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food, good times celebrated
in keepsake cookbook
woman's recipe included in collection
Good food and good times go
together like baked bread and sweet, creamy butter. Whether you're
taking a special covered dish to a church potluck supper, welcoming
a new family to the neighborhood with a plate of warm cookies or
preparing your special crowd-pleasing casserole for Sunday dinner
with your family, special times and good food go hand in hand.
That’s why thousands of Wal-Mart associates across the country
submitted recipes to be considered for a new keepsake cookbook.
Among the selections was a recipe created by Vickie Coleman of
Vickie’s daughter loves raisins and
peanut butter, so one day Vickie mixed those two ingredients
together with honey and spread it on crackers. Her daughter loved it
and has since asked for it often. Vickie’s glad to give her daughter
this treat instead of candy.
The recipe for "Peanut Butter-Raisin
Spread" is part of the new "Wal-Mart Family Cookbook," which
features 80 winning associates with their original recipes selected
by a panel of independent food experts.
The easy-to-use cookbook is in full
color and spiral bound. Its 96 pages are full of delectable
appetizer, salad, side dish, entree and dessert recipes.
Additionally, there is a handy and useful nutritional analysis. It's
a community cookbook to treasure and to share -- a great gift for a
friend who's just starting out in the kitchen or for the seasoned
cook looking for new, delicious recipes.
The "Wal-Mart Family Cookbook" sells
for $4.96 and has been available in Wal-Mart stores nationwide since
Dec. 1, just in time for holiday gift-giving. Additionally, the
cookbook is offered in six regional special editions featuring
associate recipes from those regions.
To order the complete set or a single
book from another part of the country, log onto
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kitchen of Vickie Coleman
1 cup Skippy creamy peanut butter
¼ to ½ cup raisins, chopped
¼ cup honey
Assorted crackers or bread
Stir together peanut butter, raisins
and honey. Serve immediately on crackers or cover and store at room
temperature for up to four days.
Makes 1½ cups.
Nutrient analysis per serving: 156
calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 100 mg
sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.
values: 0% vitamin A, 0% vitamin C, 1% calcium, 2% iron.
release from Try-Foods]
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‘Magnificent' gift enhances
Family Resiliency Program
URBANA — Chancellor Nancy
Cantor has announced an $11.5 million gift from Doris and Jay
Christopher and The Pampered Chef Ltd. to support the Family
Resiliency Program at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign. The gift provides funds for a new building, a
maintenance endowment and an endowed chair.
"This magnificent gift reflects the
Christophers' extraordinary vision and generosity in supporting a
program of research and teaching directed so immediately at a
critical societal need," said Cantor. "Healthy families are the
basis for a healthy society."
The building constructed with the
Christophers' gift, expected to be completed in early 2005, will be
the culmination of a lifelong interest by Doris Christopher in
family resiliency. It will become the base for innovative research,
education and outreach initiatives designed to enrich the well-being
of children, individuals and families.
"Today's families are challenged in so
many ways," Doris Christopher said. "The goal of the new facility is
to focus on learning more about what makes families strong and able
to meet the challenges of the 21st century."
The Family Resiliency Program is
located in the department of human and community development, part
of the university's College of Agricultural, Consumer and
Environmental Sciences. The department focuses specifically on
research and education programs directed at the lives of
individuals, families and communities.
"We currently have the most talented
group of emerging scholars in human development and family studies
ever in the college's history," said Robert Easter, dean of the
College of ACES. "And the Christophers' and The Pampered Chef gift
is particularly timely, because it addresses a societal need in ways
that will directly benefit our state and nation."
To further enhance the Family
Resiliency Program, The Pampered Chef has established an endowed
chair in human and community development. The chair holder will be
an expert in some aspect of family resiliency, such as balancing
work and life, family stress and coping, or community-family
"The recipient of the first endowed
chair will have a wonderful opportunity to pursue scholarship in
family resiliency, as well as to enhance the national and
international visibility of the Family Resiliency Program," said
Constance Shapiro, the head of the department of human and community
development. "At a time in our nation's history when families face
unique challenges and communities strive to marshal critical
resources, the professor holding the endowed chair will be uniquely
positioned to address these concerns with rigorous scholarship."
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Doris Christopher and The Pampered Chef
Doris Christopher graduated from the
University of Illinois in 1967 with a degree in home economics. Her
first job was teaching high school home economics. She went on to
work for the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service,
teaching adults. That experience became the foundation for her
business. One of The Pampered Chef's goals is to educate adults in
the kitchen and make their time there efficient and enjoyable.
In 1980, Christopher started a
home-based business because she wanted to keep a presence in the
business world while maximizing time to raise her two daughters and
make a home for her family. The business grew into The Pampered
Chef, a direct-selling company that offers high-quality kitchen
tools through home demonstrations.
The Pampered Chef is now a
multimillion-dollar business occupying 780,000 square feet,
employing more than 1,100 staff in the home office and supporting
more than 71,000 Kitchen Consultants across Canada, Germany, the
United Kingdom and the United States.
The author of "Come to the Table"
(Warner Books, 1999), Christopher consistently has been recognized
by Working Woman magazine as one of the "Top 500 Women Business
Owners." She has served as the chair of the board of directors of
the Direct Selling Association in Washington, D.C. Her additional
board memberships include America's Second Harvest, Dominican
University School of Business Advisory Council, the Better Business
Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois, and the University of
Christopher also is a member of Chicago
Network, the Direct Selling Association and the Committee of 200.
resources on family resiliency, visit
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Tips for a
holiday lighting season
URBANA — Holiday lighting
has always been an enjoyable way to celebrate the season and
beautify your home. If you’re planning a holiday lighting display,
the Safe Electricity public awareness program reminds you to avoid
potential safety hazards as you place holiday lights.
"Lights on a tree or other places add
so much to the festivity of the season, but they need to be checked
and used properly," says Molly Hall, director of the Safe
Electricity program. "We encourage everyone to take a few extra
minutes to avoid the risk of electric shock or fire."
Keep these tips in mind when decorating
• Use only lights that have been safety tested and approved by
Underwriters Laboratory. Look for the UL label on the box and on
• If you use a fresh-cut tree,
frequently water it and place it away from heat sources, such as
heat registers, fireplaces, radiators and televisions.
• Before plugging in the lights, check
each string for broken sockets, frayed cords or faulty plugs.
Replace damaged strings.
•Make sure extension cords are in good
condition. Use only UL-approved cords that are rated to carry the
electrical load you will connect to them.
•Keep electric cords away of
high-traffic areas. Don’t stretch them across a room where people
can trip over them; likewise, don’t hide them under rugs or carpets.
•Always unplug lights before going to
bed or leaving your home.
•When decorating outdoors, use only
lights and cords rated for outdoor use. Do not lay cords across
sidewalks, decks or other walkways. Cords should be plugged into
outlets equipped with ground fault circuit interrupters — GFCIs. Use
a portable GFCI if your outdoor outlets don’t have them.
•Do not attach cords or lights to metal
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column in this article]
"Checking the condition of electrical
cords is very important. A frayed or cracked cord could cause a
shock or fire," said Hall. "Likewise, an overloaded extension cord
poses a fire hazard."
Whether decorating for the holidays or
using extension cords in general, read the label on both the cord
and the appliances that are plugged into it to make sure the cord
can handle the load. If it can’t, change to a higher-rated cord or
unplug some appliances.
While some people may use an extension
cord to free outlet space over the holidays, remember that extension
cords are meant for temporary, not permanent, use.
Safe Electricity is a statewide
electrical safety public awareness program. The program was created
by a coalition of nearly three dozen organizations, including the
University of Illinois, rural electric cooperatives, and
investor-owned electric utilities from throughout the state. All are
members of the Illinois Electric Council, a not-for-profit
organization dedicated to promoting electric safety and efficiency.
urged to heed the safety tips presented in Safe Electricity public
service announcements and to visit
to learn more about being safe around electricity and related
[U of I news release]
Animals for Adoption
At Logan County Animal Control —
Big to little, most of these dogs will make wonderful
lifelong companions when you take them home and provide solid,
steady training, grooming and general care. Get educated about what
you choose. If you give them the time and care they need, you will
be rewarded with much more than you gave them. They are
entertaining, fun, comforting, and will lift you up for days on end.
Be prepared to take the necessary time when you bring home a
puppy, kitten, dog, cat or any other pet, and you will be blessed.
[Logan County Animal Control is thankful for pet supplies donated by
individuals and Wal-Mart.]
Warden Sheila Farmer and her assistant, Polly Farmer,
look forward to assisting you.
[As good as gold and better, this 4-year-old girl is just
waiting for some fun children to play with.]
[Mr. Peabody — an 8-month-old male pup — is looking for a
family to love. No young children, please!]
Ten reasons to adopt a shelter dog
1. I'll bring out your playful side!
2. I'll lend an ear to your troubles.
3. I'll keep you fit and trim.
4. We'll look out for each other.
5. We'll sniff out fun together!
6. I'll keep you right on schedule.
7. I'll love you with all my heart.
8. We'll have a tail-waggin' good time!
9. We'll snuggle on a quiet evening.
10. We'll be best friends always.
[Logan County Animal Control is thankful for pet supplies
donated by individuals and Wal-Mart.]
Warden Sheila Farmer and her assistant, Polly Farmer, look
forward to assisting you.
In the cat section there are a number of wonderful cats to
in a variety of colors and sizes.
Farm cats available for free!
[This 1½-year-old Siamese mix is ready to be the prince of
[Meow! I may be only a year and a half, but I’m full-grown
and ready for anything. I’ll purr in your lap or chase mice
off your farm. Just give me a chance!]
[This beautiful female is full-grown, 2 to 3 years old and
longing to purr her way into your heart.]
These animals and
more are available to good homes from the Logan County Animal
Control at 1515 N. Kickapoo, phone 735-3232.
Fees for animal
adoption: dogs, $60/male, $65/female; cats, $35/male, $44/female.
The fees include neutering and spaying.
Logan County Animal Control's hours of operation:
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Warden: Sheila Farmer
Assistant: Polly Farmer
In-house veterinarian: Dr. Lester Thomson
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant news
profiling may help prevent
future Great Lakes invasions
URBANA — Suspect profiling
is a commonly used technique in the fight against crime. Now
scientists are using species profiling to help prevent further
introductions of invasive fish into the Great Lakes and other
"Once an invasive species becomes
established in a new environment, its impact often is irreversible,"
said David Lodge, biologist at University of Notre Dame. But not all
exotic species present a threat to the balance of an ecosystem. Many
introduced species simply do not survive or do not become a
"If we knew which ones would be likely
to present problems in the future, we could focus our efforts on
preventing those particular species from taking hold," said Lodge,
who is a member of the Federal Invasive Species Advisory Committee.
To provide some answers, Lodge and
fellow researcher Cindy Kolar developed a risk-assessment "decision
tree" that environmental agencies and managers can use to predict
possible culprits of tomorrow. This computer model has correctly
identified nuisance fish with a high degree of accuracy.
"Ideally, environmental managers might
choose to prevent all species from being introduced into an
ecosystem under the credo that exotics are guilty until proven
innocent, but from an economic point of view, that's not practical.
Some industries, such as horticulture, depend on importing new
species. We need to achieve a reasonable balance between commerce
and the environment."
Lodge and Kolar studied the history of
exotic species to find a common thread in those that succeed in
their new environments. Funded by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, they
focused their efforts on fishes in the Great Lakes and the Illinois
River. These results have been published recently in the journal
Using data from as far back as the
glacial age, the researchers gathered information on a range of
species characteristics in order to identify those that are likely
to be adaptive in new environments. They looked to examples from as
early as the 1600s and found 24 non-indigenous fish species that
have firmly established themselves in the Great Lakes. How were they
able to thrive so well with native fish?
"Introduced species that are successful
have several traits in common," said Lodge. "More so than
unsuccessful invaders, they tolerate a wide range in temperature and
salinity. These fishes are also smaller at maturity and have higher
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By applying the profile to fishes that
have not yet been introduced to the Great Lakes, Lodge and Kolar
have identified 22 species that one day may pose problems. One
example is the monkey goby, which is native to the Caspian Sea.
Monkey gobies are in the same family as round gobies, which have
proven to be quite successful after their introduction into the
Great Lakes. On the other hand, tubenose gobies have not.
With this sort of information,
prevention efforts can be targeted. "The first line of defense in
preventing these potential nuisance species from making their way
into our waterways is to work with aquaculture, bait, aquarium and
other industries to stop any intentional introductions of these
fishes," explained Lodge.
"Unintentional introductions, such as
in the ballast of ships, can be difficult to completely prevent, but
by carefully selecting when and where ballast water is taken in, we
can lower the probability of these fishes being transported. The use
of toxins and other eradication technologies in ballast water can
also prove effective. And, with increased monitoring we can take
strong action to eliminate these species if they are discovered,"
"An immediate rapid response to a
species that is a likely threat — even if it is fairly expensive —
might save a great deal of money and effort, and reduce
environmental effects, down the road," said Lodge.
If you would like more information
about invasive species, visit the Sea Grant site,
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program is one of 30 National Sea
Grant College Programs. Created by Congress in 1966, Sea Grant
combines university, government, business and industry expertise to
address coastal and Great Lakes needs. Funding is provided by the
National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of
Commerce, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Purdue
University at West Lafayette, Ind.
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