FidoGazette ** Volume I Number 1 ** 1 October 2007
     The FidoGazette: An Alternative Fidonet Newsletter
     Editor: Sean Dennis - 1:1/23 -

     "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his
      home." - Ken Olsen, President, Digital Equipment, 1977

                        Table of Contents
     1. EDITORIAL  ................................................  1
        And Now For Something Completely Different  ...............  1
     2. FIDONET NEWS FLASH  .......................................  3
        News from the IFDC FileGate   ...............  3
     3. ARTICLES  .................................................  4
        The BBBS.FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)  ................  4
     4. FOOD FOR THOUGHT  ......................................... 15
        Grandma's Apple Bread  .................................... 15
        Shepherd's Turkey Pie  .................................... 15
     5. REVIEWS  .................................................. 17
        Brick-Oven Baking with a Hearthkit  ....................... 17
     6. COORDINATORS CORNER  ...................................... 19
        Zone 1 News  .............................................. 19
     7. STATIC STUFF  ............................................. 20
        BBS Lists  ................................................ 20
     8. FIDOGAZETTE INFORMATION  .................................. 21
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     Presenting The FidoGazette: An Intelligent Alternative
     By Sean Dennis

     I'd like to welcome everyone to the first issue of the FidoGazette.

     The FidoGazette is NOT in any way an attempt to "usurp" the FidoNews
     nor its editor, so please check your conspiracy theories at the door.

     Now, you're probably wondering, "Who is this guy?".

     Most of you know me, a few of you hate me (not that that matters).
     I'm Sean Dennis, also known as 1:18/200 and now 1:1/23.  I have been
     a member of Fidonet since 1998 as an official node and 1996 as a
     point.  I am a former regional coordinator (Region 11).  I am also
     the author of the Cheepware line of freeware BBS doors and sysop
     utilities.  I am also a sysop, running Outpost BBS using Telegard/2
     v3.09.g2-sp4/mL under eComStation 1.2MR.  eComStation is a third
     party version of OS/2 Warp.  Yes, I'm a big OS/2 fan.

     I am also a bit of a spitfire at times.  I have a problem with
     engaging my mouth before my brain at times, as quite a few of you
     have so kindly pointed out to me, even as I type this.  I will do my
     very best to leave my personal views out of this publication, save
     for the editorial page. I want this to be by the sysops, for
     the sysops.

     The main goal of the FidoGazette is to disseminate knowledge-useful
     things that can help a sysop grow and learn in his hobby.  There's
     also room in here for humor and a small amount of constructive
     criticism too, but no room for vulgarity, personal attacks, flames
     or any sort of general malcontentment of any type.  Before anyone
     asks or whines, I will absolutely not publish anything that could
     start a flame war or anything else in that catagory.  Remember,
     I am the editor.  If you wish to vent, please do so in another
     forum, not the FidoGazette.

     You will find submission information at the end of the FidoGazette.
     I encourage anyone who feels they have something to contribute to do
     so.  Even though you might not think it, someone out there might be
     looking for that little tidbit of information.  Experience counts in
     this hobby and to share it is to give something of yourself back to
     the community.

     Again, welcome to the FidoGazette!  We're glad you're here and we
     hope to enjoy a long, continuous run with your help and support.
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     If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

     There will be a website up soon for the FidoGazette: stay tuned!


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                            FIDONET NEWS FLASH

     News from the IFDC FileGate 
     by Janis Kracht, 1:261/38,
     International Coordinator, IFDC FileGate

     Latest issue of filegate.zxx, was issued on September 16th, 2007.
     Please see this week's update for more new information!

     * FidoGazette *  an "Alternate Fido Newsletter" will be introduced
     this weekend, along with it's companion message echo, FIDOGAZETTE

     News from previous issues:
     August 19, 2007.
     Sean Dennis has taken over TG_SUPPORT fdn, thanks Sean!
     Due to intense hammering of my ftp server, I've closed anonymous ftp
     at  If you need to pick up a file via ftp rather
     than the web, use my BBBS server at on my port 2121.
     Username: anonymous, password: your email address.  BBBS lets me
     restrict ip/domains a bit better, so if the jerk shows up, I'll be
     able to cut him off easily. Please don't download whole directories!
     If you want to mirror the filegate files at, contact me
     at or netmail to 1:261/38, and I'll be happy to
     set you up with one of our sites that can handle the traffic :)
     Thanks :)
     September 1st, 2007.
     The Ezycom Network FDN has returned to Active status.  Thanks to
     Robert Wolfe
     Zone 4's FileGate Hub has changed - Thank you Renato Zambon for all
     the years of reliable service while letting us use your system!
     Welcome to our new HUB, Ioram Sette :)
     Sept. 9th
     HAM FDN is now coordinated by Mark Lewis, and re-added to the
     'active' list. Thanks Mark!


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     The BBBS.FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
     by Janis Kracht, 1:261/38 (

     Please send corrections, additions to 1:261/38 or

     This document is not meant to replace sysop.gui, but to complement

      Install Tips
      Install Notes for All versions
      Multiple nodes/Daemons
      Adding Message echos
      Adding Bad Echo areas
      Adding File Echos
      Adding Bad tick areas
      Tips for Netmail flavors/actions

     Install tips
     DOS/WINDOWS/OS2: To install bbbs for the first time, acquire the
     proper archive for your operating system.  Make a directory named
     bbbs, and then change to that directory (cd \bbbs, etc.). Extract the
     archive, run "bcfg4 0", and remember to press F1 at any time if you
     are unsure what to put in a particular field. After you press F1, hit
     enter on any highlighted word to take you to that subject.  Take your
     time!  Go through each screen and check out it's purpose.  Pressing
     F1 on each field as you go is good idea, because bbbs has so many
     features and many tips are buried in the documention :)

     Some examples of running bcfg4 the first time:
      DOS version:
        MD BBBS
        CD C:\BBBS
        BCFG4 0


       To install bbbs for the first time, acquire the proper archive,
       and then create a user, bbbs, with a login password.

       Type the following commands to do so:

          adduser bbbs

       then type:
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          passwd bbbs

       to set this user's password in /etc/passwd

       cd to user bbbs' home directory, normally /home/bbbs,
       and g-unzip/untar the bbbs archive:

       tar xvzf filename.tar.gz

      if it is a tar.gzip file as above, or

        tar xf filename.tar

      if it is a tar file.

      If you do not have a path set for bbbs, then preface each bbbs
      command with ./ for example: ./bcfg4 0 etc.

     For the linux version with no path set to directory bbbs:

     bbbs]$ cd /home/bbbs
     bbbs]$ ./bcfg4 0

     To see the path as it is currently set, type:

     echo $PATH

     [bbs@filegate ~]$ echo $PATH

     To change the path to include bbbs, you can type this:

     PATH=$PATH:/home/bbbs:.;export PATH

     If you will be using a modem to dial out, then the Linux version also
     needs user bbbs to own the device it will use to call out (modem):

     crw-------    1 bbs      tty        4,  65 Feb 16 16:04 ttyS1

     As user root, you do this with the chown command (chown bbbs.tty

     If you are running a fidonet system, you should fill out bcfg4's
     GLOBAL:->FIDONET sections.

     Most  of the fields in the GLOBAL:->FIDONET section are
     self-explanatory.. Your main node number should be the first one
     listed whenever asked.  In the FIDONET:->GENERAL screen, you can put
     the string ^[1-6] to say that for this node, aka's should be used for
     zones 1-6, etc. or for whatever zones you need to match.

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     Node number               AKA matching
     0: 1:261/38.0            0: ^[1-6]
     1: 1:261/100.0           1: ^[1-6]

     Multiple nodes/Daemons
     After you have run bcfg4 the first time with the 0 parameter and
     filled in your name as Sysop, and you've filled in whatever necessary
     info for fidonet, etc., in the Global and Local sections, you should
     then type ./bcfg4 x, with x representing the other nodes you will be
     running and have purchased, or with the digits 1 or 2 for the demo
     version.  You configure each of the nodes you will be using for
     dialup or telnet, or TCPIP in the _local_ sections as opposed to
     the_global_ sections which are all nodes.

     So, if you are going to run 1 dialup (landline with modem) node, and
     5 telnet nodes and 1 TCPIP node, you would first run bcfg4 0
     (necessary to create sysop account), and then bcfg4 1, filling in the
     modem information for node 1.  For telnet nodes run bcfg4 2, 3, 4, 5,
     and 6 for the telnet nodes and then bcfg4 7 for the TCPIP node.

     You can make any node you like a telnet node by calling up
     ./bcfg4 #

     where # is the node number of the node that will be a telnet node.

     Go to:

     LOCAL:->GENERAL:->FD's DOBBS.BAT ___________ field and
     put in the text "telnet" without the quotes.

     for example:
     Logfile: /home/bbbs/main/log2
     Spy file: spy2
     FD's DOBBS.BAT: telnet_

     If you are making a node a telnet node you should also make sure in
     bcfg4 that you mark this:

     LOCAL:->TOGGLES:->       [X]
     (Slow protocols has an X in the entry field.)

     For TCPIP nodes, leave the FD's DOBBS.BAT: __________ field blank.

     At this point, BBBS is ready to run but there are many options that
     you will want to add/change, etc., especially for fidonet mail/files,
     and security.

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     Getting the telnet/binkp/www interfaces of the bbs up and running.
     Under linux you'd use a shell script:

     =====cut here======
     cd /home/bbbs
     ./bbbsd 3 7 telnetd:23 httpd:8080 ftpd:2121 rawd:24555:binkp
     "quiet" "fork" "uid:"bbs &
     # The above line should be on one line :)
     ====cut here and save with the filename of your choice=======

     You must specify the port when you call the daemons for bbbs such as
     ftpd, httpd, etc. In the example above, you can see that for httpd,
     ftpd and binkd I use non-standard ports since I use pure-ftpd, Apache
     and Binkd on the standard ports.

     In the example above, the call to bbbsd defines nodes 3 through 7 as
     telnet nodes.  On my system node 1 is on my dialup modem line, and I
     use node 2 for my TCPIP node therefore nodes 1 and 2 are not included
     in the bbbsd command line.

     Under Windows or OS/2, your .bat or .cmd file will probably look like:

     ======cut here=======
     c:\bbbs\bbbsd.exe 10 20 ftpd:21 telnetd:23 httpd:80
      rawd:200:binkp quiet
     (line wraps)
     ======cut here=======

     To see other notes concerning Windows or OS/2 and BBBS or BBBSD, type
     bag sysop.gui, and then press S to search, finally type OS/2 or
     WINDOWS and you will see the relevant pages.

     Under Linux, you can make the shell script executible with the

     chmod a+x filename

     The examples above run telnet, httpd, ftp and binkp nodes for
     _incoming_ traffic.  To configure and use a node for _outgoing_
     traffic you write a script or batch file using the TCPIP (must be
     uppercase) keyword.  Make sure you do not use one of the nodes you
     have set up as an Incoming bbbsd node as in the line above.  Use a
     node that you have not included in the bbbsd daemon script.  In this
     example below, node 2, which is not used in the above bbbsd script
     above, is used for TCPIP.

     ========cut here====================
     export TZ
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     # following thanks to Warren Hrach 
     while :
       cd /home/bbbs
       ./bbbs 1 2 TCPIP
       echo BBBS RC: $RC
       if [ $RC = 137 ]; then
     #  set this errorlevel in Global: FidoNet: Sessions: Mail errorlevel
       if [ $RC = 11 ];
         then nohup /home/bbbs/  &
     #  set this errorlevel in Global: FidoNet: Sessions: User mail errl.
       if [ $RC = 12 ];
     then nohup /home/bbbs/ &
       if [ $RC = 0 ]; then
     ======================cut here===================

     A Script for a dialup node: Again, thanks to Warren Hrach's

     # Run node 1.  Modified by Janis Kracht Jan. 21, 1999.
     while :

        cd /home/bbbs
       ./bbbs 1 1 /dev/modem
       echo BBBS RC: $RC

       if [ $RC = 137 ]; then

     #  set this errorlevel in Global: FidoNet: Sessions: Mail errorlevel
       if [ $RC = 11 ];
         then nohup /home/bbbs/  &

     #  set this errorlevel in Global: FidoNet: Sessions: User mail errl.
       if [ $RC = 12 ];
          then nohup /home/bbbs/ &

       if [ $RC = 40 ];
          then nohup /home/bbbs/bbbs bnc 1 &
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     if [ $RC = 60 ];
      then nohup /home/bbbs/  &

     if [ $RC = 70 ];
      then nohup /home/bbbs/mkfilelist  &

     if [ $RC = 0 ]; then


     ========cut here===========end of

     In, I call a few other scripts. is using bbbs'
     ftp to pick up and send traffic to a node. You set up a .dat file
     (can be named anything really) with the node information for this
     link such as your username and password for ftp access, and ftp
     commands to cd to different directories. You can use bftp's getdel
     command to pick up waiting mail, and delete it from the remote site
     when you've finished downloading it.  You also can use bftp's put
     command to upload traffic specifically for a node as in the
     callmartin.dat file below. sets a flag to make sure
     only one 'process' is running, then tells bbbs to remove hold status
     for this nodes traffic (if it Hold status isn't removed, the traffic
     will not be sent), and then calls the callmartin.dat file with the
     bftp command.

     cd /home/bbbs/
       if [ -f login.bsy ]; then
         exit 0
       touch loginphil.bsy
     ./bbbs bom ch 1:232/16 -H
     ./bbbs bftp callmartin.dat /home/bbbs/inbound > /dev/null 2>&1
     rm -f login.bsy
     ========cut here===========end

     ======cut here========callmartin.dat===========
      cd out
      getdel *
      cd ..
      cd in
      put 1:232/16
     ===========cut here====callmartin.dat=============
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     The mkfilelist script is used to make some bulletins, a newfiles
     list, and an allfiles list:

     =============cut here=======mkfilelist=====
     cd /home/bbbs
     du -hc -X out.txt /home/ftp/pub > /home/bbbs/menus/bull5
     # see out.txt below
     ./bbbs bfstat > /home/bbbs/menus/bull8
     ./bbbs bfileidx
     ./bbbs blist files.lst
     ./bbbs bnewf
     zip -jkl files.lst
     zip -jkl
     unzip -o FILES.NEW
     mv /home/ftp/pub/info
     mv FILES.NEW /home/ftp/pub/info
     ===========cut here====end mkfilelist=========

     =======end out.txt======

     Adding Message areas:   bcfg4->Global->Confs
     When you install bbbs, a few message areas are created (local areas
     and sysop areas, not fidonet message echo areas).  These existing
     areas are:

     News ................this is news from the bbbs system to the sysop
     Post Office .........this is a private message area used for the
                          sysop, and for comments to the sysop.
     Main Board ..........this is a local message area where users and
                          the sysop can post.

     Adding a Netmail area:
     Press u to add an unnamed area, and then press enter on it.

     Fill out the fields for this area:

     BBBS is Copyright 1990-2007, Kim B. 'B' Heino and Tapani T. 'Z' Salmi.
     .--.------------------+ Global: Conferences +----------------------.
     |MI|                                                               |
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     |MI|        Name: NETMAIL                                          |
     |-I| Description:                                                  |
     |--|    Fidoname: -                                                |
     |--|    NNTPname:                                                  |
     |--|   *.MSG dir:                                                  |
     |--| Fido export:                                                  |
     |--|                                             [ ]  Must for all |
     |--|   Moderator: 0:0/0.0                        [ ]  Invite users |
     |--|  Fido flags: S                              [ ]  Alias allowed|
     |--|    NNTPhost: 0                              [ ]  Allow tagline|
     |--|  Fido group: X                              [X]  Post conf.   |
     |--|  Nodenumber: 0                              [ ]  Allow private|
     |--|      Origin: 0             Conf #00003      [ ]  No reply     |
     |--|    Msg scan: 50                             [ ]  No mark reset|
     |--|     BPC min: 300          Total: 3038       [X]  Fido area    |
     |--|     BPC max: 400                Post: 1     [ ]  No Fido strip|
     |--|      Import: ISO        Resume: 65535       [ ]  AllFix       |
     |--|      Export: ISO      Fileinfo: 65535       [ ]  NameFix      |
     |--|                                             [ ]  AGNET        |


     You can add other message areas two ways:

     Add them manually one at a time, in bcfg4's GLOBAL:->CONFS by going
     to that screen and pressing


     to add an unnamed entry. Press your arrow down to get to that newly
     entered Unnamed area and then press on the 'unnamed' entry to
     fill out the fields for that echo area's entry.

     For example:

     .----------------------------+ Conference Browser
     +|MI------------ X00  News
     ||MI--P--------- X00  Post Office
     ||-I------------ X00  Main Board
     ||-------------- X00  [Unnamed] 


     You can add echomail areas from a list of echos all at once
     ( type file). On my system, I ran this once for each
     "network" or groups of message echos. To add echos from a list echos,
     put the file that contains the tag names and descriptions in your
     bbbs directory.  Then go into

     ./bcfg4:->GLOBAL:->CONFS: and press F5.

     You will see a template that you need to fill out.  Each one of the
     echos in the list will have the attributes of the field entries in
     that template (Fido export: perhaps your uplink and other nodes who
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     want all new echos, Import/Export: the character set you want to use
     with all your echos, etc.).

     Adding bad EchoMail areas from your uplink)
     After you start importing echomail, you may notice that your uplink
     is sending your system new message echos that are new, and that you
     don't have configured (these will be noted in your bbbs/main/log0
     file).  You can add them to your config easily by using the bad echo
     function of bbbs. Here's an example of mine:

     In External.bbb find or add a [badecho] section:

     ;uplink area {aka_list} {in_char out_char origin} group {area_prefix}
      export 1:12/12 . 1:261/38 ISO ISO 0 X FIDO: 1:2600/290 2:34/999
      2:263/950 2:280/1027
     [- 1 -][2][- 3   -] [-  4-][5][6][7]  [ -8-                         ]

     In order, the above represents:

     (1) authorized-uplink
     (2) . means any-tag-name
     (3) my aka(s)
     (4) character-set (two fields for import/export) like ISO ISO but
         they don't have to be the same.
     (5) Origin to use
     (6) group
     (7) prefix for bbs display
     (8) include-these-nodes-in-export-list

     To then add echomail areas that are in your 'bad' directory, first
     make sure that either all nodes are taken down (kill processnumber
     under linux), or put semiphore files in your bbbs/work directory to
     prevent users from loging in.

     Once you are sure of the above, type ./bcfg4 bad, and then ./bbbs
     bogus b. When you type bcfg4 bad, bcfg4 scans your bad echo area and
     adds found new echomail areas to your config automatically, according
     to the information you have listed in external.bbb's [bad echo]
     section. Note, you must have enough 'Unnamed' areas in Global->Confs
     to cover the number of areas you will be adding.  I always leave
     about 4 Unnamed areas available for this purpose. ./bbbs bogus b then
     tosses the actual message packets from your bad directory to the
     newly created echo areas.

     Adding File Echos:
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     File Echos are added manually in the EXTERNAL.BBB file. You can also
     use the badtick function of bbbs to add them, but I never have used
     this feature because you lose some flexibility.  Say you've already
     got file echo directories on your hard drive, and you don't want to
     type them all in.. there isn't a way to globally add the file echos
     like you would with allfix, or filemanager.  The easiest way to do it
     in this case under linux is to type:

     ls /home/ftp/pub/*/* -d -1 > filedirs
     and then edit the file filedirs.

     In DOS or OS/2 or Windows, you could do something similar with
     dir C:\bbbs\pub >> filedirs

     With a good editor that lets you use macros, it won't take terribly
     long to create the file area definitions.

     Or - you could beg a copy of the [ticks] section of someone's
     external.bbb and then edit that with search and replace.

     Here's the setup that you'd want to use for the Tick file areas:
     F DIFFZIP     /home/ftp/pub/diffzip/    1:261/38  VA  >H1:14/200
     [wraps above]

     Using the [badticks] section of external.bbb
     Here's the example from the documentation:

     ; For areas that originate from 2:210/27: do not generate areas
     ; with the string "BBBS". Generate all the rest, with the origin aka
     ; 2:222/0, assign to file-echo group C and add the V (visible) flag.
     ; the root directory /newtic and export files to 2:22/10 and
     ; 2:222/151.666, then give echos the default description of "New
     ; Echo":

     2:210/27 ^BBBS -
     2:210/27 . 2:222/0 C V newtic 2:22/10 2:222/151.666 /New Fido Echo

     In other words, the first field is your node number.  The second is
     regexp defining areas to include or not include; the first line says
     don't include any areas with "BBBS" in them, the second line says do
     add "all the rest" because of it's position after the 'Not bbbs'

     As you can see, this doesn't let you specify a physical location
     (starting directory) and use existing areas (oh kim... )

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     2. Tips for Netmail flavors/actions:

     These are the flags that bbbs uses to indicate different
     flavors/actions of Netmail:

                '!' Crash
                '-' Hold
                '?' Receipt Request
                '>' File Attach
                '<' File Request
                '*' Immediate
                '/' KillSent

     For example, to send a crash/immediate netmail, join the netmail
     conference (j netmail) and press e to enter a message:

     (NETMAIL:0) Read Command (? for menu): e
                  Send message to: Janis Kracht
               Subject of message: !*1:261/38 Crash/Immediate flavor

     To create file attach message:

     (NETMAIL:0) Read Command (? for menu): e
                  Send message to: Janis Kracht
               Subject of message: >1:261/38 /home/bbbs/work/

     To Create a File Request:
     (NETMAIL:0) Read Command (? for menu): e
                  Send message to: Janis Kracht
               Subject of message: <1:261/38 FILES.NEW

     Next time:



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                             FOOD FOR THOUGHT

     Grandma's Apple Bread
     By Janis Kracht, 1:261/38

     Grandma Florence always kept a few loaves of this apple bread in her
     freezer 'just in case' guests dropped by to visit.

     Makes 2 loaves

     4 cups diced fresh apples
     1 1/2 cups sugar
     3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
     3/4 cup vegetable oil
     2 teaspoons vanilla extract
     2 eggs beaten
     3 cups unsifted flour
     2 teaspoons baking powder
     2 teaspoons baking soda
     2 teaspoons cinnamon
     1/2 teaspoon salt
     1 cup chopped pecans
     1 cup chopped raisins

     Preheat oven to 350F
     Grease two 9x5" bread pans

     Combine apples, sugar and cinnamon and let stand for 30-35 minutes,
     or until the juices run from the apples. Combine oil, vanilla, eggs
     and add to the apple mixture.  Combine the flour, baking powder, soda
     and 2 teaspoons cinnamon, salt and mix well into the apple mixture.
     Stir in the raisins and chopped pecans.  Pour into the prepared bread
     pans. Bake at 350F for 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out


     Shepherd's Turkey Pie
     Submitted by Sean Dennis

     This sounds quite good, but I'd be careful with this if you're
     on a salt-restricted diet, like I am.  This has been reformatted
     to fit the FG publishing requirements.

     MMMMM----- Recipe via Meal-Master (tm) v8.06

           Title: Shepherd's Turkey Pie
      Categories: Diabetic, Turkey, Vegetables, Pies, Crockpot
           Yield: 6 Servings

           2    Onions; sliced
           2 tb Vegetable oil;
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           4 c  Turkey / chicken;
                -cooked chopped
         1/4 c  Whole wheat flour;
           2 c  Chicken stock or broth;
           2 c  Carrots; sliced, steamed
           2 c  Tomato/canned peeled diced;
         1/2 ts Dried thyme;
         1/2 ts Dried rosemary;
           6    Potatoes; cooked, mashed

       In a large saucepan, saute the onions in the oil for 5 minutes.
       Add the turkey (or chicken).  Sprinkle in the flour, stir to
       blend.  Add the chicken stock, carrots, tomatoes, thyme,
       and rosemary.

       Cook over medium heat until thickened.  Pour into a lightly oiled
       3-quart casserole.  Spread the potatoes over the top.  Bake in a 375
       F oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until browned.

       1/6 recipe - 371 calories, 4 lean meat, 2 bread, 1 vegetable
       exchange: 38 grams carbohydrate, 33 grams protein, 10 grams
       fat 81 mg sodium, 1133 mg potassium, 71 mg cholesterol

       Source:  Am. Diabetes Assoc. Holiday Cookbook, by Betty Wedman 1986
       Shared but not tested by Elizabeth Rodier, Nov 93



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     Brick-Oven Baking with a Hearthkit
     By Janis Kracht, 1:261/38

     For Gas or Electric Ovens

     You may have heard of this oven insert which simulates an
     old-fashioned Brick Hearth oven, it's becoming more and more well
     known.  I purchased mine from Pleasant Hill Grain Company
     ( for
     about $200.00.  Shipping was free with no sales tax outside Nebraska.

     The "Ceramic" insert is "manufactured from a blend of cordierite, a
     specialized blend of earthen materials, bonded to create a ceramic
     material. The HearthKit includes its own high quality chrome support
     rack that is used for some baking and cooking".  You select your oven
     size, since the oven insert must fit in your individual oven.  The
     insert is actually three pieces, two side-wall pieces, and a bottom
     piece that fit together to form an oven chamber inside your oven.
     It's really easy to assemble.  You leave it in the oven all the time
     though you could remove it when you didn't want to use it.

     For some ovens, you would take the insert out for automatic cleaning
     ovens (those that have you remove oven racks before cleaning), for
     the others, you leave the insert in during the normal cleaning cycle
     (I like that ).

     Day-to-Day Use:

     You leave it in your oven all the time (under normal situations).. so
     you really have to adjust most all of your favorite recipes.
     Luckily, the insert comes with a number of excellent recipes in it's
     use and care book so you'll have a good start :)

     You preheat your oven to it's highest temperature for at least a
     half-hour every time you bake or roast, and then you adjust the
     temperature of your oven.  For some foods like Roast Chicken, you
     will be amazed at what a difference in flavor and evenness of cooking
     the Hearthkit enables!  In about 25 minutes, a 3 1/2 lb chicken
     (unstuffed) is roasted to absolute perfection! For breads, the same
     is true!  You'll wonder why you fought with some things as I did in
     the past, like cermaic tiles and steam contraptions in the bottom of
     the oven, etc.  The HearthKit really cooks most items in such a
     superior way.

     The Down-Side:

     Well, if you're sensitive to heat, or you don't have airconditioning
     in your kitchen, heating that oven up to 550F for a half hour might
     drive you out of the kitchen during the preheating time .. time you
     would normally spend preparing other things then could be a royal
     pain .
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     Other than that, you really have to be careful with delicate cakes
     like Angel Food, and unfilled pie shells.. because the Hearthkit
     cooks so fast, you will have to keep that in mind as you are
     adjusting your recipes.

     Overall Rating:  5 out 5 Stars ( * * * * *)

     With a little bit of trial and error, we've come to love this insert
     and think it's well worth the price!

     HearthKit Oven Insert, manufactured by Hearth Kitchen Company


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                            COORDINATORS CORNER

     ZONE 1 NEWS:
     By Janis Kracht, 1:1/0

     This week we had applications in Zone 1's Region 14 for a number of
     new and also returning nodes :)

                Jeff Splain
                Intrinsicfear BBS

                Nicholas J Boie
                Former DARK KNiGHT BBS

                Gaylen Hintz

     Last week, we had one new node in R13:
                Phil Taylor

     Send in information regarding new nodes to FidoGazette's ZONE 1 NEWS
     column to Janis Kracht (, or 1:261/38).


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                               STATIC STUFF

     BBS Lists
     By Sean Dennis

     If you're looking for a new BBS to try or are trying to find one from
     the past that may still be around, here's a few places to try:

     ** The BBS Corner's Telnet and Dial-Up BBS Guide
        Maintained by Dave Perrussel (1:275/89)

        Dave maintains one of the most up-to-date telnet and dial-up
        BBS lists in the world.  There are over 450 BBSes listed on
        his site.  You can get to the dial-up BBS guide by clicking
        on the "Dial-Up BBS Guide" link on the left side of the page
        under the "Other Useful Information" header.

     If you know of another -actively maintained- BBS list, please feel
     free to send me the information and I'll make sure it gets in here.


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