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Hi Everyone,
I wanted to
thank all of you that helped us with salt-free turkey recipes. My mom used all of the hints that were given to us and the Thanksgiving turkey turned out great.
Patty in the San Francisco Bay Area
Am wondering if anyone has a
candy recipe for caramels that isn't too terribly involved and nearly foolproof ... I may be asking the impossible. ;-)

One of my favorite childhood memories was the colorful tin a neighbor would bring us every Christmas Eve filled with her melt in your mouth homemade individually wrapped caramels. They were the color of Kraft caramels but softer and much more flavorful. The closest thing I've tasted since are the rectangular ones that Walgreens sells individually out of a tub at their checkout counters. Would love to know the contributor's best method for cutting caramel as well as their suggestions for where they purchase the clear cellophane or no-stick candy paper to individually wrap them with; I'd want something that would stay in place if I twisted both ends. Thank you Nancy for your fantastic newsletter and thanks to all of your wonderful contributors.
Cheryl in Illinois

For Pat P: The following salad could be made with lime Jell-O and cabbage & peppers. That was an old 4-H recipe. This recipe was one of my son's favorites when he was growing up and a good way to get carrots in his diet.

Sunset Salad

1 (3 oz.pkg). Orange flavor Jell-O
1/2 t. salt
1 c. boiling water
1 c ( 8 oz) crushed pineapple in juice ( I sometimes omitted this)
1 T. lemon juice or vinegar
1 c. coarsely grated carrot ( I sometimes added more)

Dissolve gelatin & salt in boiling water. Add pineapple w/ juice & lemon juice. Add carrots & pour into individual dishes. ( I sometimes used a large bowl or a mold) Chill until set, about 1 hr. Garnish, if desired.
Makes 6 servings.

Athena in DE (Note! I have the Joys of Jell-O and the new Joys of Jell-O and The Magic of Jell-O and other books if anybody is looking for a specific recipe.
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This is a great beverage to serve at the holidays or during winter. You can use Splenda or another sugar substitute. This is from Libbys, but any brand pumpkin will work in the recipe.
Robbie IN

Pumpkin Latte (by Libbys)

1 cup strong coffee
2/3 cups evaporated fat free milk- or what ever type milk you have on hand
1/4 cup pure pumpkin
1 to 2 tsp granulated sugar
1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon

Combine coffee, evaporated milk, pumpkin, sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a 2 cup microwave safe glass measure or small saucepan. Heat until very hot. (If using stove, use medium-low heat and stir occasionally) Carefully pour into mugs.

Tip: To make a foamy top to your latte much like your favorite coffee house creation, prepare as above. Carefully transfer hot mixture into a blender container; cover with lid and then hold down lid with folded towel or potholder. Blend 1 minute. Makes 2 8oz servings
Robbie IN
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This is for Debbie TN, who in the 12/2 newsletter wanted kid friendly sandwich and soup recipes that she can take to a gathering. If you have access to an oven at the event, or do not have to travel far with your dish, this would be a great option. Also, Sloppy Joes are usually popular with kids. You can also substitute cut up hot dogs for the beef in your favorite sloppy joe recipe and have Sloppy Dogs. Also BBQ sandwiches have also been big hits with the kids and adults in our family. I have also often made the Crockpot Honey Kielbasa recipe that Janet submitted to the 10/2/12newsleter and our grandkids like it. A crockpot can easily be used for the Sloppy Joe filling and the BBQ filling, which makes them a great option, if you don't have an oven to use. Consider my cheeseburger soup that appeared in the 12/2 newsletter. Our grandkids like it a lot.
Robbie IN

Lasagna in a Bun

8 small hoagie or submarine buns 8" long
1 pound ground beef
1 cup spaghetti sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1slightly beaten egg
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1cup mozzarella cheese; shredded, divided

Cut thin slices off tops of buns and reserve tops. Hollow out centers, leaving 1/4" thick shells; discard or save for another use. In a skillet, brown ground beef; drain. Add spaghetti sauce, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Cook 4-5 minutes or until heated through. Meanwhile, combine egg, ricotta, Parmesan and half of the mozzarella cheese; mix well. Spoon meat sauce into buns; top with cheese mixture and replace tops . Place on a baking sheet. Cover loosely with foil and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until heated through and the cheese is melted.
Robbie IN
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Here is another candy recipe I have had for years. I have never tried using other flavors of pudding, but am sure you could do it.
Robbie IN

Puddin Candy Clusters

1 (3 oz) package vanilla pudding mix not instant
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 cup salted peanuts
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Blend together dry pudding mix and sugar in a 2 quart saucepan. Stir in milk. Add butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil.

Lower heat and boil gently for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in peanuts and vanilla. Beat well. Drop by tablespoonfuls on foil or waxed paper. Let cool until set. Makes 24 clusters. Or you can pour into a greased 9 by 5 inch loaf pan let set and slice.
Robbie IN
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For my fruit cake I used small bread tins. It has been a long time since I have made it so probably 2 small tins.
Mary Ann upstate N.Y.

Thank you Robbie IN about your suggestion with the crackers. The deli meat sounds like a good tip, but I guess I will have to do them at the last minute. Happy Holidays, Barb/Fl.

I’m sorry to interrupt the flow of things, but I need to ask about one member of this group that I sorely miss reading. Sylvia from Scotland. I know she had had some health problems...I hope they have not worsened. She seemed to be such a beautiful soul and was always helpful to me. She may remember me as someone that sent her a gift to help keep her warm.

I have had much happen since then and even changed my screen name when I came back on line. Does anyone know anything of Sylvia and how she’s faring? I tried accessing through the list of groups where she was moderator but was unable to contact her. Again, sorry for any inconvenience...
Signed, Bonnie from Delaware
[I guess I’m not the only Bonnie from Delaware but I am from very southern Delaware.]

I made this today to go to a function tomorrow night sooo I tried a bar which makes it tried and tested!

Chocolate Almond Coconut Bars
24 Servings

1 Devil's Food Cake Mix
1 cup Butter, Melted
1 large Egg
1/2 tsp Almond Extract

2 lg Eggs
1 cup Frozen Unsweetened Grated, Coconut, Thawed
1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

[Note: The Cake Doctor says if you want a more intense almond flavor, add 1 cup toasted chopped almonds to the crust. For a different look, spread the chips into a smooth icing after the pan is removed from the oven. Use a thin metal spatula to do the smoothing.]

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°. Set aside an ungreased 13x9" baking pan. Place the cake mix, melted butter, egg and almond extract in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for one minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. The batter will be thick. Using the spatula, spread the batter evenly over the bottom of the pan so that it reaches all sides. Set aside. For the topping,
place the eggs in a medium-size mixing bowl. Beat with a fork until they are lemon colored. Fold in the coconut until it is well distributed. Pour the mixture over the crust, using the spatula to spread it out evenly. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly on top.

Bake the cake until the coconut mixture has set, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on wire rack to cool completely, 1 hour. Cut the cake into 24 bars. Remove the bars from the pan with a metal spatula and serve. Store these bars, covered in plastic wrap, at room temperature for up to 4 days.

from The Cake Mix Doctor
I used a German Chocolate cake mix as that was what I had, put pecans in with the crust and used 1/4 tsp of KAF's Fiori di Sicilia and 1/4
vanilla. I used milk chocolate chips as that's what I prefer.

I didn't bother spreading the chips, maybe I will next time.
Denise in the Villages, FL
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The Three Sisters Cookbook
a project of the Oneida Indian Nation to help bring nutrition and exercise to the Native Americans of Central New York, is now online for
all to reap the benefits of healthy cooking. Corn, beans and squash are known as the 'sustainers of life,' by the Iroquois and are considered "to be special gifts from the Creator. The well-being of each crop is believed to be protected by one of the Three Sister Spirits...sisters who would never be apart from one another - sisters who should be
planted together, eaten together and celebrated together." Here's your opportunity to prepare and enjoy the three sisters for yourself. You'll
be amazed at how these girls will tempt your palate!

The cookbook is only one section of the Oneida Indian Nation. You might want to drop in at the home site
to learn more about these native Americans, their history and culture.

Recipes for Jar Mix Gifts (1996-2010)

Christmas Brownie Jar Gift Mix

2-1/4 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa (clean inside of jar with paper towel after this layer)
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1-1/4 cups flour mixed with 1 tsp. salt + 1 tsp. baking powder

Layer ingredients in jar in order given. Press each
layer firmly in place before adding next ingredient.


To make Brownies:
Empty brownie mix in large mixing bowl; stir to combine. Add 3/4 cup melted butter and 4 eggs slightly beaten; mix until completely blended. Spread batter in a greased 9x13-inch baking pan. Bake at 350º for 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan. Cut into 2-inch squares.
Yield: 2 dozen.
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Christmas Cinnamon Pancake Jar Gift Mix

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dried apples (more if desired)**
3 TBSP sugar
2 TBSP baking powder
4-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1-1/4 tsp. salt

In 1 quart jar, combine all ingredients; seal jar.

**Variations: Try substituting the apples for other dried fruits if desired, OR leave out fruit altogether.

To make Apple Cinnamon Pancakes: In medium bowl, combine 3/4 cup milk, 1 egg, and 2 TBSP salad oil. With fork, blend in 1-1/3 c. pancake mix until moistened but still lumpy. Cook on lightly greased griddle or skillet.
Makes about 10 5" pancakes.
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Cobbler Mix in a Jar Gift Mix

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. powdered vanilla

Use a 1 quart, wide-mouth canning jar. Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and then pour into the jar, packing firmly. Seal and decorate the jar, and attach the recipe tag.

You will need:
4 1/2 cups fruit, (apples, peaches, blueberries, raspberries
...or any cobbler type fruit)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 egg, slightly beaten

Use a large bowl to combine the fruit, sugar, orange juice, and cinnamon. Pour the fruite mixture into a 9x13x2" baking pan. In a separate bowl, blend the egg and butter together.

Add the jar contents with the butter and egg mixture and blend well. Using a regular eating Tablespoon, drop the cobbler mixture onto the fruit mixture in the baking pan.
Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes, until golden brown. Cool.
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Potato Soup Mix Gift Mix

1-3/4 c instant mashed potatoes
1-1/2 c dry milk
2 T instant chicken bullion
2 tsp dried minced onion
1 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp ground white pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/8 tsp turmeric
1 1/2 tsp seasoning salt

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix.
Makes 6 servings. Place in 1 quart canning jars to store.

Attach this to the Jar:

Potato Soup
Place 1/2 cup mix in soup bowl and add 1 cup boiling water. Stir until smooth.
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French Vanilla Cocoa Mix Gift Mix

10-1/2 cups nonfat dry milk
4 cup confectioner's sugar
2 8 ounce jars of French vanilla flavored nondairy powdered creamer
3-1/2 cups Nestle's Quick
2-3/4 cup nondairy powdered creamer
1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight jar. This recipe will yield approximately 8 pint size gift jars.

Attach this to the Jar:
French Vanilla Cocoa Mix

Combine 3 heaping tablespoons of cocoa mix into hot water or milk. Stir.
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