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Volume #009

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CONTENTS

Welcome New Friends
What’s New on Soul Food Advisor.com
Important Announcement
Feature Article: Tips for Planning Your Family Picnic
Column: Spice Up Your Soul Food
Quick and Easy Summer Salads
Cassandra’s Cooking Tips
Soul Food Care Package
Soul Food Blog
Coming In Next Issue: How to Select Your Soul Food Party Menu
Ask the Editor
Reader’s Poll
News You May Want to Use
Link to Your Gift: New Trends in Soul Food Cooking
Send a Friend a Gift

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WELCOME NEW FRIENDS ===========================================

Hey Soul Food Lovers! Another great month for new friends since our last month’s newsletter. Thank you for joining us. If you haven’t had a chance to read the back issues, please do so. We invite you to send comments, suggestions, and ideas on what they would like to see in this newsletter.

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WHAT’S NEW ON SOUL FOOD ADVISOR.COM - =======================================

+++IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT+++

Soul Food Lovers’ Cookbook - A Treasured Collection from Three Generations Of Southern Cooks
by Soul Food Advisor, Cassandra Harrell

This personal collection and one of a kind cookbook will be available early fall, 2007. A treasured collection of 250 soul food and southern-style recipes. A must have for your cookbook collection.

WATCH FOR MORE EXCITING INFORMATION DURING THE SUMMER ON THIS ONE OF A KIND COOKBOOK. PLEASE INFORM YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THIS COLLECTION. A SPECIAL MAILING WILL BE SENT TO NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS WHEN COOKBOOK IS AVAILABLE.

Soul Food Picnic Menus. Plan your summer picnic with these special menus.
Picnic Menus

Soul Food Blog
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FEATURE ARTICLE- Tips for Planning Your Family Picnic
By Cassandra Harrell

The food is the life blood of any family picnic. The food you serve will determine the success or failure of your event. But it’s also important to first focus on other key elements that brings it all together.

· The Food Committee: The food committee is responsible for the menu, the preparation of the food, setting up food tables, and all decorations for those tables. Committee members can also appoint other family members to help with tasks including serving the food, assisting young children and seniors, decorations and clean up.

· A Pleasing Menu: Select foods that both children and adults will enjoy. If there will be seniors present, make sure you have a menu that will compliment their dietary needs if necessary. The idea is to serve a variety of foods that will be pleasing to everyone.

· Food Service: Usually at picnics the food is served buffet style. Make sure you have carefully planned the flow of traffic from the start of the serving line to finish. Everyone should have easy access to the buffet table without interfering with guests that are seated.

· Have Enough Food: Always have more food than you think you’ll need. It’s best to have more food than not have enough. Running out of food usually don’t set well with people.

· Serving Plates and Utensils: Make sure plates are good quality and are durable enough to hold heavy amounts of food. Also don’t forget dessert plates, utensils and napkins. A group of 100 can easily go through 500 or more napkins during their stay. Why so many? Because no one just takes one napkin. So have plenty on hand.

· Advance Preparation: Make as many items on the menu beforehand as possible. Also, if weather permit, set the buffet table the night or morning before the picnic. When ready to serve, all you have to do is add the food.

Take time and carefully plan your family picnic. Planning is key to having a successful event. Have fun!

Coming next month, How to Select Your Soul Food Party Menu.

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NEXT MONTH‘S FEATURE:
How to Select Your Soul Food Party Menu
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SPICE UP YOUR SOUL FOOD -COLUMN

This month we focus on Barbecue Sauce.

Barbecue Sauce (bbq sauce) is a liquid flavoring sauce ranging from watery to thick. While it was created as an accompaniment to barbecued foods, it can be applied to any food, and usually garnishes meat after cooking or during barbecuing, grilling, or baking. Traditionally it has been a favored sauce for ribs, pork and chicken.

Barbecue sauces may combine sour, sweet, and spicy ingredients or focus on a particular flavor alone. It sometimes carries with it a smokey flavor. The ingredients vary, but some carry commonplace items including tomato paste, vinegar, spices, and sweeteners. These variations are often due to regional traditions and recipes.

The precise origin of barbecue sauce is unclear. Some put back its history hundreds of years to the formation of the first American colonies in the 17th century, however, early cookbooks did not include recipes for barbecue sauce, and the first commercially-produced barbecue sauce did not appear until 1948.

Today, many restaurants and catering businesses have specialty barbecue sauces they use to serve their customers. Barbecue sauce and it’s popularity has grown tremendous over the past few years.

For a list of specific soul food spices including how to use cooking spices, visit:
Soul Food Spices

Below are recipes for Homemade Barbecue Sauce--

HOMEMADE BARBECUE SAUCE
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup vinegar
6 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon butter
½ cup ketchup
½ small onion, chopped fine
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1 ½ teaspoons salt
½ cup water

Mix all ingredients together in large sauce pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.

MUSTARD BARBECUE SAUCE
¼ Tsp. powdered oregano
¼ Tsp. powdered thyme
¼ Tsp. ground black pepper
Dash of cayenne pepper
¼ cup cider vinegar
½ cup molasses
¼ cup honey
1 cup prepared mustard
1 tablespoon corn oil

In a stainless steel saucepan, mix the dry ingredients. Add some vinegar and stir. Add the rest of the vinegar and remaining ingredients. Stir. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, and stir continuously for 10 minutes. Makes about 2 cups.

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QUICK AND EASY SUMMER SALADS -
Use these salads for your summer entertaining. ============================================

BLT SALAD
2 cups ranch salad dressing
1 ½ tablespoons sugar
1 head lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
3 large tomatoes, thinly sliced
½ cup celery, diced
6 eggs, hard boiled and sliced
1/2 cup diced green peppers
1 medium onion, chopped
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
Grated cheese, optional

Mix salad dressing and sugar. Set aside. In a 9 X 12 inch casserole dish, layer the following: lettuce, tomatoes, celery, eggs, peppers, onion, and bacon. Spread dressing on top of salad. Sprinkle grated cheese over top of dressing if desired. Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

GREEN BEAN AND SESAME SALAD
1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

Place beans in a large pot; cover with water halfway. Bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse in cold water; pat dry. Place in a serving bowl. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk soy sauce, canola oil, sugar, vinegar, sesame oil and salt. Pour over beans and toss to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds; toss again. Serve at room temperature. Yield: 5 servings.

CLASSIC MACARONI SALAD
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
8 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked, drained
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup chopped green or red pepper
¼ cup chopped onion

In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir in macaroni, celery, pepper and onions. Cover; chill. Yield: 5 cups.

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CASSANDRA’S COOKING TIPS ==================================

QUICK TIPS FOR PURCHASING FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

· Purchase bananas that’s slightly green and allow them to ripen at room temperature. The skin should be free of bruises or colored spots.

· Cantaloupes are ripe if the stem scar is smooth and the space between the netting is yellow or yellow-green. Fully ripe cantaloupes will carry a fruity odor.

· Watermelons are ripe if there is some yellow color on one side. If melons are white or pale green on one side, they are not ready to use.

· When purchasing strawberries that are in containers, make sure you check the bottom to see the condition of the berries underneath. Usually the best berries are on top.

· Leafy vegetables such as greens should have healthy, green leaves that have not wilted or yellowed.

· When choosing fresh lima beans or peas, select pods that are well-filled, but not bulging. Avoid dry looking, spotty or pods that have yellowed.

· Choose cabbage that are heavy in weight and does not have holds on top. Avoid cabbage that color has faded.

Watch for more exciting cooking tips next month! Also visit our Cooking and Baking Tips Center for new tips every month. Cooking and Baking Tips Center

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SOUL FOOD CARE PACKAGE ============================================

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COMING IN NEXT ISSUE
Original Article - How to Select Your Soul Food Party Menu

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ASK THE EDITOR ============================================

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NEWS YOU MAY WANT TO USE ============================================

+++IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT+++

Soul Food Lovers’ Cookbook - A Treasured Collection from Three Generations Of Southern Cooks
by Soul Food Advisor, Cassandra Harrell

This personal collection and one of a kind cookbook will be available early fall, 2007. A treasured collection of 250 soul food and southern-style recipes. A must have for your cookbook collection.

WATCH FOR MORE EXCITING INFORMATION DURING THE SUMMER ON THIS ONE OF A KIND COOKBOOK. PLEASE INFORM YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THIS TREASURED COLLECTION.

MONTH-WATERING SOUL FOOD RECIPES ALL IN ONE UNIQUE COLLECTION.

A SPECIAL MAILING WILL BE SENT TO ALL SUBSCRIBERS WHEN COOKBOOK IS AVAILABLE.

July has so many national food celebrations, so instead of focusing on one, I decided to just give you the link so you can visit them for yourself: Have fun!

Healthy Recipes for Diabetics:

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Cassandra Harrell
Editor & Soul Food Advisor

Cassandra Harrell is a Soul Food Advisor and recently owned a soul food restaurant and catering service. She taught cooking classes on preparing great soul food cuisine, and have served thousands during conventions and special events. http://www.soul-food-advisor.com/ ==================================