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Sweetener: Paul hopes to 'cook' up an Iowa win


On the last day of campaigning in Iowa before spending Christmas in Texas, Congressman Ron Paul seemed delighted to share with supporters the 2012 Ron Paul Family Cookbook, which was given to everyone in attendance.

“There’s a little pamphlet on your seats, I believe, and it comes from my wife; it’s called a cookbook,” Paul told the crowd at the beginning of his speech in Cedar Rapids on Thursday. “Now what in the world would you need a cookbook for? It’s just tradition, I’ve been using it in campaigns before. … We guarantee that the recipes are good. But we don’t count calories that carefully when we send out the cookbooks. It’s to enjoy.”

Dr. Paul also gave this warning to those watching their waistlines at an earlier event in Dubuque.

“As a physician and also as a member of the family, I don’t vouch for all the perfect nutrition of every recipe in that book," Paul said, "but a lot of stuff is very good.”

Here are a couple of samples of recipes from the book:

King Ranch Chicken

1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 large bag, Nacho Cheese Doritos
1 chicken (boiled and deboned)
2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
1 can mushroom soup
1 can chicken stock (save from the boiled chicken)
1 can Rotel tomatoes & green chilies
½ tsp. garlic salt

Crush the chips and put in the bottom of large greased casserole dish. Put some chicken mix on top of chips and layer chicken mix, chips and cheese. Finish with a layer of grated cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.

Original Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup Crisco
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla (It is important to put the vanilla in now.)

Dissolve: 1 tsp. baking soda in 1 tbsp. hot water and mix alternately with:

2 ¼ cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 cup chopped nuts
1 large bag chocolate chips

Drop by teaspoon on cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes