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The purpose of this recipe newsletter is to post requests and replies from our members and to post all their great tried and tested (TNT) recipes.

This is for Betty who wanted a TNT recipe for

Broccoli Cheese Soup
Serving Size : 8

1 1/2 Pounds broccoli -- fresh
2 Cups water
3/4 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup Cornstarch Mix with 1 Cup Cold Water
1 Pint half and half
1 Pound Velveeta
1/2 Teaspoon pepper

Steam broccoli until tender. Place half-and-half and water in top of double boiler. Add cheese, salt and pepper. Heat until cheese is melted. Add broccoli. Mix cornstarch and water in small bowl. Stir into cheese mixture in double boiler and heat over simmering water until soup thickens.
Karen El Paso, Texas
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This is in reply to Sher in Pa’s question in the January 20, 2010 newsletter. I tried the Mr. Clean Erasers on my smooth top and it didn’t work very well. What I have found that does work great is to make a paste of baking soda and water and use like a cleanser. Sometimes I just wet the top really well and pour baking soda on the scum/stains…let soak a few minutes and then clean. You have to rinse very well and after it dries if there is a slight film, just remove with a dry paper or cloth towel. I buy a big box of generic baking soda just for cleaning…lots cheaper.
Janet, Seymour, TN

Back in September a recipe was posted by Teresa in SC for Cabbage Soup.

I made the soup this week and it was absolutely wonderful! I buy fresh bulk sausage at my local grocery store and it is very lean and very mild. I used that instead of the beef. I also rinsed and drained my kidney beans and left out the salt. Other than that, I went by your recipe and we enjoyed it very much. A great soup for cold nights.

It also made a BUNCH! There are only two of us at home so we got 2 meals and I froze enough for another meal which is a real bonus for me.

The recipe in the newsletter now comes up with question marks for numbers on my computer - I originally copied 3/4 cup picante sauce and 1-1/2 tsp. cumin .

Thanks, Teresa! This one is a keeper.
Julia in PA (Still a Southerner at heart)

Evening Nancy,
The past few days have seen an improvement in our weather, hopefully we are all getting ready for the first daffs and snowdrops peeping through.

We call these biscuits, they may be classed as cookies in some parts of the world. Cookies are sponge type cakes in Scotland. Whether you call them biscuits or cookies, there's no getting away from the fact that they are really good.

Ladies' Kisses
Preheat oven to 180C/350F
Makes 10

For the biscuits:

3 1/2 oz/100g Butter, softened
3 1/2 oz/100g caster sugar
3 1/2 oz/100g ground Almonds
3 1/2 oz100g Flour

Chocolate butter filling:
1 1/2 oz/50g plain Chocolate, broken into pieces
1/2 oz/20g Butter

Beat the butter and sugar together.
Work in the ground almonds and flour until the mixture forms a stiff dough.

Break off 20 pieces the size of walnuts and form into balls. Arrange on baking sheets, leaving a little room between each one. Bake in a preheated oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Meanwhile melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water (or microwave on full power for 1-2 mins, stirring halfway through).

Remove from the heat, stir in the butter and leave to cool. When the biscuits are cool, use the chocolate butter to sandwich them together.

Put the kettle or percolator on and enjoy with a cuppa of your choice.
Sylvia <Scotland>
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I was wondering if anyone has a time chart for deep frying chicken parts ( legs & thighs) ,I have just gotten a new deep fryer and would love to deep fry some chicken. ( I know it's not healthy , but just once in a while). Also if you have a coating or whatever you use to coat the chicken, I would appreciate it very much.
I would love arecipe for fried oyster coating or batter which ever is TRT.
Lois in Va.

If you like smoked cheese and especially Gouda you will like this recipe.
I did not have salt free butter so I left the salt out.

Macaroni and Smoked Gouda Cheese

1 pound penne pasta or elbow macaroni
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 Tablespoons flour
1 cup half and half, at room temperature
1 pound smoked Gouda, shredded
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Cook pasta according to directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Cover to keep warm.
Lightly butter a 10-inch casserole dish. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the flour until smooth.

Gradually add the half and half, stirring until smooth, hot and bubbly. Set 1/4 cup of the cheese aside and add the remainder to the saucepan, stirring constantly until the mixture is thick and hot. Stir in the salt and pepper.

Remove from the heat and pour over the pasta, mixing well. Transfer the macaroni to the prepared dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and place under the broiler for a minute or two until the cheese is melted and golden.
Serve immediately.
Makes 6 servings.
Mari in NM
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THANK YOU for all the weight watcher recipes. I have tried everything that has been posted and they have all been "keepers". Keep them coming.
BG in Indy

Good evening to everyone! I have a question.
An elderly gentleman in our neighbourhood passed away. His son wants to sell the house and they wanted it cleaned out. There were unopened bags of flour, lots of canned good, cereal etc. One cupboard full of spices and herbs.

A friend of mine helped clean it out, the sons wanted none of it and told him to take it all if he wanted it.

He brought me a big bag of flour, cereals, cornstarch and several containers of spice. I have used almost all of the items before except for one.

That is where my question comes in, can anyone tell me what "Bacon Hickory Spice" is used for? I have a full bottle of it.

Thanking you in advance.
Betty in Canada

I'm finding out that I can not tolerate eating iceberg lettuce salads anymore. So I have switched to eating spinach salad. Just wondering if anyone has a tried and true recipe for the hot bacon dressing for spinach. I think it might be called "wilted" spinach dressing.
Thank you everyone!

Lori R Topeka, KS

Could someone please help me with a Key Lime Pie Recipe I had a couple of years ago. It include in it, eggs, sour cream 12 oz evaporated milk, sugar, lime juice, and I don't know what else and the directions. I know it had Meringue on top. If someone could help me with this,
thanks in advance Sonia

Anyone have an easy recipe for "fastnachts"? I already have original recipes from Germany and PA, but looking for a shortcut recipe!
Thanks! Athena in DE

Donna (in the 1/20/2010 newsletter is looking for a mocha frosting recipe) , sounds like you are looking for a mocha frosting. Yes, it is good!

Mocha Frosted Drops

1/2 c. shortening
2 1-oz. squares unsweetened chocolate
1 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. buttermilk
1 1/2 c. sifted flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1 6-oz. pkg. (1 c.) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mocha Frosting
Melt shortening & unsweetened squares together in a saucepan. Cool 10 min. Stir in brown sugar. Beat in egg, vanilla, & buttermilk. Sift together dry ingredients & add to chocolate mixture. Stir in nuts & chocolate chips. Drop by tsp. on greased cookie sheet & bake at 375 about 10 minutes. Remove from pan & cool. Frost, then top with a walnut half if desired. Makes 3-1/2 doz.
Chris in NM

Mocha Frosting
1/4 c. butter
2 T. dry cocoa
2 tsp. instant coffee powder
Dash salt
2 1/2 c. sifted powdered sugar
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
Milk to make spreading consistency
Cream together butter, cocoa, coffee, & salt; beat in sugar, then vanilla, then just enough milk so frosting is spreadable. This was in my '72 Better Homes & Gardens, so might be the one you want...hope so !
Marilyn in FL sent into the 12/18/2005 newsletter. Chris in NM
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Here is a very good and easy recipe--someone wrote that she did not like to measure a lot of ingredients. This has only 3.

Spicy Chicken

4 each chicken drumsticks and thighs (about 2 lbs.)
2 cans (14oz.each) diced tomatoes with jalapenos. (I use Del Monte tomatoes with mild green chiles because I do not like really hot chiles.)
1/2 c. creamy peanut butter.

Pull the skin off of the chicken pieces by grabbing the skin with a paper towel. Stir the tomatoes and peanut better well in your crockpot, then add the chicken and mix well. Cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 9 hours. Serve with rice and a green vegetable. If you like, you can garnish the chicken servings with chopped fresh cilantro.
Dorothy from AZ/WA
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Dear Nancy, I tried to access the lemon pound recipes on the top of your recipe page and wondered why they are asking for my cell phone number before they will let me see the recipes.
Dee in Tucson

The Lemon Pound Cake recipe link you clicked on was a Google ad. I have no pages within my site that request information.
Nancy Rogers

Jackiets from Louisiana sent me a recipe for broccoli cheese soup that sounds good and easy and I'll try it the next time my grandson is home from college. Thank you Jackiets.

I have a question for Carolyn in Illinois about the oven fried coconut chicken. Does it really need to bake for an hour at 400 degrees? It seems like a long time for boneless chicken breasts. I always end up with them overcooked and want to make sure this is right.
Betty in Maine

In your 1/20/10 letter, Donna was looking for frosting with coffee--when my Mother and I made this we used coffee instead of the liquid in the butter frosting we would be making. I hope this may be of help to Donna.
Rusty in Florida

Nancy and Nancylanders, When I read what I had written about using Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, I noticed I had put ceramic top but it is a smooth(glass?) surface. Sorry for the error. Thank you all for all the wonderful recipes and for Nancy and the fur babies for making it possible for us to receive them. Trying to keep warm, it is now 16 degrees, heat wave. Thanks again,
Sher in Pa.

For Vida from Ohio from the 1-13-10 newsletter. I had two butterscotch patties recipes in my very old recipe file. Here they are and I hope one is the one you are looking for. Pat So Cal

Butterscotch Pecan Patties

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup evaporated milk
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup chopped pecans

Place the sugar, syrup, salt and milk in a sauce pan and stir until sugar is dissolved. Boil slowly until it forms a soft ball when tested in cold water. Remove from stove, add the butter and vanilla and let stand 10 minutes. Add pecans , and beat vigorously until thick and creamy. Drop from a teaspoon onto waxed paper.
Pat So Cal
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Butterscotch Patties

1 small can pet milk
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup Karo

Mix and cook to hard ball stage; remove from heat and let set for 10 minutes. Add 1 stick of butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup nuts. Beat until creamy. Drop by teaspoon on greased platter.
Pat So Cal
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Cheesy Chicken CP

4-6 chicken breast (boneless, skinless) (I use chicken thighs)
2 cans of condensed cream of chicken soup
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1/4 tsp each salt, pepper, & garlic powder

Put all in crockpot an cook on Low 6-8 hours. Serve on bed of rice or noodles.
JL in South Jersey
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Mary Ann Upstate N.Y., this recipe for broccoli salad is in Nancy's collection of Amish recipes. If you do a search at the top of Nancy's newsletter in the search box you will come up with quite a few different versions of this.

Broccoli Salad
by MarieAlice

1 package fresh broccoli - chopped
1 large red onion - diced
10 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup mayonnaise plus 2 tablespoons sugar plus 2 tablespoons vinegar
Mix and let set for 2 hours or so.
Chris in NM
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In response to the person who wanted a Hungarian is mine

Hungarian Sauerkraut

Saute 3 pieces of bacon that has been chopped in small pieces when this has been rendered...add some chopped onion (to your taste)
Saute onion til transparent, then add a few Tablespoons of flour to thicken then add your can of Bavarian Sauerkrat...(this has a sweeter not as tart flavor)
Salt and pepper to taste ...then add a generous handful of brown sugar...
Hope you like it.
Maxine Emporia, Kansas
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Here is a pork loin recipe, you might want to try this: I got this from my mother in law 47 years ago and still use this same recipe.

Pork Loin Recipe

Slice up some onions and place them in a roasting pan. Place pork loin on top of onions. Rub loin with sage, salt and pepper. Pour about 1 - 2 cups water in pan. Add about 2-3 chicken boullion cubes. Cover and place in 350 degree oven for about 2-1/2 to 3 hours. Keep adding water as needed. Remove loin and make your gravy. Delicious all the time.
Liz in Florida
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Hi Nancy,

Candied Pecans

2 1/2 cups pecan halves (I sometimes use a combination of almonds and pecans, or just almonds)
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (not flavoring)

Put pecans (and/or almonds) and oil in a flat baking pan; stir until pecans are coated (Note: I don’t use the oil, and they work just as well). Roast in 300 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring frequently. Cool.
Combine sugar, cinnamon, salt, and water in a saucepan; cook, stirring over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Boil to 236 degrees of a candy thermometer, or to a soft ball stage*. Remove from heat; blend in vanilla. Add pecans and stir until mixture is creamy. Turn out onto waxed paper and use a fork to separate the nuts.

*To test for Soft Ball Stage: If you don’t have a candy thermometer, soft ball stage is reached when a small amount of syrup dropped into chilled water forms a ball, but is soft enough to flatten when picked up with fingers (234- 240).
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Crockpot Chocolate Peanut Clusters

2 pounds (2 - 16 ounce jars) dry roasted peanuts, salted
48 ounces almond bark white chocolate
4 ounces sweet German chocolate
10 - 12 ounces dark chocolate

Place all ingredients in crockpot. Cook on low for 3 hours. Don't touch. Turn pot off and let sit for 20 minutes. Cover a large surface (about 3 square feet) with waxed or parchment paper. Stir mixture completely.. Drop by teaspoons full onto wax paper. Let harden and store in airtight containers.
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Layna in Kansas is looking for a German coffee bread.

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Stollen
Servings : 24 Yield: "2 loaves"

1/4 cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
2 envelopes dry yeast
1 cup milk, scalded and cooled to 90 deg
1/4 cup plus 2 T. sugar
1/2 large unpeeled orange, finely chopped in processor
1/2 large unpeeled lemon, finely chopped in processor
2 medium egg, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons margarine, melted
1teaspoon salt
5 1/4 cups bread flour, approximately
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup candied cherries -- chopped
1/3 cup mixed candied fruit peels, chopped
1/3 cup cashews, chopped
1/3 cup pecans, chopped
powdered sugar

Oil large bowl and set aside. Grease and flour two 9x5 loaf pans. Pour warm water into cup. Sprinkle with yeast and let stand until dissolved, about 5 minutes.
Combine milk, sugar, orange, lemon, eggs, margarine, salt and yeast mixture in another large bowl and beat well. Gradually blend in enough flour to form workable dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 15 minutes. Knead in raisins, candied fruit, peels and nuts. Place dough in oiled bowl, turning to coat all surfaces. Cover with damp towel. Let stand in warm draft-free area until doubled, about 45 minutes.
Punch down dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead 2 minutes. Divide in half. Shape each into loaf. Place in prepared pans. cover with damp towel and let stand in warm draft-free area until dough reaches top of pans, about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350. Bake stollen until golden, about 45 minutes. Turn out onto racks to cool. Sift powdered sugar lightly over tops of loaves before serving.

NOTES : This is my favorite fruit bread! I use mixed dried fruits instead of the candied, and butter instead of margarine. It is delicious toasted and spread with butter in the morning with coffee!! I have used regular flour instead of bread also, and it turns out fine. Sheryl from AZ in the 10/20/2008 newsletter and sent in by me in the 12/15/2008 newsletter.
Chris in NM
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Does anyone have any TNT recipes for “eat clean” or “clean eating” diet recipes.

I don't know why your mail always goes into my spam box.

There are two reasons why the spam goes into the spam folder. One reason is a member has turned the newsletter in as spam. Another reason is the newsletter is sent out daily. Since it is sent out so often it automatically becomes spam.
Nancy Rogers

Coffee Filters

Coffee filters ..... Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for almost nothing even the large ones.

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.

2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome... Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.

3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.
More will be added tomorrow.

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