United Men of Pike are leading a toy drive to provide Christmas gifts for children who may not get anything under the tree this year. The Toys for Tots box is in the front entrance of Dollar General off Highway 19.
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3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 3/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated low-fat milk
2 large egg whites
1 large egg
1 (15-ounce) can unsweetened pumpkin
1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough (such as Pillsbury)
1/4 cup whipping cream
2 teaspoons powdered sugar
Position oven rack to lowest position.
Preheat oven to 425°.
To prepare filling, combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add pumpkin, and stir with a whisk until smooth.
To prepare crust, roll dough into an 11-inch circle; fit into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Fold edges under and flute.
Pour pumpkin mixture into the crust. Place pie plate on a baking sheet. Place baking sheet on lowest oven rack. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350° (do not remove pie from oven); bake an additional 50 minutes or until almost set. Cool completely on wire rack.
To prepare topping, beat cream with a mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Add powdered sugar, and beat until blended. Serve with pie. [Full story »]
Visit Magnolia Farms Horse Arena in Concord and help raise money for our nation’s Wounded Warriors. Sonia Leigh, Ben Ratliff Band and Connor Christian and Southern Gothic will all be at the event to raise money for the U.S. Wounded Soldiers Foundation.
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Preheat oven to 450°.
Place cauliflower in a large roasting pan or jelly-roll pan. Drizzle with oil; toss well to coat. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until tender and browned, stirring every 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley, thyme, tarragon, and garlic. Bake 5 minutes. Combine cauliflower mixture, cheese, and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss well to combine. [Full story »]
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Lunch and Learn on 2010 Health Care Reform Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to educate businesses on the changes to health care.
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1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter
2 tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp. chile-garlic sauce, or to taste
1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
8 oz. whole-wheat spaghetti
1 12-oz. bag fresh vegetable medley, such as carrots, broccoli, snow peas.
Put a large pot of water on to boil for cooking pasta.
Meanwhile, place chicken in a skillet or saucepan and add enough water to cover; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, shred into bite-size strips.
Whisk peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic, chile-garlic sauce and ginger in a large bowl.
Cook pasta in the boiling water until not quite tender, about 1 minute less than specified in the package directions. Add vegetables and cook until the pasta and vegetables are just tender, 1 minute more. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Rinse the pasta and vegetables with cool water to refresh. Stir the reserved cooking liquid into the peanut sauce; add the pasta, vegetables and chicken; toss well to coat. Serve warm or chilled. [Full story »]
Cats and kittens from all over will be featured in Picture Purr-fect at A Novel Experience in November. This is the first photo show featuring cats. Dogs are featured each year in February’s Puppy Love exhibition.
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4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
1 cup instant long-grain rice
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 lime wedges
Sliced green onions (optional)
Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
Sliced jalapeño pepper (optional)
Combine chicken broth and water in a large saucepan, and bring to a boil. Stir in instant long-grain rice, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes.
Heat canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, red pepper, and shrimp; sauté 3 minutes or until shrimp are done. Stir shrimp mixture into broth mixture. Divide soup evenly among 4 bowls, and serve with lime wedges. Top each serving with onions, cilantro, and jalapeño, if desired. Serves 4. [Full story »]
The Zebulon police department has adopted the new Georgia collision reporting system. The free program reduces the amount of time it takes to enter collision reports and makes them more easily accessible for citizens. The Department of Transportation contracted with Open Portal Solutions to design, implement and maintain the program. It is available to all Georgia law enforcement agencies at no cost. [Full story »]
1 (8-oz.) package vermicelli
2 tablespoons butter
1 (8-oz.) package sliced fresh mushrooms
3 ounces finely chopped prosciutto
3 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 cup frozen baby English peas, thawed
1 (10 3/4-oz.) can reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup
1 (10-oz.) container refrigerated light Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup Marsala
1 cup (4-oz.) shredded Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add mushrooms and prosciutto, and sauté 5 minutes.
2. Stir together mushroom mixture, chicken, next 5 ingredients, and 1/2 cup cheese; stir in pasta. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
3. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until bubbly. Serves 6-8. [Full story »]