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  •  Chicken Enchiladas (3.58)
    Source: Better Homes and Gardens

    Prep: 45 minutes
    Bake: 50 minutes


    * 8  8-inch flour tortillas

    * 1-1/2  cups chopped cooked chicken or turkey

    * 1  11-ounce can whole kernel corn with sweet peppers, drained

    * 1/3  cup tub light cream cheese

    * 1/4  cup fat-free or light dairy sour cream

    * 1/4  cup sliced green onions

    *    Nonstick spray coating

    * 2-1/2  cups cut-up fresh tomatillos or one 18-ounce can tomatillos, undrained

    * 1  4-ounce can chopped green chili peppers, drained

    * 1/4  cup chopped onion

    * 1/4  cup cilantro leaves

    * 1/2  teaspoon sugar

    * 1/4  teaspoon ground cumin

    * 1/2   to 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

    * 3/4  cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese

    * 1  medium tomato, chopped (optional)


    1. Stack tortillas; wrap tightly in foil. Heat in a 350 degrees F oven for 10 minutes to soften.
    2. For filling, combine chicken, corn, cream cheese, sour cream, and green onion.
    3. Spray a 3-quart rectangular baking dish with nonstick coating; set aside. Spoon about 1/3 cup filling onto each tortilla near an edge; roll up.
    4. Arrange filled tortillas, seam sides down, in prepared baking dish.
    5. For sauce, combine tomatillos, chili peppers, onion, cilantro, sugar, and cumin in a blender container. Add 1 cup broth if using fresh tomatillos or 1/2 cup broth if using canned. Cover; blend until smooth. Transfer to a saucepan. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.
    6. Pour sauce over enchiladas. Cover with foil; bake in a 350 degree F oven about 45 minutes or until heated through. Remove foil; add cheese and bake 5 minutes more or until cheese is melted. Top with chopped tomatoes, if desired. Makes 8 servings (1 enchilada each.)
    Nutritional Information

    Nutritional facts per serving
    calories: 255, total fat: 10g, saturated fat: 4g, cholesterol: 40mg, sodium: 470mg, carbohydrate: 27g, fiber: 2g, protein: 17g, vitamin C: 22%, calcium: 12%, iron: 12%, starch: 1.5diabetic exchange, lean meat: 1.5diabetic exchange, fat: 1diabetic exchange

    "In politics, every day is filled with numerous opportunities for serious error. Enjoy it." - Donald Rumsfeld, "Rumsfeld's Rules", WSJ 1/29/01

    by reef the dog on Sat Jul 31, 2004 at 02:44:35 AM PDT

    •  Katharine Hepburn's brownies (3.58)
      Straight Talk From Miss Hepburn

      To the Editor:

      Re the death of Katharine Hepburn last Sunday: For many decades, my father used to walk across town to do his food shopping on Second Avenue. He often shopped at a Gristede's around the corner from Miss Hepburn's town house on East 49th Street.

      One day he suddenly came face to face with Miss Hepburn, who was also picking up groceries. He acknowledged her with a nod, and she responded in kind. He began thinking of her as a neighbor.

      In 1983, my senior year at Bryn Mawr, Miss Hepburn's alma mater, I was frustrated and was doing poorly, and at Christmas break, I decided to quit. I had the romantic notion of running away to Scotland to write screenplays. My father was frantic. My mother had died two years before, leaving him with all the responsibility for his headstrong daughter.

      He knew that Miss Hepburn had gone through her own struggles at Bryn Mawr, so he wrote her a letter asking her to intervene. "She's a great admirer of yours, and perhaps she'll listen to you,'' he wrote. On the way to the grocery store, he dropped the letter in her mail slot.

      At 7:30 the next morning, the phone woke me up. I answered it and heard that famous voice, crackling with command. "Is this the young woman who wants to quit Bryn Mawr?'' I said it was. "What a damn stupid thing to do!'' she snapped. She went on to give me a lively lecture, the gist of which was that I had to finish my studies and get my degree, and after that I could do what I wanted to do. There was no arguing with her imperiousness. Then she said she wanted to meet us for tea.

      The day of our appointment was gray and wintry. Walking the long blocks to Turtle Bay, my father and I didn't speak much. It felt as if we were about to meet the Queen.

      Miss Hepburn greeted us warmly. With casual hauteur, she provided us with tea and some of her famous brownies. Though she was in her 70's, she had a youthful look, enhanced by her girlish clothes: a turtleneck, a black cardigan and shabby khaki-green pants.

      We talked about many things, including Bryn Mawr. She said that she was miserable there and still had nightmares about it, but she was glad she went. At the end of the afternoon she told me, in a rather grim tone, "You're smart.'' It was a compliment, but also an admonition not to be foolish in the future.

      My father was invited to visit her a few times after that. Once, he had heard that she was recovering from a serious car accident, and he stopped by to drop off a package of homemade brownies and a get-well note. To his surprise, he was ushered in and invited into her boudoir, where she greeted him in her nightgown. She sampled his brownies.

      "Too much flour!'' she declared. She then rattled off her own recipe, which he hastily wrote down. "And don't overbake them! They should be moist, not cakey!''

      I'll always be grateful to Miss Hepburn for making me stick it out at Bryn Mawr and for giving me these rules to live by: 1. Never quit. 2. Be yourself. 3. Don't put too much flour in your brownies.


      1/2 cup cocoa

       1 stick butter

       2 eggs

       1 cup sugar

       1/4 cup flour

       1 cup broken-up walnuts or pecans

       1 teaspoon vanilla

       pinch of salt

      Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt butter in saucepan with cocoa and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Mix in eggs, one at a time. Add sugar, flour, nuts, vanilla and salt. Pour into a greased 8x8 square pan. Bake 40 minutes. "Don't overbake!'' They should be gooey. Let cool (an essential step) and cut into bars.

      Heather Henderson
      St. Paul, Minn.

      •  Not so sure Kos is proud of your recipe.. (2.10)
        thought the recipe for this site was free and open discussion.

        You are trying to silence someone. Exceedingly week on your part.

        If you want to be a cheerleader go to

        If we can't raise questions about Kerry, his campaign, and the direction of the Democratic Party, Kos would not be Kos.

        CT-4 and CT-2! Two New England House races that Dems can win.

        by edwardbanderson on Sat Jul 31, 2004 at 03:59:40 AM PDT

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        •  Edwardbanderson (3.78)
          I'm terribly sorry, and I mean this with all due respect, but right now you are full of shit.  Torch is a troll.  That is common knowledge.  Once a troll, always a troll.  Even if there were some half-way decent posts at some point, those would simply be stepping stones to more bullshit.

          There is absolutely nothing substantive about the diary.  It is premised entirely on a Thug talking point that some sortof "extreme makeover" has occured.  Look at the bloody poll for godsakes.   Now if some of us choice to rejoice in Torch's free speech by engaging in a little perfectly civil banter about food, that is more than our right, that is more than fun, that is exactly and absolutely what is called for.

          So stick something on the barbecue and tell us about it tomorrow.

          •  You know, I think Edward Banderson (3.08)
            and Torch may be the same person...

            "Now in Russia, they got it mapped out so that everyone pulls for everyone else..But what I know about is Texas..and down here you're on your own." Blood Simple

            by spot on Sat Jul 31, 2004 at 04:28:32 AM PDT

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            •  ewwwwwwwww a Troll.... (1.81)
              spot, what are you doing here???

              I can't handle an opposing POV, so I decry the author as a "troll".

              And if anyone supports his right to speak up, and be heard, well it must be the author in disguise???

              So sad.

              CT-4 and CT-2! Two New England House races that Dems can win.

              by edwardbanderson on Sat Jul 31, 2004 at 04:35:07 AM PDT

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            •  b*shit (3.33)
              Look at his diary, man. He's got a far more positive writing style than torch.
              Although I heavily disagree with torch's GOP talking point diarrheas, I understand Bandersons outrage regarding off-topic-comments.

              Please, don't troll rate me for this comment.

              That would be ridiculous. (I'm not torch or Edward Banderson, btw)

          •  You are wrong..... (1.61)
            Clearly Torch is someone who wants Kerry to win.

            If your definition of "Troll" is someone who raises legitimate concerns, questions the game plan, etc., you really belong at some Freeper site.

            There is PLENTY to question about last nite's speech. To some degree, it was an "extreme makeover".

            And forget your CW as based upon poll results. That you are in the majority hardly means you are right. Last I checked, Dissent was a necessary part of Democracy.

            Your recipes are low, and lame. You don't even dare ask Kos what he thinks of your tactic. Why insist on defending it.

            "Once a troll, always a troll"?? Who are you to try to silence Torch?

            CT-4 and CT-2! Two New England House races that Dems can win.

            by edwardbanderson on Sat Jul 31, 2004 at 04:31:27 AM PDT

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            •  Edwardbanderson (3.70)
              Either you are Torch, or you are incredibly, utterly, absolutely and incorrigibly naive.

              Torch does not want Kerry to win.  He only he says he does.  Now why would he lie?  Well, gee, because if he came out and said he was a Bush supporter, that really wouldn't swing here.

              You comments are laughable and your troll ratings of all these fine, educational posts on this diary are juvenile.

              And if you are Torch, I sure hope you get paid to do this crap.  

          •  Banderson is trolling at least some of the (3.25)
            food-related comments on this thread (even the genuinely amusing ones), which suggests more than a simple defense of Torch...

            "Now in Russia, they got it mapped out so that everyone pulls for everyone else..But what I know about is Texas..and down here you're on your own." Blood Simple

            by spot on Sat Jul 31, 2004 at 04:32:55 AM PDT

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            •  Go to bed.... (1.83)
              you'll be embarassed in the morning.

              And don't call me a Troll for defending Free Speech here at Kos. Please.

              CT-4 and CT-2! Two New England House races that Dems can win.

              by edwardbanderson on Sat Jul 31, 2004 at 04:36:37 AM PDT

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              •  I'm going to bed (3.88)
                And I will remember your attitude in the morning and the months to come.  Troll me as much as you like.  Frankly, I could care less whether I am trusted user or not here.   And scorn those who respond to trolling with the perfect antidote, humour and good spirits, as much as you like.   It is laughable.   If this is your attitude, I'm afraid you wouldn't know a violation of free speech if it rolled over you in the middle of Tiananmen Square.

                You get up upset when people troll-rate Torch because that's supposed to violate his freedom of speech.  But then  you troll-rate those who post recipes?  That's completely inconsistent.  The only way to resolve the inconsistency is to say, well, this site is all about debate and dialogue.  Which of course it is.  But Torch's posts aren't about debate and dialogue.  They are about Republican talking points, i.e. devoid of intellectual content altogether.   Frankly, there would be more merit in someone posting pornography here, were it not for the joyful fact that this community has developed a delightful way of lampooning the stupidity of Troll's posts in a entertaining, enlightening, and dare I say it, rather yummy fashion.  Now that's free speech, so deal with it.

                •  Yes, I troll rate people.... (1.57)
                  who try to silence opposing views by posting recipes.

                  Torch is not about Republican talking points. Read his diaries. While he may not have drunk the Kerry Kool-Aid, he is definitely a fellow-traveller in wanting to get rid of W.

                  P.S. I am not trolling you. I am troll-rating you for your PC attempts to intimidate and silence Torch's POV. Who are you to decide that his opinions are Republican and insubstantive???

                  CT-4 and CT-2! Two New England House races that Dems can win.

                  by edwardbanderson on Sat Jul 31, 2004 at 05:17:31 AM PDT

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                  •  One really last thing (4.00)
                    Who am I to decide Torch's opinions are Republican?  Why a citizen of the free world, and hence someone entitled to sound off.  Or are you opposed to free speech?

                    But on what basis do I think that someone talking about Kerry's extreme makeover is just repeating a Thug talking point?  Gee, haven't a clue

                    Am I trying to silence Torch?  No, good lord, by no means.  I love it.  When Torch posts, I get lots of great information about recipes.  I love it.  Wouldn't want him banned for the world.  That would be terribly wrong.

                    And once more, with feeling this time.  Torch doesn't want Kerry to win.  When he says he is, he's Not Telling the Truth.  It's called a lie.  

                  •  What about this helpful? (3.71)
                    Troll Faces

                    Makes your little ones laugh, and also eat with out any complaints! It's the new and awsome way to become closer to your kids at supper.

                    Three cups of peas
                    One bowl of mashed potatos
                    Five carrots (small)
                    Two cups cheese
                    Ten olives

                    Put the potatoes on the plate. Use the peas as a mouth by putting them on the mashed patatos where the mouth would be placed. Then Use two olives per face and put them where the eyes are supose to be. Then use the cheese for hair and 1 carrot per face for the nose. Then you can heat it up for 3 minutes and have a scary troll face. (Much more fun if you have the kid make the face.)

                    Hope your kids have as much fun with there troll faces as I did.

                    Prep time: 20 minutes

                    Serves 5.

              •  One last thing (4.00)
                Thanks, by the way ... I haven't laughed as much as this at DKos for quite a while now.  I'll be chuckling in my sleep.
        •  What the fuck is wrong with you? (4.00)
          Why do you hate Katharine Hepburn?

          If you hate Kate, you hate America.

        •  Have you been using space butter? (3.60)
          Posting a recipe is not "attempting to silence" someone. It is a polite way of saying, "Your diary is not worth discussing." The recipe posters are not troll-rating the diarist, they are not behaving like petulant four-year-olds (I'm looking right at you, Mr. Anderson), and they are not being disruptive. You and torch seem to be the only people who want to talk about Kerry's alleged "makeover." You're free to do that. So do us all a favor and shut the Cheney up.
        •  Yes I agree with you (none)
          But the Brownie recipe was wonderful.  Made it monday night.  I highly recommend it.
      •  mmm brownies (3.66)
        I got accepted to Bryn Mawr. I was terribly excited about it, too, to be going to the college that Katherine Hepburn went to. My heart had been set on Brown, but seeing as they didn't want me, Bryn Mawr sounded like a good second choice. Being one of a class of 249 in a school that got tens of thousands of applications a year was worth some bragging rights, after all. I sent a letter of acceptance and got the name and address of my roommate-to-be.

        One of my classmates got accepted to Haverford (a men's school a mile down the road). We had never been close friends, but we'd had a lot of classes together, being in the 'college track', and his sister was in my Girl Scout troop and we were both in the National Honor Society chapter at our school. We made plans to get together regularly and talk about home in the middle of Pennsylvania, and to always share our care packages from Hawaii, full of the foods we knew we would miss so much.

        Then my father took me aside one night, and asked my why my application to the University of British Columbia was incomplete. "Because I'm going to Bryn Mawr", I replied. "I told you that, and you gave me the check for the tuition deposit. I got my roommate's address & phone number last week." Then he explained the facts of life to me. My parents didn't have the money to pay for Bryn Mawr, and despite my high grades (I graduated summa cum laude with a BoE honors diploma), my scholarship applications hadn't paid off. I had gotten about $15K a year in financial aid and scholarships, but it wasn't enough. They had my brother's education and their own retirement to think about, and the only way they could pay my tuition bills was by cashing out their 401(k).

        So I hastily finished my UBC application, rushing my transcripts to Canada just under the deadline. I received my letter of acceptance just a week before I left to move to Vancouver. Instead of an upper-class education at a Seven Sisters school, where I had planned to take classes in equitation to fulfill my PE requirement, I got a public-school education in Canada that cost only $1500 US a year. In retrospect, I think I probably did as well or better at UBC than I would have at Bryn Mawr, and my father may be partially right when he says that going to Bryn Mawr would have spoiled me and taught me to live a lifestyle I can't afford. But part of me will always wonder what might have been.

        (long story in lieu of recipe, since I'm not  much of a cook)

      •  Brownies (none)
        I made this recipe the other day, but I added extra cocoa powder.

        Absolutely amazing.  Wow.

    •  Ummm, reply substantively, or... (2.20)
      not at all.

      This is not a troll post.

      Why the PC intolerance?

      If we can't speak inquisitively, critically, why speak at all?-- guess who said that?

      CT-4 and CT-2! Two New England House races that Dems can win.

      by edwardbanderson on Sat Jul 31, 2004 at 03:56:50 AM PDT

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      •  OMG! (1.80)
        "PC intolerance". You are talking EXACTLY like a ditto-head! Fuck you troll! Don't you have some Bush-Cheney bumper stickers to pass out at a truck-pull or something?

        (or a nader petition for that matter)

      •  geez, (3.33)
        you sure got ripped for nothing -- I'll give you a four to help get your rating up a bit.  Man, some of these folks are a little too party line these days.
        •  Thanks a lot (4.00)
          Ed gave me a 2 just for disagreeing with Torch and saying 'sounds trollish'. I didn't accuse him of trolling and didn't do a recipe either, I responded on the merits.
          I've always like Ed's posts even when I didn't agree - he's smart and usually thinks about what he says. But the negative strafing of everybody went too far I think. Further, he wants it both ways, complain about troll ratings and give them out too.
          I've never done a tip jar and post too little to aim for TU so zap me if you wish. But this is silly.

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