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This one is just a little different from the others sent in, but here it is if you'd like to use it.

'Souper' Scalloped Potatoes

10 oz. Cream of Mushroom or Cream of Celery soup
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. snipped parsley
1/4 tsp. coarse black pepper
4 c. thinly sliced potatoes
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
Butter & paprika

Mix soup, milk, parsley, & pepper. In a buttered 2 qt. casserole layer potatoes, onions, & sauce; repeat twice. Dot with butter & dust with paprika. Cover & bake 1 hour at 375º, uncover & bake 15 minutes more, till potatoes are tender & top is golden brown.
Serves 4 - 8.

**Add chopped spam, ham, Canadian bacon or pre-cooked bacon with the onions, according you what you want or what you've got. If using mushroom soup, you can add nutrition with a drained can of sliced mushrooms; if using celery soup, nuke sliced celery till tender & add it with the onions instead.

Go another whole route & use Cream of Chicken soup, & add some left-over chopped chicken. Easy to see this was a go-to dinner at our house lots of times.

Oh, & for those of us who love Mexican and Tex-Mex flavors, it is good topped with pico de gallo no matter which way you make it.
Marilyn in FL
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In response to Sandy in Iowa's question on Sept.27th. Gluten free does not lower carb count. Gluten free means that a protein found in wheat and some other grains that some people cannot digest has been removed. Gluten free seems to be the latest food promotion by the industry and people are paying a premium price for anything labeled gluten free. One of my pet peeves is seeing grocery items labeled gluten free as a selling point when there never was gluten in it to begin with. I have even seen that stuck on milk. If an item does not contain wheat, barley or rye it is naturally gluten free. This includes dairy foods, eggs, fruits, and vegetables . These items still include carbohydrates and fats though so as a diabetic this must be taken into account. Gluten free is not a weight loss product. It is truly only helpful for those with an inability to digest the grain protein which is Celiac Disease. I hope this helps clear some of the misconceptions.
Nana in SE Ohio

I love ham loaf with a glaze on top.  I used to have a recipe but have lost it somewhere.  Would someone in NancyLand share their TNT recipe.
Linda NM

Louisiana Style Potato Wedges Recipe
Serving Size : 4

3 large russet potatoes cut into large wedges
2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce -- optional

For the spice mixture
1 tablespoon minced dried onion flakes
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Filé powder -- optional

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray foil with vegetable cooking spray. To prepare spice mixture, in a large bowl, combine onion flakes, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper and filé powder. Mix well. Add potato wedges to bowl; toss to coat.

Arrange potato wedges in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake potatoes, turning once, until golden brown, 20 to 30 minutes. Sprinkle with red pepper sauce, if desired.
Source: Weekend Recipes (Richard Lee Holbert)
Anna in Sweden
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Hi Nancy, this in reply to Grama in the newsletter Sept. 28th, 2014. She was asking if anyone has the Nu-Wave Cooktop and what kind of cookware do you use on it. Well I bought one back in March of this year, my cookware didn’t work on it so I bought the Cookware Nu-Wave Cookware at Walmart. It was 99.00. You get a 10 & 1/2 inch fry pan, no lid, a Dutch oven and 2 saucepans all of them have lids. I believe the saucepans are 1 and 1/2 qt. and 2 and 1/2 qts. It is the best cookware that I have ever owned. I only use it on my Nu-Wave cooktop. It is so easy to clean. Everything just wipes right out of it. It is salmon in color on the inside. It is a heavy gauge, everything cooks evenly. I cannot praise it enough. I just love it. Just follow their instructions for using it and you too will love it. I wanted a lid for the frypan so I went on line and the lids come for a 9 inch frypan and the 10 and 1/2 so I also ordered the 9 inch fry pan.
Linda in Grass Valley

I am helping with a party.  I have been asked to bring the punch.  One of the suggestions was Poor Man's Champagne.  I have never heard of it.  Does anyone have a favorite recipe for it.


-Brownie Mix and ingredients listed to make
-Packaged Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

How to Make:
1 scoop of brownie batter + 1 scoop of cookie dough in a muffin pan = brookies!

Make brownie and cookie mixes according to box directions. Bake as directed on box BUT start checking about half way through the directed time so your brownies stay moist (remember they are a smaller cook area when made as a muffin size and it will vary a little for each oven)

Suggestion: Bake on 350 degrees F for 20 minutes, but start checking around 12-15 minutes...Yum!!!
Sherry IN
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This was served at a recent gathering that I attended. Ham & Cheese Filled Loaves This would be a great choice for those needing dishes for a pitch-in, where it is difficult to take heated sandwiches. Be creative and use roast beef, corn beef, pepperoni or other meats in place of the ham. You can also just make one loaf, if serving a small group.
Robbie IN

Ham and Cheese Loaves Recipe

2 loaves Italian breads
2 (8 oz.) pkg. softened cream cheese-can use flavored
1/2 lb. ham, sliced
4 stalks scallions, chopped
1 red, yellow or green pepper, chopped
4 slices cheese, cut in 4 strips each- can use American, Swiss, Cheddar, Pepper Jack or other flavor

2 dill pickles , quartered and well drained of juice
aluminum foil

Slice one Italian bread lengthwise, being careful not to cut all the way through. Hollow out both sides. Save the bread you remove for another recipe or share with the birds.

Spread 1 package cream cheese evenly on both sides spread 1/2 of the chopped scallions and peppers on top of cream cheese. Place 1/4 pound of the sliced ham lengthwise on bread, covering both sides and overlapping. Put strips of cheese on ham, forming 2 rows on either side of bread. Put quartered pickle slices between cheese strips.

Roll the ham up into a tube and roll the cheese and pickle into a small long log. Then close the Italian bread with the ham log inside. Wrap the whole Italian bread in aluminum foil, compressing bread while rolling. Refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, slice into 3/4 inch strips across the tubes and arrange the slices pyramid style on serving dish. Repeat with the second loaf of Italian bread. Can substitute sweet pickles, sliced mushrooms or sliced olives for the dill pickles.
Robbie IN
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I have friends coming in from out of state.  When I asked what kinds of things they like to eat, one of the things they said was vegetarian chili.  I have made chili but never vegetarian chili.  I need a recipe that has been tried and tested and suggestions of food that would complete the meal.

A big thank you to Pat in So. Cal. for sending in the crockpot recipe from Judy in Alaska. It was the one I was looking for. I knew of the ingredients, as I have used them in roasts and stew meat. I couldn't remember the amounts of the ingredients or how long to cook in the crockpot. Fall is here and I use many crockpot recipes. This was a keeper and now I have it again. When I made it, I doubled the amounts of gravy ingredients and added baby carrots and sliced potatoes. I love one pot meals. It was a delicious comforting meal. I knew this group would help me out. Thanks so much!
Sandy in Iowa



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Hi Nancy, Love your website and have enjoyed many good dishes from your recipes. I noticed that you were publishing chicken liver recipes and thought you might like to share this one.

Crockpot Chicken Livers Recipe

1 lb. chicken livers
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 slices bacon
3 green onion with tops, chopped
1 cup chicken bouillon
10 oz. can cream of mushroom soup
4 oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained

Combine flour, salt & pepper. Toss bite sized pieces of liver in flour mixture. Fry bacon in skillet until crisped and remove from skillet. Add livers and onions to bacon grease in skillet and sauté until livers are lightly browned. Put liver and onions in crockpot. Pour bouillon into skillet and heat while stirring to loosen pan drippings. Pour over livers in crockpot and stir in soup and mushrooms. Crumble bacon piece over all, cover and cook at LOW for 4-6 hours. Good served over rice or buttered noodles.
Mary Ann R
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Liver Casserole Recipe

1 lb. pork liver or 3/4 lb. beef liver
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. melted shortening
1 c. water
1 onion, chopped
1 c. celery, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 can tomatoes, chopped
1/2 c. barbecue sauce

Preheat oven to 425°. Cut liver into bite size chunks. Coat with flour; place in uncovered baking pan with 1/3 cup melted shortening. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Brown in oven about 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Saute onion, celery and green pepper in remaining shortening in frying pan. Cook until onion is clear. Stir in 3 tablespoons flour; add 1 cup water, tomatoes and barbecue sauce. Cook until thickened. Drain liver. Place in casserole and pour sauce mixture over liver. Cover and return to oven. Reduce heat to 300° and bake about 30 minutes.
Serves 5 or 6.
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For Halloween!

Bloody Eyeballs on the Rocks Recipe

12 Radishes
7 oz. Olives, pimiento-stuffed
46 oz.Tomato juice

Prepare before day you plan to serve them.
Peel radishes, leaving thin streaks of red skin on them for blood vessels. Using tip of vegetable peeler or small knife, carefully scoop out a small hole in each radish. Stuff a green olive, pimiento side out, in each hole. Place 1 radish eyeball in each section of an empty ice cube tray. ( May need to pare down a bit to fit) Fill tray w/water & freeze overnight. Pour tall glasses 3/4 full of tomato juice & add pair of eyeballs to each glass.
Athena in DE
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I used to raise parrots and fed a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables. Fighting fruit flies was a constant problem until a fellow bird person showed me her trick. Save baby food jars and lids -- take a nail and poke several holes in the lid. Add a piece of really ripe banana or fill the jar about 1/3 full with apple cider vinegar (the real stuff!). Replace the lid and set the jars around the area.

No fuss, no mess - just toss it out when it looses its potency and set up another jar.
Helen (TX)

I had a bad melon from the farm market. The fruit flies were insane. I put out tall jars with apple cider vinegar. They landed in them and died because they couldn't get out. They were gone in 1 day!
Peggy B

Fruit Fly Problem Solver

I just let a little Daddy Long Legs type spider live in my kitchen garden window. He takes care of them and we are both happy. LOL
Anita in Camarillo

I believe this is what Rosemarie KS needed in the 9/29 newsletter. Good Luck getting rid of all of them.
Robbie IN

Fruit flies Removal
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it 1/2" with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dishwashing liquid, mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!
Robbie IN

I am happy to help out someone else. Rosemarie in rural Kansas City asked about the remedy for fruit flies. I use apple cider vinegar in a jar lid or shallow container, plus a drop or two of Dawn dish liquid. I set it in the sink overnight, because I believe that they like to go in the drain at night. Even if you don't see a lot of dead flies in the vinegar the next day, there seems to be less of them around. Hope this works for you, too.
Sandy in Iowa

This is for Rosemarie in Kansas requesting how to get rid of fruit flies in Sept.29 newsletter. I have tried almost everything as a bait that I read about or could think of but I found the one thing those pests seem to just love and it is over ripe pear cut into nickel sized pieces.

Cut up a few pieces in a small plastic tub(from sour cream or yogurt), Cover with clear shrink wrap and hold it in place with an elastic band. Poke a few small holes in the top with a knife point and twist to make the holes stay open just bigger than the fruit flies. Best trap ever!! I have tried apple cider vinegar, beer, water with yeast, different fruits but the best is pears with banana coming in second.
Luciveta in Canada

The method for getting rid of fruit flies is simple. I do it when ever I need to. Just put cider vinegar in a small container and leave it out. The fruit flies drown themselves in it and soon they are all gone.
Marlene, Albany

This for Sandy in Ia. Try 1/2 cup of cider vinegar, 1/3 cup warm water and a couple of drops of dish washing detergent. This worked for me. The dishwashing soap is to keep them from getting our of the mixture after they land in it.
Mary Jo in MD

Hi Nancy and ALL! for the person looking for a fruit fly catcher, I use a disposable cup with some cider vinegar, and one to 2 drops of dish soap! I place one or 2 around my kitchen, one next to my sink, and one near my fresh fruit! These little buggers have been bad this year!!! Good luck! We actually stopped kitchen composting as it was helping them to survive! Hope your cups look like a bunch of dead fruit flies!

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