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Cooking Corner

September 18, 2009
Bernice Volkens

Starting early late spring and summer we seemed to be on a very hectic pace most of the time. The harvest hasn't started yet so we should have a few weeks to unwind. Virgil's shoulder is still in an immobilizer but the last week we were able to do some things we like to do.Sometimes we all feel like runners in a race,but no matter the pace we do need to stop and "smell the flowers."

Many of us often talk about killing time but never about killing money. Perhaps we think and cherish money more than time.The big difference between time and money is that you can save your pennies in any old bottle and they'll quickly pile up.Time can't be saved that way, no matter what the song says. We live a life we think has to be time-saving.We have instant TV's. We can't wait the 30 seconds for it to warm up. Or instant rice or potatoes, forget that real potatoes taste better.

Why must we do everything so fast?It seems we can no longer curl up and leisurely enjoy a book. There are some people who can skim a book in a day and let's don't forget the speed-readers. Still there are two good reasons for doing something fast because all of us find ourselves getting busier and busier and if a thing isn't done fast, it won't be done at all.Therefore clean fast, or not at all, so you can paint slowly.Shop fast, so you can take up a hobby.Cook fast, so you can read or write slow.But most of all spend time with a child or grandchild before they become an adult.

I have found out that most of my readers like the recipes that are quick and fast.Really, the fastest food is raw food.Next would be recipes that only have 2 or 3 ingredients.These are a few of my favorite and extra easy recipes.


Mix a regular size can of thawed lemonade with one can of Eagle Brand condensed milk and 1 nine-ounce container of Cool-Whip.Pour into a prepared crust and chill.


Simmer quartered cabbage in a little water until tender.Heat and pour over a can of undiluted cheese soup.


Combine 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce with 1 cup sour cream and one small can of crushed pineapple.Freeze in sprayed refrigerator tray, then cut in squares.

"Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save." Will Rogers



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