Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Duds & Spuds....

UPDATE regarding POST OFFICE: Well would appear that almost no progress is being made regarding my last few posts about the Korean Submarine on a US Navy Commerative marketed by the Post Office...

Along with Jack Sandy and others...I had sent E-mail's to the Postal Authorities informing them of the blunder...and received a standard return communique stating that my "concerns would be forwarded to the appropriate department".

Jack Sandy...who originally discovered this insultingly gross error and first notified the Postal Authorities, also received similar responses. The various people answering our e-mails just keep passin the buck (so whats new) Jacks words and mine...we don't know if'n we're going up or down the food chain. SonarMan reports that he can no longer find this Commemorative at the USPS site...but several other bubbleheads have told me they were never able to find the commemorative at the Official Postal know's at this point.

Right now Jack is fighting a David and Goliath type battle...and...this here Cookie knows this ain't no wurld shakin problem or issue...but it's an insult to most of us who served either in the US Navy or on "the boats" if'n any of ya out there wanna jump in with yur blogs fer some assistance...Welcome Aboard mates... Sir...with the CHRISTmas Holiday rapidly's a couple a real great Sweet Tater recipe's from that great Texas cook...Sue Gertson. My wife just loves Sweet Taters...and when she saw these recipe's...made me promise to make at least one or th'other fer CHRISTmas...

Sweet Potato Bake

3 cups peeled, cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
1 cup Splenda sugar substitute
1/3 cup Smart Balance, buttery spread, melted
1/2 cup egg substitute
1 tsp. vanilla1
tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 cup fat-free half-and-half


1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 1/2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 tablespoons Smart Balance, melted

Mix together with a fork; sprinkle over top of casserole just before putting in oven.

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Mix all ingredients together except for the half-and-half. Beat with mixer until smooth. Add cream; mix well. Pour into a greased casserole dish. (an 11x7" size will work, or 1.5 qt.)

Add topping. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Title: Individual Sweet Potato Balls

Yummy and easy. Everyone gets their own.

4 large sweet potatoes
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon rum (optional)
2 cups coconut
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 large marshmallow per each ball

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake the potatoes until tender, then peel and mash them. Stir in the brown sugar, orange juice, zest, nutmeg and rum. In a separate bowl, toss the coconut with the sugar and cinnamon. Press the mashed potatoes around each marshmallow, creating a 2 to 3 inch ball. Roll the balls in the coconut mixture. Bake 15 to 20 minutes. Watch carefully so that the expanding marshmallows don't burst open.

Number Of Servings: serves 4 to 6

Preparation Time:5 minutes