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Volunteer Vittles Vol. 291  Cat Adams
 Oct 06, 2001 23:01 PDT 
Volunteer Vittles Vol. 291
October 6, 2001

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Contents in this issue:
. Recipe: Crockpot Creole Chicken
. Hints from Helga
. Little Vittles Recipe: Gummy Bears
. Cute Toons
. Recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole
. Pet Place
. Recipe: Chili Dip
. LynnLynn's Vittles Links
. Humor/Inspirational
. Recipe: Daredevil Dip
. Reader Comments and Requests

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RECIPE: Crockpot Creole Chicken

Reader JudyR (from Florida) shares:


8 chicken thighs (I used 3 big breasts)
1 can diced tomatoes (I used 1 can whole tomatoes chopped up)
1 can tomato paste (I used 1 can Rotel drained)
1 chopped bell pepper
1 chopped onion chopped ham (I used one thick slice ham chopped up)
diced sausage (I left this out only because I didn't have any)
Tabasco sauce to taste (I left this out)

Throw it all in the crock and cook on low 4-5 hours. I thickened
it a little at the end with cornstarch. I served it over brown
rice. The ham gave it really good flavor. We really liked it.
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Hints From Helga:

Reader Char asked:

   Dear Helga, I have a nice white sleeveless turtleneck
   top that I love and have had for a couple of years.
   I've noticed that the older it gets, the yellower it
   gets in the armpit area. I have also noticed this on
   some of my white t-shirts.

   I'm not the type of person that perspires a lot, so
   I'm assuming that it has something to do with my
   deodorant. I have tried everything to get rid of it.
   Even bleach doesn't seem to help.

   Is there a way to get the stains out, or maybe prevent
   them? Thanks.

Thank you all for sending in your advice! Your suggestions

Reader Luanne shares:

Hi there, as a reader of this great e-zine, I thought
I would send you my tip for the stains. Add 1 cup of
dishwasher detergent and 1 cup of Clorox to the medium
water setting on your washer, using HOT water. Let the
water agitate a minute before you add the whites and
let soak for a couple of hours. Wash as usual and your
stains should be gone.

Sometimes I just soak them in the kitchen sink when I
only have a couple of pieces that need attention. If
they are really stained, you might have to do this a
couple of times.

Any detergent will do. You do not have to buy the
expensive one. The store brand works fine.

I hope this little tidbit helps and keep up the great
work on this e-zine.

Reader Melanie (from Kentucky) advises:

   A wonderful product that has been widely advertised on
   TV is OXICLEAN. It is a wonder at taking out organic
   stains such as perspiration, blood, foods & beverages,
   etc. Just prepare a soak per the instructions on the can
   and let the items sit in the mix for a few hours. It works
   wonders! This can be purchased on-line at
   http://www.oxiclean.com/ and can be found at Walgreens
   and some local grocery stores.

   Hope this helps!

Reader Nancy tell us:

   Try vinegar on the yellow stains.

Reader Judy writes in:

   Here is the answer to your problem.

   Take 1/4 cup powdered Clorox 2
   1/4 cup dishwasher detergent (not liquid dish detergent
      but the kind you use for an electric dishwasher)
   5 quarts hot water.

   Stir up and soak white clothes overnight.

   This will take the yellow out of old white clothes.

   Good luck.

Reader Tillie shares:

   Do you use cold water to wash it? I noticed my shirts
   had that too, so I switched to warm water. To make sure
   it gets clean, I add 1/4 cup ammonia to the wash water,
   and 1 cup white vinegar to the rinse water. No more
   problems for me!

Reader Kay suggests:

   Try Automatic dishwasher soap. It takes out yellowing
   in older linens and doilies.

Reader Patricia advises:

   Char - have you tried rubbing the stain with lemon and
   setting in the sun? It might help.

Reader CC (from North Carolina) shares:

   You might try 1/2 cup laundry bleach and 1/4 cup
   dishwasher detergent in a small amount of hot water
   (turn washer to lowest load). This works to whiten
   lingerie that has gotten dingy.

Reader Susan tells us:

   Hi, just a thought, have you tried Mrs. Stewart's Blueing?
   I just love the stuff and my whites are so bright. I usually
   use it in every other wash. Good luck. It really works for me.

Reader MaryR writes in:

   I find that SPRAY N WASH Laundry Stain Remover stain
   fighting Bleach GEL will get stains out, but be sure the
   garment is white as it will take the color out. I would try
   it on an old shirt first. It is a 16 oz size gel.

On another topic, reader Barbara shares:

   Thanks to all those who sent advice about TERRO the ant
   killer. It worked!!!!

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Reader Jessie shares:

                 GUMMY BEARS

1 package sugar free Jello, any flavor
6 packages gelatin powder, unsweetened, unflavored
1/2 cup cold water

In a small saucepan, mix flavored and unflavored gelatin.
Stir it up. Pour cold water in, stir with spatula until
you have a messy blob. Turn heat on medium, melt blob.
Stir until blob is melted. Pour into bear molds. Stick in
freezer for 10 minutes to cool.

If you don't have bear molds, take the rack out of your
toaster oven and put it on the counter. Place a big sheet
of aluminum foil over it. Shove the aluminum foil down
into the gaps, leaving strip0like molds. Presto! Gummy worms.

Note from Jessie: I don't remember who sent me this recipe,
but it's GREAT!
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RECIPE: Sweet Potato Casserole

Reader Diane shares (for Donna):


2 C Mashed Sweet Potatoes (can use canned)
2 tsp Vanilla
3/4 C Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 C Butter
1 tsp Flour
2 Eggs, beaten

1 C Pecans, chopped
2/3 Butter
1/2 Flour
1 C Brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix all the casserole ingredients
and pour into greased 9 x 13 inch casserole dish. Mix the
topping ingredients together and sprinkle evenly over the
top of the sweet potato mixture and bake in a 350F oven for
30 to 35 minutes.

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Reader Tillie (who recently lost her beloved cat) shares:

Hi Cat. Thanks for the pet support. I found some poem links
and then wrote something of my own - not very poetic
but fitting for 2 young men who had to put their cat to

I'll generalize here and say "you know men...", but they
accepted my hugs and cried and then found therapeutic
value in building a burial box from the cat's favorite piece
of furniture to scratch on.

I didn't bat an eye as one son disassembled that shelf and
got out the saw while the other son took apart his favorite
pillow and wrapped him in the fleece that was the cover.
They buried the cat in the place I think the cat chose himself:
being an indoor cat we had taken him outside that sad morning
and let him finally wander in the garden he watched daily from
the window.

He settled in a nice spot under an ancient cement sink filled
with lilies, and that's where he is buried now. I don't know
how you decide what to publish in the newsletter but here's my
note to my sons and maybe it would help someone else??


My Cat, or Korck! I loved to hear you call my name
The shoelaces- the big soft pillow you made just for me-
The shirt you sacrificed gladly when I was sick-
And the fur of mine you gladly ''wore'' on every piece of clothing
Thank you for that!

For picking ME out of the group in the hay filled barn-
for the boxes and wrapping paper you saved for me,
for tucking me in your shirt and carrying me around, and
even for arguing over who loved me most- (I loved you both!)
Thank you for that!

Years of your care, in good times and bad-
For new playmates of my own kind
For occasional catnip and a ladder to scratch,
and for letting me lick your head and sleep on your beds,
Thank you for that!

I know ''my boys'' did their best,
And the trouble I gave your heart at the end
You saw my pain and put your feelings aside for mine
And I couldn't ask for a better place to have spent my days
than with you two...the reason for your sadness is because
of our together gladness!

So remember me with a smile when you see the sun warming a
patch of red rug,
or in the middle of the dining room table and even now
shining on my own special resting place in the garden.
Thank you for that.

[Editor's note: Thanks, Tillie! Korckey was obviously
a very special cat.]

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RECIPE: Chili Dip

Reader Sally Jo shares:

                   CHILI DIP

One lg. 32oz. can of your favorite chili, with or without beans
2 lb. of beef
2 lb. Velveeta cheese

Brown the hamburger meat. Get a big pot to put the chili in
to warm up. Then put the hamburger in the chili pot. Cut up
the cheese in small cubes and add to the pot. Keep stirring
until melted all together.

You can add hot peppers to this if you like and kidney beans.
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Reader Dianne shares:

                 COOKING TERMS

Tongue: A variety of meat, rarely served because it
clearly crosses the line between a cut of beef and a
piece of dead cow.

Yogurt: Semi-solid dairy product made from partially
evaporated and fermented milk. Yogurt is one of only
three foods that taste exactly the same as they sound.
The other two are goulash and squid.

Recipe: A series of step-by-step instructions for preparing
ingredients you forgot to buy, in utensils you don't own,
to make a dish the dog won't eat.

Porridge: Thick oatmeal rarely found on American tables
since children were granted the right to sue their parents.
The name is an amalgamation of the words "Putrid," "hORRId,"
and "sluDGE."

Preheat: To turn on the heat in an oven for a period of time
before cooking a dish, so that the fingers may be burned when
the food is put in, as well as when it is removed.

Oven: Compact home incinerator used for disposing of bulky
pieces of meat and poultry.

Microwave Oven: Space-age kitchen appliance that uses the
principle of radar to locate and immediately destroy any food
placed within the cooking compartment.

Calorie: Basic measure of the amount of rationalization
offered by the average individual prior to taking a second
helping of a particular food.

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RECIPE: Daredevil Dip

Reader Joyce shares:

                  DAREDEVIL DIP

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups (8 ounces) finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup mild yellow mustard
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
3-4 tablespoons milk
4 tablespoons sliced green onions and tops
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Assorted dippers: crackers, vegetables, pretzels, etc.

Beat cream cheese, cheddar cheese, mustard and 2 tablespoons
horseradish in bowl at high speed until smooth. Mix in enough
milk to make desired dip consistency; mix in 3 tablespoons
green onions and hot pepper sauce.

Sprinkle top of dip with remaining 1 tablespoon green onion.
Serve with assorted dippers.

Double Daredevil Dip: Make dip as above, increasing horseradish
to 4 tablespoons and hot pepper sauce to 1 teaspoon - if you dare!!
Makes about 2-1/2 cups.
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Thank you all for sending in your recipes, requests,
tips, and comments! We appreciate it.

Reader Surfin' Granny asks:

   Please, this old arthritic lady would love to have a
   recipe for NO KNEAD bread or rolls. I had one years ago
   but loaned it to the wrong person.

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Reader Jessie shares:

   Hi, Cat! I thought that my friends at Volunteer Vittles
   might enjoy this site. It shows you have to make a
   decoupage Victorian box.


   I just love Volunteer Vittles! Thanks.

Reader Nancy asks:

   Hello and HELP? I have a question about canning relish.
   While making a vegetable relish, I tasted the mixture
   after it had been mixed with salt and chilled for 12
   hours (before adding vinegar etc.). I loved the flavor,
   and wondered if this can be canned as is. No vinegar or
   spices, just the salt. If so, I need directions. Sure
   would appreciate any help you can give me.

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Reader Patti (from Washington) writes in:

   Hello. You mentioned making comfort food. I have been
   doing that too, since the terrorist attack. Making homemade
   chili, bread and other things. Other people I know have
   been doing this too. Isn't it strange how we grieve and
   try to get back to normal and the way we do it?

Now that you mention it, Patti... I guess that my family
and I have been, too. Probably reminds us of families and
good times, maybe?

Reader GrannyB shares (for Lorraine):


1 (oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 1/2 cups shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 (8oz) can fruit cocktail
1 (8oz) can pineapple chunks, drained
1 (11oz) can mandarin oranges, drained
3 cups miniature marshmallows
1 (10oz) jar maraschino cherries, drained, (optional)
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

In a large bowl, combine the whipped topping, coconut,
chopped nuts, fruit cocktail, pineapple, mandarin oranges,
marshmallows, cherries, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Mix together
well and refrigerate for 30 to 45 minutes. Makes 6 to 10

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