Christmas Corner

Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year - and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority.
- William John Cameron

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!
- Charles Dickens

Christmas has lost its meaning for us because we have lost the spirit of expectancy. We cannot prepare for an observance. We must prepare for an experience.
- Handel H. Brown

Christmas is, of course, the time to be home - in heart as well as body.
- Garry Moore

Shrimp Bisque Recipe

2 Tbls. butter
1 small onion, chopped
2 cups bottled clam juice
2 Tbls. ThickenThin Not/Starch Thickener
1 lb. cooked shrimp, divided
1/2 tsp. dried tarragon
2 Tbls. tomato paste
3/4 cup cream mixed with 3/4 cup water
salt and pepper


Step 1:
Melt butter in a medium soup pot over medium heat. Cook onion 5 minutes, until softened.

Step 2:
Stir in clam juice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in thickener; whisk until smooth.

Step 3:
Separate 8 shrimp; mix the rest in the pot and cook 1 minute, until heated through.

Step 4:
Puree soup in a blender in batches; return to pot. Whisk in tarragon, tomato paste and cream mixture. Bring to a simmer; cook 3 - 4 minutes for flavors to blend.

Step 5:
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowls; garnish with remaining shrimp.

Atkins Diet Recipe: Total carbs per serving - 3.5 "digestible" grams; protein 28 grams; fat - 24.5 grams; calories - 359