Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Recipe Was a Ringer in Our Snacks Contest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Recipe Was a Ringer in Our Snacks Contest

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SOME PEOPLE stay thin by being too busy to eat. Doris Carter goes even further. She stays young by being too busy to have birthdays.

To watch this 5-foot-4-inch, 115-pound dynamo in action, or just to hear her talk about all her activities and interests, no one would guess that she's ". . . 72. No, make that 73. I forgot I had a birthday in January," she said when we called to tell her she had won our Skinny Snacks recipe contest last month.

In a competition stuffed with favorites, Carter beat out all the dips and chips and popcorn and cookie bars with a slimmed-down recipe for onion rings that can do double duty as a side dish.

It's an easy recipe. You don't have to start by growing your own onions, as Carter does. She also grows lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn and other vegetables, plus garlic and jalapeno peppers for her salsa and eggplant for her moussaka.

She makes the latter from a recipe she got in Greece, one of many countries she has visited. But most of her recipes, she said, came from friends, "Southern Living" cookbooks and the newspaper, which also provides her with her daily dose of puzzles.

She can't remember where she got the recipe for her onion rings. All she knows is that "it's written out, so I didn't clip it from somewhere.

"But I do know a tip," she added. "The flatter the onion, the sweeter it will be."

Carter loves to read almost as much as she loves taking care of her yard and gardens. For many years, the former insurance adjuster served on the board of the library in Steeleville, Ill., where she lives.

She is also a deacon at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Sparta.

But what keeps this mother of three and grandmother of five busiest of all these days is her 10-month-old great-grandson, Dylan. Carter watches Dylan during the day while his mother works.

"This house has two stories, so there's a lot of running. But it helps keep me young," she said. …

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