Easter is the biggest holiday for candy consumption.

About $2.26 billion dollars are spent in the United States on Easter candy. Americans enjoy about 16 billion jelly beans, with cherry being the favorite flavor.

Each Easter season, Americans buy more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps of various shapes and colors. Ninety million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year. The chocolate bunny is the favorite chocolate candy confection for most people.

You can tell a lot about a person’s personality by the way they eat a chocolate bunny. See if the way you eat your chocolate bunny says something about you:

 Ears first: You are practical and organized. You value security and are extremely loyal. You might be a little impatient, but people love you.

• Tail first: You usually take the road less traveled, yet you are cautious. You don’t like people knowing what you are up to. You might be a little sneaky.

• Head first: You are restless, independent and always on the go. You are a go-getter and always get the job done. You have a great personality and make friends easily.

• Feet first: You are a caring, nurturing person. You need to know that you are loved back. You are insecure and fear being taken advantage of.

• Face first: You are affectionate and loving. You attract others to you.

• If you break the bunny in half: You are a pessimist and skeptical about things. You always feel that others have it better in life.

• If you smash the bunny: You aren’t a serial killer! You are full of ambition and great enthusiasm. Your attitude in life is “Just do it!” You are a bit unpredictable.

• If you smell the bunny first: You are cautious. You have very high standards and are very detail oriented. You are polite and well-mannered.

• If you pluck out the bunny’s eyes first: You are a caring person and don’t want the bunny to see what is happening.

• If you lick the bunny: You are fun, vibrant and exciting. You like to flaunt your personality. You are the life of the party, or maybe you just don’t want to share with anybody!

I don’t know the answer to the age old question of what came first, the chicken or the egg. I do, however, love a chicken casserole, especially when rice is also an ingredient. I hope you will give these a try. Thanks for reading.


2 (5-ounce) packages yellow rice

2 (11-ounce) cans Mexicorn, drained

4 cups chopped, cooked chicken

2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained

2 cans diced Ro-Tel tomatoes

2 cans cream of chicken soup

2 tablespoons southwestern or taco seasoning

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Prepare yellow rice according to directions, and set aside to cool. Mix together, rice, corn, chicken, black beans, tomatoes, chicken soup, seasoning and 1 cup of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Spread into prepared pan, and top with remaining cup of cheese. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until bubbly.


1 box chicken Rice-A-Roni

1 cup sour cream

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 (4.5-ounce) can diced green chilies

1 teaspoon cumin

2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese

3 cups cooked, chopped chicken

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Prepare Rice-A-Roni according to package directions and cool slightly. In a large bowl, combine rice, sour cream, soup, green chilies, cumin, chicken and 1 cup of the cheese. Pour into prepared pan, and top with remaining cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and casserole is heated.


3 cups chopped, cooked chicken

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can diced Ro-Tel tomatoes

8 ounces Velveeta cheese, cubed

½ cup chicken broth

2 cups instant white rice

2 cups water

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add rice, cover and turn off the heat. Allow to stand for 5 minutes or until all water is absorbed. In microwave or on top of stove, mix Velveeta, soup, tomatoes and chicken broth and heat until cheese is melted. Add rice and chicken to mixture and pour into prepared dish. Top with cheddar cheese and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until cheese has melted and casserole is heated through.

• Contact Lee Ann Flemming at lafkitchen@hughes.net.

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