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January 2002 Issue
by Ronda L. Halpin
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    "Only the pure in heart can make a good soup."

    - Ludwig van Beethoven

Happy New Year! Welcome to the January issue of Seasoned Cooking. There's something about this chilly first month of the year that makes soup seem so right. The weather truly inspires you to curl up with a warm bowl that can take the chill out of your bones. Even those that have resolved to live healthier can benefit from a good bowl of soup. So, with that in mind, we'd like to invite you to try your hand at a couple of the many soup recipes to be found in this month's Victoria's Vegetarian Victuals column. Everything from a classic multi-bean soup to a spicy ginger carrot rendition are there to warm you heart and soul. For those looking for a meatier version of comfort food, visit the Rush Hour column for a simple beef stew recipe that's made in your crockpot for simple eating.

If your tastes are running a little more towards celebrating, you'll definately want to consider the elegant lamb recipe that's presented in Phil's International Flair. Simply combine the finest ingredients and a simple cooking method and you will have your guests swooning! For dessert, you might want to offer a special cake frosted with the delectable frosting recipe that's discussed in Home Cookin'. Or, for the chocoholics among you, try the Brownie Cups from the Happy Endings column.

If your New Year's resolutions include a desire to live a little healthier, make sure that you visit the Health & Fitness column for a guide to making your own low cost home gym. All you need are a few key ingredients and you'll be ready to whip yourself into shape in no time! On the other side of the coin, Rossana Tarantini starts her new year at Seasoned Cooking with a new column. Through the Kitchen Window will combine all of the insight, lessons and -- of course -- recipes she's gathered together over the years to share with you. She's also introducing a recipe exchange that's bound to help us all find those long lost recipes we've been trying to locate.

That's just a preview of some of what we have in store for you this month. So, I'd encourage you to sit back and learn a thing or two with us. Here's to a seasoned lifestyle!

    Ronda L. Halpin

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