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Posted Online: April 16, 2013, 10:56 am
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Mr. Tidbit: More MiO
It has been a while since Mr. Tidbit spoke of the "liquid water enhancer" MiO. Unlike the many brands of individual packets of powdered flavoring sold for the same purpose, with MiO (and its more recent competitors, such as Dasani Drops) one can vary the amount of flavor by varying the number of drops one adds. Breathtaking.
And now, of course, in addition to the 11 flavors of regular MiO drops, there are two new kinds of MiO: MiO Fit and MiO Energy, each in two flavors.
MiO Fit has vitamins (10 percent of the daily value per "serving" of vitamins B3 (niacin), B6 and B12, and electrolytes (35 percent of the daily value of potassium and — wait for it — 3 percent of the daily value of that hard-to-obtain electrolyte, sodium).
MiO Energy contains 60 milligrams of caffeine per serving, as well as unlisted amounts of taurine, guarana and ginseng, plus 10 percent of the daily values of vitamins B3, B6 and B12.
An odd thing about the serving size of MiO: The 1.62-ounce bottles of original MiO are said to provide 24 servings. The same 1.62-ounce bottles of Fit and Energy are said to provide only 18 (larger) servings. All sell for the same price. The only explanation Mr. Tidbit can come up with is this: To minimize the cost of added vitamins but yield 10 percent daily value per serving, make the serving larger.
— Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT)

Easy Recipe: Orange chicken and rice
Makes 4 servings
1 jar (12 ounces) orange marmalade
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup water
2 cups cooked chicken, grilled or roasted (Alternative: try 2 cups cooked turkey)
1 large orange, washed and thinly sliced
1 cup frozen sugar snap peas, thawed
2 cups cooked, white rice or brown rice
Slivered almonds, optional
In a small sauce pan add in marmalade, orange juice and water. Simmer until blended and reduced by about half. It should be like syrup.
Add chicken, orange slices and peas until all are hot.
Serve over rice. If desired, sprinkle with slivered almonds.
— GateHouse News Service

Food for Thought: Rethink cottage cheese
Today, cottage cheese is anything but plain. With its light flavor and creamy texture, cottage cheese makes a delicious and healthy base for a host of dishes. Have a favorite high-fat dip? Swap out the mayo for low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese. You'll add calcium and protein without compromising flavor. In the mood for a creamy dressing? Blend cottage cheese, herbs and spices for a rich-tasting, low calorie dressing for salads from greens to pasta.
It's also a perfect addition to your morning pancake mix. Mild, creamy cottage cheese mixed with lightly sweetened batter forms delicious California Cottage Cheese Pancakes with the added bonus of a healthy dose of protein. While people tend to add fruit and other "sweet" additions to cottage cheese, don't overlook savory ingredients like chopped artichoke hearts, olives, nuts or even salsa.
Go Greek with fresh, flavorful ingredients like cucumbers, red peppers, herbs and olives. And, when you're craving the rich flavors of Italy, look no further than the Modern Italian Cottage Cheese Plate: a salad that combines tomatoes, basil, olives and greens, topped with cottage cheese.
— GateHouse News Service




 












 



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1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
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