently came across some interesting quotes fitting for this holiday weekend.

Erma Bombeck:
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten , but it's patriotism.
Author Unknown:
It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.
William Clinton:
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.
Franklin D. Roosevelt:
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed, it must be achieved.
Swedish Proverb:
Fear less, hope more, eat less, breathe more, talk less, say more, love more, and all good things will be yours.

Enjoy your weekend with family and friends
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Cherry Barbecue Sauce
this fruity, not so sweet barbecue sauce is terrific on any grilled poultry, pork or even salmon. It can be made a day ahead
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup canned chicken broth(low salt)
  • 1/3 cup cherry preserves
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon peel
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup red wine like a Merlot or Cabernet
  • 3 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 TB. ketchup
Directions:
  • Combine chicken broth, cherry preserves, orange juice, lemon juice, lemon peel,cinnamon, dried cherries in medium saucepan. Boil over heat till mixture is reduced to 1 1/2 cups for about 6 minutes
  • Mix cornstarch and wine, add orange marmalade and ketchup
  • Whisk to blend
  • Add to reduced broth mixture whisking constantly about 5 minutes till thickened
  • optional: season sauce with salt, pepper, cayenne
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Three-Bean Casserole
Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. pork sausage, cooked, drained and crumbled
  • 2 cups of chopped celery
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cans of baked beans
  • 1 can lima beans drained
  • 1 can kidney beans drained
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 1 can of chunky tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • several slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
Directions:
  • Mix all ingredients except bacon and place in a slow cooker for a few hours or in oven @ 300 for an hour and half-stir occasionally
  • Place crumbled bacon on top

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