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December 2015

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The Albemarle Tradewinds merges your business into printed and social media. A retired educator and veteran, Cooke has become an advocate for renewed patriotism, and a critic of poverty in our region. “If many politicians have become more the problem than the solution,” states Cooke, “then good people are encouraged to speak-up, step-up, and fix the mess.” The Young, Poor, and the Restless – A Christmas Gift by C.L. Cooke What do these three characteristics have in common. Two (the young and poor) are to be benefactors of the future. One (the restless) might describe how many feel about the uncertainty facing our political and economic future. You see, the conditions of the state of our being seem to be less stable and predictable than at any time since 9/11, 2001. Together, the young, poor, and the restless can join together to capture the leadership for the future. The young voters in America are struggling for a champion to define a clear, sustainable path of prosperity and security. Those younger than voting age will hopefully ascend into an environment of opportunity, peace, and tranquility. The poor do not expect any improvement. They have seen how desperation and day-to-day survival has become their state of mind. What they do have though is spirituality…the comfort that comes with putting your fate in the hands of GOD is the cornerstone of our daily existence. While many of us bear the stress, we hope and dream for a better life while on this earth …especially for those we will leave behind. None of us can foretell the end of times on a man-made calendar, but it is written. What parent doesn’t wish for a better future for the children! So, as Christmas approaches, and we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the son of GOD, let us extend our hand and our hearts as brothers and sisters in Christ, reaffirm our Christian faith, and pull together to reaffirm our faith and belief in each other. With the word (Matthew 6:24) no one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve GOD and money. If you buy a printed ad from Albemarle Tradewinds , you also have access to our social media. Comments? E-Mail to br549@modernmedianow.com 20 Albemarle Tradewinds December 2015 albemarletradewinds.com

Rosie’s Clam-oring For Chowder! By Rosie Hawthorne Kitchensaremonkeybusiness.com There’s nothing better than a good chowder on a cold December day and I’ve got the perfect one for you that you can get on the table in short work. It’s satisfying and comforting and oh-so-flavorful. Rosie’s Clam Chowder 6 strips bacon (or a dozen - your choice), fried, drained, crumbled, and reserved 1 carrot, peeled and diced 1 celery stalk, diced 1 potato, diced (You can peel it if you like. I happen to like the peel.) 1 medium onion, chopped 1 46-oz. can clam juice 1 46-oz. can chopped clams 2 cups frozen peas 1 cup cream 2 TB unsalted butter 2 TB flour Optional: fresh grating of nutmeg, splash of sherry, oyster crackers Freshly ground pepper Drain the clams, reserving the juice, and rinse well. Pour reserved clam juice through cheesecake-lined sieve to filter any bits that might be in with the clams. Fry the bacon in a large pot, reserving 2 TB of the grease in the pot. Set bacon aside. Add the vegetables to the pot and stir occasionally until the potatoes get slightly tender. Pour in the can of clam juice and the filtered clam juice. Pour in the cream and bring to a bare simmer. At this point the chowder was not as thick as I’d like it, so I’ll let you in on a little technique used to thicken a soup. Make a beurre manié, French for “kneaded butter.” It’s an equal amount of butter and flour kneaded together with your fingertips to evenly distribute the flour. Add a teaspoon at a time, stirring to thicken, until you get the consistency you like. Add in clams and frozen peas and heat through. Taste test and season with Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, if necessary. Ladle into bowls, sprinkle chopped scallions, ground pepper, and reserved bacon over top and add optional fresh grating of nutmeg, a small splash of sherry, and oyster crackers if desired. Enjoy! For more recipes and tours through Rosie’s Garden, visit me at KitchensAreMonkeyBusiness.com. Did you know the Albemarle Tradewinds is located in more than 200 locations in NENC and Chesapeake? The Treasure Hunter “Don’t do it... without checking with me first” Milton Sawyer 252-722-6078 Cash Buyer Gold & Silver Jewelry & Coins facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds December 2015 21