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Posted Online: April 30, 2013, 9:56 am
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Mr. Tidbit: Oat of their minds?
New from Quaker, which surely is the champion of making one product in many versions (sorry, Oreos, it's really no contest), comes Perfect Portions: instant oatmeal in a multi-serving bag. That's mildly interesting, but there's a surprise; hang in there.
Here it goes: A box of plain unsweetened Quaker instant oatmeal weighs 11.8 ounces; it contains 12 envelopes, each about 1 ounce. Perfect Portions (choice of cinnamon or maple) comes in a 12.7-ounce bag and, unlike almost all the other Quaker instant oatmeal introduced in the past 50 years, is unsweetened. You add as much sugar as you like and prepare the amount you want.
When Mr. Tidbit started to jot down the shelf price of Perfect Portions at one store, he blinked. Hard. So he went to an online store. And blinked again. Perfect Portions fails to follow the rule that new versions of existing products cost more.
Indeed, it costs less!
At the first store, the 12-serving box of plain, unsweetened Quaker instant oatmeal was $2.99; that's 25 cents a serving. The 12.7-ounce bag of Perfect Portions was only $1.99 (not an introductory price), so 12 (1-ounce) servings would be 17 cents each — 32 percent cheaper.
Mr. Tidbit still is blinking.
— Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT)

QC Craft Beer Week celebrates local brewing community
On May 4, the first ever Quad Cities Craft Beer week will kick off an eight-day celebration of locally-brewed beer.
Coordinated by the area homebrewers club, MUGZ, the event begins with brewing demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Blue Cat Brew Pub, 113 18th St Rock Island.
Special tappings will take place during Quad Cities Craft Beer Week at the Great River Brewery, 332 E. 2nd St., Davenport; Against the Grain Brewery and Ale House, 1340 31st St., Rock Island; and Bent River Brewery, 1413 5th Ave. Moline.
Other events include Beer Dinner and Beer School at the Blue Cat Brew Pub and daily beer tastings at Camp McClellan Cellars, 2302 E 11th St., Davenport.
The public is encouraged to visit qcbeerweek.com for an up-to-date list of events, locations and times. Events conclude May 12.

Easy recipe: Salmon in aluminum foil
Serves: 4
4 sheets aluminum foil (12 x 18 inches, slightly larger than yellow legal pad)
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 medium carrots, cut into thin strips
1 small leek, cut into thin slices
1 onion, cut into thin slices
1 head iceberg lettuce, cut into 8 wedges
1 1/2 pounds salmon fillet, boneless, skin removed, cut into 8 portions
1 tablespoon water for each package
4 tablespoons creme fraiche or sour cream
Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place aluminum foil on table with shortest side facing you. All food will be placed in middle of bottom half of foil. Top half of foil will eventually be folded over food. Brush center of bottom half with oil.
Mix all vegetables and spread 1/4 of them over oil. Arrange 2 portions of salmon with vegetables. Add water. Season with salt and pepper. Repeat with remaining three sheets of foil.
To seal pouches, fold top section of foil over. Fold and squeeze edges together to form well-sealed pouch. Place packages on large baking sheet and place in preheated oven. When packages enlarge, they're ready to serve - usually after about 6 to 8 minutes.
To serve, carefully place each package on plate and open at table with pair of scissors or knife. Spoon creme fraiche or sour cream onto fish and sprinkle with lemon juice. Fresh herbs can be added before or after cooking. Eat straight from package.
— 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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