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Welcome to the premiere issue of our newsletter. This newsletter will contain reviews on cooking-related books, software, and kitchen gear as well as news and recipes. Links to web sites of interest and time saving tips will also be highlighted.

Meals for the Time Challenged

If you're like a lot of career people today, you put in a lot of time at the office and have little time left to make a good-tasting, nutritious meal. To help you out, we've dug into our recipe archives to provide you with a quick recipe that can be made in approximately 30 minutes, satisfying your hunger and your taste buds.
"Skillet Tuna Casserole"

1 6 1/2-ounce can chunk style tuna in water
1 10-ounce can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 8-ounce package dry egg noodles
1 4-ounce can peas
1 cup water

In a large skillet combine tuna, mushroom soup, water, peas, and noodles. Stir together well. Bring to a boil. Cover skillet and reduce heat. Simmer until noodles are tender, approximately 20 minutes.
Serves 2 to 4.

Easy White Sauce

Ever try to make a white sauce to jazz up your main course, only to end up with a brown, lumpy mess? Master these simple techniques and you'll make a perfect white sauce every time.

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/4 cups milk
Salt and pepper to taste

Warm the milk in a small saucepan and keep warm while you perform the next steps. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, being careful not to burn or brown the butter. Slowly add the flour and whisk it in, stirring constantly. When you have added all the flour and there is a thick consistency with no lumps, slowly add the warm milk while stirring constantly. Whisk vigorously until the sauce is a smooth consistency. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce is a thick consistency, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and whisk in salt and pepper to taste.

You can create various sauces from this basic white sauce. Additions of lemon juice, grated parmesan cheese, horseradish, onions, garlic, and a number of stocks will give you interesting sauces to use in your meals.

Cooking-Related Web Sites

We've surfed the internet to find web sites related to cooking that we think you will like to visit. Following are their links and a brief description of each site.
Iowa State University's Tasty Insect Recipes
The Iowa State University's entomology club has created a number of unusual recipes made with insects. Nutritional information is also included.
Top Secret Recipes On the Web
This site contains recipes that allow you to create your favorite brand-name foods. Some recipes are Waffle House® Waffles, Heinz 57® Steak Sauce, and Taco Bell® Burrito Supreme.



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