Christmas Corner

Christmas – that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance – a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.
- Augusta E. Rundel

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 is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.
- Ruth Carter Stapleton

Christmas is the happiness that lights our children's eyes.
Christmas is a song of bells ringing through the skies.
Christmas is a time of peace, of contentment deep within,
A time of love and silent hope that years will never dim.
- Sherrill Thompson

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