October 28, 2016

Recipe Corner: Recipes for the holidays

By Ginger Isham

Below are recipes that can be made with little effort during this busy Christmas season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Hot bean dip

4 cups kidney beans or pinto beans (drained, save 1/3 cup of bean liquid)

1/4 cup olive oil

1 cup grated low-fat, cheddar cheese

1 tablespoon minced onion

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon paprika

Combine beans, oil and bean liquid in microwaveable bowl. Cover and microwave 4 minutes. Mash with potato masher. Stir in rest of ingredients and microwave until cheese melts. Serve hot or warm with salt-free corn chips or crisp veggies.


Broccoli, cheese and rice cups

1 cup white or brown minute rice, uncooked

1 cup chicken broth, low sodium

1 1/2 cups frozen chopped broccoli, thaw and drain

2/3 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1/4 cup ranch dressing, light or reduced fat

2 eggs

Prepare rice as directed using chicken broth in place of water. Cool slightly in bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spoon mixture evenly into 8 greased muffin cups. Bake in 350-degree oven for 20-25 minutes until lightly browned.


Walnut mincemeat pie

2 eggs

1 cup sugar (3/4 will work too)

2 tablespoons flour

pinch of salt

2 cups prepared mincemeat

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell

In a bowl, beat eggs lightly, gradually add sugar, flour and salt. Stir in rest of ingredients and pour into pie shell. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, reduce oven to 325 degrees and continue to bake 35-40 minutes. Cool and store in frig.


Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road.



  1. Mary Martin says:

    I would like to explain the charges of unlawful restraint because it sounds really awful. No we didn’t hold anyone hostage. We were simply standing in front of some VT Gas/Michel’s trucks. They were in no way restrained. When the men decided to leave, they simply backed up and took off. The police have been hired by VT Gas and they sure do have a way of turning a phrase.

    Mr. Recchia refers to this action as a “last-ditch” attempt to scuttle the pipeline. Wrong again! This was far from our last attempt to bring sanity and reason to our state officials who refuse to listen or help.

    Nate Palmer and Kari Cuneo and their families are not the only land owners who have fought this immoral taking of their land. So many folks have lost that fight for lack of time and money. It’s quite intimidating to go before the Public Service Board and their team of lawyers, to sit down at a table filled with VT Gas attorneys and not have anyone to watch your back and advise you.

    When people are up against the wall, they fight back any way they can. Peaceful protests not only express our frustration but they help bring attention to what is happening to our friends and neighbors..

    So Mr. Recchia, we are not done!

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