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Posted Online: Feb. 12, 2013, 11:43 am
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Mr. Tidbit: A fitting Grape-Nuts addition
There's a new cereal from Grape-Nuts: Grape-Nuts Fit. In addition to the "lightly crunchy nuggets" mentioned on the package front (those seem to be regular Grape-Nuts), Grape-Nuts Fit contains granola, cranberries, puffed barley and "a touch of natural vanilla flavor." The arrangement of words on the box seems to indicate that this is Cranberry Vanilla Grape-Nuts Fit, suggesting that someday we might have other flavors touching Fits of Grape-Nuts.
Let it be said that although some lovers of original Grape-Nuts might not jump for joy at the thought of cranberries or touches of flavor, in a very obvious way Grape-Nuts Fit is a lot more like Grape-Nuts than like Grape-Nuts Flakes (the only other variant of Grape-Nuts). Fit almost is as leaden — or let's say "dense" — as regular Grape-Nuts. A 58-gram serving of Grape-Nuts is 1/2 cup; the same serving of Grape-Nuts Fit is 2/3 cup. A 3/4-cup serving of Grape-Nuts Flakes weighs only 29 grams — half as much.
And although a serving of Grape-Nuts Fit has a little more fat and a little less fiber than one of regular Grape-Nuts, its substantial vitamin and mineral profile — 13 constituents at 10 percent or more of the daily value (seven of them at 25 percent or more) — almost is identical to those of Grape-Nuts and Grape-Nuts Flakes.
— Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT)

Easy Recipe: Crust-less Spring Quiche
1 16-ounce box potato and cheddar pierogies
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
3 cups baby spinach
2 scallions, sliced
1 1/2 cups milk
3 large eggs
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup shredded Asiago cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Boil pierogies as box directs.
Melt butter in 12-inch skillet over medium heat; add red pepper slices and mushrooms. Cook, stirring frequently about 5 minutes or until just tender. Remove to bowl with slotted spoon. Add spinach and scallions to drippings remaining in skillet; cook about 3 minutes or until just wilted. Remove to bowl with vegetables.
Grease 3-quart casserole dish. Beat milk, eggs, salt and pepper in large bowl, until well mixed. Add vegetables, cheese and cooked pierogies. Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish. Bake 40 minutes, or until mixture is puffed and golden.
— GateHouse News Service

Cupcakes for every occasion
Maybe it's the single serve proportions, perfect cake-to-icing ratio or approachability of this iconic treat, but America's love affair with cupcakes is holding strong. These tasty treats can be adapted to any occasion, and whether it's a favorite holiday, birthday bash, girl's night out or just because, the color, sweetness and fun of cupcakes makes people smile.
Think of cupcakes as a blank canvas easily personalized with the right tools. For example, Wilton has products to make it easy for bakers and decorators of all skill levels to make their cupcakes amazing, no matter the occasion. Wilton's new book, "Cupcakes!" is available at your nearest craft store and wilton.com, and showcases unique tips, techniques and products for swirling your way into cupcake greatness.
Play Dress Up. Add personality with playful baking cups — from vibrant stripes to pretty polka dots to festive flowers. Top off your favorite cupcakes with cookie decorations; try a Shamrock for St. Patrick's Day or an apple for an unexpected teacher's gift on the first day of school.
Entice with Icing. Play with icing color to add visual interest — think icy blue for a wintry treat or pale yellow for autumn. Sprinkles are an easy way to make icing sparkle. Sugar gems create an eye-catching crystal effect, and seasonal toppings add an extra special touch.
It's Hip to be Square. Round out your cupcake repertoire with Wilton's Square Cupcake Pan and baking cups; the square shape is a fresh take on everyone's favorite treat.
— GateHouse News Service



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  Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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