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Southwestern Potato Skins

Cooking Corner

February 6, 2009
Bernice Volkens

It hardly seems possible that we are in the month of February it must be true as you get older time seems to fly by. February is the second month of the year on our calendar and it is the shortest month and the only month with fewer than 30 days.

The month has 29 days in leap years and when it has only 28 days it is the only month of the year that can pass without a single full moon.

It is also the only month of the calendar that once every six years and twice every 11 years, will have only four full 7-day weeks.

This year in 2009 the month starts on Sunday and ends on a Saturday and will happen every 11 years.

I've told you the facts of February in a nutshell but the real nutshell is what is observed in February. It may be a short month but it has a lot going for it.

The special holidays and highlights for this month will be Groundhog Day, Heart Month, Pet Responsibility Month, Lincoln's Birthday, Washington's Birthday, President's Day, Black History Month, Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras and National Pig Day.

This week around here there are luncheons, programs and the wearing of red clothes to bring attention to American Heart month.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Women account for 47.1% of deaths related to heart disease. Although the major heart attack signs and symptoms are similar for men and women, women are more likely to experience the less common symptoms and delay seeking emergency treatment.

Almost every state through the United States has health departments that conduct campaigns to increase public awareness of heart attack signs and symptoms and the importance of calling 9-1-1 when experiencing these symptoms.

Eating healthy is important to every one and the recipes are easy to find.

SOUTHWESTERN POTATO SKINS

6 large baking

potatoes

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon chili

powder

1/8 teaspoon taco

sauce

6 slices turkey bacon,

cooked until crisp,

chopped

1 medium tomato,

diced

2 tablespoons sliced

green onions

1/2 cup shredded

cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat baking sheet with cooking spray.

Scrub potatoes and prick each several times with a fork. Microwave uncovered on high until tender, about 10 minutes.

Remove the potatoes from the microwave and place on a rack to cool.

When cool to the touch, cut each potato in half lengthwise and scoop out the flesh, leaving about 1/4 inch of the flesh attached to the skin.

In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, chili powder and hot sauce.

Brush the olive oil mixture on the insides of the potato skins.

Cut each half of the potato skin in half crosswise. Place the potatoes onto the baking sheet.

In a small bowl gently mix together the turkey bacon, tomato and onions.

Fill each potato skin with this mixture and sprinkle each with cheese.

Bake until the cheese is melted and the potato skins are heated through, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

From Mayo Clinic Healthy Recipes

"Love Yourself-Love your Heart.

 
 

 

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