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Pizza Chicken Packets

4 boneless chicken breast halves
1 cup pizza sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
20 slices pepperoni
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F or grill to medium-high. Spray one side of a 12 x 18-inch sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil with nonstick cooking spray. Center one chicken breast on the sprayed side of foil. Spoon 1/4 of the pizza sauce over chicken. Top with 1/4 each of the pepperoni, vegetables and cheese. Fold foil into packet. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts. Bake for 18 to 23 minutes on a cookie sheet in the oven or grill for 10 to 12 minutes.
Linda NM
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Zucchini Boats

4 medium zucchini
1 cup long grain rice, cooked
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 cups canned spaghetti sauce
3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated

Split zucchini lengthwise, scoop out seeds. Sauté ground beef, onion, garlic, dill, and parsley in olive oil. Remove from heat. Add cooked rice, beaten egg, 1/4 c bread crumbs and mix well. Fill zucchini with mixture and place in a baking dish. Cover with spaghetti sauce, sprinkle cheese and remaining bread crumbs on top. Cover and bake at 350 for approx 45 minutes, until zucchini is tender but firm.
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Crock Pot King Ranch Casserole

3-4 c. cooked, diced chicken
1 pkg. (10-12) flour tortillas
1 med. onion, chopped
2 (10 oz.) cans cream of chicken soup
1 can (1 c.) tomatoes & chilies
4 tbsp. quick cooking tapioca
4 c. grated Cheddar cheese

In a large bowl mix chicken, soup, tomatoes, chilies and tapioca. Rip 2 to 3 tortillas into pieces and line the bottom of a 5 quart Crockpot. Add 1/3 of the chicken mixture; top with 1/3 of the onion and cheese. Repeat layers of tortillas, chicken mixture, onion and cheese two more times. Cover; cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3 hours. For a smaller 3 quart Crockpot makes 1/2 recipe. This is a good take-in dish or potluck.
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Crock Pot Hot Spiced Fruit

8 apples, peeled and sliced
8 pears, peeled and sliced
1 lg. can pineapple chunks
1/2 c. raisins

1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. Nutmeg
2 pkgs. of sweet and low

Simmer on low overnight in crockpot. Serve warm with Cool Whip or plain yogurt
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How to Make Thanksgiving Easier
The more that you can do before the “big day”, the better things will go. Consider the following:

• One week ahead, plan the menu.

• Buy nonperishable items well in advance, anytime after planning the menu. Save your later shopping for perishables only.

• Purchase perishables, such as salad greens and fruit, two days in advance.

• One to three days ahead, make the salads. Frozen salads can be made even earlier. Most gelatin salads can be made two or three days in advance. For the tossed salad, wash and dry salad greens a day in advance and store in plastic bags.

• One to three days ahead, make the desserts. Cheesecakes and most pies can be made up to three days in advance. Pie crust dough can be made even earlier. Leave the whipped cream off the pies until the day of the dinner.

• Many vegetable dishes such as candied yams or scalloped potatoes can be made a day in advance and reheated in the microwave.

• Make sure that you start the turkey thawing in the refrigerator well in advance. Allow one day for every four pounds. Do not thaw the turkey on the counter. (It is possible to speed the process by immersing the turkey in its unopened package, breast side down, in cold water in the sink. The trick is to keep the temperature in the sink below forty degrees for food safety. Use a thermometer and plan on replacing the water every thirty minutes. Obviously, it’s less hassle and safer to thaw the bird in the refrigerator.)

• The cranberry sauce and turkey stuffing can be made a day or two in advance.

• We like our rolls fresh from the oven and so bake them on Thanksgiving Day. A mix can cut down on Thanksgiving Day chaos. If you are not making your rolls from a mix, assemble all the dry ingredients in the recipe two or three days ahead so that all you have to add is the water and butter and start the mixing process. If you are a little adventuresome, you can mix the dough to or three days in advance and immediately refrigerate it. The yeast will remain dormant at the forty degree temperature of your refrigerator. Early in the morning, remove the dough to the counter. As the dough comes to room temperature, the yeast will go to work. It may not take that long but allow at least eight hours for the dough to come to room temperature and rise twice. Incidentally, that long slow rise, will give the yeast plenty of time to develop wonderfully complex flavors for some of the best rolls ever.
Dennis, the Prepared Pantry

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In the recipes for 10-30-2112. Karen from TX sent a recipe for Baked Chicken & Rice.. sounds great! But does the recipe get baked covered or uncovered?
Thanks, Sue/MI

First hope all on the east coast are safe....

This is question for Karen in TX, regarding the Cheese Grits recipe. I have made a similar version of this for many years, only I have always added some Worcestershire Sauce. I believe Kraft stopped making the garlic cheese rolls. If you are finding it, would you please share where it can be still bought. Since that time, I have tried to replicate this and have been unable to come up with something. The closest thing I have come up with is using Velveeta Cheese, but just can't get the "right" amount of garlic. Would appreciate any ideas on this.
Thanks so much..
Karen in TN

For Karen in TX in reference to your recipe for Cheese Grits. Where do you find the roll garlic cheese?
Sara in FL

Talked with Karen. She stated that she uses
Easy Cheese Roasted Garlic Cheddar flavor, was actually the same product contained in the roll, 1 can equal to 1 roll.
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Cranberry Relish Mold

1 t. unflavored gelatin
1 T cold water
2 pkgs. (3 oz each) cherry gelatin
2 c. boiling water
1 can (16 oz) whole berry Cranberry sauce
1 can ( 8 oz) crushed pineapple, drained
1/4 c. chopped celery

In bowl, combine unflavored gelatin & cold water; let stand 1 min. Add cherry gelatin and boiling water, stir until dissolved. Stir in cranberry sauce, pineapple and celery. Pour into 6 c. mold coated with Pam. Refrigerate until set. Unmold onto
serving plate.
12 servings.

Athena in DE ( Source:Susan Dunbar Snyder)

Note! This recipe is served at New Braunfels Smokehouse. www.nbsmokehouse.com
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Ever made one of these for the Grand kids? Do it right, and it tastes good, but so gross looking.
Have to get in the mood, and really gross it out.
At least one worm for each child.

Worm Dirt Cake

1 to 1 1/4 lb. pkg. Oreo cookies
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
3 cups milk
1 (12 oz.) tub Cool Whip (can use chocolate)
2 (3 1/2 oz.) pkg. instant vanilla or chocolate pudding
1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 gummy worms and/or other critters

This popular "novelty" cake is a hit at children's parties, especially around Halloween. You'll receive many appreciative compliments from your guests such as "Ewww, that's gross!"

It really resembles a pudding more than it does a conventional cake. If you serve it as an everyday family dessert, rather than as a fun decorative element, it's possible that your family may not understand it!

Crush Oreos. Put 1/3 of the crushed Oreos into a new, clean flower pot. Set aside.

Mix butter, cream cheese and sugar and vanilla together. Set aside.

Combine milk and pudding mix. Fold Cool Whip into the pudding.

Fold together pudding mixture and butter-cream cheese mixture.

Layer this mixture (about 1/3 of it) onto the crumbled cookies in the pot. Next, add another layer of the pudding mixture, then another layer of cookie crumbs, continuing until all ingredients are used.

As you're layering the ingredients, decoratively place several gummy worms and critters in the "soil" so they will be seen emerging. If you have a toy (clean) garden trowel, a plastic daisy, or some edible flowers, these can also be used creatively to embellish the presentation.

Chill in refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours before serving.
No name given.  (Bill?)
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This is for Sandy in Ohio. I used instant vanilla pudding in the pumpkin dip. Enjoy
Roberts Wife in Ohio.

This is for Sue who sent in the recipe for baked beans. You mentioned a 2 cup jar of great northern beans. I have a can of precooked great northern beans in my cupboard. Can I use those or do they have to be in a jar? I didn't quite understand what you meant. I'm anxious to try this recipe. Thank you for your reply.
Cindi in Nebraska


My clone of Shoney's Beef Cabbage Soup

Brown 1 pound extra lean hamburger

1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 small head chopped cabbage
1 cup chopped celery
2 small carrots, sliced
1 can green beans
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 [16 oz. ] can diced tomatoes
1 can 1# 12 oz. beef consommé
2 cups tomato juice
1 tablespoon dry parsley
1/4 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. celery salt
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. seasoning salt

Mix all together and cook until vegetables are done. Remove bay leaf before serving.
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How soon can I freeze my turkey, etc. before Thanksgiving. Thanks for all you do.

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Nancy, thank you for the google search tip. I'll use that in the future. Also I was thrilled when I saw that Susie Indy had answered my request for herbal beer bread. The first recipe sounds like it will be similar to the one I ate at the coffee shop in Pendleton. I can hardly wait to bake it. Thanks Susie!! When the chilly weather is here I could live on soup and bread.
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Nancy- here is another tuna cashew casserole that is larger and a bit different.
MartyS in TN

Tuna Noodle and Cashew Casserole

1 can cream soup substitute (recipe follows)

1/2 to 3/4 cup milk
3 cups cooked noodles (I use Yolkless)
1 can (5 to 7 oz.) tuna, drained & flaked
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup chopped cashews
1/4 cup diced sweet onion
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1-2 cups chow mein noodles

Blend soup substitute & milk; add remaining ingredients setting aside 1 cup chow mein noodles. Transfer into a sprayed casserole dish and top with remaining chow mein noodles. Bake at 350° F. for 30-40 minutes or until heated through.

Note: You can use Cream of Mushroom or Cream of Celery soup) I use the substitute to lower the fat and sodium.

Many recipes call for canned cream soup. We usually use a “substitute” because it can be much lower in fat and sodium.

Cream Soup Recipe Substitute equal to 1 can

4 tsp. corn starch
1-1/4 cups water
1 tsp. chicken bouillon granules, rounded (may be reduced sodium)
1/4 cup dry milk powder
1/8 tsp. onion powder
1/8 tsp. basil
1/8 tsp. thyme
1-2 dashes pepper

Combine all ingredients and microwave 2 minutes; stir and microwave 20 to 30 seconds longer.

Chicken, mushrooms or vegetables could be added but usually isn’t necessary.
MartyS in TN
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