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Cream of Walnut Soup


3 cups chicken broth


1 cup chopped walnuts


2 tablespoons chopped onion


2 tablespoons chopped celery


1/8 teaspoons ground nutmeg


2 tablespoons butter


2 tablespoons flour


1/2 cup 2 percent milk


1 cup half and half cream


minced fresh parsley


In a small saucepan, combine the first five ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Cool slightly. Transfer to a blender, cover and process until pureed, Strain. In a large saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, cook, and stir for one minute or until thickened. Gradually stir in pureed mixture. Add cream, heat through (do not boil). Garnish with parsley.


Pinwheel Pizza Snacks


1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls


1/3 cup pizza sauce


1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


1/2 cup chopped seeded tomatoes


1/3 cup shredded part- skim mozzarella cheese


Fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced


Unroll crescent dough into one long rectangle. Seal seams and perforations. Spread pizza sauce to within 1 inch of edges, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Roll up jellyroll style starting with a short side, pinch seams to seal. cut into 16 slices. Place pinwheels, cut side down, on a greased baking sheet. Top each with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 11 to 13 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with basil.


Oat Apple Crisp


7 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples (about 7 medium apples)


1 cup sugar


1 tablespoon flour


1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


dash of salt


1/4 cup water


1 package (9 ounces) yellow cake mix


3/4 cup quick cooking oats


1/3 cup butter, softened


1/4 cup brown sugar, packed


1/4 teaspoon baking powder


1/4 teaspoon baking soda


Vanilla ice cream


Place apples in a greased 2 1/2 quart shallow baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Sprinkle over the apples. Drizzle with water. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, oats, butter, brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Sprinkle over apples. Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes, or until apples are tender and topping is golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream.


Bacon-blue cheese appetizer


1 wedge (8 ounces) blue cheese


1 tablespoon honey


3 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


Assorted crackers


Place cheese on a serving plate. Drizzle with honey, sprinkle with bacon. Serve with crackers.



Our thought for the week: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. " — Ralph Waldo Emerson.