FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2004 TODAY’S QUOTE “Sir, Respect Your Dinner: idolize it, enjoy it properly. You will be many hours in the week, many weeks in the year, and many years in your life happier if you do.” William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY * National Oatmeal Cookie Day 1792 John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich died. Captain Cook named the Sandwich Islands after him (now known as Hawaii). He is supposed to have invented the sandwich as a quick meal so as not to interrupt his gambling sessions. 1904 The Louisiana Purchase Exposition opened in St. Louis (St. Louis World's Fair). It was at the Fair that the ice cream cone was supposed to have been invented. The hot dog and iced tea were also popularized at the Fair. 1952 Mr. Potato Head is introduced to the world. Mr. Potato Head is the also the first toy to be advertised on television. 1955 'Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White' by Perez Prado hits number one on the charts. 1981 Dunkin Donuts opened its first store in the Philippines. DID YOU KNOW? - Food Trivia The record milk production for a single cow in a year is 55,660 pounds of milk. 2,500 gallons of blood must flow through a cow's udder each day to maintain a production of about 6 gallons of milk per day. That's 10 tons of blood to produce 50 pounds of milk. It takes about 350 squirts for each gallon of milk from a cow. and finally, in celebration of oatmeal cookie day, here's about a zillion different ways to make oatmeal cookies.....otherwise known as fun with oatmeal. Grandma's Crispy Oatmeal Cookies 1/3 c Butter (margarine) 1/3 c Lightly packed brown sugar 1/4 c Warm water 1 c Flour, divided 1/4 cup aside 1 c Quick rolled oats 1 ts Cinnamon 1/2 ts Baking soda Cream butter and sugar together thoroughly, then beat in water. Set aside 1/4 cup flour for rolling. Mix together the remaining dry ingredients, then stir them into the creamed mixture. Add the remaining flour gradually to the dough until it is stiff enough to roll. Divide the dough into 3 lumps about the same size. Roll each lump of dough out about 1/8 inch thick and cut into 12 pieces or use cookie cutter. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 F about 10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Remove from pan, cool. Store in a covered container. Makes about 36 cookies. Chewy Oatmeal Cookies 3/4 c butter or shortening 1 1/4 c brown sugar -- firmly : packed 1 egg 1/3 c milk 1 1/2 ts vanilla 3 c oats, rolled (raw) -- quick/ : old fashioned 1 c flour -- all-purpose 1/2 ts baking soda 1/2 ts salt 1/4 ts cinnamon 1 c raisins 1 c walnuts -- chopped Heat oven to 375 F. Lightly grease cookie sheet with shortening. Combine shortening, brown sugar, egg, milk, and vanilla; beat with mixer on high speed to blend well. Combine oats, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; add to shorteing mixture and combine until just blended. Stir in raisins and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-13 min., or until lightly browned. So Good! Amazing Oatmeal Cookies 1 lb Pitted dates 2 c Water 1/3 c Tahini (Old Fashioned Peanut Butter May be substituted) 1 c Wheat germ 9 c Old fashioned rolled oats 2 ts Baking powder 2 ts Baking soda 1/2 ts Salt 2 1/2 ts Vanilla 2 c Chopped Nuts 2 1/2 c Raisin Heat over to 350F. Chop dates in foor processor. Add part or all of the water and blend until dates are pureed. Pour puree and any remaining water into a very large mxing bowl. Add peanut butter and blend well. Add wheat germ, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and blend well. Add vanilla while beaters are mixing the dough. Slowly blend in nuts and raisins. Batter will be very stiff. Blend until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Drop onto non-stick sprayed cookie sheet and flatten with a floured fork. These cookies won't spread so may be baked close together. Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Store in refrigerator. Wonderful healthy, nutritious recipe. Great Oatmeal Refrigerator Cookie Recipe 1 1/2 c Raisins 2 Eggs 1 1/2 ts Vanilla 1 c Shortening 3/4 c Sugar; plus 2 tb Sugar 1 1/3 c Brown sugar, packed 2 c Flour 1 1/8 ts Salt 1/2 ts Baking soda 2 1/8 ts Baking powder 3 3/4 c Rolled oats Preheat over to 375F. Cover raisins with warm water and soak 10 minutes. Drain thoroughly and set aside. Combine eggs, 2 tablespoons water, vanilla, shortening and sugars in mixer bowl. Sift flour with salt, soda and baking powder. Add to egg mixture and beat at low speed 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth. Add oats and raisins and mix until blended. Form into 2-inch-thick logs. Wrap in waxed paper and chill until firm. Slice rolls into 1/2-inch thick slices and place on greased baking sheets. Flatten to 1/4-inch thickness and bake 10 to 12 minutes.Prepare this recipe ahead of time and bake just before the kids get home from school! Low Fat Oatmeal Cookies 1 c Flour 1 ts Baking powder 1/2 ts Baking soda 1/2 ts Salt 2 tb Shortening 1/4 c Applesauce 1/2 c Sugar 1/2 c Brown sugar 1 Egg 1 ts Vanilla 1 1/3 c Oats 1/2 c Raisins Preheat oven to 375. Lightly spray cookie sheet with non stick spray. In large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together shortening, applesauce, sugars, egg and vanilla until shortening breaks into pea sized pieces. Add flour mixture to applesauce mixture. Mix well. Fold in oats and raisins. Drop rounded tsp onto cookie sheet 2" apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes. 60 calories and 1 gram of fat. Voila, "The No Guilt Cookie"!! No Bake Oatmeal Cookies 1 Stick of margarine 2 c Sugar 4 tb Cocoa 1/2 c Milk 1/2 c Peanut butter 2 1/2 c quick oats 1/2 c chopped nuts Melt margarine, add sugar, cooca and milk, bring to boil - let bubble for 1 1/2 minutes. Add peanut butter, oats and chopped nuts. Mix well. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Let set in refrigerator. What a treat!! Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies 1 1/2 c Sifted all-purpose flour 1 ts Soda 1 ts Salt 1 1/2 ts Cinnamon 1/2 ts Nutmeg 3/4 c Shortening; soft 1/2 c Granulated sugar 1 c Brown sugar, firmly packed 2 Eggs 1/4 c Milk 3 c oats, uncooked -- (quick or old-fashioned) 1 c Raisins Preheat oven to 375F. Sift together flour, soda, salt and spices into bowl. Add shortening, sugars, eggs and milk. Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Stir in oats and raisins. Chill dough about 1 hour. Roll out on lightly floured board or canvas to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with floured 3-inch round cutter. Place on greased cookie sheets; sprinkle lightly with sugar. Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Just like Grandma's!! Quick & Easy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe 3 Eggs 1 c Shortening 1 c Flour 1/2 ts Salt 1 c Raisins 2 ts Baking powder 3 1/2 c Oatmeal; quick cooking 1 c Sugar Preheat oven to 350F. Pour boiling water over raisins ( just enough water to cover the raisins), let sit. Combine all other ingredients together, then stir in raisin mixture. Drop by teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheet. and bake in hot oven. Bake 12 - 15 mins. Quick & easy, delicious!!