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Sept 3, 2014  | Everyday Recipes
Hundreds of easy and delicious TNT recipes from our recipe family.  Recipes are made with ingredients found in most pantries.   

Everyday Recipes from Our Recipe Family.

Rice Pilaf | Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe | Milky Way Cake | Crookneck Squash Bread | Zucchini Chocolate Cake | Blue Cheese Popcorn | Parmesan Popcorn | Crock Pot Macaroni & Cheese | French Dressing | Coffee Smoothie | Cubed Steak with Mushrooms | Breaded Cube Steaks | Oriental Cube Steaks | Country Fried Steak | Cube Steaks and Noodles |

Modify a meatloaf recipe to for mini-loaves. How do you make sun tea? How do you make a baked potato in a microwave. Need seasoned popcorn recipes.

How to peel tomatoes. More suggestions for a pot luck meal.

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This is far better than any Rice Pilaf I've ever had in a restaurant.

Rice Pilaf Recipe

1 onion, finely chopped
3/4 cup thinly sliced celery
1-1/2 cups long-grain rice, uncooked
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. thyme leaves
3-1/2 cups chicken broth

Sauté onion, celery and rice in skillet over low heat in butter, until vegetables are transparent and rice is golden. add seasonings and broth. cover skillet with lid and cook over low heat, until rice is tender and broth is absorbed, about 20 to 25 minutes.
Judy (in Alaska)
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This is one of our favorite chicken recipes. It's crispy and bursting with flavor.

Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe

1 (3 lb.) fryer chicken, cut up
1-1/2 cups mashed potato flakes
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp.(generous) garlic powder
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tbsp. water
1 egg

In bowl (or shallow pie pan) combine mashed potato flake with seasonings add butter. Beat egg with water in another bowl Dip chicken in egg mixture and coat all sides of chicken pieces in potato mixture. Place skin side down, into a foil-lined 15 x 10 inch baking pan. Bake, uncovered at 375 for about 1 hour until golden brown and juices run clear.
Judy (in Alaska)
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I would like to make some sun tea. How much water and how many large tea bags?

Also how to cook a baked potato in a microwave. Does it taste as good as one baked in the oven?
Thanks, Henry in Midland

It's amazing what a person can do with a cake mix and candy bars. This simple cake turns into a blue ribbon winner after it's baked, and fit to serve a king!

Milky Way Cake Recipe

1 pkg. yellow cake mix
2 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. water
4 regular sized Milky Way candy bars, chopped
2 tbsp. butter

Make cake according to directions on package, reserving 2/3 cup of the batter. Melt 2 chopped candy bars with the 2 tbsp. water over low heat. Add to the 2/3 cup batter and add 2 tbsp. flour. Pour the larger amount of batter into a greased and floured bundt pan. Pour candy bar batter into pan, making sure it doesn't touch the sides of the pan. Bake at 350 for about 50 minutes, until tests done. Cool about 30 minutes before removing from pan. Turn out onto plate and let cool completely. Put glaze over the top, letting it drizzle down the sides.

Melt together:
2 chopped candy bars
2 tbsp. water
2 tbsp. butter.
Drizzle over cooled cake
NOTE: I add a little powdered sugar to make glaze a little thicker, but still will drip down the sides of the cake easily.
Judy (in Alaska)
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Crookneck Squash Bread Recipe

3-1/2 c. sifted flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 c. oil
3 c. sugar (may be half brown, half white)
2/3 c. water (save from cooking squash); cool*
2 c. cooked summer crookneck squash, strained
1 c. chop nuts
2 tsp. soda
1-1/2 tsp. salt
4 eggs

Sift dry ingredients. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Divide and pour into 2 greased loaf pans. Bake at 325 degrees for approximately 1-1/2 hours. Cool before removing from pans. Freezes well. Makes good muffins too.

* Reduce water if squash is very juicy.
Linda in NM
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How do you modify a meatloaf recipe in a loaf pan to one that makes 4 mini-loaves? Our house went down from 5 members to just my husband and myself. I am trying to make the same recipes, eat half and freeze the other half. Does anyone have suggestions and recipes that might help me?
Norma in San Diego

Nancy, with all the zucchini being harvested and all the associated recipes being posted lately using zucchini as an ingredient, I'd like to add a TNT recipe that I don't remember seeing yet.
Myron Drinkwater - Lake Forest, CA

Zucchini Chocolate Cake Recipe

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1-3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 cups grated zucchini
1/4 cup Hershey's cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla (or vanilla extract)
2 large eggs (could use 3 small I guess)
1/2 cup cooking oil
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk (or sour milk)
3/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Sift the flour, baking soda, cocoa and salt into a large mixing bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter, cooking and sugar.

Add the eggs one at a time beating well until thoroughly blended. Mix in alternately in small amounts the grated zucchini, the flour mixture and the buttermilk. Add the vanilla and stir until thoroughly combined. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish or pan. If using, spread or sprinkle the chocolate chips and chopped nuts over the top. Bake, uncovered, in a preheated oven at 325° for 1 hour or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. When cake is done, remove from oven and let cool before frosting.
Yield: 15 servings

Note: This cake is very moist and doesn't need to be frosted, unless desired.
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I like seasoned popcorn. I don't have many recipes I have tried but the two recipes below are some I like. Does anyone else have some seasoned popcorn recipes they would like to share?
Linda in NM

Blue Cheese Pop Corn:
Melt 1 Cup(s) butter or margarine. Stir in 1 package blue cheese salad dressing mix. Toss with 6 quarts freshly popped Jolly Time Pop Corn.

Parmesan Pop Corn:
Melt 1/4 Cup(s) butter. Pour over 2 quarts popped Jolly Time Pop Corn. Add 1/2 Cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese and 1 - 2 Tsp(s) salt. Mix well.
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This is another great option for pitch-ins and at holiday events, when oven space is at a premium. You can easily add a pound of browned ground chuck or beef to the dish, if desired.
Robbie IN

Crock Pot Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

1 pkg. (12 oz.) elbow macaroni
1 can (13 oz.) evaporated milk
1-1/2 cups milk can use skim, 2% or whole
4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese or other cheeses
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. dry mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook macaroni according to package directions; do not over cook. Rinse in cold water and drain thoroughly. Lightly grease inside of crock pot (can use cooking spray or a crockpot liner) and place all ingredients in the pot and mix together well. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours, stirring a couple of times.
Robbie IN
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Shanna wanted sugar free French salad dressing recipes in the 8/29 newsletter. Here is one recipe you might like.
Robbie IN

French Dressing Recipe

1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt- I omit this.
1 teaspoon Splenda or more to taste
dash of freshly ground black pepper or white pepper
3/4 cup corn or canola oil
1 tablespoon grated onion
1/3 cup sugar free ketchup
1/2 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon paprika
dash Worcestershire sauce
dash hot pepper sauce, optional

Dissolve the salt and Splenda in the vinegar. Add the pepper. Add the oil, onion, ketchup, garlic, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and hot pepper sauce if using. Wisk all together, or put in a bottle and shake to combine ingredients. Store in air tight container in the refrigerator.
Robbie IN
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This is for Christie about tomatoes. I always used my dishwasher. Put them on the top shelf, put dishwasher on rinse and hold with hot water. Let them sit for a few minutes and then peel. Some times the skins are off for you. No boiling water to cope with.
From Southern Lou.

Use your imagination to create different versions of this smoothie. It is a nice alternative to ice coffee.
Robbie IN

Coffee Smoothie Recipe

1 cup strongly brewed coffee, cooled
1 cup milk, cold (whole, 2%, or skim, whatever you prefer)
2 heaping tablespoons instant vanilla pudding powder
1-3 teaspoons of sugar or sugar substitute , depending on how sweet you like your coffee
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups of ice cubes (add more if you want a thicker smoothie)

Add all of the ingredients to the blender and blend until no ice chunks remain.

Use chocolate, eggnog or other flavor of puddings

Half a frozen banana (this will thicken the smoothie up even further)
2 Tablespoons of chocolate syrup
a dash of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon instant coffee (for super coffee flavor)
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
whipped cream on top
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Marion in Atlanta wanted a pot luck dish (not a dessert) . I usually make an antipasto for parties. Take a large aluminum foil disposable pan and lay a thick layer of chopped lettuce in it. Add olives, cubed provolone cheese, marinated mushrooms, artichoke hearts, grape tomatoes, halved hard boiled eggs (make deviled if you have the time) , thinly sliced red Spanish onion rings and Genoa salami sliced thin and cut into strips or wedges. Have a bottle of Italian dressing next to it or add it at the last minute.

In your 9/2/14 newsletter you have a recipe for "Stuffed Zucchini", in the instructions how to put it together you have egg listed but there is no mention of any eggs in the ingredients, was this just forgotten. Please let me know how many eggs.
Shirley in Wisconsin

I will look into the recipe and make corrections by tomorrow.

Cubed Steak with Mushrooms Recipe

butter or margarine
1 lb. mushrooms, thinly sliced
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
6 beef cubed steaks
1/2 c. red wine (or chicken broth)
1/4 c. water
2 Tbsp. minced parsley

In 12-inch skillet over medium heat in 1/4 hot butter, cook mushrooms 5 minutes, stirring occasionally; spoon into small bowl and keep warm. Combine flour, salt and pepper and use to coat steaks. In same skillet, on medium-high heat, in 2 tablespoons hot butter, cook steaks, a few at a time, 3 minutes on each side for medium-rare or until desired doneness. Add more butter if needed. Remove steaks to warm platter and keep warm. Reduce heat to low; add cooking wine and water. Stir to loosen brown bits on bottom of skillet. Heat to boiling; remove from heat. To serve, top cubed steaks with mushrooms. Spoon sauce over mushrooms and steaks. Sprinkle with parsley.
Makes 6 servings.
Mary J
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Breaded Cube Steaks Recipe

16 single saltines
1/4 c. flour
4 cube steaks
1 c. milk
2 eggs
3 Tbsp. oil

In small bowl beat eggs and milk together. In another bowl crumble crackers into flour. Roll cube steaks out thin. Salt cube steaks. Dip both sides in egg and milk mixture; then roll in flour and cracker mixture. In a large skillet, melt 3 tablespoons oil. Let meat brown on one side and then turn. Cook 20 minutes on low heat. You may have to add more oil as meat fries.
Makes 4 Servings
Mary J
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Oriental Cube Steaks Recipe

6 cube steaks
2 green peppers
1 onion, cut in sections
fresh mushrooms
1 c. water
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
soy sauce

Cut cube steaks into bite size pieces (strips). Marinate in soy sauce for a few hours. Brown meat. Sauté peppers, onions and mushrooms. Mix together add 1 cup water and cornstarch. Serve over rice.
Makes 6 servings.
Mary J
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Country Fried Steak Recipe

4 pieces cubed steak
flour to coat well
salt and pepper to taste
cooking oil

Fry steak until done. Put in a pressure cooker pot as it becomes done. When all steak is done, make a big pan of gravy with the steak drippings. Empty gravy into pressure cooker over steak, stirring well. Put cover on cooker and weight. When it comes to the pressure point, lower heat and cook 20 to 30 minutes. The weight should move 1 or 2 times per minute. Great dish with mashed potatoes or rice.
Makes 4 Servings
Mary J
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Cube Steaks and Noodles Recipe

4 to 6 medium cube steaks
1 medium pepper
1 medium onion
2 large cans (28 ounce) tomatoes
1 (16 oz.) pkg. noodles
black pepper
onion salt
garlic salt
1/2 stick butter

Place tomatoes in crock-pot on high setting. Cube pepper and onion. Brown cube steaks in frying pan with butter, peppers and onions. Flavor with seasonings to taste. Place cube steaks in tomatoes until tender. Cook noodles; drain and rinse. Pour cube steaks and sauce over noodles and serve.
Makes 4-6 Servings
Mary J
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Old Fashioned Vinegar Pie Recipe

1-1/4 c. granulated sugar
1-1/2 c. boiling water
1/3 c. vinegar
1/3 c. cornstarch
Dash nutmeg

Stir ingredients together and cook until clear and thick. Stir 1/2 mixture into 3 beaten egg yolks. Place entire filing on back of the stove for 1 minute, add 1 tbsp. butter and pour into baked shell. If you wish to be fancy, use meringue as a topping.
Files of Mrs. Johnson, Canadian TX
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Crock Pot Apples Recipe

3 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of fresh grated nutmeg, optional
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup granulated sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons of butter, cut in small pieces

Place apple slices in the slow crockpot and stir in remaining ingredients. Dot with butter. Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours, or until apples are tender but not mushy. Stir about halfway through cooking. Makes 2-1/2 to 3 cups. Great as a dessert.
Cathy TX
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