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t " a. ~. Page 2 CLINCIt'yALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, September 20, 2012 es..and ships..and sealing wax..by Young Gregory Food frenzy Yet another weekend has passed with the two UK- football nuts in our family off to Lexington again for yet another g --or whatever that was. At this point, the 'Cats have.been defeated by not one but two in- state teams, and the sports commentators, almost to the last man .( ihd woman) are wondering how long Coach JokerPoI ,.llips is going to last. But that's really beside the point, as far as these words go--this is about food rather than football. My son Dhv d has always been a good eater--he's a very satisfactory "audience" for any kind of food, and this weekerid was no exception. Since it's kind of fun to experiment with food when David's the chief diner, I thot g/a.'t 'I'd try something a little different. While we often eat spaghetti with meat sauce--or a dish I call d eken spaghetti which has chunks of white meat, 'ofilon, green pepper and celery cooked with tomatoes aod tomato sauce. Then there's another one--which combines large chunks of white meat chicken with complex tomato sauce (I don't remember whlaf'all goes in the sauce except that there are several he#os and spices that I don't use all the time--it's quite a good dish! The meat sauce for spaghetti I make more often than any other has about a pound and: a half of lean ground beef, diced onioia and green pepper, diced tomatoes some kind of tomato sauce (I've recently discovered Bertolli's Tomato and Basil, a really good jarred sauce). This time, liowever, I decided to make spaghetti and meat balLs--with just a tomato sauce for the spaghetti. I certain I had my ,mother's recipe-- 'which was a W nderful dish--but I wasn't able to find it anywhere,-dnd I've never made it. So I decided to look up "mCd.l i balls" on the Internet (on the food Network website) but for some reason, the Internet was down an l uldn't let me log on. So, since I had a jar of the I just mentioned, I decided I could probably figure" out how to make meat balls. I combined the" nieat with an egg, some milk, cracker crumbs, salt.and pepper, a little oregano and garlic and some di'. d onion. I formed the meat balls-- thin slice of onion on each strip of meat (they're fairly small pieces) and put the pan in a 450 degree oven uncovered for about 15 minutes. Then I turned the oven back to 350, and heated a small can of tomato sauce, thinned with about one-third of a can of water, doctored up with a whole onion, very thinly sliced, some Worcestershire Sauce, some lemon juice and a little garlic powder. Spoon the sauce over the meat, cover and put in the oven for a total of about two and a half hours. Check it periodically to see if more liquid is needed (I usually add more water at least two times--you don't want it to get dry because then it'll bum. Anyway, this combination makes the house smell wonderful, and the meat dish can be served with almost anything--baked potato, scalloped potato, etc., etc., and any green vegetable. The little country style ribs are really delicious cooked this way! I'm not a bread maker--I don't make biscuits or rolls (I do make muffins occasionally, but that's usually as an early morning dish). While my mother did make biscuits and rolls--and occasionally, corn sticks, she came up with this especially wicked bread, which starts with a roll of Pillsbury biscuits from the refrigerator case. In a pie pan, melt a jar of Old English cheese with a stick of butter or margarine. When it's all melted, swirl it around so that every part of the pan has cheese and butter. Then place the 10 biscuits in the pan and bake at 400 for whatever time the package says. You have to let them cool just a bit when the baking is finished, burthen scoop out a biscuit, upside down (with the cheese on top) on each plate. These are decadent and delicious, and should probably be served only a couple of times per year, considering the fat and calories contained in each biscuit. One last thing that I really wanted to make this weekend, but didn't quite get to it, since I needed a thing or two from the store (and had sent for so much I was hesitant to get more stuffi) It's one of my favorite desserts--one that sounds super elegant and maybe a littlefsmaller than golf bslls, then browned complicated, but which is actually very easy to make. them in a little hot oil. They they spent about 30 (This is one my father always especially liked.) It's ' Baked Alaska, which is basically, cake'and ice cream minutes on a a i"ng sheet in the oven, and another 30 with some meringue. I use pound cake, cut in minutes cookin., g in a covered pan with the tomato and generous rectangles, and pile on a generous scoop or basil sauce. 2'hen the spaghetti (I prefer the thinner two of ice cream--be sure the ice cream is totally eapellini) w@Mone, I mixed it in with the sauce and contained on the cake, Beat meringue until stiff, and served !' it. The'.dish was pretty: l,f0od--and David completely cover the ice cream, sealing the meringue seemed satis e.d).(He said, in fact, : onsidering that to the cake all the way around. Bake at 400 degrees this was a first-time effort for me, "Let's just keep the for for or five minutes--check and when the meringue spaghetti andmeat balls between us--we don't have to begins to brown on top, it's ready. Eat immediately. tell everybody.'" I thought that was intended as a This is so simple--yet really delicious and elegant! compliment, so I took it as such.) Anyway, the effort What do you suppose has gotten into me? Could I was evidently a success, . be hungry? Or is it just that fall's setting in, and it I wanted'2t9 have something good for Allen andseems like it's time to start cooking? Peyt when they got home on Sunday, so I got boneless Before long it'll be time to begin thinking about country, style, pare ribs. If you've never used these, making a huge pot of vegetable soup! That's try them--cdoged right, they're really good! I put a something else I look forward to! Eight things you should know before you beforeyou dig buy a daily deal Frugalistas looking to snag a matter how great the deal seems bargain on a massage or a fancy dinner at new restaurant can spend a lot of time,~owsing daily deal sites. While these sites provide the opportunity to try new businesses at a discounted price, shoppers nee d,'~" be sure they read the fine print on their deals and understand the sites' terms of service agreements to avoid complications when they redeem their deal vouchers. These tips will lyp you better understand the daily deal sites so you can shop safely and enjoy the deals you purchase. Check the exp.]r~i~n and black-out dates Most daily deals h~v~ expira- tion dates. Plan accor~lingly so to be. Understand how you can use the deal Some deals you can use more than once until the entire amount of the deal is gone, but other coupons you have to use all at once. In general, you can't combine a daily deal with another coupon or promotion. Read the conditions of your specific deal before you buy. If you've read the fine print, but still don't understand every- thing, ask questions before you buy. Many of the daily deal sites have a frequently asked que- stions section or an area of the site where they handle questions about specific deals. Verify which locations accept your voucher Some deals for chains are only valid at certain stores. Check to make sure the location closest to you is one of the participating stores or else you might have to go out of your way to use the deal. Know when your credit card will be charged Some sites won't charge you until after a certain number of you use your voucher.. etgre the deal expires. Make"siire you check for blackout dates too. Some of the popular vacation deals can only be"r~'deemed during certain times of the year. Do your research Spend five or fen ..minutes reading reviews of,'the~,product or service you're thinki.ng about purchasing. If the company has a lot of bad reviews, you may want to skip the pur~l;tase, no t , Resource website for local sports Castlewood High School's said in an announcement. sports schedules and changes are This can be found at available on the Internet, CHS www.cumberlanddistrictva.org. CHs-Attileti- Boosters ha-ve monthly meetings 1 st ondays Check the site's refund policy Some sites will refund your money if you are disappointed in a deal. Others will refund your money if a merchant goes out of business before your deal's expiration date. Some won't refund your money at all. Make sure you understand and are comfortable with a site's refund rules before you make a purchase. Know whom to contact with problems In most cases, the daily deal sites can't help you solve problems with the company you bought the deal from. You will need to work with the company directly. If you have an issue, stay calm and state exactly what happened and how you would like the situation to be resolved. You can use the tips from the USA.gov sample complaint letter to help fix the problem. Girl Scout Council to sell Camp Sky,Wa-Mo On Monday, September 10, the board of directors of the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians voted to sell Sky- Wa-Mo, a Girl Scout summer camp located in BluffCity, Tenn. This decision was reached because Camp Sky-Wa-Mo does not meet the criteria to justify keeping the camp open. The criteria includes how the camp supports the national Girl Scouts program portfolio, how it sup- ports the Girl Scout brand, how it provide service support to the council's membersh!p, how it supports sustainable property management practices and whe- ther',, or not the operations and maintenance costs are within the council and communities' ability to fund. Approximately a year ago the council undertook a long- range property planning process and considered all properties within the council's jurisdiction, which covers 46 counties in East Tennessee and additional coun- ties in Georgia and Virginia. A group of volunteers and board members were pulled together to look closely at just how the camps and other Girl Scout- branded buildings were doing. The long-range property planning committee recommend- ed to the board that the council idle the site beginning in NOV- ember through 2014, remove substandard facilities, provide maintenance to protect remain- ing facility access, determine the viability of implementing an outdoor partnership program in the direct vicinity administered by the council and explore tran- sportation opportunities provid- ing membership access to other council property. The board carefully and thoughtfully re- The Castlewood'-.Athletic All Castlewood fans who are Boosters meet the first Monday interested in promoting the of each month at 6:00 m. in the interests of the school's athletic CHS office. "%" teams are urged to attend. viewed the recommendation of the committee but ultimately voted tO sell the property. "It is the board's role to make financially responsible de- cision for the council. The decision to sell Sky-Wa-Mo was not taken lightly. The reality is that this camp has not been self- sustaining for a long time," said Janice Greer, president of the board of directors for the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians. "The committee studied camp trends and also worked with a property consultant from Girl Scouts of the USA on this process," said Greer. "The board appreciates the committee's thoughtful process and dedica- tion to this matter. The board decided that idling the site would only postpone the inevitable. The camp's status just didn't justify keeping it open." "The council is committed to providing the best Girl Scout leadership experience for the girls who live in its jurisdiction. Camping and outdoor program- ming are a large part of Girl Scouting, and we will continue to make these experiences avail- able to girls in this area. This de- cision was made after consid- ering the options and deciding what was best for the council and the girls it serves,", said Greer. Next steps for Sky-Wa-Mo are currently being formulated. The council will keep the public and media updated as plans unfold. For more information re- garding Camp Sky-Wa-Mo or Girl Scout Council of the Soutli- ern Appalachians, contact Kim Lauth at Klauth@girlscoutcsa.org or (800) 474-1912. UVa-Wise to offer Media Relations at SVHEC The University of Virginia's College of Wise is offering Media Relations: Be your own spokesperson on Wednesday, Sept. 26 and Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. The media can be an organi- zation's greatest ally in getting its message to the public. This program can help organizations become better prepared for both welcome and unwelcome media attention. This two day program will introduce participants to the media and its role in helping an organization get its message to the public as well as practical applications such as writing news releases and public service Call 811 (Miss Utility) announcements. Instruction will be provided on ways to work with the media in various interview situations. Real-life examples and interview practice sessions will be featured. The program will be led by Kathy Still, Director of College Relations at UVa,Wise. She previously had worked more than 20 years as a reporter for the Bristol Herald Courier and The Post. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. The tuition for the program is $299. inchading materials, lunch and refreshments. For more informa- tion or to register for the pro- gram, call (276) 889-8180 or go to w ww.svtdc.org. . Get WIC services at Oxbow wic (Women, Infants and- Children) Clinics will be held . each second and fourth Friday at the Oxbow Center in St. Paul. " . This is a reminder to-all project area in the time aiiowed homeowners and professional by law to mark the underground deals have been purchased; other excavators of the importance of utility lines by means of paint or sites will charge you calling 811 before any digging or flags. Tffere-~s-s no cost for this immediately or at the close of a demolishing project. Recent ac- service. Once marked, hand dig- business day. After you purchase cidents involving damage to ging is required within 24 inches underground utility lines that ofthesemarks. a deal, keep an eye on your have occurred around the nation Miss Utility of Virginia oper- credit card statement to make highlight the importance of pre- ates Monday through Friday, s-~re ~~ correctly, venting damage to Virginia's 7am to 5pm, excluding state and underground utility infrastruc-national holidays. Emergency ture. notification service is available The State Corporation Corn- 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. mission (SCC) is responsible for "Calling Miss Utility at 811 administering Virginia's Under- and remembering to avoid dama- ground Utility Damage Preven- ge to underground utility lines is tion Act. SCC Utility and Rail- captured in Virginia's C.A.R.E. road Safety Division Director message," said Tahamtani. Massoud Tahamtani says, "Pre- C.A,R.E. means: venting damage to underground --Call Miss Utility at 8-iT Stop for Pedestrians in the Library Crosswalk-- utility lines is a 24-hour, seven- day-a-week responsibility." Underground utility lines pro- vide vital services such as natural gas, petroleum products, electric- ity, communications, water sup- ply and sewage removal. Com- munications facilities in particu- lar provide services that connect Virginians with 911 dispatchers in times of emergency and keep the public abreast of adverse weather and national defense matters. According to Tahamtani, "When an underground utility line is damaged, there can be far- reaching consequences. They in- clude serious personal injury, en- vironmental damage, economic loss, and disruption of vital util- ity services upon which we de- pend every day." He added, "Damaging an underground util ...... ity line usually leads to liability claims and civil penalties against the responsible party." A simple call to 811 is ans- wered by Miss Utility of Virgin- ia, the state's one-call notifica- tion center. Center staff will ask important information about the planned work and then notify the member utility operators. Utility operators send locators to the before you dig. Allow the required time for marking. Respect and protect the marks. _Excavate carefully. To learn more about "Digging with C.A.R.E." and Virginia's damage prevention program, contact the SCC's Division of Utility and Railroad Safety at (804) 371-9980; Or visit the division's website , at: http://www.scc.virginia.gc v/urs/ mutility/index.aspx Stop for any school bus loading or unloading children! IT'S THE LAWI It's the law! CVTimes Deadlines: Editorial copy (birthdays, anniversaries, press releases, calendar items, weddings, etc.) 4 p.m. Monday Advertising (classified and display) 12 noon Tuesday For a WIC appointment, call 276-368-5311. Clinch Valley Times MEMBER ' VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH 'VALLEY PUBLISHING CO., INC. The Clinch Valley Times serves the four-county area of Wise, Russell, Dickenson and Scott, with offices and plant located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building, 16541 Russell Street. Perio- dicals postage is paid at the Post Office in St. Paul, V A 24283. 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