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Posted Online: March 12, 2013, 10:05 am
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Mr. Tidbit: What's 10 calories?
Six of the many carbonated beverages made by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group — Dr Pepper, 7UP, A&W (the root beer, not the cream soda), Sunkist, Canada Dry and RC — now are available in versions with 10 calories per 12-ounce serving. That's in addition to the diet versions, which have no calories, and the regular versions — which have from 140 calories (7Up and Canada Dry) to Sunkist's 190.
The company said these 10-calorie products, all labeled with TEN spelled out in capital letters, are intended to offer "the great taste of regular soda with less calories." The new versions get their fewer calories by starting with the diet versions, which are sweetened with aspartame and acesulfame potassium, and adding a little high-fructose corn syrup.
Mr. Tidbit's extremely unscientific analysis, having sampled all three A&W root beers, is that A&W TEN might be just a little sweeter than Diet A&W, but it still has diet-soda aftertaste.
At least all three versions carry the same price.
— Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT)

Easy Recipe: Baked zucchini ziti
Time: 45-50 minutes
Makes: 6 servings
8 ounces ziti, uncooked
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes, low sodium
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 cup grated zucchini (about 1 medium)
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella, divided
1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 egg, lightly beaten
Salt and pepper
Cooking spray
Cook pasta according to package instructions; drain and set aside.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes and Italian seasoning. In a separate bowl, mix zucchini, ricotta, 1/2 cup mozzarella, 1/2 cup Parmesan and egg. Season with salt and pepper.
Coat a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Spread half of tomato sauce on bottom. Top with ziti, ricotta mixture and remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and 1 tablespoon Parmesan. Bake until top is brown and sauce is bubbling, 35 to 40 minutes.
— GateHouse News Service

The Dish On...
"Eat Me: 169 Fun Recipes From All Over the World," by Paul R. DeLancey
From the author of "We're French and You're Not" and "The Fur West," De Lancey entertains supreme as he distills cooking to the simplest of terms - from boiling water (and identifying the stove) to preparing timeless classics from every corner of the globe including scrumptious Beef Stroganoff and Greek Wraps with tzatziki sauce. Every recipe is followed by hilarious tidbits, such as, "King Louis XV ate boiled eggs every Sunday. This practice ceased with his death." Eat Me is a cookbook spiced with comedy, leavened with silliness while still fully informative and functional. A great read for anyone's kitchen.
— GateHouse News Service




 












 



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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