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Healthy Holiday Foods ALT Favorite Recipes Resource Guide

Winter 2011 / 2012

December 2011



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C o o k i n g w i t h A LT M a g a z i n e

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Healthy Foods for the Holidays


Financial Focus


Resource Guide


Chef on the Run

Publisher and Editor / Debbie Brower


Associate Editors / Jaclyn Gooding, Miranda Johnson


Photography / Image Forward Photography, Debbie Brower, Jaclyn Gooding, Miranda Johnson, Rozana Page, Sherrie Hewitt Sales & Marketing Manager / Charlie McMurphy

Looking for something easy and delicious to take to the party you’re going to? Look no further! Here are our favorites!

w w w. a l t - m a g . c o m Right: You CAN eat healthy during the holidays! Check out these healthy choices!


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-Chef DebbieDressing Dip Oyster Cracker Snacks Cheese Soup -Chef JaclynBean Dip Sausage Balls Pizza Muffins

A List of Culinary Specialties From Our ALT Staff -Chef CharlieCrock-pot Chicken Enchiladas Cornbread Salad Grandma’s Favorite Punch

(Believed to be similar to Spero’s recipe!)

Cheese Soup

Oyster Cracker Snacks 3 carrots 3 stocks of celery 1 onion (small) 1 stick margarine or butter 3 cans chicken broth 3 cups cream of potato soup 1 lb. velvet cheese 1 8oz. carton sour cream


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1 block cream cheese 1 package taco seasoning

Sausage Balls

Mix together, chill and serve with salad or as a dip with crackers.

Mix all ingredients together. Put in pan and bake at 350 for 5-15 minutes.

-Chef DustinMexican Veggie Dip

Soften the cream cheese and mix all ingredients together, saving a little taco seasoning to sprinkle on top as garnish. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips!

4 cups Miracle Whip 6 eggs, boiled and grated 1 teaspoon granulated garlic 2 onions, finely grated paprika (to color, if you want)

1/2 tsp dill weed 1/4 tsp lemon pepper 1 tsp garlic powder 1 cup wesson oil 1 Hidden Valley Ranch mix 1 Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch mix 2 bags of oyster crackers

-Chef JaneWassail Frozen Cranberry Salad Asparagus Casserole

-Chef RozanaBanana Split Cake White Chili

-Chef MirandaChristmas Trash

Dressing Dip

-Chef VincentFriuli Style Vodka Pasta Aunt Tess’ Pasta in White Sauce

1 lb. sausage 1 lb. fresh grate sharp cheddar cheese 2 2/3 cups Bisquick 1 tsp salt Mix ingredients together and form small balls (approx. 1-2 tablespoon scoop.) Bake on 425 for 15 minutes, or until browned.

Pizza Muffins

Mince carrots, celery and onion in food processor. Saute vegetable mixture in 1 stick margarine until tender. In dutch oven cook chicken broth and vegetable mixture over low heat for 30 minutes. Add cream of potato soup and cook another 10 minutes. Cut velvet cheese into chunks and add to soup until melted. Before serving stir in sour cream.

Bean Dip 2 cans refried beans

3/4 cup flour

3/4 tsp baking powder (I use bread flour) 1 T Italian seasoning pinch of salt pinch of red pepper flakes 3/4 cup whole milk 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1/4 cup grated fresh parmesan cheese 1 cup mini pepperoni slices 1/2 cup store bought pizza sauce

Mix cereals, pretzels and candies in an extra large mixing bowl. Melt the white chocolate coating over low heat on the stove, or in a microwavable container- STIR OFTEN.

Preheat the oven to 375. Grease mini-muffin sheets. (I use two that make 12 minis each.) Mix together the flour, baking powder, Italian seasoning, salt and red pepper flakes. Stir in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella, parmesan and pepperoni. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Once the trash-mix has dried and the white chocolate coating is hard, it is time to break the mix into smaller pieces and enjoy!

Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden. 20-25 minutes. (I always let mine go on the longer side because I like them a little more crisp.) Microwave pizza sauce. Serve with the muffins for dipping.

Christmas Trash

Spoon melted white chocolate coating into the trash-mix, and stir until evenly coated. Spoon out the wet mixture onto a flat surface such as cookie sheets or pieces of parchment paper and allow it to harden.

*Tip: This stuff is great to break up and place in goody-bags as teacher gifts or something to give out to friends, neighbors or everyone at your office!

Crock-pot Chicken Enchiladas 1 lb ground beef, brown 1 can evaporated milk 1 can Ro-tel tomatoes 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 or 2 cans enchilada sauce 1 lb. Velveeta 10-12 flour tortillas Melt cheese prior to putting into crock-pot. Tear tortillas into small pieces. Mix together all other ingredients into crock-pot. If you are in a hurry, you can mix other ingredients into skillet with beef and then add to crock-pot. It will heat faster. If it needs to sit a while, add 2 cans enchilada sauce so it doesn’t get too thick. Cook in crockpot for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

2 cups Cheerios cereal 2 cups KIX cereal 2 cups Rice Chex cereal 2 cups Corn Chex cereal 2 cups mini pretzels 1 (12oz) bag red and green M&Ms 1 (12oz) bag red and green Peanut M&Ms 2 (24oz) packages of white almond bark

1 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup sweet pickle juice Prepare cornbread mix according to directions on package. Crumble half of the prepared cornbread into large serving bowl. In another bowl, combine, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion and pickles; mix well. Spoon half of vegetable mixture unto the cornbread. Stir together mayonnaise and pickle juice in small bowl. Spread half of the dressing over vegetables.Top with half of crumbled bacon. Repeat layering procedure with remaining cornbread, vegetables, dressing and bacon. Cover tightly with Saran wrap. Chill (preferably overnight.)

Grandma’s Favorite Punch 2 large cans pineapple juice 2 large cans frozen pink lemonade 1 small can frozen pineapple juice 1 small can frozen orange juice 1 bottle concentrate Hawaiian Punch 2 bottles gingerly 1/4 cup sugar sprinkle of salt 1 can apricot nectar Mix all together and add gin, brandy, rum, vodka or tequila - as much as you want or none at all!

Banana Split Cake

Cornbread Salad 1 pkg yellow cornbread mix 3 cups chopped tomatoes 1 cup chopped bell pepper 1 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped sweet pickles 12 strips bacon, cooked

1 - tub of cool whip 1 - 8 oz. Cream cheese

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Banana Split Cake Continued... 2 1/2 sticks of butter 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar 1 - box of graham crackers 2 cans of crushed pineapple (drained well) chopped pecan pieces 1 - jar Marciano cherries Hershey’s syrup Graham cracker crust: One box of graham crackers crumbled into tiny pieces. Add one and half sticks of butter stir until all mixed well. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely. In a bowl mix 1 - 8 ozs of cream cheese, one stick of butter, 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar together. Cover with Saran wrap and place in refrigerator for time being. Slice 3-5 bananas and place on top of completely cooled graham cracker crust. Spread half of your cream cheese mixture over bananas. Add the well drained crushed pineapples, then spread the other half of the cream cheese mixture over pineapples. Spread the cool whip on top of cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle chopped pecan pieces on the cool whip. Place 12 maraschino cherries in the cool whip. Drizzle a thin line of Hershey syrup all over in a random pattern. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours. Cut into squares and serve.

White Chili In a five quart crock-pot add 3-4 chicken breasts, one jar of salsa of your choice, 3 cups of northern beans and add some water. Cook on high for 6-8 hours. Right before serving shred the chicken with two forks. Serve up hot in bowls and garnish with finely shredded Monterey Jack cheese. * for the corn lovers I also add two cans of sweet corn about 30 minutes before serving time.

Friuli Style Vodka Pasta Ingredients: 10 ripe Roma tomatoes 3 oz. olive oil 3 pieces fresh garlic fresh basil 2 oz. half & half 3 oz. grated parmesan cheese Farfalle (bow tie) pasta 3 oz. top shelf vodka (I use Pinnacle)   Boil and salt water for pasta. (It will take longer for the water to boil than the entire sauce to be completed.) Cut up tomatoes in small chunks (8 pieces per tomato).  In large


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fry pan, line bottom of pan with olive oil, medhigh heat; fry garlic for 1 min.  Add tomatoes and cook until the skins fall off the pulp. Add salt, oregano, fresh basil (1/2 tsp) and fresh ground pepper. When, the sauce is stew-like put the cooked tomatoes in a blender. Add parmesan, and Half & Half. blend on puree for 30 seconds. Taste and add extra salt to taste. In the same fry pan put 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine, let melt.  When pasta is andante’ or you favorite doneness, drain and place in the same fry pan with the butter.  Sprinkle 3 ounces of good quality Vodka over the pasta and continually toss over medium heat.  Add fresh ground  black pepper over the pasta while tossing.  Once the liquid has dissipated,  remove from the heat and pour the pink sauce over the pasta.  Mix well. I blend and serve the Vodka Pasta in the same original pan. Garlic Bread will be needed!

Aunt Tess’ Pasta in White Sauce 3 lb rump roast beef 10 lbs yellow onions parmesan cheese salt and pepper tube pasta (Penne or Ziti) In a large pot, salt and pepper the roast, then brown the roast on top of the stove (in the pot) until all sides are brown. Then start adding sliced onions (on mediumhigh heat). We slice about 9 to 10 pounds of onions. As they are sliced, start putting them around the roast. Add salt and pepper. Once the onions have melted and the roast is completely covered, lower the heat to low for about 30 minutes, then to simmer. Cook for about 3 to 4 hours. (Until fork goes in meat easily). No water is added! Spoon sauce over the pasta and add parmesan to taste. Slice roast and further add sauce.

Wassail Made in large party coffee urn: 1 large can pineapple juice 1 jar cranberry juice 1 cup brown sugar Mix the ingredients in coffee pot. In basket place: 2 sticks cinnamon / 4-6 cloves / 1 tsp./1 small package of red hots. Plug in coffee machine and allow it to do its work. Tasty for the duration of the party!

Frozen Cranberry Salad Combine: 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk + 1/4 cup lemon juice Add: 1 16 oz. whole berry cranberry sauce 1 20 oz. crushed, drained pineapple 1/2 cup chopped nuts (your choice) Fold in: 1 9 oz. Cool Whip Mix all ingredients and freeze. Serves 15. May serve as salad or dessert. Unused portion may be refrozen at least once. (Can be prepared well in advance and carries well.)

Asparagus Casserole 1 can long stem asparagus spears 1 can asparagus pieces (if desired) 1 14 oz. can English peas 1 can water chestnuts 1 10.5 oz. can Cream of Mushroom soup grated cheese 1 stick butter at least 2 slices of day old bread Drain all the cans well. Place the asparagus, english peas and water chestnuts into a greased casserole dish. Cover these contents with can of Cream of Mushroom soup, undiluted. Grate cheese of choice (Cheddar is good) over the contents of the casserole. You decide on enough. Melt 1/2 stick of butter in large skillet. Add bread slices and soak until saturated. Pull apart slices of bread into small pieces and scatter over surface of casserole. Bake the casserole at 350 degrees about 25 minutes or until the crumbs are crisp.

Mexican Veggie Dip

Note: Drain everything!   2 cans diced Ro-Tel tomatoes 1 can diced black olives 4 chopped green onions ½ cup Italian dressing *DO NOT use Zesty Italian, it is to strong 2 chopped jalapenos – or to taste ¼ cup cilantro (optional) 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1 can of corn chopped avocados to taste *add avocados after you have mixed everything and blend again.   I also put a little lime juice and garlic salt in mine.  Gives it a little extra kick! Tostitos Scoops work the best. Offer valid through December 18, 2011, at participating DQ restaurants. DQ and the ellipse shaped logo are trademarks of Am. D.Q. Corp., Mpls. MN Ž Reg. U.S. Pat. & TM Off. Tx. D.Q. Op. Coun., Š 2011.

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hef Jeff Loving wants to nourish your life with delicious, hand-made cuisine. Chef on the Run offers a full range of catering services and uses only the finest freshest ingredients available to give you the very best food around. Jeff has worked in every face of the restaurant industry, including corporate and privately owned restaurants. From classical french cuisine, to Italian, to sushi, he has delighted guests with his abilities.

helped him land a position with one of the finer restaurants in Wilmington, North Carolina when he moved back after college. He learned new techniques and was directly involved with opening three new restaurants, working his way to executive chef. During this time, he learned all of the nuances of cooking, management and employee-customer relations.

Jeff’s love of cooking began early watching his French mother, Elisabeth. Living all over the world with his mother and father, Howard, who was in the Navy, allowed Jeff to see things most people only see on television and influenced his cooking style. Jeff and Myra Loving

His experience in restaurants began as early as the 8th grade doing odds and ends in restaurants, with his first actual cooking experience in the 11th grade making crepes in a brunch line. After that experience, Jeff was hooked! He knew he had the passion and the drive to cook for others. College in Pennsylvania and Florida only helped inflame his passion for cooking, where he worked in Italian and Jewish restaurants. Learning about the industry

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In early 2003, Jeff was challenged with changing a french restaurant into a steak house in a week and a half, including the menu, employees and food preparation. After completing that feat, his cousin, Timothy Loving, who is also a great chef, asked if he was interested in moving to Texarkana to open a gourmet restaurant with him, Timothy’s. A single man wanting to get really serious about the business, Jeff gladly accepted.

friends and family. Hence, Chef on the Run began. In 2009, Chef Jeff Loving catered a friends Christmas party and the rest is history. He has since left the counseling profession and opened two restaurants in Texarkana -- Brickhouse Burger in Central Mall and the Fillin’ Station on Summerhill Road -- both with the help of Mark and Cathy VanHerpen. Jeff’s passion for cooking is still growing -- as is this town! He now considers Texarkana his home and is looking forward to growing along with the area! He loves being a part of a community that supports local businesses and hard working people. Learning from the past, making changes when changes are in order, makes life’s choices plain and simple -- and makes Jeff’s delight in cooking come to the forefront! His love of cooking, and his goofball personality, make him super passionate about everything he does.

Returning to college in 2006 The future is bright for Jeff’s to finish his psychology catering and the possibility of degree led Jeff to the love doing something unique and of his life, Myra, now his up to date for all to sample is wife. Jeff graduated in 2009 something he is excited about! and attempted to leave the Jeff with cousin, Tim Loving restaurant business and go And... into counseling children, something he had always wanted to do. Hopefully something new and exciting is just However, cooking was his lifeblood and he around the corner... began being a private chef and catering for

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hile I love the pure joy and merriment associated with the month of December, it’s the anticipation of holiday parties and fancy dinners that really gets the adrenaline pumping and the holiday taste buds agog with anticipation. Let’s face it, there are more diets destroyed in the month of December than any other time of the year. We wait all year to create our favorite dishes and most decadent desserts. We break-out the best china and silverware to bear the contents our finest holiday menus.

red wine will be nothing short of brilliant! Depending on the cut of beef, your gift of wine might vary in many different directions. For example, Cabernet Sauvignon or French Bordeaux would certainly be better with Filet Mignon than a Prime Rib. However, a Prime Rib (more velvety in texture) would be more suited to a big, rich Pinot Noir. In this “neck of the woods”, we love our rib-eyes and sirloins. I vacillate between young, vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon and big, full-bodied Merlot. Either way, you’re a hero for bringing the wine.

a holiday dinner party, this menu might be something special for you and your guests... Oh! The price tag for this feast could be under $140.00 (including the wine) or, hire one of our local private chefs to do all the work for just a few dollars more... Fuggetaboudit!

Our goal for the holidays is to make the whole world happy; utilizing our culinary talents. And once we get Thanksgiving “Out of the Way,” it’s open-season on the kitchen. In any case, I suspect we will all do our best to recreate our finest holiday menus to share with our family and friends.

The great thing about the December Holidays is the universally correct Nouveau Beaujolais. While very young, the wine has a stunning color and fragrance. Offering Nouveau as a gift is always apropos. First, there’s a great story (see last month’s ALT Magazine). Secondly, the wine has a plethora of flavor profiles that match so many different dishes. Certainly, ham and turkey are a given as ideal matches. But, it’s the rest of the buffet table that benefits from the grace of Nouveau Beaujolais.

Course #1: Shrimp Cocktail served with cocktail sauce (horseradish, of course). 4 large shrimp steamed or boiled. Wine: Clos Du Bois Chardonnay chilled to 56°.

Holidays are upon us and the season of giftgiving has officially begun. I don’t know why, but, I have always found Holiday gift-giving to be very stressful. I believe the best Christmas gifts are the ones that are personal and you get to have a share in. Wine, of course!!! There will be a parade of culinary delights that will need to be accompanied by great wine. Parties can be greatly enhanced with a gift of a nice bottle of “bubbly.” This year, the “Sparkling Wine World” will be flowing with Italy’s Prosecco. Prosecco is sparkling wine that is rich with the aromas of fresh cut flowers, ripe fruit, and a clean, crisp finish. Prosecco can be delicate, elegant and easily made into festive holiday drinks like Bellini’s and Kir Royale. Best of all, Prosecco is wonderful with food. Decant a bottle of Prosecco (to remove about half of the bubbles) and you have created the perfect wine to accompany fresh fish, pasta primavera or a mushroom risotto in a rich parmesan sauce. Best of all, Prosecco is an incredible value. Even the top brands will be under $20. Your New Years Toast will be perfect with Prosecco. Should you be invited to a dinner party that beef will be the main attraction, the gift of


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If you just want to offer a gift of red wine, Zinfandel has some real “Star Power” as America’s native grape variety and Australia’s big Shiraz’ is the ideal cocktail wine. Zin, Shiraz… Very hard to go wrong, especially with that Christmas Cheese ball! Now, I see more shrimp in December than any other time of the year. Shrimp are very festive and have so many different options for a great holiday party dish. One can never go wrong with a shrimp cocktail dripping in a seafood sauce with horseradish and lemon. The perfect gift would be a clean, crisp Chardonnay with tad of oak aging and a hint of green apple in the finish. Being 100% Italian, I lean toward the scampi style; dripping with butter and garlic. Make my Chardonnay a big, buttery wine (at least 60% Malolactic) aged in French oak, and a lingering aftertaste. “Mamma Mia” Delicioso! Giving a gift of wine doesn’t really require a meal to accompany it, but it’s nice. Finally, if you are having six friends over for

Start with an “Ice Breaker” wine like Blonde Bombshell White, and serve it with Bel Paese Italian cheese and Emmentaler Swiss. I like to serve a white wine that won’t get in the way of the 5 courses that I would be serving.

Course #2: Tuscan Bean Soup; can be prepared the day before. Serve with garlic crisp. Wine: Underwood Pinot Noir. Course #3: Vodka Tortellini; serve large Tortellini with a pink tomato sauce, very delicate. Wine: Arancio NeroD’Avola Course #4: Beef Tenderloin Slices; garnished with a Gorgonzola or Boursin Sauce and served with grilled asparagus and escalloped potatoes Wine: Root 1 Cabernet Sauvignon (pull cork to breath when serving the Shrimp) Course #5: Fresh Tropical Fruit (pineapple, banana, mango) over a slice of pound cake and topped with a dollop of freshly whipped cream (or can!). Wine: Tosti Asti; well chilled and served in Champagne flutes. Finish with sliced pears, walnuts, Godiva chocolate and a reserve style Port. Obviously, this meal can be altered in hundreds of different variations. The plan is to have a great time with a minimal amount of work. If you have any questions about the above mentioned menu or a food and wine match, please feel free to contact me.

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The night belongs to The Phantom...

January 28, 2012 Northridge Country club


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In 1952, Dr. S. A. Collom and a gathering of Texarkana citizens founded the Temple Home for Crippled Children in response to the polio epidemic which was sweeping across our nation. Since that time, Temple Memorial Rehabilitation Center, an Easter Seals affiliate, has evolved and expanded into a premier facility providing physical, occupational and speech therapy for children and adults with disabilities.

On Saturday, January 28, 2012, the Temple Center will be celebrating the ninth annual Phantom Ball at Northridge Country Club. This is an annual black tie gala event benefiting the client services of Temple Memorial Rehabilitation Center.

This year’s Phantom Ball will honor a very special man from our community as the “Phantom”. The criterion for “Phantom” is one who gives generously of their time and financial support to the Temple Center and the community of Texarkana. As in the spirit of “Phantom”, the identity of this year’s honoree will not be revealed at this time, in order to build suspense and intrigue for our event.

For more information or tickets please call Anita Carver at 903-794-2705.

(Ballgowns, formal attire, masks and fans are encouraged.)

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On average, a traditional Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner can contain more than 2,000 calories. We often put our focus on what not to eat, but there are still many nutritional goodies in our traditional dinner that we should not overlook.

Green Beans! Green beans are probably one of the healthiest holiday foods out there. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K (important in bone health) and manganese. They also contain a good amount of vitamin A, dietary fiber, potassium, folate, and iron. Green bean casserole in a traditional Thanksgiving meal is rather high in calories as it contains butter, cream of mushroom and cheese. Prepare this dish with lower-fat version of these ingredients such as fat-free cream of mushroom and light butter and you will be able to enjoy the yummy taste without the guilt!


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Pumpkin is rich in Vitamin A and also provides fiber. Pumpkin seeds are high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids (the good fats). Pumpkin itself is quite low in calories and is a healthy holiday food. Pumpkin pie, however, becomes a highcalorie food because it’s made with eggs, sugar, evaporated milk and baked in a high-fat pie crust. To make a lower-fat pumpkin pie, you may consider using an egg substitute, light cream or low-fat evaporated milk in your recipe. Go for a pie crust with the lowest amount of trans fat possible. Better yet, try a home-made pie crust recipe that is not made with shortening.

Pumpkin! Cranberries are packed with Vitamin C and also provide a fair amount of dietary fiber and manganese. Cranberries also contain proanthocyanidins, a type of antioxidant that can prevent the adhesion of bacteria to the urinary tract sometimes causing urinary tract infections.

Turkey! Turkey - In addition to being an excellent source of protein, turkey offers the least amount of fat per serving, among all other meats, if you pass on the skin.

Sweet Potato! Sweet Potato is a rich source of antioxidants such as Vitamin C and beta-carotene. Similar to the banana, it is also an excellent source of potassium. If you eat the skin, you will also reap the health benefits of fiber, making the sweet potato a healthy holiday food.

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ith demographic trends pushing the length of retirement to 25 or 30 years and beyond, it’s important to create a retirement investment strategy that generates an income stream that you won’t outlive. If you’re looking for an investment vehicle that promises a guaranteed, lifetime income stream, then you may want to consider annuities. Simply put, annuities can help ensure that you won’t outlive your savings.

long retirement.

Annuities Defined Annuities are insurance contracts that promise future payments. They’re long-term, tax-deferred investment vehicles designed for retirement purposes. There are two distinct phases to annuity investing: the “accumulation phase” occurs when you are contributing, while the “annuitization or distribution phase” occurs when you withdraw money.

¹Riders are additional guarantee options that are available to an annuity or life insurance contract holder. While some riders are part of an existing contract, many others may carry additional fees, charges and restrictions, and the policyholder should review their contract carefully before purchasing. Variable and fixed annuities are long-term, tax-deferred investment vehicles designed for retirement purposes; but the variable annuity contains both an investment and insurance component. Variable annuities are sold only by prospectus. Guarantees are based on claims paying ability of the issuer. Withdrawals made prior to age 59 ½ are subject to 10% IRS penalty tax and surrender charges may apply. Gains from tax-deferred investments are taxable as ordinary income upon withdrawal. The investment returns and principal value of the available sub-account portfolios will fluctuate so that the value of an investor’s unit, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original value.

While annuities may be attractive because they usually impose no contribution limits and offer tax deferral, they also have other appealing features as well, such as their numerous “payout” options in the distribution stage. For instance, during retirement you can receive your money from an annuity in a single lump sum or as a series of regular payments over your life or some other predetermined number of years. Some retired clients find it easier and less stressful to manage their household expenses through a regular income stream, just as they did while working. But getting a regular income stream doesn’t necessarily limit your options. Today’s annuities offer the flexibility, access and control over your money that often wasn’t available in the past. Product innovations have resulted in optional benefits that provide downside guarantees¹, the ability to capture the market’s upside, inflation protection and cost-of-living increase features, all of which may help investors plan for a


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In short, annuity payouts through a regular income stream may be an important part of your retirement portfolio. If you own an annuity now, you might want to consider using it to potentially generate income. For more detailed information about the role that annuities might play in your financial future, contact a qualified financial professional.

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Cakes Coldstone Creamery 4228 St. Michael Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.838.2653 Julie’s Deli 4055 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, TX 903.792.3354

Julie’s Deli 4055 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, TX 903.792.3354 Smokey Joe’s BBQ 300 W. New Boston Road Nash, TX 903.223.8227 Wendy’s 4201 Stateline Avenue Texarkana, TX 2902 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 3737 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 1615 N. Hervey Hope, AR 124 N. Loop Highway 59 Atlanta, TX Wingstop 2700 Richmond Road, Suite 14A1 Texarkana, TX 903.255.0090 4501 N. State Line, No. 106 Texarkana, TX 903.792.9464

Reception Arts Becky Risinger Ashdown, AR 870.898.5273

Church Highland Park Baptist Church 2401 Hazel St. Texarkana, TX 903.792.6996

Caterers/Private Chef Chappo’s Italian Restaurant 1617 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 75501 903.791.1726

Clothing Abby Gayle’s 4012 Summerhill Square Texarkana, TX 903.792.0088

Chef on the Run Jeff Loving 903.276.8081

Gayle’s 4059 Summerhill Square Texarkana, TX 903.792.0056

Christine Corley Private Chef 850.728.0900 Culinary Creations Pam Elliott 903.831.4674

OMG Lulu 3211 Kennedy Lane Texarkana, TX 903.223.8135 116 Polk St. Jefferson, TX 903.665.8855

Cosmetic Surgery Carmony Oral, Facial and Dental Center 5305 Cowhorn Creek Texarkana, TX 903.791.8405 Dry Cleaning Holiday Cleaners Locations throughout Texarkana Area 870.773.4072 Entertainment Bounce-A-Lot Texarkana, TX 903.792.0113 Oaklawn Opry 124 Oaklawn Village Texarkana, TX 903.838.3333 Event Locations Garrison Gardens Texarkana, AR 71854 870.773.0275 Prissy Chrissy Ranch 915 FM 2148 South Texarkana, TX 75501 903.838.6121 Regional Arts Center Cabe Hall 321 W. 4th Street Texarkana, TX 75501 903.792.8681 Financial Planner Dustin Stringer Stringer Wealth Management 1620 N. Kings Highway Nash, TX 903.223.0011 Fitness Centers Anytime Fitness Richmond Road 3415 Richmond Road. Texarkana, TX 75503 903.794.5348

Minton’s Sportsplex 5610 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 903.838.4697 Florists Queen City Floral Highway 59 North Queen City, TX 903.796.2891 Ruth’s Flowers 3501 Texas Bllvd. Texarkana, TX 903.793.6711 Twisted Vines 406 N. Stateline Avenue Texarkana, AR 870-772-2700 Furniture Oak Creek Furniture 8024 West 7th St. Texarkana, TX 903.832.0793 Gifts Dot’s Ace Hardware 3411 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.838.0059 Pleasant Grove Pharmacy Baits and Blades 3302 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 903.832.4545

Hospice Dierksen Hospice 6500 N. Summerhill Road, Suite 2B Texarkana, TX 903.793.6350 Hospitals Christus St. Michael Health System 2600 St. Michael Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.614.1000 Health South Rehabilitation 515 West 12th St. Texarkana, TX 903.793.0088 Wadley Hospital 1000 Pine St. Texarkana, TX 903.798.8000 Hotels Best Western Texarkana Inn & Suites 5219 Crossroads Parkway Texarkana, AR 870.774.1534 Clarion Lacross Hotel 5100 N. Stateline Ave. Texarkana, AR 870.774.3521

Courtyard by Marriott 5001 North Cowhorn Creek Texarkana, TX 903.334.7400 Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott 4209 Mall Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.838.1000 Holiday Inn Express & Suites 4545 Cowhorn Creek Road Texarkana, TX 903.223.0008 TownePlace Suites by Marriott 5020 North Cowhorn Creek Texarkana, TX 903.334.8800 Insurance Brian Purtle Allstate Insurance 3301 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.832.5881 Elite Insurance Tammy McDowell 1705 N. Kings Highway Nash, TX 903.794.0000 Farm Bureau Insurance 4140 McKnight Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.838.8707

Greg Cockerell State Farm Insurance 4807 Texas Blvd. Texarkana, TX 75503 903.793.7502 Kelli Ashbrook State Farm Insurance 3410 Moores Lane Texarkana, TX 75503 903.223.8100 Kristi Smith State Farm Insurance 418 Walton Drive Texarkana, TX 903.223.3276 Ron Morrow State Farm Insurance 3306 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 75503 903.832.5505 Jewelers Alexander’s Jewelers 3701 Mall Drive Texarkana, TX 903.832.3557 Blue Isle Expressions 3402 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 903.791.9992

Queen City Floral Highway 59 North Queen City, TX 903.796.2891 Twisted Vines 218 W. Broad St. Texarkana, TX 903.792.2700 Hair Care Headmasters Hair Salon 3703 Mall Drive Texarkana, TX 903.832.6261 Style Studio Lisa Harris 3201 Kennedy Lane Texarkana, TX 903.223.1719 Home Designs/Remodeling Red River Lumber Company Highway 71 North Texarkana, TX 903.794.0039 G&A Carpet 1019 N. Kings Hwy. Nash, TX 903.832.0553 Taylored Home Solutions 2840 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.278.2353

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Crocker’s Jewelers 3117 Kennedy Lane Texarkana, TX 903.832.8686 Micah’s Jewelers 2812 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 903.735.2336 Make-up Gayle’s 4059 Summerhill Square Texarkana, TX 903.792.0056 Salon Visage Esthetique Mary Ann Robbins 4506 Summerhill Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.794.4007 Sanctuary Kimberly Parham, M.D. 3502 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903.334.8661 Medical Equipment Respiratory Solutions 3101 Kennedy Lane, Suite 1000 Texarkana, TX 75503 903.793.2110 Photographer Image Forward Photography 200 Heather Dr. Texarkana, TX 75501 903.334.9605

Physicians Express Care 5483 Summerhill Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903.223.5931 Ly Gaylor, M.D. Dermatologist Collom & Carney Clinic 5002 Cowhorn Creek Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903.614.3006 Mark Wren, M.D. Physiatrist 3510 Richmond Road, Suite 400 Texarkana, TX 75503 903.831.6275 Vision Source 4401 Morris Lane Texarkana, TX 903.838.9063 Plumbing Central Air/Roto Rooter 450 S. Kings Highway Texarkana, TX 75501 903.832.1212 Real Estate Connie Walker Coldwell Banker United 3001 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 903.277.0100 903.832.2486

Impact Realty Bill and Tracy Spradlin 1200 N. Kings Hwy., Suite 104 Nash, TX 903.748.3186 903.748.2477 Satterfield Construction, LLC 903.832.4591 Teresa Liepman Remax 5120 Summerhill Rd. Texarkana, TX 75503 903.276.9464 Refreshments Bolls Distributing 700 E. Broad St. Texarkana, AR 870.774.9283

Dairy Queen Locations throughout Ark-La-Tex Golden Corral 3809 Sowell Lane Texarkana, TX 903.334.8399 Ironwood Grill 4312 Moores Lane Texarkana, TX 903.223.4644 Julie’s Deli 4055 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, TX 903.792.3354

Rentals Big Event / Atlas Game Room 2837 New Boston Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.334.7444

Los Agaves 5100 N. Stateline Ave. Texarkana, AR 870.773.2300

Bounce-A-Lot 903.276.2961 Dot’s Rentals 814 N. Robison Road Texarkana, TX 75501 903.792.7011 3413 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.838.0551

Twisted Vines 406 N. Stateline Avenue Texarkana, AR 870-772-2700 Restaurants Amigo Juan Mexican Cafe 4301 Morris Lane Texarkana, TX 903.334.6971 1200 N. Hervey Hope, AR 870.777.0006 611 Loop 59 Atlanta, TX 903.796.2400 Bryce’s Cafeteria 2021 Mall Drive Texarkana, TX 903.792.1611 Chappo’s Italian Restaurant 1617 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 75501 903.791.1726 City Blends 600 N. Kings Hwy, Suite 5 Wake Village, TX 430.200.2814

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Daddy Dougaloo’s 905 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903.791.0172

Vincent’s Fine Wines 6900 N. Stateline Texarkana, AR 870.774.7217

Lone Star Amusements 903.949.5802


Coldstone Creamery 4228 St. Michael Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.838.2653

Pop’s Place Highway 67 Texarkana, AR 870.773.4887 Shorty’s Donuts 2729 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 75501 903.832.6686 Smokey Joe’s BBQ 300 W. New Boston Road Nash, TX 903.223.8227 Tasty Donuts 1443 N. Kings Highway Nash, TX 903.838.0422 Wendy’s 4201 Stateline Avenue Texarkana, TX 2902 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 3737 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 1615 N. Hervey Hope, AR 124 N. Loop Highway 59 Atlanta, TX Wingstop 2700 Richmond Road, Suite 14A1 Texarkana, TX 903.255.0090 4501 N. State Line, No. 106 Texarkana, TX 903.792.9464 Retirement/Assisted Living Home Cornerstone Retirement Community 4100 Moores Lane Texarkana, TX 903.832.5515

Edgewood Manor 4925 Elizabeth St. Texarkana, TX 903.793.4645 The Magnolia 4205 Richmond Meadows Texarkana, TX 75503 903.838.7319 Spas/Salons Hawaii Nails & Spa 4280 St. Michael Dr. Texarkana, TX 75503 903.832.0198 Salon Visage Esthetique Mary Ann Robbins 4506 Summerhill Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.794.4007 The Sanctuary Kimberly Parham, M.D. 3502 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903.334.8661 Sporting Goods Baits and Blades 3302 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.832.4545 Wedding Attire Bridal Castle 3209 Kennedy Lane Texarkana, TX 903.838.3886

Wedding Coordinators Abracadabra Wedding and Event Planning Debra Mason, Event Coordinator 903.748.4838 Wedding Favors Pop Pop Shoppe 2011 Mall Drive, Suite B Texarkana, TX 903.793.0209 Wedding Officiant Jeff Taylor 903.733.6347 Wedding Planners Abracadabra Wedding and Event Planning Debra Mason, Event Coordinator 903.748.4838 Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Locations Julie’s Deli 4055 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, TX 903.792.3354 Smokey Joe’s BBQ 300 W. New Boston Road Nash, TX 903.223.8227

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ALT Dining Guide Winter 2011/2012  

ALT's Dining Guide includes fabulous recipes for your upcoming parties!

ALT Dining Guide Winter 2011/2012  

ALT's Dining Guide includes fabulous recipes for your upcoming parties!