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Still stretching my legs out from our family road trip to
the beautiful Smoky Mountains area in Tennessee. One of the
places we stopped for eats was Paula Deen's Family Kitchen
where I would have to say we had some of the best fried
chicken ever! While we did wait a good 2 1/2 hours for our
table (really) we spent that time strolling around since
there was plenty to see and hear right in this little spot.
There was no shortage of merchandise with 'Y'all' on it at
Paula's retail shop off here restaurant and I tried picking
that up as a new 'thing' in my repertoire but by the time we
finished eating my kids informed me I just don't s ay it right
and should stick to having it on my coffee mug ;o)Well
let's just say aside from the chicken, that ooy gooy butter
for dessert put us over the edge and we all needed to stroll
some more.

Starting our day with a flavorful fruity compote that
is both colorful and versatile. It can be served "as is"
for family meals; as a topping on angel food, sponge, or
pound cake for company; or for those favorite comfort foods,
rice and tapioca pudding.

Enjoy! Marzee
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RECIPE: FRUITY COMPOTE

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INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly slivered
1 cup dried fruit mix
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1 orange, peeled and sectioned
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into small,
thin wedges.

DIRECTIONS:
In large saucepan, combine sugar, water and ginger.
Bring to a boil over high heat. Add dried fruit mix.
Bring back to a boil and immediately reduce heat to low
simmer. Cook, uncovered, until fruit is not quite tender,
about 5 minutes. Add cranberries and simmer, stirring
occasionally, until cranberries pop. Stir in orange and
apple. Remove from heat and allow to cool down. Serve
warm or at room temperature.

Yield: 6 servings.
Category: Desserts



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SNIPPETS FOR FOOD CHOICES ON THE GO:
(unless of course you are at Paula's Kitchen..
in which case then all bets are off)

You’re in a restaurant or ordering in. When the food
arrives, it’s piled so high you think there’s no way you
can finish it. Sometimes it tastes so good you can’t stop.
But then you’re too full. Typical restaurant servings are
often twice the size of a single serving. Try this: When
dining out or ordering in, ask for half of a serving or a
"doggy bag." That way you won’t be as full, and you can
have some tomorrow.

Fast food combines two of our favorite desires: things in
a hurry and food. Unfortunately, it also tends to combine
a lot of fat and calories. But it doesn’t have to if we’re
careful. You can still get food in a hurry, but try these
suggestions.

Order a lean roast beef sandwich. Order grilled chicken
sandwiches and do the fixings "your way." Keep the portions
to regular and small. No "doubling" anything or "going
large." Order items without the cheese.

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