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Kansas Hobo Potatoes Recipe

3 slice bacon, cut up
4 cup peeled, sliced potatoes
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (6 ounces)
1/8 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon butter or margarine (optional)

Here's a potato dish that's simple, quick and tastes great! That's why it's a favorite of Rhonda McKee of Greensburg, Kansas (110 miles west of Wichita).

Non-stick spray coating
Spray one side of an 18-inch piece of heavy foil with non-stick spray coating. On sprayed surface, arrange half of the bacon to within about 2 inches of edge. Top with half of the potatoes, half of the green pepper, half of the onion and half of the cheese. Top with remaining potatoes, green pepper and onion. Sprinkle with seasoned salt and pepper. Top with remaining cheese and bacon: Dot with butter, if you like.

Spray another 18-inch piece of foil on one side; place it, sprayed side down, atop potato stack. Seal all edges with a double fold. Place the packet on the grill rack directly over medium to medium-hot coals. Grill for about 40 minutes or till potatoes are tender, turning the packet once.
Makes 4 servings.
Source: Midwest Living, August 1995
Anna in Sweden
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This is a quick to prepare dessert that can make any day special.
To save time buy a 6 oz. ready-made chocolate pie crust at the store, but I prefer making my own.

Creamy Chocolate Layered Pie Recipe

4 oz. (1/2 of 8 oz. pkg.) cream cheese, softened
1 tbsp. milk or half-and-half
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tub (12 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed
1-1/2 cup cold milk or half-and-half
2 pkg. (4 servings each) chocolate instant pudding
1 (6 oz.) prepared chocolate wafer crust

Mix cream cheese with 1 tbsp. milk and sugar with wire whisk until smooth. Gently stir in 1-1/2 cups Cool Whip and spread on bottom of crust. Pour 1-1/2 cups cold milk into bowl; add pudding mix and beat with a wire whip for about 1 minute (mixture will be thick). Stir in 2 cups of the Cool Whip and spread over cream cheese layer.
Refrigerate 4 hrs. or until set. Garnish with remaining Cool Whip and I like to put some shaved milk chocolate curls on top from a Hershey bar. Store in refrigerator.
Judy (in Alaska)
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This casserole is easy to prepare and can be made ahead if you have a busy day coming up. Cover and refrigerate until time to bake it.. This dish makes good use of left-over meat and is very filling. Can also use cooked ham or turkey in place of chicken.

Chicken 'N Chilies Casserole Recipe

1 cup (8 oz.) dairy sour cream
1 cup light cream (I use half evaporated milk & half water)
1 cup chopped onion
1 can (4 oz). chopped green chilies
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 pkg. (2 pounds) frozen loose-pack hash brown potatoes
2-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken
2-1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

In large bowl combine sour cream. light cream, onion, chilies, salt and pepper. Stir in potatoes. chicken and 2 cups cheese. Pour into greased 13 x 9" baking pan and bake, uncovered at 350 for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until golden brown.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese before baking. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
Judy (in Alaska)
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This had never failed to make a hit whenever I've made it for a brunch or potluck, and I like that I can make it a day ahead. so have one less thing to worry about the day you are entertaining.

Overnight Fruit Salad Recipe

1 can (8 oz.) pineapple tidbits
1 can (11 oz.) mandarin oranges
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. water
1 pkg. (4 serving size) regular (not instant) vanilla pudding mix
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 cup whipped topping
1 banana, sliced

Drain pineapple and oranges, reserving juices. Place juices in saucepan with lemon juice and water; stir in pudding mix and cook and stir over medium heat, until mixture comes to a full boil. Remove from heat and cool. Add pineapple, oranges and marshmallows. Fold in whipped topping and chill overnight.
Just before serving, fold in sliced banana. 6 to 8 servings.
Judy ( in Alaska)
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Janet wanted vegetarian chili recipes in the 9/30 newsletter. This is my favorite recipes. You can make it spicier, if you want, by adding a few dashes of Tabasco or hot sauce. I like all the vegetables in this recipe. Many I have seen are just a traditional chili with out any meat.
Robbie IN

Vegetarian Chili Recipe

1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onions
3/4 cup chopped carrots
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium zucchini or yellow squash, quartered and thinly sliced
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon chili powder - can use less or more, depending on your taste
1/2cups chopped fresh mushrooms
1 (28 - 30 oz) can diced tomatoes with liquid
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans with liquid
1 (15 oz) can black beans with liquid
1 tbls ground cumin
1-1/2 teasp dried oregano
1-1/2 teasp dried basil

Brown onion, green pepper and celery in large stock pot. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 60 minutes. This is great with shredded cheese on top and corn chips on the side or with crumbled cheese crackers Note: can use chili beans in place of the kidney and black beans.
Robbie IN
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Linda NM requested ham loaf recipes in the 9/30 newsletter. Here is the recipe that I use.
Robbie IN

Ham Loaf Recipe

1 pound ground ham
1 pound ground fresh pork
1/3 cup chopped onion
2/3 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 eggs -- beaten
1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup vinegar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard

Combine meats, crumbs, pepper, eggs and milk, mix well. Form into loaf, make a "ditch" in the top of the loaf by using your finger. To prepare the glaze, combine all ingredients and mix well. Pour glaze into the ditch on top of the loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 - 65 minutes, basting occasionally. Note: because of the salt in the ham, don't add salt to the mix, as most will think it is far too salty.
Robbie In
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For Linda in NM: This is how I make a ham loaf. As with all meatloaf the measurements do not have to be absolutely precise. Meat proportions can vary with meats you have on hand and the crumbs can vary with your pantry and preferences.

Nana's Ham Loaf Recipe

1-1/2 pounds ground ham
1/2 pound ground pork
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 cup crumbs. I prefer corn flakes in ham loaf, but bread or cracker crumbs will work. Ham is already salty though so I think cracker crumbs make it too salty.

1/4 tsp. ground cloves ( optional but adds to ham flavor) .

Mix and form into a loaf and place in loaf pan. Bake 60-75 minutes at 350º. Mix a glaze of
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 cup vinegar (apple cider preferred). Pineapple juice is also good.

A dash of cloves is optional. Whole cloves can be studded in as for a baked ham or omitted entirely if you don't care for clove flavor. During last 15 minutes of baking spread the glaze over the loaf.
Nana in SE Ohio
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Upside Down Ham Loaf Recipe

Tbsp. margarine or butter
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
16 oz. can pineapple (sliced or crushed)
3 c. ground ham, cooked
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 c. milk
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. bread crumbs (soft)

Melt margarine in an 8 x 8-inch pan. Add sugar and stir until melted. Arrange pineapple in the sugar mixture and set aside. Combine ham, eggs, milk, salt, pepper and bread crumbs; mix lightly. Spread meat mixture evenly over the pineapple and press down lightly. Bake for 45 minutes at 325°. Turn loaf upside-down onto a serving plate to serve.
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For Janet, re: Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chill Recipe

2 c. tomato juice
1 c. bulgur wheat
4 cloves, garlic, crushed
1 1/2 c. chopped onions
2-3 T. olive oil
1 c. chopped celery
1 c. diced carrots
1 t. ground cumin
1 t. dried basil
1 t. chili powder
dash of cayenne
salt & pepper to taste
1 c. chopped green bell pepper
3 15 1/2 oz. (BPA free) cans kidney beans, drained & rinsed
2 c. chopped fresh tomatoes
1/2 lemon, juiced
6 oz. can tomato paste
3 c. water

Heat tomato juice to boiling & pour over wheat in 6 qt. slow cooker. Cover, let set 15 min. Sauté garlic & onion in olive oil in skillet. Add celery, carrots, cumin, basil, chili powder, cayenne & salt & pepper. When vegetables soft, add peppers & cook until tender. Combine sautéed vegetables w/ wheat, beans, tomatoes, lemon juice, tomato juice, tomato paste & water in slow cooker. Cover. Cook low 4-5 hours.

Note! If thickens too much add extra juice or water. Serve w/ shredded cheese & sour cream.
Athena in DE ( Source: Mary Ann Bowman)
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For Barb, re: Poor Man’s Champagne

Equal parts white grape juice & ginger ale. Use part of punch to make ice ring.

Mock Champagne Punch Recipe

6 oz. can frozen orange juice
6 oz. can frozen lemonade
3 c. water
2 c. pineapple juice
1 bottle ginger ale
1 pkg. frozen strawberries, slightly thawed

Combine 1st four. Chill. To serve, pour in ginger ale & garnish w/berries.
Athena in DE
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Thanks to those who replied about the NU WAVE pic. and Oven. I cook only for myself and I was hoping this might help do away with heating up a large oven. If any of you have any recipes and you don't mind sharing I would greatly appreciate them for either the cook top or the oven.
Thanks and God Bless.
Chris in GA

Navy Bean Soup Recipe

1 lb. small navy beans
1 1/2 to 2 lb. smoked ham hocks or leftover ham with or without bones
2 qt. water
1/3 c. ketchup
1/4 c. vinegar
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 c. diced onions
1 c. carrots, cut in chunks
1 1/2 c. potatoes, cut in chunks

Soak beans overnight in water to cover (2 inches above beans). Drain; add 2 quarts of water, ham hocks, ketchup, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and onions. Bring to boil. Lower heat; cover and simmer for about three hours. After soup has simmered for about one hour, add the potatoes and carrots. When they are tender, scoop out and save, to be added to soup before serving. After simmering for about two hours, the meat starts to loosen from the bones. Remove ham hocks and cut meat from bones into chunks and return to soup to continue cooking. Continue cooking soup until beans are done and soup starts to thicken. Add potatoes and carrots to soup shortly before serving.
Serves four people.
Lisa TX 
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Cabbage Bean Soup Recipe

1/2 head cabbage, cut in bite size pieces
6 medium potatoes, cubed
4 carrots, chopped
1 lb. low-fat ground beef
1 c. chopped onions
1 can tomato juice or V-8
2 cans spicy tomatoes, crushed
2 cans light red kidney beans
Mrs. Dash to taste
garlic powder to taste
salt and pepper to taste

Cook vegetables in water until tender, about 20 minutes. Brown beef. Add beef to vegetables, juices and spices. Cook about 40 minutes.
Karen TX
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Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe

1 (16 oz.) can pumpkin
1 (13 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 egg
2 egg whites
1/2 c. Bisquick
2 Tbsp. sugar
8 packets sugar substitute
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Heat oven to 350°. Lightly spray a 9-inch pie pan with vegetable spray. Place all ingredients in blender, food processor or mix by hand in bowl. Mix well and bake about 50 minutes or until center is puffed up.
Mary J
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This is for from the 9-29-2014 Newsletter requesting information on getting rid of fruit flies. It also includes other good tips for using vinegar. This if from 2012 and may have come from this newsletter. I did not save the source unfortunately.
Pat So Cal.

Top 10 Household Uses for Vinegar

UNCLOGGING and DEODORIZING DRAINS: Kitchen or bathroom sink clogged? Vinegar is the perfect natural solution for resolving the issue. Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1 cup of vinegar and allow the mix to foam. Allow foam to subside and flush with hot water. A bonus? It also deodorizes.

GET RID of WATER RINGS: Water rings on your furniture? We hate that. For a quick and easy fix, mix equal parts vinegar and olive oil and coat and rub down wooden furniture with a cloth. With a separate cloth, buff to remove and shine your furniture up!

KEEP YOUR CAR WINDOWS FROST-FREE: Rub or spray a solution of three parts white vinegar to one part water on your car windows. This could help prevent frost for up to several weeks!

CLEAN YOUR COFFEE MAKER: This is one of our favorites. Combine two cups vinegar with one cup of water, set a fresh filter inside your machine and run through. Dispose of the vinegar water and filter, and run through water for two more cycles. Voila! Sparkling clean! This will also likely to make your coffee taste a tad stronger.

CLEAN the AIR: Boil 1/2 cup of white vinegar with one cup of water to remove the smell of last night's dinner! Did you cook fish? No problem, we wouldn't want that smell to linger either. Breathe in deep and easy after your solution boils down and dissipates.

CATCH PESKY FRUIT FLIES: They drive us all nuts, but we know how to eliminate those pesky fruit flies. Simply lay a bowl out filled with a little apple cider vinegar. The fruit flies will attract to the vinegar and they'll be gone in no time!

WHITEN GROUT: Is your bathroom grout between the tiles on the verge of discoloration? Try scrubbing the grout down with white vinegar and watch it magically brighten!

SOFTEN UP SHEETS and BLANKETS: Add two cups of vinegar to your washer's rinse water to remove detergent residue and make your linens and blankets fluffier and softer than ever.

REMOVING PEN INK: Did your fabulous new blouse just get inked? Don't fret. Dab with white vinegar, then treat it to a paste of white vinegar mixed with cornstarch. Allow the mixture to dry before washing. Presto! All gone.

FRESH FLOWERS: Keep those beautiful fresh cut flowers vibrant and fresh longer by adding two tablespoons apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons sugar to your vase water.
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I don't have Fruit Flies--But am inundated with tiny Sugar Ants. They even attacked a slice of pizza left out for a few minutes!! I deliberately spread sugar on counter, then sweep dozens up with wet sponge. BUT, that doesn't get back to their queen & home base source.

I need a 'Recipe' for a poison they'll eat, take to their nest, and die. (I've tried the baking soda/powdered sugar mix. Doesn't seem to work.)

Has anyone here solved this ant problem ?
~carol on coast

This is for Rosemary that was wanting the ingredients for fruit flies.. I mix vinegar , little water , and a little sugar in a jar with a small hole in the top so they can go into it.. You need it to smell like vinegar.. The sour smell draws them to it.. I keep a jar of this sitting on my cabinet all yr long..
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Just a big thank you to everyone who responded to my request for getting rid of the fruit fly/gnat infestation we are having this year Have printed the entire newsletter and will save just in case this happens again - it did once before several years ago where they are just everywhere and so annoying

I did put out some cider vinegar with Dawn soap in it and since then there haven't been any of the critters at all - but none in the 4 little bowls I set out either. Maybe they knew we meant business here and took for a better place to annoy??
Whatever -
Thank you and all - I always appreciate the quick response from Nancy's group.
Always Rosemarie in rural Kansas City

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