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Ask Aunt Nettie

We're delighted to share our Aunt Nettie with you. She's agreed to answer any questions you might ask about food, its preparation, and even clean-up tips. But we have to prepare you. She just might want to come right over to your house and help you fix dinner.

To send any questions to Ask Aunt Nettie, .

Editor's Note: Instead of Aunt Nettie answering individual questions, she has decided to address a number of requests from people who want to save money on the food budget and still enjoy healthy dining. This is one of a series of money-saving tips and recipes designed to stretch those slim dollars.

As an example of Aunt Nettie's impressive, penny-pinching ability to save, she still has some depression glass dishes and bowls in the cupboard--they're the real thing and she still treasures them.

In future issues of Vegetarians in Paradise, Aunt Nettie and her niece Zel will offer more money-saving recipes for the most extreme skinflints along with suggestions to help bargain-hunter foodies seek out cheap fare that still brings good cheer to the table.


Thirty-second in a series of articles


Howdy there darlin's an' Happy New Year,

I surely do hope this brand new year will start yer year feelin' as grand an' chipper as I do. But if'n ya don't, an' yer feelin' down in the dumps, why I got a nice hot toddy ta perk ya right up.

Maybe y'all caught yerself one o' them nasty colds or a flu an' yer fightin' off all them miserable aches, fever, an' drippy nose symptoms. Well, no need ta go frettin' though, 'cause there's always somethin' good in Aunt Nettie's cupboard that kin knock them bad ole viruses ta kingdom come!

This l'il ole bug chaser is so easy ta fix an' makes such quick work o' recoverin', why I'm more 'n' a tad sorry I didn't git ta tellin' ya 'bout this sooner!

The secret is fresh limes packed with all that there natural vitamin C an' other healin' goodness. So, git yerself ta the grocery an' stock up on a heap o' fresh limes. Even better would be them l'il ole key limes 'cause they's mighty juicy an' easy ta squeeze. Fix yerself up with three or four mugs o' toddy a day an' you'll be fit as a fiddle in no time.

I'm a-wishin' fer a healthy new year start fer ever'body--the whole world over. An' when ya need it, why you jes' fix yerself a Hot Lime Toddy.

Yer ever lovin' Aunt Nettie


Yield: 1 serving

    1 coffee mug
    Boiled water

    1/8 cup fresh lime juice
    Sweetener of your choice (brown sugar, agave nectar, maple syrup, turbinado sugar)

  1. Start your tea kettle boiling. When it reaches a boil, turn off the heat, and allow the water to cool slightly.
  2. Set a tea strainer over a coffee mug and squeeze the juice of approximately 2 limes through the strainer to avoid the seeds.
  3. Fill the mug 3/4 full with the water and sweeten to taste.

If You Haven't Met Aunt Nettie. . .

Our Aunt Nettie has a head like a hard disk. It's filled with gigabytes of information about food and cooking. And she's just itchin' to share her learnin' with city folk who live in mortal fear of the stovetop.

Aunt Nettie grew up on the farm. She did not eat out of a can or reach into the freezer. There was no microwave to pop her food into. Everything she made was from scratch. All the food she ate was natural, without pesticides. It was grown right there on the family farm, and she had to cook to survive. At eighty-three years young she still leaps and bounds around the kitchen and can shake, rattle, and roll those pots and pans with the best of them.

Nowadays, Aunt Nettie just shakes her head and complains, "Nobody cooks anymore. They have no idea about puttin' a meal together." She's on a mission. She wants to help those younguns eat better so they can grow up healthy like her own eight kids.

Click here for past Ask Aunt Nettie Columns

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