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Nancy do you have a TNT recipe for rhubarb dump cake.

Here is another recipe to use cooked pinto beans. as always, adjust the spices to your taste. If you are trying to eat less meat, either for health or to cut down on your grocery bill, you might want to try these.

Pinto Bean Burgers Recipe

1-1/2 c. cooked pinto beans
1/2 c. diced onions
1/2 c. shredded carrots
1/2 c. minced fresh parsley
4 egg whites, lightly beaten
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 1/2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. chopped chili peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tbsp. uncooked oatmeal - can also use bread crumbs either seasoned or unseasoned

Place the beans in a food processor or blender and roughly puree with on/off turns. Transfer to a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients, mix well. Form the mixture into 8 patties. Brown in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat for 5 minutes per side, or broil about 5 inches from heat. Can serve on buns with your favorite toppings.
Robbie IN
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Several family members are interested in buying a Keurig like one cup coffee maker made by Black & Decker or other manufactures. They are hesitant to spend the money on an actual Keurig maker. Does anyone have experience or recommendations that they would be willing to share?
Robbie IN

In the October 1, 2014 newsletter there was a recipe for upside down ham loaf but in the recipe they did not really state how much margarine or butter they used unless then mean 1 TBSP for TBSP. What is the exact amount? Thanks for this information.
Sandy in Ohio


Anna in Sweden,
The Sept. 22 letter the Caramel Chocolate Bars. When do you add the oatmeal mixture and the caramel topping ?And the rest of the baking time?
Thanks, Joanne
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I have a chili recipe that calls for chili seasoning. How does one make that seasoning?
Mary Ann Upstate N. Y.

I am hosting a dinner for 4 ppl, this Sunday.
Any suggestions?
I thought about doing a braised chuck with veggies, But I don't know if "peasant" food would be good enough.

Please let me know your thoughts. I also have a Turkey breast in the fridge, but I have no Idea how to make that sexy!

Should I consider making a soup? What about apps!???? Please put your thinking caps working!



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Toffee Recipe

1 cup unsalted butter, cubed
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar

1/8 tsp flaky sea salt
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup almonds, chopped
1/4 cup pecans, chopped

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine butter, sugars, whiskey, and sea salt in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, whisking occasionally, until mixture reaches 250F. Whisk constantly until mixture reaches 300F, then immediately pour mixture out on prepared baking sheet and spread evenly with an offset spatula. Place baking sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes to set toffee.
Place chocolate in a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Slowly melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally until glossy and smooth. Pour melted chocolate over cooled toffee layer and spread with an offset spatula into an even layer; sprinkle with chopped almonds and pecans. Let chocolate set completely, then break toffee into pieces. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.
makes great xmas gift!
Judy in Montana
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Pecan Pie Bars Recipe

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup graham flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp light brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract Filling (Adapted from Deliciously Organic)
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup pure maple syrup
2 Tbsp whiskey
1/2 cup maple sugar
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt

1 cup pecan halves
sea salt

Preheat oven to 350F and line a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Whisk together flours, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Combine melted butter, sugars, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add flour mixture and fold in until incorporated. Press dough evenly into bottom of prepared baking dish and bake for 18 minutes, until golden brown.

Meanwhile, prepare filling. Cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a deep brown, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat to cool. Combine maple syrup and whiskey in a heavy saucepan over medium heat and simmer until mixture reaches 225F, about 10 to 15 minutes.

While syrup is simmering, place brown butter and maple sugar in a medium bowl. Once syrup reaches 225F, immediately pour over brown butter and maple sugar mixture; let stand 1 minute before whisking until smooth. Slowly pour in eggs, whisking constantly until combined; whisk in vanilla and salt. Increase oven temperature to 400F and pour filling over warm crust. Top with pecan halves and sea salt.

Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 350F and bake an additional 15 minutes, until a knife comes out clean. Cool completely in dish on wire rack. Carefully lift parchment to remove bars from dish and place on a cutting board; cut into squares using a sharp knife. Store leftover bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days. So very rich !!!

Yield 28 bars
from:tutti dolci
Judy in Montana
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Pumpkin Angel Food Cake Recipe

1 box (1 step) angel food cake mix
1 (15 oz.) can pure pumpkin
1 c. water
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together. Pour into 9 x 13 cake pan. Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes.

Variation: Start with 1 box angel food cake mix. Add one 15-ounce undrained can crushed pineapple.
Mary J
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Bisquick Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

2 c. Bisquick mix
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 c. canned pumpkin
2 Tbsp. cooking oil
1/2 c. sugar
3/4 c. milk
1 egg, slightly beaten

Combine Bisquick mix and sugar. Stir remaining ingredients into dry ingredients until thoroughly blended. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 400 for 15 to 20 minutes or golden brown.
Makes 1 dozen muffins.
Mary J
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Pumpkin Butter Recipe

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. canned pumpkin
1/4 c. powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Mix together very well. Chill. Serve on fresh rolls and bread.
Mary J
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Pumpkin Dip Recipe

2 cups canned pumpkin
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 (1 lb.) box powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Mix all ingredients well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serve with Gingersnaps.
Mary J
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Pumpkin Cookies with Frosting Recipe

1 c. margarine
1 c. sugar
1-1/2 c. pumpkin
1 egg
2 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. raisins
1 c. butterscotch chips
1 c. nuts

3 Tbsp. margarine
4 tsp. milk
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. confectioners sugar
3/4 tsp. vanilla

Combine all cookie ingredients and place spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet. Cook at 375 for 10 to 12 minutes.

To make frosting, cook margarine, milk and brown sugar until dissolved. Add confectioners sugar and vanilla. Frost cookies while still warm.
Makes 5 dozen.
Lisa TX
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Sugar Cookies for Halloween Recipe

1-1/2 c. shortening (use half butter)
1-1/2 c. sugar
4 c. sifted flour
2 tsp. salt
1/3 c. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/3 c. raisins (optional for eyes, nose, mouth)

Cream the shortening and vanilla. Add sugar gradually, creaming. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Add, alternating with milk. Chill dough thoroughly. Roll a portion of dough at a time to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured board. Cut, using 1-pound coffee can. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes, or until browned. Decorate as pumpkins.
Lisa TX
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Halloween Candy Recipe

11 graham crackers, crushed
1 c. oleo, melted
1 c. peanut butter
1 lb. powdered sugar

Combine ingredients and spread in 9 x 13-inch greased pan. Melt 12 ounces chocolate. Spread on top.
Chill and cut into 40 pieces.
Lisa TX
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Nachos Recipe

1 bag round Tostitos
1 small can enchilada dip
1 can picante dip
1 c or more shredded sharp cheese

Lay Tostitos in a single layer on cookie sheet. Spread each with layer of enchilada dip, picante dip, and cheese. Place under broiler until cheese melts. Watch carefully to avoid burning chips. Have a cold drink nearby when getting ready to eat. Good for a quick and easy snack.
Linda NM
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Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

1 1/2 lb. chicken, cut into bite size pieces
2 Tbsp. oil
6 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 c. water
stalk celery, chopped
1 can (10 oz.) water chestnuts
2 1/2 c. bean sprouts
1 can (2 oz.) mushrooms
1 onion, chopped
3/4 c. water with 3 Tbsp. cornstarch mixed together

Brown meat in oil. Add soy sauce and 1 cup water. Simmer 2 minutes. Add celery and onion. Blend in water and cornstarch mixture into pan. Add water chestnuts, sprouts and mushrooms. Heat thoroughly and season with salt and pepper. Put in oven at 350 for 1 hour.
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Re: Sugar Ants
Carol from the 10-1-2014 newsletter ask; 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

I to had a BIG ant problem. I tried everything under the sun. Finely I resorted to a commercial ant bait by Raid. I put 3 out in the tracks of the ants. (Yes 3 trails coming from all directions) for several days and watched them take it with them to their den. In a few days aunt free. They do spread it out from the bait container just a little so be careful where you place them. But they worked like a charm.
Pat So Cal

In response to carol on coast regarding the sugar ants, I have often used a mixture of a small amount of sugar mixed with Borax. I spread on the counter or on a saucer and leave it overnight. It doesn't take much and it works quickly.
I hope it works for you.
Bonnie in southern Delaware

This is for Carol who has sugar ants. Go to you local Home Depot, Lowes or hardware store and buy a product called Terro. They include little squares with a circle on them in the box. Squeeze about a pea size of the product on the square, and put the square on the shelf where the ants can be seen. They'll smell the product, eat it, and take it back to their nest. It usually takes about 48 hours and then they'll be gone. One caution it will bring out all of the ants so don't worry if you see lots of them on the shelf. They will be gone in about 48 hours. Nancy Z-R in S Fl

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