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[,,,,Deck in the Kitchen The recipe for today is a any type new twist on an old favorite - 1 recipe crumb topping (be- - Mom's Apple Pie. It was low) chosen as the top winner for 1/2 cup chopped pecans 2001 - and the cook was Marsha Brooks of Carmel, California, hence the name for the pie - Crunchy Carmel Apple Pie. My daughter-in- law had one of these of Thanksgiving dinner, and it was very good. CRUNCHY CARMEL APPLE PIE 1 pastry crust for a deep fish pie (9 inch) homemade or bought 1/2 cup sugar I teaspoon cinnamon 6 cups thinly sliced apples, 1/4 cup caramel topping 3 tablespoons flour 1/8 teaspoon salt TOPPING 1 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup quick-cook oatmeal 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup butter Stir together brown sugar, flour, oats and cut in butter un- til topping is like coarse crumbs. Set aside. PIE DIRECTIONS: In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, flour,, cinnamon and salt. Add apple slices and gen- By Mary Reppond [ tly toss until coated. Transfer apple mixture to the pie shell, and sprinkle crumb topping over apple mixture. Place pie on a cookie sheet so the drip- pings don't mess up your oven. Cover edges of pie on a cookie sheet so the drippings don't mess up your oven. Cover edges of pie with aluminum foil. Bake in preheated oven (375 degrees) for 25 minutes. Remove foil and put back in he oven another 25 to 30 min- utes, without the foil Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped pecans an then drizzle with caramel on top. Cool on rack and enjoy warm or at room temperature. SORT OF LIKE... It's rather like being snowed in...camping, that is. Every year in December my husband's chil- dren plus vari- ous friends and relatives gather for a couple of days of "Who Knows What?" It's a camping get-together. We sort of know what to expect but are never quite sure. This year, the weather de- cided to intrude. Friday night as everyone arrived, greeted and unloaded vehicles, it was decidedly cool. Lots of jack- ets whose topography re- sembled hand grenades, flan- nel shirts, and wind resistant clothing were clothes of choice. Hugging warmed chilly bodies and souls. There before the mostly East Texas conlingent, our Central Texas hosts had pitched their tent. unloaded enough groceries to feed our armed forces abroad, straight- ened big-room furniture, placed a Christmas tree- shaped rosemary plant on one table, pui a compact disc in the sound system, and started a campfire. They were ready. However, when out in the "boonies," one can never be fun the first day. Then reality oozes under doors and around windows with the relentless cold air. Five miles away from a store, we were at the mercy of pan- try and electric company. Oh, we had a great fireplace, but if no, when the elec- tricity final sputtered its exit, all six gath- ered in the living room as close to an open fire as we dared. Dressed as thickly as possible - to the I-can-still-walk thick- ness - the kids wrapped them- selves in quilts and sleeping bags. Recognizable only by comparative height when standing, they cuddled close -- like a litter of puppies. Dad sat around in his long johns topped with insulated camou- flage. Layering, not'a"fash- ion statement of the day, warded off frostbite. Games came out of closets and drawers. With no battery- operated televisions, we re- newed acquaintances with those supposedly nearest and dearest to us. Everyone "had" to get along since a fight meant someone had to get up and storm off to another part of the house - some freezing part. When a confrontation can one do to an overly pad- ded person? The biggest dan- ger came from being knocked on their backs. Then, they looked like bugs trying to flip or maneuver somehow to up- right positions again. Peace talks were numerous and mostly successful. Never even near starva- tion, food, nevertheless, was problematic. If or when the power went down, we ate what needed no cooking. (Two hints: electric skillets are of absolutely no use when cook tops won't work either and keep an old-fashioned can opener for just such oc- casions as these.) There was no meal plan- ning. Whatever was there we ate. And a strange com- binations of foods we shov- eled down. It reminded me of a particular Baylor Uni- versity cafeteria meal: corn dogs and English peas. Never in my wildest menu making have I ever consid- ered that pairing. Everyone knows black-eyed peas and cornbread, fried chicken and mashed potatoes, ham and baked beans, and biscuits and gravy are go togethers, but corn dogs and English peas? It was a summer semester, so snow was no excuse for such a presentation of divergent Wednesday, December 5, 2001 - The Makoff News - PAGE 5A Texas Voice HYPE ON WHEELS By Steve Martaindale Be it a revolutionary break- through in transportation or just that much hype, "IT," the long- cloaked brainchild of inventor Dean Kamen, was unveiled to great fanfare Monday. Since word leaked early this year that Kamen was working on some fantastic device, there has been a ton of speculation, at least among those who are into such things, about what it would be ... excuse me, what IT would be. IT became the nickname for the machine that operated un- der the code name of "Ginger." As IT was debuted Monday, we learned that the birth cer- tastes. So, how is snowed-in like camping? Well, location made quick runs to stores impos- sible. When the unexpected became reality, we had to "make do." Rain held off un- til suppertime so ladies made their usual Saturday shopping trip to Wimberly Trade Day. Men sat, spat and whittled around the campfire. The nights, however, were memorable. Friday night the temperature dropped. Mounds of cover piled up to airy heights but were not enough or were too short for the mightiest among us. His feet somehow managed to protrude. The middle of the night is no time for a sock search. Gloves! He found his gloves, and in a fit of cold, gloves would do. He put them on his feet - partially, anyway. A deailed description is un- necessary. His legs were still to long for the covers, so his feet - glove-clad as they were - emerged where the comforter ended. Picture it yourself. Despite sound system rather than an extra electric heater and a second night of thunder, lightning and rain, we enjoyed food, fun and fellow- ship. And, yes, we'll do it again next year. tificate will bear the name of Segway Human Transporter, a play on the word "segue" to imply that the Segway is a tran- sition between past and future forms of transportation. If you haven't seen the Segway yet, it looks something like a scooter or skateboard exc.ept that you ride it sideways with large wheels on each end. The rider holds on to an elevated handlebar that is used to steer the device, which is powered by batteries charged in a nor- mal household outlet. What makes the Segway spe- cial, though, is a system that uses gyroscopes to "read" the rider's intention and drive the vehicle. Basically, as I under- stand it, you lean forward or backward a bit to control the speed and direction of move- ment. According to reports, it is stable, even difficult to fall from. Kamen's assertion is that the Segway will provide an envi- ronmentally friendly alternative to urban transportation. He ap- parently envisions masses of people gliding along to and from work. Though Segways are not expected to be ready for public consumption for perhaps a year, there are already plans for the U.S. Postal Service and the National Park Service to field test them early next year. PROS AND CONS Like anything that somebody thinks is revolutionary, the Segway had its immediate sup- porters and detractors. But we don't need them; we can do that ourselves. There is absolutely no sense in arguing whether a machine that will transport people effi- ciently while doing little dam- age to the environment is good or bad. Even if you believe that mankind is not endangering the environment and that there re- ally is an unlimited supply ofoil, you still cannot find a problem with us burning less petroleum and producing fewer green- house emissions. But where do I ride it? In an urban environment, with packed sidewalks and ultra-Packed streets, where does IT belong? One report said it could move at 17 mph. Kamen, on "Good Morning America," said you can alter the machine's top speed with different plug-ins, like a governor on a vehicle. But at even half that speed, it's still at a jogging pace and inconve- nient among walkers, even though I must point out that it seems riders can change speed quickly and easily. However, even at top speed, you're at danger of being run over if you're on the street. And we know that people on the street would soon be dodging around traffic jams. Consider the cost. Personal use models are predicted to run about $3,000, a lot more than your average bicycle or skate' board but a lot less than an au- tomobile. And electricity is cheaper than gasoline. Plus it seems you would eliminate parking problems. But will we use it? There is no protection from the ele- ments. How easy will it be to say it's too cold to ride today? Of course, you get wet when walking in the rain, but remem- ber Kamen billed this as a re- placement for autos. THE REAL SECRET A great many questions re- main to be asked, much less answered, before Segway has a chance to revolutionize our culture, but the potential is there. I don't know if stock in Kamen's DEKA Research is publicly traded. If so, it's prob- ably seen a lot of activity. But I'm thinking about investing elsewhere, like in exercise equipment ..... See, if Segway really takes off, we will be in greater need of exercise. Makes sense, doesn't it, if people start buying UP electric machines that keep them from having to walk to work, that they will then start buying treadmills so they can walk and get their exercise at home? Now, that's a revolution. tiny Lf00nGTH cOnSTRUCTIOn ....................................................... i i] A SON OF A SON OF THE CARPENTER Remodeling Decks /. New Construction 903.887.4811 PATRICK MclNTYRE ill Cabinets prepared for all contingencies. 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