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   Clipped wings posted on Suggested Reading  I have a frustration to share. Most of you appear to only be into printed books and have easy access to them. We don't have a good library close by and we can't afford buying books, even cheap ones. We have run out of room to store the ones we still have. Over the past few years I have become addicted to finding and reading or rejecting free books on Amazon. We have a prime membership since we shop there so much. Until recently the Kindle Unlimited books were free to Prime members. No longer! Most of the listings in the daily alerts don't show which are Kindle or Kindle Unlimited until you bring them up. It's harder to find some of the "gems" on Prime Reading. I just can't afford to pay the extra $10 a month to get Kindle Unlimited. Cheapskate me. Has anyone else dealt with this or am I alone here? I have found some interesting books, series and authors by sifting through the freebies. It's also easy to discard a book if it is poorly written/edited without feeling guilty about waste.
April 28 at 12:33 EST .

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   Clipped wings  I meant to say that my comment may not apply to those of you buying the print books, that it might not be of interest. Glad you can continue to shop and enjoy the books.
April 28 at 12:35 EST .

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   StormCnter  CW, I am sympathetic. What a box to be in, no good library near by and diminishing access to the E-books you have enjoyed. I've never tried a Kindle or a Nook, although those who have done so seem to really enjoy them. Anyone got a suggestion for Clipped Wings? Maybe a Share program with friends?

I found a couple of links for you to explore:
https://www.free-ebooks.net/
http://landers.bookbub.com/covers/?sourc
e=ga_general-head_freeebooks_exact&gclid
=CNiem5TuydMCFUq5wAoddfoA1w

http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks
April 29 at 10:09 EST .

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   Clipped wings  Thanks for the info Storm. I found one source I hadn't seen before, but had or have the others. I really shouldn't complain since I do have access to so many titles and I can still read. By the way, as your eyesight changes with age, the reading on a device is easier since you can adjust the font size to your liking.
April 29 at 12:16 EST .

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   Clipped wings posted on Recipes  Do any of you use an Air Fryer? If so, what brand and how do you like/dislike the results? Several friends have recently been given one and enjoy the results. Seems to be a general lack of recipe help and adequate explanation of controls from the ones I've looked at.
January 14 at 12:36 EST .

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   MeiDei  You sparked my curiosity as I have wondered about the NuWave oven - notmentioned in any review below - hope the links help - some either love them or are disappointed.
https://familynano.com/best-air-fryer/ review of best
http://bestreviews.com/best-air-fryers
https://www.amazon.com/Philips-AirFryer-
Technology-HD9220-26/dp/B00D7N43UA?

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=air
+fryers+recipes
January 14 at 14:20 EST .

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   MeiDei  Should have added -- after all I read, & how we like our food crispy, (potato & whole chicken ) & get it that way healthfully, I would pass.
January 18 at 21:20 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Has anyone tried baking a whole chicken by perching the chicken over the opening in a Bundt pan? A piece of foil covers the opening, then the chicken is placed over that and roasted. Supposedly makes the skin crisp because the juices collect in the Bundt pan that the chicken does not sit in. I use a countertop oven so I don't think I have enough clearance to do this. But I am curious.
February 1 at 07:32 EST .

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   MeiDei  Yes and I have a ruined Bundt pan to prove it but that's not the end of disappointment - the high sides of the pan prevented the chicken to brown/crisp up the lower 1/2. I got better results using a tall aluminum can (ice tea? ) that I filled w/water & some marbles for stability, shoved the tail end down over it & placed on a shallow sided pan.
My best results, however, other than a rotisserie, (425 oven ) was using a well dried & seasoned room temperature bird on a rack in shallow pan bottom side up & 1/2 way through cooking turn it breast side up to finish .. I propped the rack up a bit & roasted seasoned potatoes under the bird & when I turned it over added a few carrots cut in thirds & an onion quartered ... a lg celery stalk was cut in thirds & put inside bird -just did this a few days ago - it was perfect, incredibly juicy & tender.
February 2 at 10:40 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thanks. I would not want to ruin my Bundt pan that's for sure. I will NOT be using it to cook a chicken.
February 5 at 07:31 EST .

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   MeiDei  I should qualify my bundt pan experience - mine was Teflon coated and as you probably know, those types of coatings breakdown at over 350 degrees; so if you use it below that threshold it should be OK, but you'd still have the problem of the lack of crispy skin below the rim line.
February 6 at 14:27 EST .

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   Clipped wings posted on Main Page The Lobby  Wishing each and all a better year. Here's to the promises of 2017.
January 1 at 12:02 EST .

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   Tulsa  Amen, my Friend.
January 1 at 23:48 EST .

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   Clipped wings posted on Suggested Reading  Don't you love a book that introduces you to characters you hate to let go? Recently I found such a book. Normally I read thrillers, mysteries and the like. I download several books a week rather than travel a ways to visit a library. With the political and world status I usually get enough of intrigue, murder, and mayhem that I looked for some light,escapist reading. I found a trilogy by Gemma Jackson about an young woman in Dublin in 1925-26 trying to make it as a rag woman. The first book is "Through Streets Broad and Narrow". In my youth, I often read novels about people making do in the poverty before and after the Depression and loved their spirit. This is a good series that kept me entertained. Perfect no - entertained yes. They were free on Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited.
September 30 at 12:28 EST .

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   StormCnter  Yes, I do.
September 30 at 15:33 EST .

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   MeiDei  Same here. I enjoy Louise Penny's books about Chief Inspector Gamache and the people of a little Canadian village ... after reading so many books in the series they've become friends in print. I also like Clive Cussler's books, especially Dirk Pitt and his cohort - great banter between them as only long time friends have.
For light heartedness I enjoy Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books - Lula & her grandmother giving the quips and quirks that promote smiles.

Throw in some accurate historical background and/or the description of places I haven't been and won't be going to or anything appealing to a foodie and you have a follower of a series in me.
October 5 at 08:51 EST .

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   Daisymay  I'm half way through Gemma Jackson's first Book (Through Streets Broad and Narrow" and I love it! I also have Kindle Unlimited, so I'm reading it for free. I also downloaded the two other Books in her Trilogy (just in case the power goes off during this Hurricane )!
October 5 at 16:10 EST .

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   Clipped wings posted on Recipes  Thanks for the hints and good looking recipes for pot luck/picnic dishes. DaisyMay's corn salad is one I'll have to try. I decided to take a sugar snap pea salad. We tried it out the other night and it's different (to me ) ad tasty. Simple too! Break the fresh sugar snap peas in half - 4 cups, add 1 cup peas, 1/2 English cucumber, some dill if you like it, chopped fresh mint. Toss. Make a dressing of 3 tbs. Balsamic vinegar, 1 tbs Dijon mustard and 1 tbs real Maple syrup which you mix and toss with the salad greens. Serve room temp or chilled. If you make it, let's hear how you like it.
June 23 at 11:19 EST .

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   MeiDei  Sounds tasty CW. Made me smile, back b/4 wild roses & blackberries invaded my garden I had lots of sugar snap peas planted - my young son & the neighbor boy were sent out w/paper bags to pick for dinner, I swear they ate more fresh off the vines than found in the bags brought home. Same w/blueberry picking : ) Will give your recipe a try.
June 24 at 09:39 EST .

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   Clipped wings posted on Recipes  Coming out of hibernation with a request. The season for family reunions or gatherings is here again which means FOOD. It is our tradition to share a meal where everyone brings a special dish. This year I'd like to do something different. Yes, I'll probably search the recipe books but I'd like to ask for your input from your tried and true recipes. Any suggestions?
June 9 at 11:48 EST .

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   MeiDei  Hot or cold? If hot, is oven available for reheating?
Make ahead & freeze 'til day of party an option?
Something that doesn't require a knife/fork to eat?
How many do you have to accommodate?
June 10 at 12:06 EST .

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   Clipped wings  The reunion is held in a meeting hall, but there is no stove or microwave for reheating. Usually someone brings tubs of fried chicken, sometimes BBQ. People bring items such as corn casseroles, pasta salads, deviled eggs, etc. Always lots of desserts are provided. In the past my offerings have been such things huge bowls of fruit, a grape salad, etc. Taking the dishes in a cooler bag keeps them edible till time to eat.
June 11 at 11:28 EST .

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   MeiDei  Well that ends my first thought. 2nd thought: cold pu pu platter - skewered bite sized ham chunks alternating each
with a grape tomato, pineapple chunk, green pepper square, maybe a sliced mushroom and topped with a maraschino cherry. Arranged on a platter w/some sliced bread rolls for those who would make a sandwich of it or as a compliment. That's as different as comes to mind right now. I'm anxious to hear from others.
June 11 at 13:04 EST .

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   MeiDei  Sometimes I use a mushroom cap as first on skewer. Bread would be determined by length of skewered offering. You'd lay the skewer in roll & pull skewer out. Use whatever would please your group's taste, doesn't have to be ham. Hope this inspires your creativity.
June 11 at 13:21 EST .

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   StormCnter  CW, I have made this dish with my eldest vegetarian granddaughter during her summer visits. It's simple to do and we loved it. My printed copy from several years ago says it's always a hit at large gatherings. It is different, for sure.
Potluck Vegetable Torta with Fresh Basil
Baked in a springform pan and served in wedges like a cake.
Preparation Time: Best made to 2 days ahead, if refrigerated.
Serving Temperature: Hot, room temperature, or cold.

1/4 cup olive oil
1 large yellow onion
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
3 zucchini, sliced 1/4 inch thick
3 yellow summer squash, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 red bell pepper sliced into 1/4 inch thick strips
1 yellow bell pepper sliced into 1/4 inch thick strips
6 large eggs
1/4 cup half and half or evaporated milk
3 tablespoons chopped basil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
about 3 cups day-old bread in 1/2 inch cubes
1 package (8 ounces ) cream cheese, cut into chunks
2 cups (6 to 8 ounces ) shredded Jarlsberg cheese

Serves 8 (Makes One 10 Inch Torta )

Preheat oven to 350°F, if baking immediately. Brush the bottom and sides of a 10-inch springform pan with oil. To prevent leaking, wrap the outside of the pan with a sheet of aluminum foil.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash and peppers, and sauté until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.

While the vegetables are cooking, whisk together the eggs and half and half, and basil in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the bread cubes and cheeses.

Add the sautéed vegetables to the bread mixture and stir with a large rubber spatula to combine. Transfer to the prepared pan and pack the mixture tightly. Place the pan on a baking sheet.

Bake for about hour, until firm to the touch, puffed, and golden brown. Serve warm or cool to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate.
June 13 at 09:34 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Marinated Spiral Salad Serves 10-12
1 lb Spiral boil pkg direction for Al dente
Drain and toss w/ 1/2 oil
Marinade: 3 cups Vinegar
1/2 c Sugar
5 drops yellow food coloring
1 tsp garlic salt
2 tsp parsley flakes
2 tbl dry mustard
Diced vegetables:
1 medium cucumber
1 medium onion
1 medium green pepper
1 small jar pimento
1/4 coarse pepper
Marinate 24-48 hours, keeps 2-3 weeks refrigerated
I have also made it with tri-color spirals
June 15 at 14:45 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Copper Pennies
4-5 cups sliced carrots cook,drain,cool
1 medium green pepper sliced
1 medium onion sliced
1 can tomato soup
1/2 c salad oil
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup vinegar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp dry mustard
salt and pepper
Bring all these ingredients to a boil, then pour over cooked carrots. Chill at least overnight, keeps a long time in sealed container in refer.

Tried to find no mayo and make ahead recipes for you.
June 15 at 14:54 EST .

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   Clipped wings  Thanks for your great suggestions. Each of these looks delicious. Still haven't made up my mind but must soon to do the shopping.
June 18 at 10:30 EST .

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   Daisymay  Oh my gosh! I completely forgot about Copper Pennies. They are delish! I used to make them years and years ago. I highly recommend them! I'm going to make a Bowl of Pennies this week!
June 19 at 18:01 EST .

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   Daisymay  I am often asked to bring this Corn Salad to Pot Lucks. It's easy and delicious. A great summer dish.
1 Bag of Steamfresh frozen corn
1 Cup Cucumber, peeled and diced
1/4 Cup diced Red Onion
Dressing:
3 TBL Sour Cream
1/4 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
1/2 Cup Salad Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Combine the Vegies in a Bowl. Wisk the Dressing ingredients until slightly thickened. Pour over Corn mixture and mix. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.
If you're feeding a crowd I would double this recipe.
June 19 at 20:36 EST .

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   Clipped wings posted on Sports  This weekend will be the division championship games to determine the teams for the Super Bowl. For the first time in what seems like forever, I really like three of the four teams. To be fair, the 4th team probably deserves to be there - just not a favorite. Should be fun.
January 21 at 10:02 EST .

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   Clipped wings posted on Main Page The Lobby  Today I had a bit more time and decided to check out more comments on several of the articles on the main site. I usually just read the articles but my hubby spends lots of time reading the comments. Unfortunately, I had gotten a bit disappointed with the discourse with so many attacking each other or just being way too snarky and bitter. I am as disgusted as anyone with the way our political world has evolved over the past years. I am deeply concerned about the '16 election and how it will shape the course of our wonderful country. That said, I was put off by many of the comments posted. What has happened to this site's followers? If this is any indication, the conservatives will never win another election. So sad. (Prove me wrong, please! )
January 20 at 12:49 EST .

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   Balogreene  I agree!
January 20 at 22:17 EST .

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   WAN2  Think Roman Empire. And if you're religious, pray.
January 21 at 08:57 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  It's Pro-Trump vs. Anti-Trump.

I don't know what's happened there. It used to be that you could state your opinion, and the next person stated their opinion, and so on and so on. Now, if you state an opinion that someone finds fault with, you are attacked. The "staff" has always been so quick to jump on anyone and everyone for the most minor infraction, but it seems they they are just letting the in-fighting go on and on and on.

The rules state that we are not to address other posters. That went out the window several months back. If the board is going to have rules then they should be enforced.

What everyone seems to forget is that sooner or later the Republicans are going to have a candidate, and I'll guarantee you, at lot of people will be jumping for joy while a lot of others will have their chin on the ground. People keep saying things like, If Trump is the nominee, I'll vote for Hillary; if Trump isn't the nominee, I'll vote for Hillary.

I guess everyone forgot that Hillary is the enemy.

I'm an Elmer Fudd Voter. If the Republicans run Elmer Fudd, I'm voting for him.
January 21 at 14:47 EST .

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   Balogreene  FlatCity Girl, you are so right. If all the people who couldn't vote for Romney, for whatever reason, 4 years ago, we wouldn't have had the last four years of tyranny. Why can't people realize, we have to do the best we can. If others nominate a candidate you don't like, at least vote, don't throw the election!
January 21 at 23:05 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  I know why Conservatives [notice I said Conservatives, not Republicans] are behaving the way they are: Conservatives are simply sick and tired of the Republicans treating them like the Democrats have been treating African-Americans for three generations.

Some of us have been holding our noses and voting for the "He's not as bad as the Democrat" candidate for a long time, but we do it. We were kidding ourselves. He really was as bad as the Democrat. Boehner. McConnell. Ryan. Orrin Hatch. Graham. McCain. The "He IS As Bad As The Democrat" list is endless.

Give us the House and Senate, they told us. Give us the House and the Senate and we'll put the brakes on the Mulatto Muslim. We gave them the House and Senate, and they continued their Bow and Scrape act, giving the Mulatto everything he wanted and more.

Illegals flooding the country is bad enough, but now we have the Muslim hoards who have sworn to kill us and raze civilized society, destroy the West, being flown in first class and put on the Taxpayer Dole, and the Republican House and Senate act like it's business as usual.

I fully understand why Conservatives are up in arms. I'm one of them, and for my money, I think it's tar and feather time. Torches and pitchfork time.
January 22 at 09:24 EST .

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   Clipped wings  Thanks, you have let me know I'm not alone.
January 22 at 12:12 EST .

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   Clipped wings posted on Health & Diet  Questions. Does anyone have positive results in using supplements that might replace the need for statin drugs?
October 17 at 11:03 EST .

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   MeiDei  Yes, I switched over to Policosanol with Red Yeast Rice from Swanson Health Products, cholesterol levels came down & have remained so even tho' I've not taken it for a while.
October 17 at 19:24 EST .

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   BirdsNest  For some reason I think Hagar was taking Hawthorn berry for cholesterol. Must ask him to be sure of this.
October 19 at 19:15 EST .

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   Clipped wings posted on Sports  My favorite time of year is just around the bend....college football season.
August 27 at 14:44 EST .

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