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July 16, 2014  | Everyday Recipes
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I need help making gravy. It never comes out well. My gravy tastes good but looks terrible. I have lumps in it and it gets too thick. My family laughs at my gravy. We like biscuits and gravy as long as it is not my gravy.

I needed to come up with a dessert to take to a potluck and couldn't decide on what to make, so decided to put my thinking cap on and came up with my own recipe, which surprisingly brought rave reviews and..the rest is history!

Tropical Paradise Cake Recipe

1 pkg. yellow cake mix
Eggs & oil (called for in the mix)
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (1 large)
1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1 tsp. rum extract
1 pkg. (4 serving size) coconut instant pudding
1 cup cold milk
1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed
1 cup powdered sugar
1 container (8 oz.) cream cheese with pineapple
1/2 cup flaked coconut, toasted

Prepare cake as package directs using eggs and oil called for, adding rum extract, mashed banana and pineapple juice (in place of the water). Bake in greased and floured 9 x 13 inch baking pan at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Cool thoroughly.

In small bowl, whisk together coconut pudding and cold milk. In separate bowl, beat together well the cream cheese with pineapple and powdered sugar. Fold in Cool Whip (wire whip works good for this) and then fold in pudding mixture. Frost top of cake and sprinkle with toasted coconut.
Chill well before serving.

NOTE: In place of the container of cream cheese with pineapple, you can use 1 pkg. (8 oz.) regular cream cheese, softened, and 1-8 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained.
Judy (in Alaska)
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Re: Avocados Turning Dark
think this information will help answer Granny AZ questions about avocados in the 7/9 newsletter. It appears on the Hass Avocado board web site.
Robbie IN

What does it mean if my fruit has brown/black streaks?
Flesh discoloration occurs when the avocado has been exposed to cold temperatures for a long period of time before it begins the ripening process. Flesh bruising can occur in transit or as a result of compression caused by excessive handling. Unfortunately there is no way to detect either flesh discoloration or flesh bruising by looking at the avocado's exterior. They are not harmful and can be removed by cutting them out.
What does it mean if my fruit has brown/black streaks?

The "streaks" you describe are a relatively rare occurrence generally found in fruit from young trees. Although the fibers may be unsightly, the surrounding fruit is safe for your consumption.

How do I know if my Avocado is too ripe to eat?
We do not recommend eating "browned" or oxidized portions of the fruit. It can take on a rancid odor, it is best not to eat the fruit. If the fruit or guacamole has oxidized (turned brown) on the top layer and the underneath is green, simply discard the brown layer.
Robbie IN

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Crock-pot Poached Salmon Recipe

4 salmon fillets or steaks
1/2 pt. water
1/4 pt. white wine
1 t. salt
2 bay leaves
2 peppercorns
1 sprig fresh rosemary
Few sprigs fresh oregano or thyme
1 small onion, sliced
1 fresh lemon, sliced
Fresh parsley

Lightly oil bottom of slow cooker & place fish evenly on bottom. Heat remaining ingredients (except lemon & parsley) to a near boil. Pour over salmon in cooker. Cover, cook low 3 hrs. or until cooked & done. Carefully remove fish. Garnish w/fresh chopped parsley & lemon slices.
Athena in DE (Source: butterflydog)
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RE: Tomato Plants
FOR DIANA IN KCK July 15 newsletter. You are watering them way too much . That's why they are rotting only water when they start to wilt a little bit. I have mine in containers and water heavy once a week. Usually with too much water you get a lot of green plant but very few tomatoes. My friend grows them on 300 acres for Hunts and they get watered good once a week only. They are planted in the ground too. If your container is very porous and lets a lot of air into it , it could dry out faster than normal. then twice a week but that is very rare. If container is not large try to lift it. If it is heavy do not water but if it is quite light do water. Take the rotten tomatoes of the vine as you cannot eat them and the vine does not need to support them any longer. Hope this helps.
Judy in Montana

RE: Tomatoes Plants
For Diana: I've had the same trouble in the past with my tomato's called Blossom End Rot. They say it's caused by too much fertilizer, or not enough calcium or either too wet or too dry conditions. They say to prevent it...water deeply, but not every day. Here's also a concoction that I read about online. Mix 1/4 cup of lime with one gallon of water and pour it into the reservoir. Only do this once and it should fix the problem. I hadn't had a problem for a couple of years and then all of a sudden this year I have two plants with it. I remember that the first fruit was affected and the second wasn't. Hope this helps.
Mary Beth in Missouri

RE: Tomatoes Plants
For Diana whose tomatoes were rotten on the bottom. This is called blossom end rot and is usually caused by lack of calcium which occurs long before you see the sad results on the tomatoes.
Pat in Idaho

Re: Tomato Plants
For Diana in KCK regarding potted tomato plants

We have all our tomatoes in pots - I can no longer garden but the pots make a better than nothing substitute

We had that black bottom tomato problem last year big time. I found that picking them before they were ripe saved at least the tops of the plants. But it still frustrating because it was something new.

So I wrote to Larry Moore on our local Channel 9 station - he is a big, big tomato gardener right here in Kansas City. He had the same problem last year - half of his had the black bottoms and half did not.

The only explanation that he could offer was the extreme heat last summer
So far this year we've had about 40 tomatoes already (from 27 plants - we love them so much)

And just yesterday we noticed that the black bottoms are showing up again. It's very frustrating but you can save the tomatoes by picking early.

This year my husband added about 1/2 C lime from any garden store and that has really helped them thrive.

But any questions you may have, go to Larry Moore at KNBC - he has a column and will also graciously help you

Hope this helps a bit
Rosemarie in rural Kansas City

Re: Tomato Plants
Good morning Nancy and all Landers,
This is for Diana in KCK. Oh my goodness girl lol. You don't need to water your tomato plants every day. You are drowning them. They are rotten because they have been too wet and not had a chance to dry out and grow. I would water them like every three days and then only if the soil seems really dry. Hope this helps.
Dianne in Wisconsin

Re: Tomato Plants
Here three youtube videos for you about the problem you are having with you tomato plants

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Lime-Mint Spring Green Fruit Salad Recipe

This salad is healthy and greenly-gorgeous to behold as well as delicious to eat!

1 avocado, diced
1 green apple, sliced thin, dime-sized slices
6 packets True Lime dissolved in 3 tablespoons water
2 kiwis, sliced into thin rounds
2 tablespoons raw or roasted/salted pistachios
2 fresh mint springs, remove and chop leaves
1 tablespoon maple or agave syrup
*mint for garnish

Chop, squeeze and peel all ingredients. Add to large bowl. Toss well with spoon. Serve immediately or cover and chill until ready to serve. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Recipe adapted from The Family Kitchen.”“
Anna in Sweden
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Cherry Tomato and Little Tomato Recipes
I love eating small tomatoes. I think they are called Glory tomatoes. Here are some recipes I have used with them.

Stuffed Little Tomatoes

12 cherry tomatoes
1/3 c. cottage cheese
1 oz. drained canned salmon
1/4 tsp. chopped fresh dill
dash of lemon peel (optional)

Cut off thin slice from stem end of tomatoes. Scoop out pulp and discard. Set tomato shells upside down on paper towel to drain. In blender combine cottage cheese, salmon, chopped dill and lemon peel, if desired, until smooth. Use small spoon or pastry bag with star tip and fill tomatoes.
Arrange on serving tray.

For variety, fill 4 medium celery ribs instead of tomatoes. Can use tuna in place of salmon.

Cherry Tomato Meatballs

1 egg, beaten
3/4 c. soft bread crumbs (1
slice bread)
1/2 c. skim milk
1/4 c. finely chopped onion
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried oregano, crushed
1 lb. lean ground beef
12 cherry tomatoes

In mixing bowl, combine beaten egg, bread crumbs, milk, chopped onion, salt, oregano and pepper. Add the ground beef and mix well. Shape about 1/4 cup of meat mixture evenly around each cherry tomato to form round meatballs. Place
meatballs in a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Bake in a 375 degrees oven
for 25 to 30 minutes.
Makes 4 Servings

Taco Salad for Two

2 (8-inch) flour tortillas
nonstick spray coating
6 oz. lean ground beef, thawed
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1-1/2 tsp. all-purpose flour
2/3 c. tomato sauce
1 tsp. chili powder
1 (4 oz.) can mild green chili peppers, rinsed, seeded and chopped
2 c. torn lettuce
1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese (1 oz.)
taco sauce

Brush tortillas lightly with water to make them more pliable. Press each tortilla into a small individual casserole sprayed with nonstick coating. Bake in a 350 degrees oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until light brown.

Meanwhile, cook meat, onion and garlic until meat is brown and onion is tender; drain well. Stir in flour, then add tomato sauce, green chili peppers and chili powder. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly, then cook and stir 1 minute more. Arrange lettuce and cherry tomatoes in the tortilla shells. Top with meat mixture, then sprinkle with cheese. Serve with taco sauce, if desired.
Makes 2 servings

Cherry Tomato and Squash Sauté

2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 c. diced onions
1 garlic clove, minced
1-1/4 c. sliced zucchini
1-1/4 c. sliced yellow squash
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground pepper
12 cherry tomatoes

In heavy 10-inch skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add onion and garlic; saute 2 minutes. Add zucchini and yellow squash; season with salt and pepper and cook 3 minutes, tossing frequently. Add cherry tomatoes and cook tossing
frequently just until tomatoes are heated through, about 2 minutes.
Makes 4 servings
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My neighbor had the best cabbage casserole the other day. She shared the recipe with me and said I could share it with my friends. So here it is my recipe friends.

Shannon's Cabbage Casserole Recipe

1 medium head cabbage
1/2 c. cabbage broth
1 can cream of celery soup
1 sleeve of ritz crackers, crushed
1 c. sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
1 small can French fried onion rings, crushed
onion to taste

Cook cabbage until tender. Season with salt, butter and onion. Drain cabbage and save broth. Place a layer of cabbage in casserole dish, a layer of cracker crumbs, then a layer of grated cheese. Repeat the layers. Mix celery soup with cabbage broth and pour over casserole. Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly hot. Top with crushed French fried onion rings.
Makes 4 Servings
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Recently my family went to a Chinese buffet. I had the best stir fry vegetables. It had broccoli, yellow squash, zucchini, onions, yellow and green bell pepper, and spouts in it. It had a sauce on it and was really tasty. Can anyone help me with a recipe for vegetable stir fry.

NancyLanders, how do you freeze zucchini so it can be made in to zucchini bread later?
Thank you, Jenna

A while back I wrote into this newsletter for help with my wife wanting to download every recipe in your newsletter and every pdf recipe book on the internet. All your suggestions did save on printer ink, but my wife said she won't cook for me unless she can print out the recipe. After a short time of not printing recipes and eating out a lot, I gave in and gave her an unlimited supply of printer ink. She is happy and I am happy too. It is true that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
Inkless in Seattle



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