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Bernice Volkens’ COOKING CORNER

January 16, 2009
Northern-Sun Print
I just listened to the evening news and again we are looking at more winter weather to be here tomorrow and we haven’t completely dug out of the last snow.  Thank goodness for a 4-wheel drive pick-up-it can go through some pretty big drifts.  One of my New Year resolutions was I’m not going to complain about the weather, especially the cold and snow.  After all I have lived my entire life in Iowa and even with the talk of global warming I don’t see any noticeable change in the weather between the months of November and March. I’m sure it was just as cold now as it was 100 years ago and those early citizens didn’t have the luxuries we have today.  Since they had the will to brave the elements and hunker down here in Iowa, I figure my perspective might need to be adjusted.  I can damn the wind and snow or find a way to endure the winter and enjoy the days of quiet and being snowed in. Just what is a blizzard?  It is a heavy snow storm with very cold temperatures, sustained winds of at least 35 mph, and visibility of less than 0.25 miles.  When a mass of polar air and warm air meet, the polar air pushes the warm air up and settles in the atmosphere where the water vapor forms snow clouds.  Then winds and low temperatures combine with the snow to create a blizzard.  We all know during a blizzard it can be difficult to see or breathe.  Blizzards can kill people, cause traffic accidents and bring cities and towns to a halt.  The mid-west is often referred to as blizzard country.  People in “blizzard country” have experienced the dangers and inconveniences of snowstorms.  After a snowstorm there is still the job of removing the snow.  Snowplows are sent to work clearing the roads.  Sometimes the snow becomes rock-solid making the job nearly impossible but after a few days they make great the roads quite normal. Every year the weather bureau gives people in blizzard country a checklist of things we should do: *Fill bathtubs with water in case pipes freeze. *Make sure windows and doors are tightly closed and anything movable in the yard is tied down or brought inside.  BRING IN PETS TOO! *Be sure to stock up on food, especially food that doesn’t need to be cooked, refrigerated or frozen. *Have batteries for flashlights and radios. *Unless it is necessary-stay in doors. DID YOU KNOW?—that the number one cause of death during a winter storm is heart attacks while shoveling.  Also did you know that it’s never too cold to snow?  Snow can occur at any time when the temperature is near or below freezing. Did you know that one way to beat the nasty weather is to have a pot of delicious, warming soup on the stove? CHILLY WEATHER CHILI 1 lb. ground beef 2 Tablespoons onion, diced 15 ounce can chili beans in chili sauce 8 ounce can refried beans 8 ounce can tomato sauce 8 ounce jar salsa 1/2 cup water Brown beef and onion together in a large stockpot; drain grease.  Add   remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium; cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes 4 big bowls. “OH—the weather outside is frightful”

 
 

 

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