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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Jan 11th, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, January 14, 2002

Have you broken your New Years resolution already? Here is what other countries do at the start of the New Year. In the U.S. 12:00 o’clock midnight is for blowing horns, ringing bells and blowing whistles. In Spain little saucers are arranged on the table with 12 big grapes in each saucer, at midnight a grape is eaten at each stroke of the clock. In Greece a homemaker bakes a cake and puts a coin in it, the lucky person to find it will be prosperous in the new year. In Sweden an article is hidden in the food, maybe an almond is hidden in a rice pudding and the person to get “it” will be married within the year, providing the person finding the almond does not reveal he found it. In Denmark, you gather up some old dishes, go to a friends home and break the dishes against the door. The door with the most broken dishes is the sign of the most popular family. The Italians fling open all the windows, blowing horns and noise makers, setting off firecrackers, and lighting sparklers.
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An adolescent is a youngster who is old enough to dress himself, if he could just remember where he dropped his clothes.
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Give others a piece of your heart, not a piece of your mind.
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Life is just a symphony of snap, crackle and pop. When you’re young, it’s cereal. When you’re older, it’s your joints.
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Is what you’re living for worth dying for?
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A young nun bolted out of the doctor’s office, weeping uncontrollably. A prominent Catholic laymen witnessed the scene and barged in on the doctor, demanding to know what he’d said to upset such a dear woman. “I told her she was pregnant.” “Why would you do a thing like that?” The doctor shrugged and said, “It sure stopped her hiccups.”
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Ole was getting a little absent minded. He walked up to a man at Sons of Norway, who looked familiar to him and said, “Say - vas dat you dat died - or was it your Brudder?”
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Signs in Rhyme
Shear a sheep before the
first of May,
And you’ll soon shear him
all the way.
If the snow is as fine as meal,
It will snow a great deal.
Crow after you go to bed,
You’ll get up with a wet head.
Rain before seven,
Will quit before eleven.
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“Let the dough rest and relax” the recipe said. “It’s easier to handle when you’re baking bread.”
Until I read this, I didn’t know how much I am like baker’s dough.
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~Until next week, Annabelle

Charlotte’s Best Wild Rice Soup

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup flour
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups milk or light cream
2 cups cooked wild rice
2 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey or ham
1 (4 oz.) can mushrooms, drained and chopped
2 grated carrots
3 stalks celery (diced)
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. white pepper
1 tsp. dried parsley

Prepare wild rice according to package directions. Cube meat and saute vegetables, set aside. Melt butter in dutch oven and add flour to make a thick roux. With a wire whip, slowly add chicken broth and milk or cream, stirring constantly until thick. Add meat, cooked rice and vegetables. Stir in seasonings and parsley, and heat until simmering, do NOT boil.

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