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Cranberry Salsa

Updated 12 months ago

1 bag fresh cranberries 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 can green chilies 1/2 tsp. cumin 1 tsp. lime juice. Boil sugar and water. Add cranberries. Bring to boil. Reduce heat. Boil 10 minutes. Do not stir while boiling. Add cumin, lime juice and chilies. Stir. Serve over block of cream cheese on Ritz crackers. Delicious and beautiful presentation.Submitted by: Lindy Warren

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Moist Bran Muffins

Updated 12 months ago

Good for a couple or single person! 1/2 cup All-Bran 1/2 cup milk 2 tablespoons canola oil 1/2 cup flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 tspoon salt In a bowl,combine the bran and milk:let stand for 5 minutes.Stir in oil.Combine the remaining ingredients: stir in bran mixture just until moistened. Fill muffin cups half full. Bake at 400 for 18-20 minutes or toothpick comes out clean.Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield:4 muffinsSubmitted by: Mary Bowden

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Cranberry Pie

Updated 12 months ago

CRANBERRY PIE 3 cups cranberries, rinsed and sorted (12 ounces) ¾ cup pecan or walnut pieces, lightly toasted ½ cup sugar ¾ cup butter, melted 2 eggs, slightly beaten 2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur or orange juice 2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel 1 cup sugar 1 cup flour ½ t. salt ¼ t. baking powder Butter and lightly flour a deep 10-inch pie plate or a 10×2-inch quiche dish that does not have a removable bottom. Place cranberries in the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle with nuts and ½ cup sugar. In mixing bowl, combine melted butter, eggs, liqueur or juice, orange peel, sugar and flour. Beat with a wire whisk or form until smooth. Pour over cranberries. Bake in a 325-egree oven for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean and top is golden brown. Cool pie on a wire rack. Cover and chill to serve. Makes 8-10 servings. Submitted by: Nonni Daly

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If the election were held Today, would you have voted differently?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 7% (16 votes)No 93% (228 votes)


Are you surprised the race for Governor was as close as it turned out?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 45% (182 votes)No 55% (219 votes)


What grade would you give John Baldacci in his 8 years as governor?

Updated 4 years ago

A 2% (11 votes) B 7% (36 votes)C 18% (97 votes)D 28% (148 votes)F 45% (240 votes)


Healthy Living: Vitamin D

Updated 4 years ago

The New Wonder Vitamin?By- Dr. Joan Marie PellegriniMost of us learned in school that Vitamin D is important for our bone health and that we get it from being in the sun. This is true. The sun on our exposed skin, along with our liver and kidneys, acts to convert the inactive molecule to the active vitamin. We can also get the active vitamin in our diet. Many foods, including milk, are supplemented with vitamin D. Vitamin D is critical in regulating our calcium metabolism. We have known for decades that vitamin D is critical for bone development. However, there is now increasingly significant research into the other biologic actions of this vitamin. These include the immune system (both the innate and adaptive), pancreas (i.e. diabetes) and metabolic homeostasis, heart-cardiovascular (heart disease and hypertension), muscle and brain systems (i.e. dementia), as well as the control of the cell cycle, and thus of the disease process of cancer.I have been telling my patients for years that if they have a problem with colon polyps, that taking Caltrate (calcium) and aspirin my help to reduce the number of polyps. New evidence shows that these same patients would probably also benefit from Vitamin D supplementation.Several conditions such as tuberculosis, psoriasis, eczema, Crohn’s disease, chest infections, wound infections, influenza, urinary tract infections, eye infections and wound healing may benefit from adequate circulating vitamin D levels.Scientists and nutritionists from many countries agree that at present about half of elderly North Americans and Western Europeans and probably also of the rest of the world are not receiving enough vitamin D to maintain healthy bone. This despite very well publicized national guidelines and supplementing our milk and orange juice. It is unclear exactly why our vitamin D levels are low. It could be from reduced dietary intake or less sun exposure or, more likely, a combination. We all live in a northern climate and this means we have less sun exposure than people living near the equator. Also, we tend to use sun screen which blocks the sun’s ability to help our skin make vitamin D.So, should you take a vitamin D supplement? You should evaluate how often you are outside when it is sunny. Is it at least 10 minutes a day without sunscreen? How much vitamin D are you getting in your diet? Dietary sources that are high in vitamin D are milk, orange juice (if the carton says it has added vitamin D), and fatty fish (such as mackerel and salmon). If you think you may not be getting enough, then a supplement of 1000 IU a day during the summer and 200 IU during the winter may be beneficial. If you are someone who seems to get every virus that goes through your office of school, then some experts believe this may be a sign of being relatively vitamin D deficient and that you’d benefit from taking extra vitamin D. If you are on medications or have liver or kidney disease, then you should discuss this issue with your physician before starting vitamin D supplementation.

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Scalloped Corn Supreme

Updated 12 months ago

Submitted by: Carol Cossette1 can cream style corn 1 c. milk 1 egg, well beaten 1 c. cracker crumbs 1/4 c. chopped onion 3 T. chopped pimento 3/4 t. salt 1/2 c. buttered cracker crumbs Heat corn and milk. Gradually stir in egg. Add next 4 ingredients, and a dash of pepper. Mix well. Pour into greased 1 1/2 qt. baking dish. Sprinkle buttered crumbs over top. Bake at 350* for 20-25 minutes.

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Date Pie

Updated 12 months ago

Submitted by: Linda Emmons, Alton1Pk chopped dates 1/2 cup boiling water 2/3cups walnuts 1 lg box of vanilla pudding sm Whipped topping pinch of nutmeg Mix 1/2 cup water over dates drain water immediately & cool. Sprinkle nuts over crust. Then add dates. Omit 1/2 cup milk from pudding. Put pudding over dates. Add 1/2 cup cool whip to pudding & nutmeg.

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Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Updated 12 months ago

Submitted by: Kate Beaulieu, Hampden5 lbs potatoes 6 oz cream cheese (2 packs) 8 oz sour cream 1 Tbls minced garlic 2 Tbls butter paprika Boil potatoes until soft for mashing (or mixing with a blender for smoother potatoes) If using red potatoes, leave skin on after cleaning. Drain. Mix in cream cheese, sour cream & garlic. If it needs more “liquid” add small amounts of milk until desired consistancy. If storing (up to 3 days), put in 8X11 baking dish, cover & refrigerate. When ready to bake. Preheat oven to 325. Dot potatoes with butter and sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 50 minutes.It can be adjusted (temp & time) to accommodate other baking with other items. If not using gravy, top with bacon pieces, tomatoes & cheese and put under broiler until bubbly.

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Are you ready for the elections to be over?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 98.4% (246 votes)No 1.6% (4 votes)


Question

Updated 4 years ago

How are you going to vote on Question One about the Casino in Oxford County?Yes 54% (262)No 41% (202)Undecided 5% (23)


Question

Updated 4 years ago

Do you vote on Election Day, by Absentee Ballot, or by Early Voting?On the Day 64% (144)Absentee 18% (40)Early 7% (15)I don’t vote 12% (26)


Will you be watching tonight’s Gubernatorial forum?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 29% (68 votes) No 71% (166 votes)


Does where campaign finances come from matter in your voting process?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 57% (123 votes)No 43% (92 votes)


If the election were today, who would get your vote for U.S. Congress?

Updated 4 years ago

Mike Michaud 42.39% (451 votes)Jason Levesque 57.61% (613 votes)


Should people who post comments online be made to post their real name?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 48% (152 votes)No 52% (163 votes)


Do you think nurses at EMMC should go on strike to get a new contract?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 58% (169 votes) No 40% (116 votes) Other: 2% (6 votes)


What is the most pressing topic for you in this election?

Updated 4 years ago

Taxes 13% (25 votes)Jobs 35% (70 votes)Economy 33% (65 votes)Social Services 6% (12 votes)Change 9% (17 votes)Other: 4% (9 votes)


Do you think Tidal Power will be the next big energy source, or a waste of resources?

Updated 4 years ago

Next Big Thing 53% (76 votes) Waste of Resources 47% (68 votes)


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