Democrats to meet Saturday

The Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast will meet Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Eisenhower Room of the Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

The breakfast buffet is available at 8:15 a.m. and the forum begins at 9:15 am.

Guest speakers will be Dennis Anderson, Kansas insurance commissioner candidate; and Carmen Alldritt, Kansas treasurer candidate. A.J. Kotich, Kansas attorney general candidate, will attend.

The cost of the breakfast buffet is $10, or $7 for students and those on limited incomes. All Democrats are invited to attend.

Reservations are requested by Friday, Aug. 15, but they are not required to attend. To make a reservation, email scottmackey08@yahoo.com.

Revenues up at Hollywood Casino

Revenues were up at Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway during July, according to a report from the Kansas Lottery Commission meeting today.

July revenues were slightly over $11 million, a small increase from July 2013, according to Keith Kocher, director of program assurance and integrity for the Kansas Lottery.

In June 2014, revenues were $10.4 million at the Hollywood Casino. The June 2014 revenues were down 2.8 percent at Hollywood Casino as compared to June 2013.

Revenues for the Boot Hill Casino, Dodge City, Kan., and the Kansas Star Casino, Mulvane, Kan., also were up in July, after being lower in June, Kocher reported.

According to a written report from Bob Sheldon, Hollywood Casino vice president and general manager, to the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, slots revenue for July was a slight decrease of three-tenths of a percent from the prior year.

Total games revenue was an increase of $68,000, or 4.3 percent compared to the prior year, he reported. It was attributed to a strong hold percentage.

During July, Hollywood Casino offered its usual promotional offers, he said. It offered midweek food specials in the Final Cut restaurant, along with seasonal specials in the other outlets.

An official Sporting KC watch party was held in the casino’s Turn 2 sports bar, which was well attended by local fans, Sheldon reported.

The casino’s “Superstar Reels” promotion created a buzz as the jackpot approached its cap of $25,000 nearing the end of July, he stated.

An original agreement with the Unified Government had called for the Hollywood Casino to build a hotel. Currently, a hotel and convention center for western Wyandotte County are the subject of a feasibility study by the Unified Government.

Don’t skip this meal

by Lori Wuellner

You would think the years of teaching healthy eating would have an osmosis effect on my boys, but I still struggle to get veggies and anything whole-wheat down them. Eating breakfast however is one important lesson they learned early on and continues to be a healthy habit they practice.

Eating breakfast has some big benefits such as fueling the body and brain for work or school. Children and adults who eat breakfast are able to concentrate and do better on their schoolwork and work. Eating breakfast helps with weight management too. People who skip breakfast more than make up for the calories later in the day.

Breakfast doesn’t have to be fancy. Set your alarm clock to allow 15 minutes to eat, and try these tips to streamline hectic mornings.

- Set out cereal, bowls, spoons and glasses before bedtime. In the morning, fill bowls and add calcium-rich, fat-free milk and sliced banana, berries or other fruits to your cereal.

- For a heartier breakfast, such as homemade pancakes, waffles or muffins, mix the dry ingredients the night before. Mix the wet ingredients (such as buttermilk and eggs) and store in the refrigerator. In the morning, mix together and cook.

Keep it quick. Try to include three different food groups as you choose your morning meal. Including some protein (egg, milk, Greek yogurt) helps to keep you full longer.

- Scrambled egg with cheese, whole-wheat tortilla, and orange juice- add a little diced green or red bell pepper to the eggs for a nutritional bonus

- Breakfast burrito made with a whole-wheat tortilla, scrambled egg, a few turkey sausage crumbles and salsa

- Yogurt parfait (layers of vanilla yogurt and fresh fruit topped with crunchy cereal) or breakfast smoothie with your favorite fruit. Smoothies are a great way to use up bananas that are going brown. Just toss peeled bananas in a baggie or container and put them in the freezer. Add them to your smoothie in place of ice.

- Breakfast Cereal Bar and milk

Check out the Kids A Cookin’ website for more recipes… http://www.kidsacookin.ksu.edu/Welcome.aspx

A favorite breakfast in our home is a recipe from the Kansas Wheat Commission, Whole Wheat Pancakes. I mix the dry ingredients the night before and add the remaining ingredients in the morning. We usually have a bowl of fresh fruit on the side and milk.

If you’ve gotten out of routine with breakfast over the summer, now is a good time to commit to eating the “most important meal of the day!”
(Source: NDSU Extension Service, Food Wise Newsletter, Issue #271, August 2013)

Lori Wuellner is a Wyandotte County Extension agent, Family and Consumer Sciences, K-State Research and Extension, 1216 N. 79th St., Kansas City, Kan. Telephone 913-299-9300, email lwuellne@ksu.edu.

Recipes
Breakfast Cereal Bars
3 cups whole-grain cereal (Chex, Cheerios, Kashi, etc.)
1 cup peanut butter
½ cup honey
1 cup raisins
¼ cup sliced almonds
1. In a bowl, mix together cereal, raisins, and almonds.
2. In another bowl, mix together peanut butter and honey.
3. Add dry ingredients to peanut butter/honey mixture. Mix well.
4. Press into a 9 x 9 pan.
5. For easier cutting, chill 20 minutes, then but into 16 squares. Wrap squares individually in plastic wrap for an on-the-go snack.
Makes 16 servings. Each serving has 200 calories, 26 g carbohydrates, 9 g fat and 7 g protein.
(Source: NDSU FoodWise)

Whole Wheat Pancakes
1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/3 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon oil
In medium bowl, stir or sift dry ingredients together. Beat egg, buttermilk, brown sugar and oil together. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Batter should be slightly lumpy.
Pour ¼ cup batter for each cake onto a well-seasoned hot griddle. Turn when bubbles appear on surface. Turn only once. Makes twelve 4-inch pancakes.
Optional: add ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries or serve hot, chunky, spiced applesauce or thick fruit sauce over pancakes instead of syrup for extra nutrition and fiber
Nutrition information per one pancake…77 calories, 3 g protein, 2 g fat, 12 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 24 mg cholesterol, 140 mg sodium