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Black Olive Penguins

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Ingredients

2-3 large carrots
1 can (6 ounces) small, pitted black olives, drained
1 can (6 ounces) colossal or jumbo pitted black olives, drained
4 ounces, weight Neufchatel (1/3 less fat) cream cheese
8 whole green onions, green part only

Instructions

Cut 4-5 thin slices from the fat end of the carrots to create 16 slices total. Cut a small triangular wedge out of each carrot slice. Taking 16 small pitted olives, push the narrow end of the carrot triangle through the wide hole of each olive to form the penguin's "beak" (use a skewer or toothpick to position the carrot wedge). Set aside. To form the body of the penguin, Make a lengthwise slice halfway into 16 colossal olives. Gently hold the olive open and push as much cream cheese into the opening as you can, filling the olive. Use your fingers or a paper towel to tidy up along the edges of the opening. The cream cheese should create a solid white strip down the length of the olive – this is the chest. Place a filled olive, large hole side down, on top of a carrot round, lining up the white of the cream cheese with the wedge cut from the carrot round. Use a toothpick pushed down through the center to hold the olive “body” of the penguin to the carrot “feet”. Push one small olive, “beak” side lined up with the “chest” and “feet” down onto the toothpicks. Wrap a strip of the green onion around the neck as a scarf. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Shelly Voss, Rock Island



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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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