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October 18, 2014  | Everyday Recipes
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Contents: Pecan Pie Sugar Free Using Sugar Free Maple Syrup | Vegetable Drying Guide | Pumpkin Cheese Pie Recipe | Pork Chops Ole  | Gingerale Pork Chops | Microwave Butternut Squash and Corn | Butternut Squash Pie | Butternut Squash | Pecan Crusted Salmon Fillets | Butterscotch Pecan Bars | Hershey's Cocoa Pecan Fudge | Chocolate Pecan Stuff Recipe | Sweet Potatoes with Caramel Pecan Topping | Halloween or Anytime Orange Cookies with Icing | Roasted Pumpkin Seeds | Microwave Pumpkin Seeds

Freezing biscuits that come in a can. | Free Cookbooks | How to carve a pumpkin |
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There have been several recent requests for information on using a dehydrator. I finally found this chart that I have often referred to in drying vegetables. I hope it is helpful.
Robbie IN

Vegetable Drying Guide

All drying times are approximate. It can take slightly less or more time.

Dry vegetables in single layers on trays. Dry vegetables at 130-degrees Fahrenheit.

Beans, green: Stem and break beans into 1-inch pieces. Blanch. Dry 6-12 hours until brittle.

Beets: Cook and peel beets. Cut into 1/4-inch pieces. Dry 3-10 hours until leathery.

Broccoli: Cut and dry 4-10 hours.

Carrots: Peel, slice or shred. Dry 6-12 hours until almost brittle.

Cauliflower: Cut and dry 6-14 hours.

Corn: Cut corn off cob after blanching and dry 6-12 hours until brittle.

Mushrooms: Brush off, don't wash. Dry at 90 degrees for 3 hours, and then 125 degrees for the remaining drying time. Dry 4-10 hours until brittle.

Onions: Slice 1/4-inch thick. Dry 6-12 hours until crisp.

Peas: Dry 5-14 hours until brittle.

Peppers, sweet: Remove seeds and chop. Dry 5-12 hours until leathery.

Potatoes: Slice 1/8-inch thick. Dry 6-12 hours until crisp.

Tomatoes: Dip in boiling water to loosen skins, peel, slice or quarter. Dry 6-12 hours until crisp.

Zucchini: Slice 1/8-inch thick and dry 5-10 hours until brittle.
Robbie IN
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Mary Ann wanted sugar free pecan pie recipes in the 10/15 newsletter. This is from a previous newsletter and was shared by Marilyn OH. I am not sure in which newsletter it appeared. I hope this helps you and your friend. Even though it is made without sugar, anyone who is diabetic should remember that it still contains a lot of carbs, which can still be a problem in controlling blood sugar.
Robbie IN

Pecan Pie Sugar Free Using Sugar Free Maple Syrup

1 (9 in) unbaked crust
1 C. Sugar-free syrup (maple)
4 eggs
1/8 tsp salt
6 pkg sweet "N Low or other sugar substitute
2 T. margarine
1 C. Pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat eggs slightly; add syrup and vanilla. Melt margarine and mix. Add salt and sweet "N low sweetener. Beat well, then add pecans; stir and pour in pie shell and bake for about 60 minutes or until center is firm.
Marilyn in Ohio
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This is for people that don't want to wait for a pie to cool before cutting into it!

We like my pumpkin pie spicy, so I doubled the spice. One time I used a frozen pie crust from the store and it wouldn't hold all the filling, so now I make my own.

Pumpkin Cheese Pie Recipe

1 baked 9" single pie crust
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
3 eggs
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice - I used 2 tsp.

Mix cream cheese and condensed milk together until smooth. Stir in pumpkin, spice and eggs. Mix until well combined. Pour filling into pie shell. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes, or until knife inserted 1" from the edge comes out clean. Serve warm with whipped cream. Is good cold too. Refrigerate leftovers.
Judy (in Alaska)
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This is a GREAT way of preparing pork chops!

Pork Chops Ole' Recipe

6 pork chops (1/2" thick)
2 tbsp. cooking oil
Seasoned salt & pepper, to taste
3/4 cup uncooked long-grain rice
1-1/2 cup water
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
2 tbsp. taco seasoning mix
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

In large skillet, brown pork chops (I use the kind with bone in them) in the oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, in a greased 9 x 12" baking pan, combine rice, water, tomato sauce and taco seasoning and mix well.
Arrange chops over rice and top with green pepper. Cover and bake for 1-1/2 hrs. at 350. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese and return to oven until it melts.
Judy (in Alaska)
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You've never tasted pork chops as good as these.

Gingerale Pork Chops Recipe

5 to 8 medium pork chops (I used 6)
2 large onions, sliced (I used 1-1/2)
1/4 cup butter, divided
4 tbsp. brown
2 tbsp. chili sauce
2 tbsp. flour
2 cups gingerale

In skillet, sauté onion in 1/2 of the butter. Remove onion and place in a oblong pan. In same skillet, brown the chops in the remaining butter. Remove and place in dish with the onion. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Blend chili sauce and flour; add gingerale. Pour over chops. Bake covered at 350 for 1 hour until tender.
Judy (in Alaska)
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This is for Velma in the Oct 16 newsletter. After you have carved your Jack-O-Lantern, rub all cut surfaces and the inside with a paper towel dipped in vegetable oil. This will keep it fresh.
Happy Halloween, Barb in Ohio

Re: I don't have any idea how to do it. Can someone help me?
Elaine in Louisville.

Elaine, I would suggest two things, watch a couple of videos on pumpkin carving at:

How to Carve a Halloween Pumpkin : How to Carve Halloween Pumpkins - YouTube

You will also see additional videos on the right side of the screen that you can watch

Then buy one, and carve all sides for practice, then use it for one of Nancy's pumpkin recipes. With a bit of practice you will be happy with your new Granddaughters responses. Believe me they will want to have input to the process also. Do be careful they can be hard to physically cut, so be sure small hands stay away from sharp knives. A little bit of an angle towards the center of what piece, you will be removing, will help the pieces to come out easily, and they can go right in the cooking pan if desired...
Let the little ones help to design the faces, they will love it.
bill, Alb.




Cheryl wanted to know “where you get the salt free baking powder” It can be bought from and some Health Food Stores.
Here’s the Amazon link:
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Many thanks to Dianne in Wisconsin for her tip on freezing uncooked Grands biscuits.

I knew I couldn’t freeze them in the can (Don’t ask how I know this) but never thought to do it this way. I just cook for myself and love Grands but always cooked them all and then didn’t like them once frozen.

This tip is great and as soon as I get more Grands, I’ll be sure to try it.
Thanks again. gramaj

Microwave Butternut Squash and Corn Recipe

1 lb. butternut squash or pumpkin
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped green pepper
2 Tbsp. butter
1 (17 oz.) cream-style corn
1 c. coarsely crushed Ritz crackers
1/2 c. shredded cheese
2 Tbsp. chopped pimento (optional)
1/4 c. chopped pecans (optional)
1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Quarter squash. Remove seeds. In microwave-safe dish (1 1/2 quarts) place squash and 2 tablespoons water. Cook on High 10 minutes or until tender, mash. Microwave onion, green pepper and butter. Stir in mashed squash, corn, crackers, cheese and optional pimento and nuts. Cook 6 minutes. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
Serves 5 to 6.
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Butternut Squash Cake Recipe

1-1/2 c. oil
1-1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
3 eggs
2 c. plain flour
2 Tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. soda
8 oz. crushed pineapple (undrained)
2 c. grated butternut squash
1 c. walnuts

In large bowl, combine first 6 ingredients. Beat eggs. Add to spice mixture. Mix dry ingredients together. Slowly add to spice mixture. Beat 5 minutes. Add pineapple, squash and nuts. Fold in. Pour in large, greased tube pan. Bake at 300° for 55 minutes. Cool. Frost with your favorite frosting.
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Butternut Squash Pie Recipe

2 c. cooked drained and mashed butternut squash
1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. salt
1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. allspice
2 c. milk (1 c. canned and 1 c. whole)

Mix all together and pour into unbaked 9-inch or 10-inch pie shell. Bake at 350° for 1 hour.

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I noticed a link to pecan recipes recently. I have several tried and tested recipes you might consider adding to your section.

Pecan Crusted Salmon Fillets

4 small salmon fillets
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup finely chopped pecans

(May want to cut ingredients in half.)

Preheat oven to 400°. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Pat dry salmon fillets; dredge in flour, dip in egg and cover with pecans. Place on baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes. (Larger fillets may require longer baking time so adjust according.)
Lisa TX
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Butterscotch Pecan Bars Recipe

1/4 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 c. pecan nuts
1 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. pecan nuts

Melt butter and blend with sugar. Add slightly beaten egg. Let mixture stand to cool. Add sifted and measured dry ingredients. Stir in pecans. Spread in a greased pan 8 x 8-inches. Bake in 350° oven for 30 minutes. Cut in squares and let cool in pan.
Lisa TX
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Hershey's Cocoa Pecan Fudge Recipe

1/2 c. butter or margarine
3/4 c. Hershey's cocoa
4 c. confectioners sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. evaporated milk
1 c. pecan pieces
pecan halves (optional)

Microwave butter in 2-quart micro-proof bowl at High (100%) for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until melted. Add cocoa. Stir until smooth. Stir in confectioners sugar and vanilla. Blend well (mixture wil be dry and crumbly). Stir in evaporated milk. Microwave at High (100%) for 1 minute; stir. Microwave an additional 1 minute or until mixture is hot. Stir mixture until smooth; add pecans. Pour into aluminum foil-lined 8 or 9-inch square pan. Garnish with pecan halves. Cover; chill until firm, about 2 hours. Cut into 1-inch squares. Store covered in refrigerator.
Lisa TX
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Chocolate Pecan Stuff Recipe
This recipe was named by my kids. I have no idea what the original recipe name was. The original recipe has been tweeted for my family.

1 stick butter
1 c. self-rising flour
1/2 c. pecans

Chocolate Filling:
1 large pkg. instant chocolate pudding mix
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 c. powdered sugar
1 c. Cool Whip
1 c. pecans

Crust: Soften butter. Mix all ingredients. Flatten and put in an 8 x 8-inch pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.

Chocolate Filling: Mix the cream cheese, sugar and Cool Whip. Spread over crust. Prepare chocolate pudding according to directions printed on box. Layer over cream cheese. Top with remaining Cool Whip; sprinkle with pecans.
Lisa TX
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Sweet Potatoes with Caramel Pecan Topping

3 c. cooked sweet potato
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. coconut
1 c. pecans

1 c. chopped pecans
1 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. butter
1/3 c. flour

Mash and mix potatoes, vanilla, butter, coconut, eggs, pecans and sugar. Place in casserole dish.

Mix topping and sprinkle over casserole. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes.
Lisa TX
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Halloween or Anytime Orange Cookies with Icing

2 c. sugar
1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 c. sour cream
1 tsp. orange flavoring
5 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
orange juice
1 c. chopped pecans (optional)

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, sour cream and orange flavoring. Sift together flour, baking soda and baking powder. Add alternately with orange juice to mixture until batter is stiff but not too dry or too soupy. Add pecans, if desired. Refrigerate for 1 hour but not longer than overnight. Place on buttered cookie sheet by rounded teaspoonfuls. Bake at 400° for 10 to 12 minutes. Bottoms should be only lightly browned. Cool on wax paper-covered racks until ready to frost.

Orange Icing:
1 lb. powdered sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/4 c. orange juice

Stir together adding additional powdered sugar or orange juice until consistency to spread easily. Store cookies in single layer in airtight container.
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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

pumpkin seeds (from a cleaned out pumpkin)
2 Tbsp. melted margarine
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. salt

Clean out pumpkin for carving; clean the seeds from the flesh and soak for 2 hours in salt water. Mix the rest of the ingredients together and toss with the pumpkin seeds. Place seeds on a cookie sheet and bake at 250° for 1 hour, turning every 15 minutes.
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Microwave Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

2 c. cleaned pumpkin seeds
1 Tbsp. oil
1-1/2 tsp. salt

Mix all together. Microwave for 8 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes. Store in an airtight container.
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