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Program #739

Rhonda Matthews

Pinto Beans Ole'

1-16 ounce bag dry pinto beans
8 cups water
1-16 ounce jar salsa
4 cups water

Sort dry pintos and discard any shriveled, odd beans. Soak beans overnight in 8 cups water.

Discard soaking water once the beans have rehydrated.

Cook beans with remaining ingredients on low setting for 3-4 hours in crockpot.

Crispy Pork

1 pound fresh pork, cut into cubes
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon ground cumin
Salt to taste

Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat. Add pork cubes and saute quickly until browned and just crispy. Add cumin and salt and stir. Serve immediately.

Favorite Spinach

1 pound frozen spinach, thawed
2 tablespoons margarine
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup skim milk
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese

Melt margarine over medium heat in a small pot. Add garlic powder and onion powder, stirring to combine. Add flour, and whisk until smooth. Cook 3-4 minutes then add skim milk, stirring continually until white sauce forms.

Pour white sauce over thawed spinach and gently stir to combine. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until bubbly. Serve immediately.

Pineapple Perfection

1 can (20 ounces) pineapple
1 container lemon yogurt
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup ice
Add all ingredients to blender and puree until completely smooth. Serve immediately.


Salt in Antiquity

While salt is cheap today, it used to be worth its weight in gold. Historians believe that Roman soldiers were once paid with salt. In fact, the word 'salary' comes from the Latin word 'salarium,' or payment in salt. During the late Roman Empire, salt was carried across 400 miles of the Sahara desert by caravans of as many as 40,000 camels. It was that important to humanity!
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