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April 2002 Issue
by Rossana S. Tarantini
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Make sure to check out last month's column as we still have some unanswered requests there.

Thanks to our very own Patty Waage for two of this month's submissions. Hopefully they fill the bill, but if you have a recipe you think might do it better, please send it to .

Patty sent the following in hopes it was the frosting that Mary was looking for.


Fluffy White Frosting

  • 1/4 cup white corn syrup
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
Heat the corn syrup to boiling in a small saucepan. Combine the unbeaten egg whites, salt and vanilla in a bowl. Beat at high speed with an electric mixer until the egg whites are stiff but not dry. Slowly pour in the boiling syrup, beating continuously until the frosting is fluffy and hangs in peaks from the beaters.
  • Yields: Enough for frosting one cake
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes

And maybe this one that Patty sent in will be close to the one my chat room friend was looking for:


Orange Juice Chicken

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 T. prepared Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 T. butter
  • 2 T. flour
Preheat oven to 375 degrees,

Place the chicken in a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Spread the mustard evenly over the chicken and sprinkle with the chopped onion. Coat lightly with 1/4 cup of the brown sugar and pour enough orange juice over all to cover the chicken. Dot the chicken with the butter.

Bake for 45 minutes, then remove the extra sauce from the baking dish and pour it into a saucepan. Sprinkle the chicken with the remaining sugar and return to the oven.

Whisk the flour into the saucepan, add any leftover orange juice and heat on high until the sauce thickens. Remove the chicken from the oven and place it on a serving dish, pour the sauce over everything and serve.

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 1 hour

And we have a new request this month from MaryAnn who writes in:

So, let's get out there and find those recipes!!!


Springtime is upon us. When my kids were younger, I would put them out at the picnic table with all the messy arts and crafts things they loved to do, keeping them happy in their creativity and minimizing the wear and tear on my furniture. So, in honor of the onset of spring and the mighty messes my tribe could make, I include here for you some finger paint and other crafty recipes . . . for the budding Rembrandts in your home.


Finger Paint -- Cornstarch

    Mix together 1/2 cup cornstarch with four cups of very cold water. Put it into a pot and turn the heat on high, letting the mixture come to a boil and continue to boil until it's thickened. Allow it to cool and pour into smaller containers such as baby food jars or plastic yogurt tubs, etc. Add several drops of food coloring to each jar and mix well. You should get about six jars of paint.


Finger Paint -- Liquid Starch

    Instead of pre-making the paint, just pour a small amount of liquid starch onto a sheet of paper, sprinkle some powdered tempera paint on it and mix well with your fingers. Or let your kids do the mixing.


Finger Paint -- Powdered Detergent

    Mix together 5 tablespoons of liquid tempera paint with one cup of powdered detergent (non-scented), and 1/4 cup water. Combine first two ingredients and slowly add water as needed. Keep on stirring until the consistency is smooth and creamy.


Flour Paint

    Mix together till the mixture is thick, 3 cups flour, 2 tablespoons liquid soap and 3/4 cup water. Tint it with food coloring or powdered tempera paint.

    Some finger painting hints:

    • When finger painting, try to use a glossy paper or butcher paper.
    • Adding liquid soap to the paints will help to prevent staining.
    • Paints can also be poured into plastic meat trays (saved from grocery days) for easy access to little hands.


Bubble Solution

    Combine 1/3 cup dish soap or baby shampoo, 1 1/4 cups water, 2 tsp sugar and food coloring and pour into a plastic container with a tight fitting lid. To blow bubbles, use straws, pipe cleaners formed into shapes, strawberry baskets, spoons with holes, etc.


Sand Sculpture

    Put into a large pot, 2 cups sand, 1 cup water and 1 cup cornstarch. Mix together and turn heat on low until the mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat. Allow it to cool and you can begin molding it with your hands. It will take two or three days to set.


Cooked Play Dough

    Combine in a saucepan 1 cup flour. 1 tsp cream of tartar and 1/2 cup salt. In a separate bowl combine 1 cup water, 1 tsp food coloring and 2 tbsp oil. Mix water mixture into the flour mixture and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until a ball forms. Remove from heat and knead until smooth. Store in a container with a tight fitting lid.

So there you have it. Indulge, enjoy, and make sure to check in again next month. I hope your April showers bring you lots of May flowers.

TTFN . . . I think it was Sophia Loren who once said "Everything you see, I owe to pasta." That would be my motto . . .

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