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This is for Nalaine for her information regarding the catfish fingers in the July 14th newsletter. Could you use the Bisquick and beer batter to coat onion rings? I need a good coating for the onions and this sounds like it could work.
Thanks, Cindi in Nebraska

For Irma in Fla. asked for squash pickle recipe

Sue's Squash Pickles

2/3 cup salt
3 quarts water
8 cups thinly sliced yellow squash(2 1/2 lbs)
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups white vinegar
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
2 sweet onions thinly sliced
2 green bell peppers thinly sliced
1 4oz. jar sliced pimento peppers(drained)
dissolve salt in 3 qts water in a large bowl

Add squash and submerge squash in water by using a plate to hold slices down. Cover and let stand for 3 hours drain and set aside then bring sugar, vinegar, and mustard seed to a boil in a large non aluminum Dutch oven or stock pot stirring until sugar dissolves. Add squash, onions, bell -pepper and pimento return to a boil then remove from heat and cool. Store in air tight containers
hope you enjoy,
Sue B./ Georgia
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Erma in Jacksonville, FL was looking for a recipe for squash pickles. I make my bread and butter pickles with a recipe just like this one and we love them. I found this recipe on The Recipe Link and plan to make them when the zucchini ripens later this month. I don't process them, just keep them in a gallon jar in the refrigerator.
Carol in MA

Zucchini Pickles

2 lbs zucchini, sliced cross or lengthwise
1 medium onion thinly sliced
garlic cloves
1/4 cup canning salt
2 cups sugar
2 tsp mustard seed
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp turmeric
3 cups vinegar

Combine zucchini and onion. Sprinkle with salt and cover with ice water. Let sit 2 hours, making sure to replenish ice as it melts down. Drain and rinse well. Combine remaining ingredients, except garlic in a large saucepot and bring to a boil. Pour over zucchini and onion mixture and let sit 2 hours. Bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes.

Pour into hot jars adding 2 garlic cloves to each jar. Process in a waterbath canner for 15 minutes. 
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Hi, I'm looking for a Mussaka, recipe with Weight Watcher Points can anyone help.

I have had several WebTV members say they can't open the newsletter. I am very sorry I am unable to help you because I do not own a WebTV. I have tried to pull up Nancy's Kitchen on my cell phone and my Amazon Kindle.  Both pulled up the site with no problems.
Nancy Rogers

Diana in RI This may be what you are looking for. It is called Ice Cream Sandwich Pie.In the 6-9-09 Newsletter. What a wonderful site. Just about any thing you want is right here on Nancy's Kitchen web site. Thanks Nancy.
Pat So Cal

This is for Terry, who wanted ideas for an 80 Birthday party.

I have been to a couple and they were fun. One person went on the internet and found titles of songs popular for the year of birth and wrote only half the title of each song. Guest had to figure out the rest of the title. Also perhaps you could get news that happened for the year of birth and read what some of the headlines were. You might have to go on the intranet for this too or the library.
Sandra from Oregon

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I have an Ice Cream Sandwich Cake recipe that is wonderful. I think this is what Diana in RI was asking about in the July 14 newsletter. I am really enjoying the newsletter, and hope I can contribute more in the future.
Brenda in MS

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

20 ice cream sandwiches (any flavor)
1 (12 oz.) jar hot fudge sauce
1 (8 oz.) container frozen whipped topping (such as Cool Whip), thawed
Chocolate covered Toffee Bits or Sprinkles

Cut one ice cream sandwich in half. Place one whole ice cream sandwich and one half of an ice cream sandwich side by side across the short end of a 9 x 13 pan.

Next to those ice cream sandwiches, arrange 8 more ice cream sandwiches lengthwise, to cover the bottom of the pan.

Place hot fudge sauce in a microwave-safe container, and heat on high for 30 seconds. Spread half of the sauce over the ice cream sandwiches.

Top with half of the whipped topping.

Repeat layers: ice cream sandwiches, hot fudge sauce and whipped topping. Scatter toffee bits or sprinkles over top.

Freeze, uncovered 2 hours. Cover with foil and freeze another hour.
Brenda in MS
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
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Erma in Jacksonville, Fla., Nancy has your recipe in her cucumber/pickles section! Enjoy! Hope this is the one you are looking for.

Squash Pickles

12 c. sliced squash
2 c. sliced onion
1 tbsp. pickling salt
1 c. diced green pepper
2 c. vinegar (5% acidity)
3 1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. mustard seed

Combine squash and onion, sprinkle with salt, and let stand for one hour. Combine remaining ingredients, and bring to a boil. Drain squash and onions. Pack squash and onions into hot sterilized jars, add vinegar mixture, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Cover at once with metal lids, screw on bands tight. Process in boiling water bath for 15 minutes. Yields 4 pints.
Chris in NM
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We have a Hamilton Beach indoor grill and it works exactly like the George Forman one! Our Lodge has the George Forman one we use occasionally for mini burgers! Both were bought at our local Super Wal-Mart.
Chris in NM

For Grandma Teeters-- Yellow Squash-- Another very good casserole for you;

Yellow Squash Casserole

3 pounds yellow squash
1 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups crushed saltines (divided)
1 stick melted butter (divided)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 beaten eggs
2 heaping tablespoons sugar or substitute
1 small jar chopped pimentos

Wash and trim squash and cut into 1 to 2 inch slices and boil in water until tender. Drain and mash in a colander. Mix the squash with 1/2 the melted butter and 1 cup of the crushed crackers and all the rest and pour into a 8x8 shallow baking dish sprayed with cooking oil. Pour the other 1/2 of the butter over the top and sprinkle with 1/2 cup crushed crackers. Bake in a 375 F oven for about and hour.
Serves 6

Note; you do not want the crushed crackers to be cracker meal. Coarser the better
JLS in Texas
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Growing up in Iowa, my grandmother's sister made a wonderful brown bread for the holidays. She made it in soup cans. It contained raisins and walnuts. I'm not sure how it was prepared -- I don't believe it was boiled.steamed..  .maybe baked in the oven in a pan of water? My grandmother was from England, if this helps. I so miss that wonderful bread and since my mother passed away and took the recipe to her grave with her, I haven't been able to duplicate it. Can anyone help?

Summer at Shady Oaks, Marshalltown, IA

My husband and I were at the Cheesecake Factory a couple of weeks ago for dinner and he ordered something from the Specialty Menu called " Chicken Di-Panna". It was absolutely awesome and I would so dearly love to find a recipe on how to make this. It was two pieces of grilled chicken that were pounded down to about 1/4" thick and then grilled. There was some kind of a topping on the chicken that made it crispy. I looked on their menu but they don't have this entree listed. I don't understand how it can be grilled and still be slightly crispy. It was served with a white wine sauce if I remember correctly and their mashed potatoes and broccoli. I did an Internet search for chicken di-panna but could not find a recipe for it. If any of you have a clone recipe for this or one that you make that is similar, could you please post it? Thank you so very much.
Cindi in Nebraska

I recently needed to make some cookies/candy and did not want to turn the oven on and heat up the house, so I made these. They are easy to make and everyone seems to like them. In the cooler months I have successfully sent them to our son, when he was serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, as as our adopted soldiers.
Robbie IN

Reese's Pieces Bars

1/2 lb. melted butter (2 sticks)
1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 lb. powdered sugar (3 ½ cups packed)
1 c. smooth peanut butter

Mix all by hand in a bowl and press into a 9x12 pan sprayed with non stick spray. In microwave, melt 12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips. And spread over crust; cool until set; cut into bars. (You can refrigerate to speed the setup.)

(Although you don't use any Reese' Peanut Butter cups in this recipe, that's exactly what they taste like.)
Robbie In
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Does anyone have a recipe for what they call 1-2-3 bars. It's a older recipe and has coffee, nuts, brown sugar, in it.

As I said, it's a recipe from years ago but I am trying to locate it.

Thanking you in advance.

Hi Nancy,
I am looking for a recipe that has pretzels. I think Jell-O cool whip & strawberries . I don't know the name but it was good.
Pauline in Pa.

To Terry in Lansing.
We recently had a party and there were some games we played. Our hostess listed questions such as you were going to do, but hers were questions asking for "what year did it happen?" Some of it was pop trivia and other was trivia that had to do with the guest of honor. The other game we played, was the hostess made batches of cookies. You blindfolded the guest or guests and they took a bite of the cookie. Whoever could guess the most ingredients used in the cookie they won the batch of cookies. She had the recipe there also so you could take it home and make yourself.
Hope some of this helps.
Lisa-Union Bridge, MD

Hi Nancy,
Thanks so much for this news letter!
This is for Diane in RI

I'm sure I got this recipe from your news letter but I didn't put the name of the person
 that submitted it.
This is TNT

Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert

19 ice cream sandwiches (approx)
1 jar hot fudge ice cream topping**
1 cup salted peanuts, divided
1 carton Cool Whip

Make 1 layer of ice cream sandwiches in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. You may have to cut some to fit. On top of the ice cream sandwiches, spread the jar of hot fudge topping. Sprinkle 3/4 cup salted peanuts on top of fudge topping. Spread half of the carton of Cool Whip on top of this. Make another layer of ice cream sandwiches. Spread remaining Cool Whip on top. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup peanuts. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm.

Set out about 10 minutes when ready to serve for easier cutting and serving.
Tracy in Atlanta
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The same or similar recipe was set in by Nancy/Nebraska and Sharon

I'd like to thank the following people for information they gave me regarding the salad shooter.. Thank you to Eve-WI, Chris- N.M, Sylvia- Scotland, Brenda-IN

I was able to print out the owners manual from the Presto website. Thank you again ladies. Thank you Nancy for having such a wonderful recipe website where we can get so much more information & help besides just recipes.

Terri in Lansing, an 80th birthday party can be a fun thing! If my kids decide to give me a party I hope they will make up a sound track of the songs that were popular when I was a teen. Also, would be fun to make a powerpoint presentation of family pictures, or major events during a lifetime. When we gave my mother an 80th birthday dinner we had a portable microphone and did a "roast". We have a large family and she seemed to enjoy that a lot. It might be fun to see who could name the most Presidents from those years (I'd fail that one!), and also could list the baby names that were most popular the year she was born. If she's a dancer, you could have her demonstrate the dances that were popular in her heyday. That could be really fun!

Does anyone know if Sam's Club has chicken salad similar to Costco? We don't have a Costco in my area, or even close by. Sometime I might want to just buy it, although I have to make sure it's fresh. Thanks to Chris NM and Bernadette in beautiful Nova Scotia for the recipes, which sound like the kind I like.

Mr. Myron Drinkwater, you have sold me on the Salad Shooter. I make a lot of potato dishes, since I love potatoes about any way you can fix them, but I've never liked slicing potatoes. If you say it works, that's good enough for me.

Chris NM, maybe the southerners are just more vocal! LOL I love hearing from all the areas and different countries. Nancy has made us all one big happy family!

Judie in So Calif asked about the farina and noodles dish my Hungarian Grandmother used to make. It may not be Hungarian as she was married to a Polish man and cooked for a German Jewish family for a few years before she married my Grandpa. On the other hand, she may have made it all up as she was great for not wasting food and using what she had in inventive ways. She would make her own noodles but this is how we make it:

Package of noodles cooked .Medium or thin noodles work.
Melt Crisco in a fry pan and add about 1/3 to 1/2 box of farina. Fry it a bit and then add water to steam it so that it is fluffy

Add it to the noodles and then place it in the fry pan with lots of melted butter. Salt to taste. You have to add water and butter to taste. I'm sorry I can't be more specific . As my Nana used to say ,"mix it till it looks right".

She also made thin noodles that she fried up with melted butter and onions and added cream cheese.
Dawn in SW GA

Dawn could you send  me this recipe again with the name of the recipe included.  Would like to post it with a link but didn't know what to call the recipe.
Nancy Rogers

For Emma in Jacksonville

This is a Squash Pickle recipe I have used for ages.

Dawn's Squash Pickles

8 C. thinly sliced squash
2 qts. water
2/3 C. pickling salt
3 C. sugar
2 C. white vinegar, 5% acidity
1 Tbs. celery seeds
2 C. chopped green bell pepper
2 C. thinly sliced onion (2 lbs.)
4 oz. jar pimento, drained

Place squash in large non-aluminum container. Combine water and salt, stirring until salt dissolves. Pour over squash. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain well. Combine sugar and next 3 ingredients in a Dutch oven. Add squash, green pepper and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and pack hot vegetables into hot jars filling to 1/2" of top, then cover with hot vinegar syrup. Remove air bubbles and wipe jar rims. Cover at once with lids and bands. Process in boiling water for 15 minutes.
Makes 4 pints
Dawn in SW GA
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Hi Nancy, Ditto & all family!
I just wanted to let everyone know that Cosco has the best rotissierie Chicken, and, for all my fellow Celiacs, it is gluten free.
Doris , OH

CrockPot Lady's recipes: In the July 11th newsletter there was a recipe for "Crockpot Lady's Shepherds Pie". This dish was a success at my house. Thanks to Eva in WI for a great meal after a busy day. I would appreciate seeing more Crockpot Lady's recipes.

Terry, in Lansing, (July 14) check out  for your sister's 80th birthday party. You will be able to find happenings on the day she was born, favorite toys at that time, books that were being read, movies, price of a house, a loaf of bread, etc. Then, when finished, you can print a copy on a pretty stationery sheet, frame in an inexpensive frame to display on party day. Another suggestion is to provide a copy for each guest. Those could be on a smaller size sheet of paper from the one framed. Take time to read aloud for all to enjoy at the party. A second suggestion is to put "birthday card from the president" in a SEARCH blank. Directions will be given for you to request a birthday card to be sent to your sister from the president. Requests must be made by snail mail, not electronically, with specific information given, and must be requested by a certain time prior to the birthday. A third suggestion, is to take a picture and have it enlarged poster size for the guests to sign at the party. Later, it can be framed as a great memory item. Have fun and enjoy the celebration!
Marvis in Texas

Hello Nancy and friends My Husband started Kidney dialysis this past month. I am looking for Renal diabetic recipes if any one could help
Thanks Caroline MO

Here are some of my favorite crockpot recipes for the lady who's daughter is going back to work as a nurse:

Crockpot Chicken Drumstick Cacciatore

2 lbs. (about 8) chicken drumsticks
2- 4 oz. cans tomato sauce
1- 4 oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
In a large skillet, cook chicken drumsticks until lightly browned. Place in crockpot. Add all remaining ingredients to Crockpot. Cook on low for about 6 hours. Serve with rice or mashed potatoes.
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Crockpot Chicken Breasts with Bacon

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 can cream of chicken soup
8 oz sour cream
1 Tbsp flour
bacon slices

Wrap one uncooked bacon slice around each chicken piece and put them in crockpot. Mix sour cream, undiluted cream of chicken soup and flour and pour over chicken. Cook on low 6 to 7 hours. Serve with rice or potatoes.
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Chinese Crockpot Chicken

1 whole chicken
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup orange marmalade
2 tbsp ketchup
6 cloves garlic, pressed
1 onion, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste

Place your chicken in the crockpot. Mix together soy sauce, marmalade and ketchup and pour over the top of the chicken. Then add garlic and onions, a teeny bit of salt and pepper. Put the lid on the crockpot and cook on low for about 10 to 12 hours. Chicken should be falling off the bones when ready. Serve it with rice, veggies, and the sauce on the side.
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Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks

3 1/2 pounds chicken drumsticks, skin removed
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

Place drumsticks in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, stir together soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and tomato sauce. Pour sauce over chicken.

Cover, and cook on Low heat 8 hours.

Sorry it's all for chicken...we eat a lot of chicken around here because it's cheap
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Mexican Style Rice

1 Tbsp. oil
1 ½ C. long grain white rice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 very small onion, diced
1 ½ tsp cumin
2 Tbsp. chicken bouillon
4 oz. tomato sauce
3 ½ C. water
2/3 C. frozen mixed vegetables

In a large skillet heat oil and add rice to brown slightly. Once browned add garlic, onion, cumin, bouillon and tomato sauce. Stir to mix. Add water then frozen vegetables. Bring to a boil then turn heat to low and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed about 20 to 25 minutes.
Cassandra's Mom
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Nancy here is a very good Zucchini bar recipe that my Late Mother would make every summer as we were blessed with lots of zucchini..It is a sure TNT recipes as I made two pans this week..sent some home with my daughters and some went to the ball field for the workers

Zucchini Bars

2 cups white sugar
1 cup cooking oil
2 and 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded zucchini
1/2 cup nuts
3 eggs
3 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Beat everything together. Pour into a jelly roll pan and bake at 350° for approximately 45 minutes. Be careful not to overbake. Cool and ice.

3/4 package of Philadelphia cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 and 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Enough milk to spread sprinkle some chopped nuts on top.
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Hello to Nancy Land; Re: Mary’s request from Newton Falls, OH; 7-14-09 newsletter for McDonalds Chicken Nuggets.

McDonald's Chicken McNuggets (Copycat/Clone)

vegetable oil for frying
1 egg
1 cup water
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon MSG (Accent)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
4 chicken breast filets, each cut into 6-7 bite sized pieces

Beat the egg and then combine it with 1 cup water in a small, shallow bowl. Stir.

Combine the flour, salt, MSG, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder in a one gallon size zip lock bag.

Pound each of the breast filets with a mallet until about 1/4-inch thick. Trim each breast filet into bite sized pieces.

Coat each piece with the flour mixture by shaking in the zip lock bag. Remove and dredge each nugget in the egg mixture, coating well.

Then return each nugget to the flour/seasoning mixture. Shake to coat. Put nuggets, bag and all, in the freezer for at least an hour.

Cover and refrigerate remaining egg mixture. After freezing, repeat the above coating process.

Deep fry the McNuggets at 375F for 10-12 minutes or until browned and crispy. (cook only about 9 at a time.)

Drain on brown paper bags (NEVER drain fried foods on paper towels unless you want them to be soft and soggy!).

Serve with your favorite sauce.

The following recipe site was sent to me by my niece and has hundreds of ‘clone’ recipes:

Click on Brand Name Copycat Recipes.
Carolyn in Tulsa
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Nancy, this is for Elaine in OH who has an infestation of fruit flies. A couple years ago on a cold rainy January day, my wife and I noticed that the mother hummingbird who was sitting on a baby bird in a nest in a small grapefruit tree just outside our kitchen window had been missing for some time. While the baby was somewhat protected from the rain by the nest being under some leaves, it was nevertheless a cold and damp day. I called the county Animal Services and they put me in contact with a lady who runs a hummingbird retreat to take in babies without mothers and birds in need of medical care. She had me constantly watch the nest for a hour to see if the mother returned - unfortunately, she did not.

When I called the lady back she told me to wrap the baby in a towel, turn the heater in my vehicle as high as it would go and to get the bird to her as fast as possible. (I know this is long, but it all fits into Elaine's problem.). The lady has a special room equipped with several incubators and other cages and equipment to care for the hummingbirds.

To feed the baby hummingbirds, who cannot take liquid nourishment, she raised her own fruit flies - and had a pretty ample supply of them. The babies need insects for the protein for their bodies. She had four baby hummingbirds in various conditions and of varying ages all in the incubators. She tried to feed my baby some fruit flies with very tiny tweezers, but the baby had been without its mother all day and was too weak to eat. She said she'd try to feed the baby during the night when the bird had gotten warm and gained some strength. Long story short: The lady called me the next day to tell me that the baby had died during the night - to her way of thinking, due to exposure to the inclimate weather to too long of a time without the mother bird. Just had to weigh in on the fruit fly posting. We enjoy having hummingbirds nearly all year round. I keep two feeders of sugar water for them.
Mr. Myron Drinkwater - Lake Forest, CA

Hi Nancy: Re: Fruit Flies, Elaine in Oh N/L July 14, check out: TipNut. com/fruit-flies. This was posted on their June 23, 2009 daily newsletter. This site has tips and instructions on a variety of subjects.

Nancy, give Ditto some extra pats from out family. Margaret, Tulsa

Hi everyone! For Elaine in Ohio with the fruit fly problem in the July 14 newsletter. I have found that vinegar works with the same method only you don't need to cover it.
They will leave. Nalaine

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