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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, .


Dear Aunt Nettie,

I heard that carrots were good for the eyes. Is that just a folk tale or is it for real?

Conrad




Well, Conrad child,

I got a little secret fer ya. I been hearin' that same tale since I was knee high. Funniest thing though, it's derned true. Carrots is packed with a heap o' vitamin A an' that's real good fer the eyes. Ta give y'all an idea how speshul carrots is, 1 cup o' raw chopped carrots gives ya 36,005 IU of vitamin A. If ya cook them carrots, ya gets 38,304 IU. That's 'cause when ya cook 'em down, it takes more of 'em ta make 1 cup. Here's some carrot fixin's with lots o' that good vitamin.

Yer ever lovin' Aunt Nettie


SPICED PUREE OF CARROT

Carrots 6 carrots, peeled (if not organic), and sliced
1/2 C. (118 ml) water
Pinch of salt

1/4 t. ground cinnamon
1/8 t. ground nutmeg
1 t. pure maple syrup
2 T. cooking liquid
1 t. canola oil

  1. Put carrot slices, water, and salt into a 2-quart (2 liter) saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Turn heat to low and cook about 7 to 10 minutes or until fork tender. Transfer to a food processor, reserving any cooking liquid.
  2. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, cooking liquid, and canola oil to processor and process until pureed to a smooth consistency, adding extra cooking liquid if needed. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serves 4.





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.



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