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Christmas treats: Food — and more

I love Christmas. The older I get, the more sentimental I get at Christmastime.

I so enjoy the house all decorated with sparkles of color everywhere, the baking of Christmas treats, watching Christmas specials on TV and listening to Christmas music. It also warms my heart to spend time with my three little grandsons.

May your Christmas season be one of thanksgiving, peace and precious memories shared with all those you love.

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup cocoa

4 tablespoons butter

3 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

Place sugar, cocoa, butter and milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring mixture continuously. Add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. Stir well and remove from heat. Drop by teaspoonful onto wax paper. Let cool and harden.

Elegant Mashed Potatoes

Serving size: 6     

10 medium red potatoes

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 cup bottled ranch dressing

2 tablespoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons sour cream

1/4 cup milk

1 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

1 green onion, sliced

1 teaspoon parsley flakes

2 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated

Wash and boil potatoes until tender. Remove from heat and drain. Mash potatoes until smooth. Add all ingredients and beat well with a mixer.

Pork Roast With Parmesan Fries

1 egg white, lightly beaten

1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated

1 teaspoon garlic salt, divided

1 1/4 pound Yukon Gold potatoes or russet potatoes, cut into wedges

1 pound pork tenderloin

2 tablespoons raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing

1 tablespoon honey

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine egg white, parmesan cheese, and 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt. Add to potatoes; toss to coat. Spread onto greased large baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Place meat on same baking sheet next to the potatoes; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt. Bake an additional 20 minutes. Meanwhile, combine dressing and honey. Brush meat with dressing mixture. Continue baking 10-15 minutes or until meat is cooked through (160 degrees) and potatoes are tender, brushing meat occasionally with any remaining dressing mixture. Serve with a hot steamed vegetable.

GARY’S TIP: When measuring honey, corn syrup or molasses, coat or spray the inside of the measuring cup with oil. The honey will pour right out for a more accurate measure.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Warm thoughts, like sunshine, brighten the day and lighten the heart.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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