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MID-ATLANTIC WEATHER WATCH FOR DECEMBER

Snow in the northern part in the region, rain in the south (1) with fair and cold weather to follow (2,3,4,5). Heavy snow in the north, showers in the south (6,7,8); fair and cold again (9,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17) with more snow, mainly in the south (18,19); fair and much colder (20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29) with light snow (30).    


GARDENING ACTIVITIES  FOR DECEMBER 

                                                       


A THOUGHT FOR TODAY'S LIVING

"It’s not the size nor cost of the gift that makes it meaningful, but the thought that goes into its selection.”                                                                                       John Gruber  (1768-1857) 

COOKING & RECIPES

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or a quick coffee cake, mix one tablespoon of butter, one cup of sugar, one egg, one cup of milk, one and half cups of flour, one heaping teaspoon of baking powder, and the juice and grated rind from a lemon. Mix thoroughly and spread dough in a shallow greased tin, sprinkle with chopped nuts, cinnamon, and sugar, and dot with butter. Bake till brown and crisp. Cut into squares and serve very hot. 

Reprinted from The Almanack of 1914

Sprinkle potatoes meant for frying with a little flour and they will turn out pleasantly brown.

From The Almanack of 1964

STUFFED MUSHROOMS

Serve this tasty appetizer at your next party and see how fast they disappear!

Ingredients:
18 mushrooms (with stems removed)
4 Tbs spreadable cheese (flavored, if desired)
2 Tbs. Parmesan Cheese (grated)
1/8 - 1/2 tsp minced garlic
3 Tbs. bacon bits

Preparation:
Mix all ingredients except mushrooms. Fill mushrooms with mixture. Place on baking sheet. Bake at 375°F for 12 - 15 minutes. Serve hot.

FRIED CATFISH

This easy recipe for fried catfish will surely please everyone:

Ingredients:
1/4 cup skim milk
1 Tbsp. hot pepper sauce
1/3 cup dried plain bread crumbs
1 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro (optional)
4 catfish fillets, 4 oz. each
Vegetable cooking spray
Lemon wedges or cilantro leaves for garnish

Preparation:
In a shallow dish, combine skim milk and hot pepper sauce. In a second shallow pan, combine breadcrumbs, cilantro, and lemon pepper seasoning. Dip catfish fillets in milk mixture. Coat fillets with bread crumb mix. Spray a baking dish with vegetable cooking spray. Place fillets in a single layer in baking dish, allowing at least 1-inch space between each fillet. Bake fish in a preheated 450°F oven for 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Garnish with lemon wedges or cilantro leaves.

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