Thursday, November 24, 2005


Recipes from Martha Ruth Leonard

Weight Watchers
(For “after” Thanksgiving)

Quick Jambalaya

1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp each
    vegetable oil and margarine
1 cup each, diced celery, onions
    and green bell peppers
4 small garlic cloves, mashed
4 cups canned crushed tomatoes
2 cups cooked long-grain rice
4 oz. boiled ham, diced
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp. each chili powder,
    pepper and ground thyme
12 oz. shelled and deveined
    cooked shrimp
In 12-inch non-stick skillet combine oil and margarine and heat until bubbly and hot; add diced vegetables and garlic and saute over medium heat until vegetables are tender. Reduce heat to low, add remaining ingredients and let simmer, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated. Remove bay leaves before serving. Serves four.

Deep Dish Chicken with Dumplings

1 tbsp. margarine
1 cup each, thinly sliced
    carrots and mushrooms
1/2 cup each, diced onion
    and celery
1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. all-purpose
2 pkts. instant chicken broth
    and seasoning mix
1-1/3 cups water
8 oz. skinned and boned cooked
    chicken, diced
1/8 tsp. each poultry seasoning
    and pepper
2 ready to bake refrigerated
    flaky biscuits, cut into 6 wedges
Preheat oven to 375 degree. Spray two 1-3/4 cup casseroles with non-stick cooking spray; set aside. In 1-qt. saucepan, heat margarine until bubbly and hot; add vegetables, stirring to coat with margarine. Cover pan and cook over medium heat until vegetables are tender. Sprinkle vegetables with flour and broth mix and stir quickly to combine; cook, uncovered, for 1 minute. Gradually stir in water and stirring constantly, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook, stirring, until mixture thickens; add chicken and seasonings and stir to combine. Pour half of mixture over each sprayed casserole; top each portion with six biscuit wedges and bake until thoroughly heated and “dumplings” are browned, 10-15 minutes. Serves two.

Mexican Cornmeal Casserole

3 cups freshly cooked yellow
    cornmeal (hot)
2 tsps. vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz. cooked ground beef
1 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup chopped, drained,
    canned, mild green chilies
1 pkt. instant chicken broth and
    seasoning mix
1 tsp. each chili powder and
    oregano leaves
4 oz. Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup plain, low-fat yogurt
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray; pour cornmeal onto sheet and using a spatula, spread in an even layer, about 1/2inch thick. Allow to cool, cut into 2-1/2 inch squares and set aside. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In 10-inch skillet heat oil; add onion and garlic and saute until onions are translucent, about 2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients except cornmeal, cheese and yogurt, and cook, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes, to blend flavors. In bottom of a 2-quart casserole, arrange a layer of half of the cornmeal squares, top with meat mixture, then 2 ounces cheese, then yogurt, then remaining cornmeal squares. Sprinkle remaining 2 ounces cheese over cornmeal and bake until cheese is thoroughly melted, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serves four.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Fudge

2/3 cup instant nonfat dry
    milk powder
1/4 cup chunky peanut butter
1/4 cup raisins, chopped
2 tbsps. plus 2 tsps. thawed
    frozen concentrated apple juice
    (no sugar added)
2 tbsps. ice water
3/4 oz. ready to eat oven-toasted
    rice cereal
1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. shredded coconut,
    lightly toasted
In small bowl combine milk powder with peanut butter, blending thoroughly; stir in raisins, apple juice and water. Add cereal and stir until combined. Press mixture into 7-3/8x3-5/8x2-1/4 nonstick loaf pan; sprinkle with coconut and using back of spoon, press coconut into mixture. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. To serve, cut into 8 squares. Serves four.

Pages from the Past

10 Years Ago - November 23, 1995

Tax-assessor-collector of the year
Tax assessor-collector Bobby Fant was named Mississippi Tax Assessor-Collector of the Year at the tax
convention last weekend on the coast. Marshall County tax assessor for the past 15 years, Fant is co-chairman
of the legislation committee of the association. He is also past president.
First deer
Daniel Minor, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Minor, killed his first buck, a 5-point, opening
morning of deer season, in the Waterford area.
Dickerson lists priorities as sheriff
As he prepares to take office in January, Sheriff-elect Kenny Dickerson said his priorities are a new jail,
better equipment, an adequate budget, qualified personnel and aggressive law enforcement against criminal
“hot spots” in the county. In addressing the Rotary Club last week Dickerson said the position he has
been elected to will be hard work. “This is the most challenging job I have undertaken in my lifetime,” he
said. Dickerson will take office the first week in January.

25 Years Ago - November 20, 1980

Ceremonies held opening Hwy. 4
It was a typical ribbon-cutting ceremony for opening new highways, with pretty girls and speeches.
What was not so typical was its location. “This is the first time I’ve been involved in a ribbon-cutting ceremony
for a highway indoors,” Northern District Highway Commissioner Bobby Richardson said from the
head table at the Colonial Restaurant. The occasion was the opening Friday of 8.8 miles of Hwy. 4 from the
intersection of Hwy. 7 South to Galena School. The reason it was indoors was because it was raining cats
and dogs out on that new highway. The new highway replaces a narrow and winding stretch of road. It
shoots straight as an arrow parallel to the old Hwy 4.
McClinton featured in concert at Rust College
O.B. McClinton, a country music performer who graduated from Rust College in 1966, will return to
Rust Saturday for a concert sponsored by the Byhalia High School Band. After graduating from Rust
McClinton served in the Air Force for four years. Upon return, he won a talent show at WDIA radio station
in Memphis singing “Sixteen Tons.” He signed with Stax Records in January, 1971.

50 Years Ago - November 24, 1955

Exchange students are Rotary guests
Miss Norika Oka of Tokyo, Japan and Miss Evelyn Kellow of Baghdad, Iraq, were guests last week of
the Holly Springs Rotary Club. Miss Oka and Miss Kellow are exchange students at Ole Miss. The Rotary
Fellowship provides a year of study through the Rotary Foundation.
Kills reported as deer season opens
With the opening of deer season last week, the forests and woods have been littered with red caps this
week. Of those reporting kills in Marshall County:Willie Hurdle Jr. of Moscow, Tenn, 8 point; E.D.
Holbrook of Holly Springs, 6 point; James M. Mackie of Holly Springs, A.N. Smith of Potts Camp, A.W.
Joyner of Holly Springs, and Sam Allen of Lamar all got 2 pointers.
Idle Chatter by Holly Belle
The ole turkey is all dressed up and roasting in the oven. Boy! We can hardly wait. This is one day when
we can all stuff as full and possible and nobody will think us gluttonous. The holiday season, with all its
excitement is here!

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