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Hancock News week of Jan. 14

True or not.

I don't know.

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a pay back so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings.

Do you know the difference between margarine and butter?

Now this is where it gets very interesting!

Both have the same amount of calories.

Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams of margarine.

Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53 percent over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.

Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.

Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and only because they are added!

Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavor of the other foods.

Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.

And now, for Margarine...

• Very high in trans fatty acids.

• Triples risk of coronary heart disease.

• Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol).

• Increases the risk of cancers up to five times.

• Lowers quality of breast milk.

• Decreases immune response.

• Decreases insulin response.

And here's the most disturbing fact. Margarine is but one molecule away from being plastic and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT.

These facts alone were enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).

You can try this yourself:

Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:

No flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something).

It does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic. Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast? Share this with your friends...(if you want to butter them up)!

Chinese Proverb: When someone shares something of value with you and you, benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.

Pass the butter please.

100 years ago

Halley's comet is observed for the first time.

Nobel prize in science: For Physics: Johannes D. Van De Waals (Holland) Work on the equation for gasses and liquids.

Winter comes but once a year,

and surely it won't last.

So let's enjoy this gift of white,

with thoughts of winters past.

One of my favorite gifts this season was the front door of my mother's old homestead, it is well over one hundred years old. My husband, Jim, dragged it through woods and deep snow drifts to haul it home for me. It was a gift of love, memories and forever and winter's past.

A new cookbook. Here are recipes old and new, and something that is good for you.

1-2-3 Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Prep time: 45 minutes. start to finish: 1 Hour

4 dozen cookies

A 1950 Bisquick ad featured Betty Crocker's "1-2-3- Cooky " recipe.

This recipe was promoted as "thrifty" because it cost 5 1/2 cents to make a dozen cookies and a large box of Bisquick yielded 390 cookies.

1 cup peanut butter

1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)

2 cups Original Bisquick mix

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons sugar

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix peanut butter and milk until smooth. Stir in Bisquick mix and vanilla until blended.

Shape dough into 1 1/4 - inch balls. Roll tops in sugar. On ungreased cookie sheet, place balls, sugar sides up, 2 inches apart. Flatten is crisscross pattern with fork dipped in additional sugar.

Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until centers are set and bottoms are light golden brown. Do not over bake. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool 15 minutes.

Impossibly Easy Taco Pie

Prep time: 15 minutes. start to finish: 45 minutes

6 servings

1 lb. ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)

1 envelope (1.25 oz.) taco seasoning mix

1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies, drained

1/2 cup Original Bisquick mix

1 cup milk

2 eggs

3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese ( 3 oz )

Salsa, if desired

Sour cream, if desired.

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray 9 - inch glass pie plate with cooking spray. Cook beef and onion in 10-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain. Stir in seasoning mix (dry). Spread in pie plate. Top with chilies.

Stir Bisquick mix, milk and eggs until blended. Pour into pie plate.

Bake about 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Serve with salsa and sour cream.

This one is the favorite of the head daughter in our family.

Cherry-Chocolate Pudding Cake

18 Servings: Prep time: 10 minutes: start to finish 55 minutes

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup baking cocoa

2 cups hot water

2 cups Original Bisquick mix

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup baking cocoa

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon almond extract

2 eggs

1 can (21 oz.) cherry pie filling

Ice cream, if desired

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix brown sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa and the hot water in ungreased rectangular pan, 13 x 9 inches, until sugar is dissolved.

Stir Bisquick mix, granulated sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa, the oil, almond extract and eggs in large bowl until blended. Stir in pie filling. Spoon batter over cocoa mixture in pan.

Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly.

Serve warm with ice cream if desired. To make this ever-popular chocolate cake even more irresistible, top with a dollop of whipped cream.

Margaret Cunningham was the Sunday dinner guest at the Jon Cunningham home.

Loraye and James Backer were the Monday guests at the Candace Lageson home in Montevideo.

Saturday night the following people spent an evening together at a hotel in Minnetonka to observe their family Christmas: Jean and Lisa DeWaard of Iowa, Sharon Van Eps, Samantha Bormann, Cory, Tammy and Jaedyn Marquart and Joyce Van Eps of Morris, Scott, Amy, Jacob and Kaylee Van Eps of Chaska, Joan Jipson and Stan and Katie Erdman of Hancock.

And for the new year!

"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life: not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens."

Have a great week.