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July 26, 2014  | Everyday Recipes
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Today's newsletter has recipes for 2, easy recipes, how to freeze and fry okra, Kale Salad Recipe, Macaroni Salad for Two Recipe, Shepherd’s Pie for Two Recipe, Tortellini with Mushrooms for Two, and Onion Chicken Recipe, tips and hints for the kitchen and more.

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Kale Salad Recipe
Serves 8

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, mashed
1/2 tsp coarse salt
Pinch red pepper flakes
2 bunches Tuscan kale (about 14 oz), ribs removed and leaves sliced into 1/4-inch shreds
1/2 cup finely grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus shavings for garnish
2 Tbsp whole wheat breadcrumbs, toasted

In a large bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper flakes. Add kale and toss to coat. Let sit at room temperature for 10 to 30 minutes. Add grated cheese and breadcrumbs and toss. Garnish with shaved cheese before serving. Cover and refrigerate leftovers up to two days.
Anna in Sweden
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A lot of our members have asked what software I use for organizing my person recipes. I called Anthony Watson at Mountain Software and asked him for a link where our NancyLanders download the trial version of this program.
Nancy Rogers

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For Paul in North Carolina.

Microwave Mustard Ham on Cabbage

1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 small onion, diced
Good dash caraway seed
1 #2 can cooked cabbage for up to 2 - 3 servings, 2 cans for more
1 ham steak (up to 1 lb. 4 oz.) fat slashed to prevent curling & cut to serving size pieces
1/2 T. EACH Dijon mustard & honey
1 tsp. red wine vinegar
1 stem snipped parsley, (opt)
Seasoned Pepper

In an 8" square glass pan combine oil, onion, & seeds; cover & microwave on High 1 minute, stir; cook 1 more minute. Stir in cabbage, cover with a paper towel, & microwave on High 2 minutes more.

Meantime mix mustard, honey, & vinegar; put ham on top of cabbage; spread with mustard mixture; cover again & microwave on Medium High (about 70% power) 6 minutes, or till ham is hot.

Sprinkle with parsley & dust with pepper. Serves 1 to 4. Whips are good with this & we think the best instant ones are Idahoan Buttery Homestyle in the small package that makes 3 or 4 cups. Thanks to "The Ladies' Home Journal." ; they just used plain pepper. Marilyn in FL
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Baked Garlic “Sop”Choppies

Pork chops, moderately thin, boned
1/4 c. water
Red or gold medium size unpeeled potatoes, sliced pretty thin
Butter & minced garlic
Coarse salt, coarse pepper, & garlic powder

Line pan with foil. Spray lightly. Pour in water. Salt & pepper as many chops as you need & lay in one layer. Sprinkle each chop with garlic powder & minced garlic to taste, then add 1 pat of butter to each. Scrub & slice potatoes, & lay over chops. Salt potatoes lightly & sprinkle with garlic. Cover tightly & bake at 400º for 40 minutes; uncover, & bake 15 minutes more. Be sure meat & potatoes are tender.

Many thanks to Carolyn Greener, Sopchoppy, delish.
Marilyn in FL
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I am sorry I don’t remember the name of the person that submitted on how to steam and peel fresh eggs. I don’t have problems with older eggs but always do with fresh eggs and I would greatly appreciate knowing how. So many wonderful tips from the faithful readers. Give the kitties lots of hugs. Nancy, thank you for all you do for us.
Sher in Pa

Easy recipe for Paul who should also buy a Crockette & try some of the Crockette recipes!

Macaroni Salad for Two Recipe

2 c. prepared macaroni & cheese (Kraft)
1/2 c. frozen peas
1/4 c. chopped celery
1 T. chopped onion
3 T. mayo
1/4 t. celery salt
1/4 t. celery seed

In small bowl, combine mac & cheese, peas, celery & onion. Combine mayo, celery salt & seed. Add to macaroni mixture, stir to coat.
Yield: 2 servings
Athena in Delaware
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Shepherd’s Pie for Two Recipe

1/4 c. instant mashed potatoes
1 1/2 c. diced cooked beef or lamb
1 c. cooked vegetables
1 can mushroom gravy
1/4 t. salt

Heat oven to 350. Prepare potatoes as directed on pkg for 2 servings. Set aside. Stir meat, vegetables, gravy & salt ogether. Pour into 1 qt. baking dish. Mound potatoes in ring around edge of dish. Bake 30 min. or until
potatoes brown slightly.
2 generous servings.
Athena in DE  
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Tortellini with Mushrooms Recipe
Makes 2 Servings

1 (9-ounce) package fresh cheese-filled tortellini
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, divided
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 Portobello mushroom caps (about 6 ounces), sliced
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain and return to pot.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Add mushrooms and sauté 4 to 6 minutes, or until tender, stirring frequently.

Add remaining 3 tablespoons butter, the Parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon basil, and the pepper to skillet; mix well.

Serve tortellini topped with sautéed mushrooms and sprinkled with remaining 1 tablespoon basil.
From Southern Lou
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This is for Paul in N.C. who needs help with cooking.
For Paul and others.

I have found that Tyson Chicken strips in your grocery cold case can make many meals.

Also Hormel has ham chunks that can be used many ways. In the freezer there is frozen corn in single packs that I use to make the meal, at McDonalds with mashed potatoes, chicken gravy, chicken strips, corn and cheese. Mashed potatoes come in individual cups that are quick and easy.
Rice comes like that also.

A 1# pork loin cooks in about 25 minutes or so and can make a supper, then sandwiches. You can also buy a can of mixed Chinese veggies, a package of Au Jus, some soy sauce and a little ginger and some of the pork and make a Chinese dish.

Well I could go on, but this should give you a start. I cook for just me and use my own short cuts to meals. Always check your stores deli for premade salads. They can round out a meal nicely.
From Southern Lou

How to Freeze Okra


Cut up okra. Put in a 3-quart dish or bowl and microwave for 7 to 10 minutes on High. Cool and bag. When ready to cook, thaw okra; add meal, flour, salt and pepper and fry.
Lisa TX
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Make fruit kabobs for a fun snack for kids. Alternate cut up apple with marshmallows and banana on skewers.

For Paul in NC. tried and true recipe from Barb/De.

Onion Chicken Recipe

6 chicken tenders
1 stick butter
1 pkg. Lipton onion soup mix

Melt butter in microwave safe dish. Put tenders in and swish both sides in the butter. Sprinkle dry onion soup mix over all the tenders. Cover with plastic wrap and vent one corner. Microwave for 6-8 mins. Serve with noodles or rice.
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Summer Recipes
Marinade Recipes  
Grilling Recipes
Ground Beef Recipes (including hamburgers)
Pork Recipes
Salad Recipes
Easy Cabbage Recipes
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Hi Nancy, good to see your letter back on line, you have no idea how many subscribers have missed reading it. For Paul in N.C. he might try some of the "Mug" recipes, my husband and I like the breakfasts fixed this way. I am an early riser, so eat breakfast early, he sleeps in, so the mug meal is an easy way to go. Plus the cake recipes can be mixed up dry, stored in ziplock bags and easy to only fix one when the sweet tooth needs to be addressed.
Margaret. Tulsa

Hello, Nancy!
This is just a quick reminder for all the ladies out there on how to make the degree sign for oven temperatures in their recipes. First: turn on the Number Lock above the numbers on the keyboard (on the right side of the keyboard or wherever yours is located). My keyboard has a little light that turns on when I do this. Next: press the Alt key and while holding it down, hit the numbers 167 on the key pad below the Number Lock button (NOT the numbers across the top of the keyboard!)
Your degree sign º should appear when you let go of the Alt key.

As I said, just a quick reminder for all of us who cannot remember for long periods of time!!!
Auntie M. in TX

Tina MI wanted to know how to freeze okra for frying. This is how a friend does it. Do not thaw it when you are ready to fry it, just take it from the freezer and put in the hot grease. You might want to try this method before you do lot of it. My friend says it is not as good as fresh fried okra, but as close as she has been able to get.
Robbie IN

Freezing Okra For Frying Recipe

Egg, beaten
Corn meal
Wash okra and cut into slices. Dip slices in beaten egg and batter with meal. Toast okra in 350 degree oven until brown. Turn slices over and toast again. Cool, package and freeze until ready to fry. Do not unthaw when ready to fry.
Robbie IN
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Summertime Chocolate Dessert

1/2 gal. Yoo-Hoo (chocolate drink)
2 regular cartons chocolate Cool Whip
1 can condensed milk

Dump ingredients into ice cream freezer and freeze.
Mary J
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Thank You
Thank you to the wonderful NancyLanders who shared their onion recipes for me. So far, I've been caramelizing like crazy. One bag down, two to go. Can't wait to try the recipes that were shared. Those are next.
Patti V in NM

Southern Fried Okra Recipe

1 pkg. frozen cut okra (don't thaw completely)
1 egg
1/2 c. milk
salt and pepper to taste
1 c. flour
1 c. cornmeal mix

Turn deep fryer on first so oil will be hot when needed. Mix cornmeal mix and flour together in a Ziploc bag. Place partly thawed okra, egg, milk, salt and pepper into a bowl and toss until thoroughly coated. When oil is real hot, spoon 1/2 of the coated okra into the Ziploc bag of cornmeal and flour and shake. Put the breaded okra in deep fryer and cook until golden brown.

Fresh okra can be used as well. I cut the okra into 1/4 inch slices. I use a basket in the deep fryer so it is easy to take out. Then deep fry the other half of breaded okra the same way.
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This is for Paul NC, whose wife recently died and is not comfortable in the kitchen. My dad also felt the same way you do about cooking after our mom died. they were married 48 years. Here are two recipes you might want to try.
You could freeze part of the baked foil chicken packets for future eating, as I doubt you want to eat the same dinner four days in a row. If you don't like broccoli, use a vegetable you do like or just leave the vegetable out of the recipe. If you don't have chili powder on hand you can use garlic powder or another spice you like, or again just leave it out. You can also drizzle store bought salsa over the chicken before or after baking, if you happen to be like my husband and like everything with some kick to it. Good Luck and my prayers are with you. You can also freeze part of the second recipe for another meal. You can also substitute pork chops for the chicken breasts in either recipe. If there are meals you really miss eating let us know, as I am confident that we can help you with easy recipes. Also, if we use terms or products that you are not familiar with, just ask and we will clarify.
Robbie IN

Foil Packet Southwestern Chicken Dinner

4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.)
1/4 cup Ranch salad Dressing- low fat works fine
1-1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese or other cheese - low fat works fine
4 cups small broccoli florets
1 medium red pepper, chopped

Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine rice and water; let stand 5 min. Spoon evenly onto centers of four large sheets of heavy-duty foil; top each with 1 chicken breast half. Sprinkle evenly with chili powder. Drizzle with dressing; top with cheese and vegetables.

Bring up foil sides. Double fold top and both ends to seal each packet, leaving room for heat circulation inside. Place in single layer in 15x10x1-inch
baking pan.

Bake 25 to 30 min. or until chicken is cooked through (170°F). Place one packet on each of four dinner plates. Cut slits in foil with sharp knife to release
steam before opening. Can also be made on the grill.
Robbie IN
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Baked Chicken Breasts with Stuffing and Soup

3-4 boneless chicken breasts
1 mozzarella cheese slice or American cheese slice for each chicken breasts
1 box Stove Top stuffing
1 can cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup undiluted
1 slightly beaten egg

Spray a medium size casserole with Pam or other non stick cooking spray. Lay chicken in bottom. Cover chicken with slices of cheese. Prepare stuffing according to package directions and stir in 1 beaten egg. Spread stuffing over chicken breast with cheese slices. Top with soup. Bake covered tightly with foil for 45 minutes uncovered 15 minutes more.
Robbie IN
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