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Warm up with Farmers Market Idaho PotaStew.

Warm up with Farmers Market Idaho Potato Stew.

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Updated: December 17, 2012 2:17PM



Pull out the slow cooker for our first recipe!

A satisfying Farmer’s Market Idaho Potato Stew from the Idaho Potato Commission answers a vegetable stew request from P.L.W. of Waukegan; a yummy Banana-Walnut Smoothie from the California Walnut Board solves L.B. of Chicago’s request for a smoothie to use up overripe bananas

Also today, California Dates helps with an unusual request from T.D. of Chicago who hopes to duplicate a date dressing she enjoyed on fresh fruit in a Las Vegas spa.

For those of us who praise slow cookers and adore comfort foods, the Farmer’s Market Idaho Stew is ideal and well worth the extra time of pre-cooking the onions and bell peppers.

Banana-Walnut Smoothies will help salvage bananas that begin to blacken before they’ve been used, and the date dressing makes a tasty dressing or unique dip for fresh fruit kabobs.

To make California Date Dressing: In container of electric blender, combine 1/3 cup low-fat pineapple yogurt, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, ¼ cup buttermilk, ¼ cup pitted dates and 1 teaspoon orange juice, frozen concentrate or grated orange or lemon peel. Blend until dates are finely chopped, turning motor off and scraping down sides as needed. Refrigerate in covered container up to 1 week. Serve with fresh fruit, shredded carrot or cabbage salads or use as a fresh fruit dip. Makes 1 cup or 8 servings.

Requests

Please tell me how to make old-fashioned buttermilk biscuits.

J.K., Arlington Park

I would appreciate a hot fruit compote recipe.

S.W., Chicago

I am hoping for recipes for healthier vegetable dips.

P.S., Chicago

Send recipes and requests to: Swap Shop, Chicago Sun-Times, 350 N. Orleans St., 9th Floor, Chicago 60654 or by e-mail, swapshop@suntimes.com. Please include a daytime telephone number.



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