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Rocky Mountain National Park

by Team Cook

Rocky Mountain National Park

Located just 65 miles northwest of Denver is one of the country's most visited national parks - Rocky Mountain National Park - which attracts about 3 million visitors each year!  One way to enter the park is by taking I-25 north to the Loveland Exit - Hwy 34 and head west towards Estes Park.

Rocky Mountain National park is open 24 hours a day, year-round.  Weekly entrance fees are $20.00 per vehicle and $10 per hiker, motorcyclist & bicylist. An annual pass can be purchased for $40 & is available at any park entrance.

You can find a great selection of almost 100 restaurants & cafes as well as comfortable accommodations in Estes Park with nearly 130 hotels, motels, lodges, cabins & cottages. Also located in Estes Park, is the famous & historic Stanley Hotel which also offers lodging & dining.

 

Famous Swiss Cheese Dip

by Team Cook

This dish is a "MUST HAVE" for any gathering!

Famous Swiss Cheese Dip

Ingredients:

2 cups Shredded Swiss Cheese
2 cups Best Foods Mayo
2 blocks of Cream Cheese
2 packages of real bacon bit pieces
1 box ritz crackers

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Soften cream cheese in microwave. In a large bowl, combine Swiss Cheese, Mayo, & Cream Cheese - mix well.  Scoop mixture into a greased 9 X 13 pan. Sprinkle bacon bits on the top to cover.  Bake in oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese starts to bubble on the sides. Remove from oven & enjoy with ritz crackers!

Team Cook partner Kim Yordt prepared this dish for the holiday celebration and it was a huge success!

Baked Potstickers

by Team Cook

Looking for appetizer ideas to help ring in the New Year?

Team Cook partner Kim Yordt makes this fantastic side for family & friends during the holidays.

The Pampered Chef ®
Baked Potstickers with Sweet Asian Dipping Sauce

Potstickers

1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions with tops
1/4 cup grated carrot
1 teaspoon peeled and finely grated fresh gingerroot
1 can (10 ounces) chunk white chicken, drained and flaked
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 garlic clove, pressed
24 square wonton wrappers
Pantry Basil Oil

Dipping Sauce

1/2 cup red jalapeño jelly
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

Preheat oven to 425°F. For potstickers, finely chop water chestnuts using Food Chopper. Thinly slice green onions using Chef's Knife. Grate carrot using Deluxe Cheese Grater. Finely grate gingerroot using Microplane® Adjustable Grater. In Stainless (2-qt.) Mixing Bowl, combine chicken, water chestnuts, green onions, carrot, gingerroot, soy sauce, egg white, mayonnaise and garlic pressed with Garlic Press; mix well using Classic Scraper.

To assemble potstickers, place 12 wonton wrappers onto smooth side of Large Grooved Cutting Board. Lightly brush edges of each wonton with water using Pastry Brush (see Wonton Shapes). Using Small Scoop, place a mounded scoop of filling onto center of each wonton. Shape and seal wontons as desired. Place potstickers on Large Round Stone; lightly spray with basil oil using Kitchen Spritzer. Repeat with remaining wontons. Bake 12-15 minutes or until edges of potstickers are golden brown. Remove from oven to Stackable Cooling Rack.

Dipping Sauce

Place jelly in Small Batter Bowl. Microwave on HIGH 30-40 seconds or until warm; add vinegar and soy sauce. Whisk until well blended using Stainless Mini Whisk. Transfer potstickers to Simple Additions® Rectangle Platter using Chef's Tongs; serve with dipping sauce.

Yield: 24 potstickers

Note: The easiest fold is the Envelope: Brush all four edges of wonton. Fold one point over filling and overlap with the opposite point. Repeat with remaining two points. 

 

Another Successful Short sale in Loveland!

by Team Cook

Kevin & Connie & All the Cottage Realty staff -

J.J. & I would like you to know how much we appreciate all your hard work and effort put into selling our house!

Our life and our future was in your hands and you all did everything to make sure we had a bright future!

You will never know how much we truly appreciate you and your company!

So, thank you, thank you from the bottom off our hearts for all you do!

J.J. & Holly 

Bruschetta di Pomodori - Fresh tomato toasts

by Team Cook

A colorful dish for the Holidays!

Bruschetta di Pomodori - Fresh tomato toasts

Bruschetta can be made with different toppings, the simplest being a rub of garlic and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. A bit of balsamic vinegar brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes. You can also add some chopped garlic, if you like. A thin slice of ricotta salata laid on top of the tomatoes is a nice addition and can turn this antipasto into a light lunch.

Ingredients:

2 tomatoes, chopped
6 fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces
1/4 cup (2 fl. oz/ 60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 
coarse salt to taste
8 slices course country bread , each about 1/2 inch thick
2 large cloves garlic

Directions:

Preheat a broiler

In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, basil, olive oil, vinegar, & salt. Toss well.

Place the bread on a baking sheet, or grill rack & broil, turning once, until lightly toasted on both sides, about 2 minutes total. Remove from the broiler or grill and immediately rub one side of each slice with the garlic cloves.

Arrange the grilled bread, garlic side up, on a serving platter ans spoon on the tomatoes, dividing evenly. Serve at once.

 

Recipe from "Savoring Italy" by Michele Scicolone

Short sales increase as banks see benefit over foreclosures

by Team Cook, John Gittelsohn, Margaret Collins

A recent article from the Bloomberg News wrote on Short sales starting to increase.  Part of the article reads:

"Three years into a U.S. housing slump that pushed the economy into a recession and cut resale values by 30 percent from the peak in July of 2006. Short sales tripled to 40,000 in the first six months of 2009 from the same period a year earlier.
Yet for each short sale, there were 25 foreclosures started or completed in the first half of this year, according to data from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
"It's really finally dawning on banks that they're better off with a short-sale," said Richard Green, director of the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. "I think banks were in denial."
Wells Fargo, Bank of America Corp. & JPMorgan Chase & Co. this year have hired & trained more staff, developed software systems for expediting short-sales, & increased marketing of short sales to delinquent borrowers.

Banks are increasing such sales under pressure from the Obama administration & law makers who criticized them for favoring foreclosures and delaying short sales, Green said. Lenders & loan servicers also stand to receive up to $2,000 in incentives to close short sales under a Treasury Department plan unveiled Nov. 30th. "  Written by John Gittelsohn & Margaret Collins.

If you are someone you know is in a difficult situation, there may be a better way out, and Team Cook is here to help.  We are Short sale experts in Northern Colorado.

Call us today for more information or log into: www.coloradoshortsaleexperts.com - 970-532-2695


 

Lamb Caro - Ponderosa Elementary's First Principal

by Team Cook

Lamb Caro, the current principal at Van Buren Elementary School, has been named the new principal for Ponderosa Elementary. 

Ponderosa Elementary is the newest school to be built located in the Enchantment Ridge Subdivision where Team Cook is currently marketing homes for sale.

Caro has been a principal for the last four years.  He was introduced at the Thompson School District Board of Education meeting on Wednesday as the new principal and will take on the new duties starting in January. 

Welcome MR. Caro!!!

Did You Know???

by Team Cook

Whether you are a first-time home buyer or a longtime homeowner, you may be eligible for a tax credit on a house purchase if you meet IRS guidelines.


You may be able to deduct Private Mortgage Insurance, tax deductions for vacation homes, interest on home equity loans, tax deductions when you work from home, tax breaks on capital improvements to your home, and tax deductions for disaster-related losses.

You can earn a federal tax credit and lower your utility bills at the same time when you improve your home's energy efficiency.

 

FORCLOSURE VS. SHORT SALE

by Team Cook

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON "FORECLOSURE VS. SHORT SALE"

Did You Know???

by Team Cook

Homes in the For Collins/Loveland market are 47 percent more affordable today than in 1995, & in Greeley, homes are 28 percent more affordable than in 1995. 

Several mortgage loan originators lost their licenses in Colorado after they failed to meet new requirements for education and testing.  The Colorado Division of Real Estate Canceled 4,560 licenses.

That Forbes.com ranked Colorado No. 4 among the best states for a business - this is up  from No. 6 last year.

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