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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 2, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Marie's kitchen By MARIE OFFERMAN Here arc sonic favorite recipes. Gingerbread 1/2 cup margarine, softened 1/2 cup granulated sugar I ewt 3/4 cup dark molasses I cup buttermilk 2*1/4 cups flour 1/2 tsp. salt I tsp. soda I tsp. ground ginger I tsp. cinnamon In electric mixer bowl, combine margarine, sugar and egg and beat well. Stir in die molasses and buttermilk. Sift the dry ingredients together and add to creamed mixture. Beat until smooth. Grease and (lour a 9-inch square pan. Pour in batter and boke in a 325-degree oven about 45 minutes. Makes 9 three-inch square servings. Serve hot with whipped cream or whipped topping. Garnish with com' or pumpkin candies, if desired. Gingerbread is also good served with a lemon sauce, applesauce, or softened cream cheese. Note: Soften the cream cheese with a little milk and lemon juice. Beat until fluffy. Variation: For a spicy gingerbread add 1/2 tsp. ground cloves and 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg. Easy German Fruit Torte I pkg. yellow cake mix I 8-ox. pkg. cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup powdered sugar I tsp. almond flavoring I cup whipping cream, whipped Soups I can cherry pie filling Prepare cake mix as directed on package and bake in two 10-1/2-inch German Torte pans that are well greased and dusted with fine plain bread crumbs or flour (the German torte pans arc available at most hardware stores). While cakes cool on nicks, prepare the lopping. Combine the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and almond flavoring and mix well. Fold in whipped cream. Spread half of lopping in recessed part of each torte. Refrigerate or freeze tortes until about 2 hours before serving, lf frozen, let torte remain at room temperature about 30 minutes. Spread pie filling mix over the topping and refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 20 generous servings. For variety, use other canned pie fillings.HeraM Zfftung, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday. January 2, 1991 Papa 9 Extension focus By PATRICIA ANDERSON RASOR County Extension Agon! While most older adults arc in good health, the incidence of chronic diseases docs increase with age. Given the opportunity most ill people would reverse the undesirable consequences of these diseases and of aging in general. Promotors who sell useless and unproven health products rely on the ill and older person’s hopes to make their sale. A recent Congressional investigation showed that health charlatans bilk older people out of more than $10 billion a year. The total spent by all ages on health frauds is closer to $28 billion. AU fraudulent schemes rob people in three ways: I. their money — because the products have no effects; 2. their hope — because there is no effect; and 3. their self-esteem — when they realize they have been “taken." However, older people may use denial to avoid both the loss of hope and the loss of self-esteem. Failing to recognize a fraudulent scheme can keep the elder at risk for further deception. The American Council on Science and Health has identified common methods used in the promotion of health products. Older adults can avoid being “taken" by recognizing some of the misleading tactics used to sell fraudulent products: • Extraordinary promises — Quacks promise cures for all diseases, regardless of the nature or extent of the disease. They appear as friends and healers who have “the only chance” for older persons to regain good health. • The term “alternative" — Most frequently, promoters of questionable approaches describe themselves as “alternative" healers or therapists. There may be testimonies from individuals, but promoters arc not willing to subject their approach to acceptable scientific protocol. • Something for everyone — Ideally, quacks would like to convince even people who are well that they have health problems, lf the problems are imaginary, then the nonexistent conditions will be easy to “cure.” Charlatans encourage self-diagnosis, the use of phony diagnostic tests and compliance with regimes designed to prevent disease as well as cure them. • Fantasy or science fiction — Charlatans frequently claim the ability to perform magic, call on supernova! powers and grant wishes. Often the older adult's religious beliefs are exploited. Examples include water obtained from special sources possessing miraculous healing properties. Older adults need to be particularly aware of the maiy products that are being directed toward them by charlatans. Not only can hardearned md saved dollars be lost but some “cures" may cause health problems. Older adults should check with a known physician when doubt exists About a sciemific-sounding claim for a health product. Further information may be obtained from The National Council *«ud, P.O. Box 1276. Loma Linda, Calif. 92354,714-796-3067. Continued from PtQt • ring constantly; remove from heat. In a small bowl, combine egg yolks and evaporated milk. Add a small amount of the hot mixture to the evaporated milk/ egg mixture; stir into remaining hot mixture. Serve over cooked rice in individual bowls. Makes 12 servings. Freezes well. Italian Steak Stew 2-1/4 pounds boneless beef steak or boneless beef chuck roast 6 Tbsp, all-purpose flour 2 tsp. flavor enhancer 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper S Tbsp, vegetable oil 1 medium onion, chopped IO cups beef broth 1-1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced 3 cups tri-color spiral pasta I large red pepper, cut into thin 1-inch strips 1 large green pepper, cut into thin 1-inch strips 1-1/2 cups sliced celery 2 small zucchini, sliced 3/8-inth thick and halved 3/4 cup evaporated milk or light evaporated skimmed milk Grated Parmesan cheese, optional Cut meat into bite-sized pieces; roll in a mixture of flour, flavor enhancer, pepper, reserving extra flour mixture. In a large stockpot, brown meat slowly in hot oil. Sprinkle reserved flour mixture over meat, toss to coat. Add onion and cook until translucent; add beef broth and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil, cover and cook over low heat for I hour. Add carrots and pasta, cook for IO minutes. Add red and green peppers, celery and zucchini; cook covered for 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender but not mushy. Stir in evaporated milk, heat to steaming, but do not boil. Serve hoi, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, if desired. Makes 12 servings. Freezing is not recommended. Tips for Soup Lows: • Does your “crowd" eat in ones and twos? To store individual servings for later enjoyment, spoon the soup or stew into single-serving glass-ceramic dishes and freeze. Then remove the frozen soup (a few seconds in the microwave or under cold running water does the trick), store in freezer wrap or freezer bag and label with contents. Also note defrosting/ reheating instructions so family members can help themselves. The frozen block of soup is shaped to fit the dish perfectly, and the dish itself isn’t “tied up" in the freezer. • More on freezing: To thaw and heal, place frozen soup in dish and microwave on DEFROST, checking every 2 minutes, until thawed. Microwave on 70 percent power until heated, stirring occasionally, lf reheating on range top, stir over low heat. Cream soup should not be allowed to boil. • Any evaporated milk left in the can? Simply pour into an airtight container and refrigerate up to 3 days. 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