Posts by Paul Scott

Culinary Corner: Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients (Filling) 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for buttering the baking dish 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes (3-4 large potatoes; about 1 3/4 pounds) 1/2 cup milk 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 2 large eggs Ingredients (Topping) 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 3/4 cup chopped pecans Directions For the filling: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and butter a 2-quart baking dish. Whisk together the butter, mashed sweet potatoes, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, salt and
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Culinary Corner: Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Bell Peppers

A stuffed bell pepper reciep with a festive twist for Halloween. Ingredients: 6 bell peppers, any color 1 pound ground beef 1 egg 4 slices whole wheat bread, cubed 1 small onion, chopped 1 small tomato, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup chili sauce 1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish. Lightly mix together the ground beef, egg, bread cubes, onion, tomato, garlic, chili sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Wash
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Culinary Corner: Apple Butter Spice Cake

Topping Ingredients: 1 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 cup chopped pecans     Cake Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter, room temperature 1 cup white sugar 3/4 cup apple butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup whole bran cereal or wheat germ 1 cup sour cream 2 eggs, room temperature Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13-inch pan. Prepare the topping by mixing together the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chopped pecans. Sift together
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Social Security & Medicare: What You Need to Know

If you’re recently retired or planning to retire soon, you’ve likely thought about Social Security and Medicare. With so much information out there, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why we want to share some of the basic information you need to know about these federal insurance programs. Social Security One of the major benefits of Social Security is that it serves as a predictable, steady and inflation-adjusted income that lasts the rest of your life. The checks roll in like clockwork. It’s just like having a career, only your job now is to just enjoy your
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Culinary Corner: Summer Grilled Pork Chops

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups lemon juice 1 1/2 cups honey 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon dried basil 4 center-cut pork chops, 1/2-inch thick salt and ground black pepper to taste Directions: Mix the lemon juice, honey, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and basil together in a bowl. Pour about half the marinade into a resealable plastic zipper bag, and place the pork chops in the bag. Squeeze out the air, seal the bag, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (overnight is best). Refrigerate remaining marinade for basting. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly
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Culinary Corner: Seven Layer Taco Dip

Ingredients: 1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream 1 (16 ounce) jar salsa 1 large tomato, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 bunch chopped green onions 1 small head iceberg lettuce, shredded 1 (6 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese Directions: In a medium bowl, blend the taco seasoning mix and refried beans. Spread the mixture onto a large serving platter. Mix the sour cream and cream cheese in a medium bowl. Spread over the
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Culinary Corner: Chocolate Mint Brownies

It’s a brownie covered in mint cream topped with chocolate. Mmmmmm! Ingredients: 1 cup white sugar 1/2 cup butter, softened 4 eggs 1 1/2 cups chocolate syrup 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 cups confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup butter, softened 2 tablespoons creme de menthe liqueur 6 tablespoons butter 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips Directions: Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. In a large bowl, cream together 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup of softened butter until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the chocolate syrup. Stir in the
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Culinary Corner: Sweetheart Cupcakes

Instead of just plain white cupcakes, take it a step further and make them special. You can even change the colors for other holidays – green for St. Patrick’s Day, pastel colors for Easter, or red, white and blue for the 4th of July. Ingredients: 1 (18.25 oz) package white cake mix 1 1/4 cups water 1/3 cup vegetable oil 3 egg whites 8 drops red food coloring 2 drops raspberry candy oil Directions: Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard muffin tin with paper cupcake liners. Beat the cake mix, water, vegetable oil, and egg whites
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Have You Checked Your Beneficiaries Recently?

Take a moment to think about this: Are your beneficiaries in order? It’s far too common for people to sit down and designate their beneficiaries in their wills, trusts, insurances and/or investments, and never give it another thought. With that one-and-done mentality, you may find your legacy isn’t what you meant it to be. Life happens. People get married, divorced, have children, lose children, pass away, become ill, etc. If you don’t review your beneficiary designations regularly, you may find your assets are going to the wrong people or organizations now. I recently had an experience with a wonderful woman
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Key Steps to Reduce the Stress of Losing a Loved One

When a loved one dies, often we can be overwhelmed with grief and loss. In a perfect world, we’d be given an appropriate grieving period before having to deal with all the decisions and details surround our loved one’s passing. We aren’t given that time, however, and handling the important tasks required after their passing can be stressful. While losing a loved one is never easy, there are ways you can reduce the stress you leave behind for your loves ones so they can spend more time grieving and celebrating your life and less time worry about what needs to
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