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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 Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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