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Crazy for Cranberries

By Hy-Vee Nutritionists Megan Horstman ( Asbury ) and Amy Cordingley ( Locust and Dodge )
Cranberries are versatile and nutritious . Their tart flavor
packs a punch . Try cranberries in a sauce for meat , make
them into a dressing for salads , or drizzle them on a
decadent dessert . Bake cranberries into goodies like
scones , muffins , cakes , and breads . Pulse cranberries in
a blender and use in a relish or salsa , use as a garnish on
Directions
a cocktail , or chop and add to your morning oatmeal . When shopping for cranberries , look for fresh cranberries
1 .
Preheat oven to 325 degrees . Lightly grease a baking sheet ; set aside .
that are plump and firm with a deep red color . Avoid shriveled berries or any that have brown spots . Store cranberries in a tightly sealed plastic bag in the fridge for up to two months , or wash , dry , and spread berries on a baking sheet to freeze .
Cranberries are a nutritional powerhouse . They are a good source of vitamin C and anthocyanins , antioxidants that may protect against certain cancers . Research has shown that cranberries help prevent urinary tract infections . Additionally , cranberries do not contain fat , cholesterol , or sodium , making them a tasty part of a heart-healthy diet .
If you are looking for more ways to use cranberries , check out Hy-Vee . com for recipes or contact a Hy-Vee Dietitian . Check out the recipe below for a delicious salad that will fit well into your holiday menu . •
2 . For candied walnuts , in a medium bowl , combine walnuts , corn syrup , 1 tablespoon sugar , and salt . Spread on prepared baking sheet .
3 . Bake for 15 minutes or until nuts are deep golden and sugar mixture is bubbly , stirring occasionally to break up clumps . Cool completely on baking sheet .
4 . In a saucepan , combine cranberries , ¼ cup sugar , and cranberry juice . Cook and stir over medium heat for 30 minutes or until cranberries pop and mixture becomes very thick . Set aside to cool .
5 . For dressing , in a blender or food processor combine balsamic vinegar , honey , garlic , orange juice , and oil . Add ¼ cup of the cooked cranberry mixture . Blend until smooth .
6 . Line a serving platter with romaine . Add oranges , green onions , goat cheese , cooled cranberries ,
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This information is not intended as medical advice . Please consult a medical professional for individual advice .
Cranberry-Citrus Salad with Candied Walnuts
MAKES 6 SERVINGS
Ingredients
• 1 cup walnuts
• 2 tbsp light corn syrup
• 1 tbsp plus ¼ cup sugar , divided
• ½ tsp salt
• 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
• ¼ cup cranberry juice
• ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
and walnuts . Serve with prepared dressing .
Recipe source : hy-vee . com
• 2 tbsp honey
• 2 cloves garlic , mined
• ¼ cup fresh orange juice
• ¼ cup olive oil
• 6 cups torn romaine
• 2 medium oranges , peeled and sliced
• 2 green onions , sliced
• 1 oz goat cheese , crumbled
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Saddle Up , Move Out , Light Speed , Make It So .

By Bob Gelms
Sometime in the 1940s , nobody knows exactly when , some moderately-successful sci-fi novelists and some not-so-successful sci-fi novelists discovered a technique that stood them in good stead in terms of structure , plot formation , iconic characters , and conflict resolution .
Here is their secret : They took all of the above-mentioned literary requirements for an above-average novel that was almost guaranteed to get published and made money . They used as their template novels about the Old West , more popularly called Cowboys and Indians . It was , more or less , a short-lived phenomenon as much because it became very popular for lazy writers , but also three giants arrived on the scene delivering enormously original novels the likes of which nobody had ever seen before — and some not even since . They were Arthur C . Clarke , Robert Heinlein , and Isaac Asimov . I ’ ll also include Ray Bradbury if for no other reason than he scared me from ever being at a circus or coming within one astronomical unit from a clown . Don ’ t read Something Wicked This Way Comes or you too will be summarily afflicted .
Needless to say , this technique has been overused and is applied these days for comic relief . Still , in a competent writer ’ s hands ( actually fingers ) this can be especially entertaining . VOILA !!! I just happen to have such a book , three in fact , because Dave Lemel has written a three-book series . He valiantly tried to hide the connection with cowboy stories of the Old West . I am here to report he comically failed . The name of the trilogy is Star Marshals , and it is uncommonly good .
The subtitles are # 1 Moons Of Jupiter , # 2 Through The Bopecan Port , and # 3 Retribution .
With the invention of the radio in the 1890s and television in the 1920s , as many scientists point out , Earth became a very noisy place , sending out radio waves and television waves in every direction from our planet all at the speed of light which is about 182,000 miles per second , just in case you forgot . The first sentient beings to listen long enough to figure out what we were saying , aside from the ridiculous way we looked , was a benevolent race with the cutest name : Bopecans . They told us not all the species in the rest of the galaxy were friendly . The one to beware of and to be afraid of — to be very afraid of — was a race called Vikards , and they and the Bopecans were total opposites . The Bopecans helped the Earthlings establish an organization of troubleshooters ( think Texas Rangers ) to patrol the solar system looking for danger . ENTER STAGE LEFT the stars of the show : Todd Jordan and Simon Cain . It ’ s a buddy book , and these guys will bring to mind the flavor of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid .
They can travel the solar system because the Bopecans have mastered that little thing Einstein discovered in 1935 , which he called Spooky Action at a Distance . When much , much duller physicists got a hold of it , they called it quantum entanglement . It allowed the Bopecans to send communications hundreds of million light-years in a few seconds . They eventually figured out how to transport themselves in that fashion as well and set up bus stops , so to speak , all over the galaxy .
Jordan and Cain have a few adventures before they meet the bad guys , and these guys are dreadful , horrific , appalling , and ghastly . They are planning a test run of a machine they have that ’ s a planet destroyer . They are going to run it on at least one moon of Jupiter and then on to Earth . At risk is the survival of all the humanoids , all plant life , and all animal life in the sea and on land .
And that ’ s all she wrote . Goodbye , fini , caput , farewell . •
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