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November 18, 2014  | Everyday Recipes
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For Diane WI who in the 11/16 newsletter asked for help in figuring out why her bar cookies are not getting done in the middle these days. You did not mention if you used shortening, margarine or butter. If it was either shortening or margarine, they may have changed the ingredients or makeup of the product, so that it has more water in it. If you read the labels, you will likely find that they are not all the same with water content. You could try using butter or another brand of margarine or shortening, if you don't want to use butter. You could also test the actual temperature in your oven to make sure it is accurate. Different pans hold the heat differently, so if you are using a new or different pan that could also be the problem. I had the same problem with some brownies I recently made and believe it was the brand of margarine I used. I hope this helps.
Robbie IN

Laura (11/16 newsletter) you can buy pumpkin coffee at Amazon, Dunkin Doughnuts, Sam's Club in this area and also Cosco. I believe some of the Super Walmarts have also carried in past years.
Robbie in

Here is another favorite recipe that we enjoy at the holidays. It makes a great gift and is easy to make.
Robbie IN

Robbie's White Chocolate Party Mix Recipe

1 pkg. (10 oz.) mini pretzels
5 cups Cheerios
5 cups Corn Chex(can also use wheat or rice)
2 cups salted peanuts
1 lb. M & M candies
3 tbsp. cooking oil
2 pkgs. (11 oz. each) white chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine first five ingredients. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat chips and oil for approximately 2 minutes on High, stirring once at 1 minute. If chips are not completely melted, continue micro waving in 10 second increments, stirring each time you check the mixture. Pour over cereal mixture and mix well. Spread onto waxed paper; cool completely and break apart. Store in airtight container. Have also made this adding 1 cup of raisins , or dried cherries, or dried cranberries and have used chocolate chips instead of white for the chocolate lovers.
Robbie IN
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For Mary Ann who caught the error in my Peppermint Patties recipe in the 11/16 newsletter, the missing ingredients is a few drops of red or green food coloring, which is optional. here is the corrected recipe. I apologize for the error.
Robbie IN

Robbie's Peppermint Patties Recipe

1 box confectioner's (powdered) sugar
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine (softened)
2 to 3 tsp. peppermint extract
Few drops red or green food coloring - optional
1/4 cup evaporated milk
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp. shortening

In a bowl, combine first 4 ingredients. Add milk and mix well. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Chill for 20 minutes.

Flatten with a glass to 1/4 inch and chill for 30 minutes. In a double boiler or microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening. Dip patties and place on waxed paper to harden. Yield: about 5 dozen
Robbie IN
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Dee's Microwave Cocoa Pecan Fudge Recipe

4 cups confectioners sugar
6 T butter or margarine
l/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
l/4 cup milk
l T vanilla extract
l/4 t salt
l cup nuts, pecans or walnuts

Put in microwave safe bowl and cook all ingredients until smooth stir nuts in quickly and put in foil lined 8x8 pan. MY mi
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Sharon's Homemade Velveeta Fudge Recipe

1 pound Velveeta cheese
1 pound margarine
1 tablespoon vanilla
4 pounds powdered sugar
1 cup cocoa
2-3 cups chopped nuts (optional)

In the microwave oven, heat cheese, margarine and vanilla until melted. While this is melting, mix the powdered sugar, cocoa and nuts together in a large pan or bowl. Pour the cheese mixture into the sugar mixture and mix thoroughly with your hands. You will feel the sugar dissolve. Spread into two or three buttered 9" x 13" pans. Chill and slice. Freezes well.
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I have a request for everyone. I have to make gluten-free or wheat-free cookies or cakes for a meeting. If any of you have any tried and true recipes, could you please submit them? Thank you!

Re: Pumpkin Bars did not bake all the way through. (Dianne in Wisconsin)

One possibility is that you might have used a silver colored pan, and the original cook used a dark one. As IIRC the darker ones cook much faster. Can you slightly cut back on the liquids? But don't do both at the same time. Always only change one parameter at a time, or if results change, you will not know which caused what.
My offering is worth exactly what you paid for it....

I remember when times were hard for us when we first were married we had Baked Spam for Thanksgiving. Here is our recipe for it. It was very good and we were happy to be together. We got married in 1944.

Dolly's Baked Holiday Spam Recipe

1 can Spam

1/3 c. light brown sugar
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1/2 tsp. vinegar
1 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
salt to taste
pepper to taste

Place Spam in shallow pan. Score top. Clove surface. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 10 minutes. Pour sauce over loaf and bake another 15 minutes, basting every 5 minutes.
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This is a big thanks to Robbie for the cookie recipes. They look easy and I am sure the grandkids and sons-in-laws will love them. I think the son- in laws eat more cookies then the kids do.
Thanks again, Sandra



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Pat's Hot Spiced Cider Recipe
Makes 16 Servings

1/2 gallon apple cider
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 cinnamon stick
6 whole cloves
1 teaspoon ground cloves

Combine all ingredients in large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, simmer uncovered, 10 minutes. Remove for heat and pour into service container. Serve in coffee cups.

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Betty's Peppermint Fudge Recipe
Adapted from the 2 Ingredient Fudge

1 can frosting supreme
12 ounces vanilla chips
1/2 tablespoon peppermint extract
couple drops red food coloring
2 tablespoons crushed peppermint sticks

Melt frosting and chips over a double boiler. Add extract, food coloring, and peppermint sticks. Put into an eight inch buttered square pan. Refrigerate then cut into squares when set up.

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I would like to make "walking tacos" for a group of kids at church. However, I need a good chili recipe to use. My recipe is more like a soup, and is too thin. This is the recipe where you open an individual bag of Fritos, top with chili & toppings, and eat right out of the bag. Does anyone have a recipe they will share?
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I wonder if anyone in Nancyland has a recipe for Nacho Soup? I had some yesterday at a restaurant and it was wonderful. I could tell that it had hamburger, corn, and tomatoes but I need the proportions to get the recipe right.

In reply to Florence the method recommended on the Domino sugar site is to place the hardened sugar in a baking pan such as a 9x13 pyrex at a temperature of 200º for 15 minutes. Try to break the sugar up with a spoon. When you can get it to small chunk stage turn the oven off and let the sugar stand one to two hours. Store in an airtight container to prevent reoccurrence.
This was addressed in the August 18, 2014 newsletter and can be found by using Nancy's blue search box by typing in softening sugar. It is a great tool to use.
Nana in SE Ohio

Going back to about the 1960s, I took a recipe from a bag or box of pretzels. It was called Parson's Bread but the parsons bread recipes I have found on line are not the one. This was similar to a fruit or nut cake/bread, made in a loaf pan, and, of course called for pretzels. Can anyone help me with this.
Helen (Texas)

I would like to thank Mary Ann for the sugar free fudge recipe. I am looking for some special treats to have on hand for the holidays. I am diabetic and my husband is on the border, so I have been searching for sugar free sweets. Of course, I know that I have to eat them sparingly and count the carbs., but are there some good tried and true Nancyland recipes using sugar substitutes? I was even thinking that Pat's favorite Spicy Pecans would work with Splenda instead of the sugar. Maybe I could make some kettle popcorn. The members of this newsletter always come up with the best ideas and recipes. There are so many gluten free things on the market, but sugar free things are scarce. There has to be just as many diabetics or people wishing to have less sugar in their diet than those who need gluten free foods. If anyone has some good tried and true, sugar free or no sugar added recipes, I would greatly appreciate them.
Sandy in Iowa

Sherry's Corn Chip Nachos Recipe

1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 cup salsa, your choice of heat
2 cups Fritos, plus more for topping
1 cup shredded taco cheese
4 tsp. chopped green chilies

Preheat oven to 400. Prepare 8 jumbo muffin cups with foil or silicone liners.

Cook beef in pan, til browned. Stir in salsa and cook til reduced. Put 1/4 cup Fritos in each cup. Top with 1 Tbsp. cheese in each cup. Top with beef, divided among cups. Top with 7 or 8 Fritos in each cup. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. cheese on each. Top with 1/2 tsp. chilies on each. Bake for 5 minutes or til cheese is melted. These are easiest to eat with a fork, but fingers are allowed.
Sherry (in Indiana)

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For Jeanne who had the moose to roast.
You can roast it exactly as you would your beef roast. Be sure to cut off any fat that you may find (and there will be very little) as the fat is what gives wild game a “wild” taste. I liked to brown mine in a pan with bacon and then layer some bacon strips on top as it cooked. Yum! And very healthy, too!
Pat in AZ, but formerly of Idaho where the elk and moose are plentiful!

Hi Nancy, Here is another Pecan Pie Recipe, I have used this recipe since 1965 it was given to me by a co-worker from Minnesota.

Grace's Homemade Pecan Pie Recipe

3 Eggs
1/3 C. Butter (melted)
1 C. Griffins Waffle Syrup
2/3 C. Sugar
1 C. Pecans

Mix all ingredients (except pecans) with mixer.. Pour into an unbaked pie shell. Top with pecans, bake 40 minutes at 375 degrees.
Margaret, Tulsa

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Angie's Pecan Chicken Recipe

1/4 c. honey
1/4 c. Dijon mustard
4 chicken breast halved, skinned and boned
1 c. pecans ground finely

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combined honey and mustard. Spread on both sides of the chicken. Dredge chicken in the finely chopped pecans. Place on lightly greased baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until tender.
Serves 4

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Lisa's Holiday Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer

4 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. allspice (optional)
1 C. non-dairy creamer

Combine well.
Lisa TX

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