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Laura's Jerky Recipe | Robbie's Chicken Alfredo Recipe | Nana's Mexican Lasagna Recipe | Nana's Mexican Lasagna Recipe | Mary Jo's Lasagna Mexicana Recipe | Mary Jo's Cod Fish Cakes Recipe | Crockpot Apple Butter Recipe | Preparing Chicken Gizzards Recipe | Barb's Chicken Gizzards Recipe | Terry's Chicken Gizzards in Sauce Recipe | Mary's Chicken Gizzards Recipe |

Need fresh apple cake recipe | Is Heavy Cream the same as whipping cream | need recipe recipe similar to Popeye's Chicken's coleslaw | need special recipe for Valentine's Day to make for my husband | need recipe for batter for catfish fingers | need recipe that uses orange Jell-O, white chocolate pudding, cool whip and mandarin oranges | need recipe for tomato bread | question why my chocolate chip cookies flatten out as I bake them | need recipe for bourbon pecan chicken | need recipe for banana bread  that is moist.
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Good morning Nancy,
Here is an old jerky recipe.

Laura's Jerky Recipe

Can use lean beef, deer or turkey breast. Slice meat no more then 1/4" thick. To season, salt, pepper and seasonall salt on both sides of meat. Coat the meat with liquid smoke. making sure all of the meat is coated. Place in glass dish crisscrossing meat in the dish. Put in refrigerator 8 hours or overnight.

Put in dehydrator and dry for 6 to 8 hours. Check on meat and turn trays every 2 hours. This recipe came from the Amarillo, Texas news paper, back in the early sixty's.
Always enjoy your newsletter so much.
Laura in Texas
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I am new to the newsletter and did not know how to submit questions. I am hoping this is the way to do it.

First question
Does anyone have a fresh apple cake recipe with homemade caramel icing?

Second question, Hi Nancy,
Is Heavy Cream the same as whipping cream?
Thanks, Joyce

I am looking for a cheesecake recipe that is made in a muffin pan (individual size) and makes it's own crust.

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This is one of the recipes I have for Chicken Alfredo. I will send the other one later this week, depending on what others submit. Mary might want to cut the recipe in half, since it makes a large quantity.
Robbie IN

Robbie's Chicken Alfredo Recipe

1 package Butterball or Tyson Chicken Strips-thaw-cut bite sized
1 pound Fettuccini Pasta
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion-fine chopped
1 bell pepper-fine chopped-I used red & green
2 Tbsp garlic-minced
1 Tbsp basil

Mushroom Alfredo Sauce

1 can evaporated milk or 2 cups milk (can use 2 cups Half & Half

2 cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup or Cream of Chicken Soup
2-4oz cans mushrooms with juice
salt to taste
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
Parsley 2 Tbsp fresh or 2 tsp dried

Cook pasta in large pot as directed-drain and return to pot. While pasta cooks, heat olive oil in a skillet. Sauté chicken, onions, peppers, minced garlic and basil for 5-8 minutes.

In a saucepan, mix all sauce ingredients, heat over med-low stirring until well heated and slightly thick. Add chicken mixture to pasta. At this point you can add the sauce to the pot or you can plate the pasta and top it with sauce. ***You can moisten leftovers by adding a little more milk and gently heating. Can add sour cream and Parmesan Cheese, if desired.
Robbie IN
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It is hard to believe but Valentine's Day is almost here. Can someone suggest a special recipe to make for my husband? It needs to be simple.

Re: Hello Nancy's Kitchen, is there a way to make "buttermilk" , I recall something about a combination of vinegar and milk? Thanks, great website!
Mary A

Make Buttermilk from Milk (for baking)
Take a 1 cup measuring cup put in 1 Tbsp. lemon juice or vinegar and fill with milk to make 1 cup. Let sit for 5 minutes and then use. Or if you have some heavy whipping cream – pour into a quart jar with a tight fitting lid and shake until the cream turns into butter and pour off the buttermilk. take the butter and wash in cold water until all of the buttermilk is gone. Put in refrigerator-can add salt or leave unsalted.
Emma from Montana

My kitties want to know what is going on inside and outside the house.  Today Ditto walked on my keys (that have a electric garage door opener on them) so that he could open the garage door to see what was happening outside.  Not only did he open the garage door with the opener on my keychain but he used his paws and opened the door between house and the garage.  I have always called him Nosy Rosie (even if he is a male cat) but today he proved it.  Just wish he would not do it while I am in the shower.

My cats won't leave the garage, they just stand on the line where the garage door comes down or they sit on top of my car.  Both cats were outside cats before they became my indoor cats.  Now, it is impossible to push them out a door.  Going outside is not what they want to do, they just want to see what is going on out there.

Today, when I got out of the shower found both cats on sitting top of my car in the garage. They were enjoying watching the kids across the street play on their skateboards.  Ditto is all the time turning on the tv with the remote.  I turn off the TV and it magically comes back on.  Found out by putting a camera on the remote that Ditto just walks all over the remove until the TV comes on.  I assume that is how he pushed the electric door opener as well. 

They really make me laugh sometimes.  Ditto has been able to open any door with his paws for many years.  Several days ago I shut them out of the computer room.  Little One just meows on the other side of the door.  Ditto opened the door, picked up his favorite furry mouse and walked out. Ditto then guarded the door so Little One wouldn't come in and bother me. I only thought I was in charge here. 

Nana's Mexican Lasagna Recipe

1 pound ground beef
1 can refried beans (15 oz. size)
1 envelope dry taco seasoning mix.

Brown the meat and mix with the beans and seasoning.
In a 9x13 baking dish that has been buttered or sprayed with Pam place:
3 uncooked lasagna noodles

Alternately layer the meat mixture with 3 more noodles. Continue until you have three layers, ending with meat.

Pour a large size jar of salsa over all (mild to hot as you desire and at least 18 oz. size) 2 2/3 cups of hot water. Do not stir. Cover with foil.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Remove foil and top with 2 cups shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese.

Return to oven long enough to melt the cheese. Let stand a few minutes before cutting.
Nana in SE Ohio
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This recipe if for Cheryl in Feb. 2nd news letter. It came from a lady I use to work with and was always popular when we had a luncheon.
Mary Jo in MD

Mary Jo's Lasagna Mexicana Recipe

1 pound ground beef
˝ cup chopped onion
1 envelope (1 1/4 ounce) Old El Paso taco seasoning mix
1 can (8 ounce) Tomato sauce
1 can (15 ounce) Old El Paso mexi-beans
1 can (4 ounce) Old El Paso chopped green chilies
6 (8 inch) flour tortillas, halved, divided usage
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided usage
Brown ground beef and onion in skillet, drain fat. Stir in
seasoning mix, tomato sauce, mexi-beans and green chilies. Layer half of tortillas on bottom of 12" x 8" baking dish. Spread half of meat mixture over, and sprinkle with half of cheese. Repeat layers. Bake in 350° preheated oven for 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Refrigerate unused portion in airtight container.
Mary Jo in MD
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This recipe is for Sheri in Feb 2nd newsletter. Outside Lexington Mkt. in Baltimore they use to sell these on the corner. So good. Mary Jo in MD

Mary Jo's Cod Fish Cakes Recipe

Can of Cod fish
1 cup of mashed potatoes
1 tbsp. finely minced onion
2 tbsps. milk
1 beaten egg
1 tsp. finely chopped parsley
1.2 tsp. black pepper
Beat well with a spoon to form a smooth mixture. Form into 6 patties and dust with a little flour. Melt a little butter in a
Mary Jo in MD
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When you cook with glass baking ware you need to lower the temp 25 degrees. Bake for the recommended time.

Deb wanted apple butter recipes (2/1 newsletter). You may need to experiment with the spices and sugar to get the exact flavor that you remember from your mom's recipe. You can adjust the spices in each recipe to your taste, as well as the amount of sugar. Apple Butter makes a great gift. You can also make peach butter, pear butter and pumpkin butter, all of which are delicious.
Robbie IN

Crockpot Apple Butter Recipe

Peel enough apples to fill crock pot, slice thin.
4 cups sugar
3 tsps. cinnamon
dash ground cloves
dash allspice
dash ginger

Fill crock pot with peeled, sliced apples. DO NOT ADD WATER. Cover and cook overnight on low or at least 12 hours. DO NOT STIR. In the morning, add sugar and spices. Stir well. Cook UNCOVERED 4 to 5 hours on high, stirring often. Put in clean sterilized jars and seal. Note: There are some people who drop the "red hot" cinnamon candies in the batch to melt and have a cinnamon flavor. I have even heard of people adding a package of Strawberry Kool-Aid. Some people add 1/3 cup apple juice as their crockpot to avoid any sticking during the first few
Robbie IN
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I would like to have the recipe similar to Popeye's Chicken's coleslaw.
Thank you, Ellen

For Pam in Ohio, yesterdays newsletter. I use Dr. LaMars Ultimate salt. I get it at health food store. It is not cheap but works for EVERYTHING. It tastes just like salt but it is great, Salt is 100% sodium chloride this has a little in it but mostly minerals. I cannot have straight salt but my doc oked this one. IT has potassium, tricalcium, magnesium, iron,copper, manganese, chromium and trace minerals. You only need a little not near as much as regular salt. I've used it for years with no problem. Only time I would use kosher salt is in canning. Otherwise I use this.
Judy in Montana

To CM, Feb 2 asking about tenderizing tough meat. Get a meat tenderizer tool and beat your meat on both sides for a minute. Heat a pan with a Tbsp olive oil, sear your meat on both sides. Pour 1/2 c water or beef broth into pan, cover with lid, lower heat and cook 5 minutes on each side (I like mine well done). This can be done with chicken and pork too.
Brenda, Summerville

To tenderize meat you need to marinade it in some sort of acid like lemon. For example I marinade pork chops in lemon juice for several hours. I also like to marinade my chicken in lemon juice and olive oil with some Italian seasoning, not because it needs tenderizing but because it tastes good. I believe wine is also a good tenderizer. Also cooking meat low and slow will also break down the tough cuts of meat.
Marion in Atlanta

Hi Nancy!
Does anyone have the recipe for batter for catfish fingers.
Thanks, Janis

I am looking for a recipe that uses orange Jell-O, white chocolate pudding, cool whip and mandarin oranges you mix this all together. I can't remember if any thing else goes in it. I think it's called orange dream icicle.

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I would like to know if anyone has a recipe for tomato bread.

Question: I am not sure how long ago I saw this. It was a recipe for Pork Chops and Sauerkraut,
1 large can sauerkraut
1 large potato
1/2 large onion
1 lb. pork chops
2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 can beer
You were to layer in casserole, pour beer overall and cook at 325 degree oven for 2 hours

My questions in what order do you layer, do you cover or not
There was no name on the recipe and I am sorry not sure the time frame. Can anyone help me.

Carolyn, Rochester, New York

Hi Nancy! I am a new member to your newsletter and it is absolutely wonderful. Thank you and thanks to all the contributors for all their effort and input. I wanted to ask if anyone can advise me on the reason why my chocolate chip cookies flatten out as I bake them. I made some last night for my kids. The taste was great but they always flatten out too much. I roll them into balls when I bake them.
Thanks for any advice.
Kathy in IN

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Re: This is for NancyLander's husband loves chicken gizzards. My preparation method is very simple.

Preparing Chicken Gizzards Recipe
Wash them well, being certain to have all the extraneous pieces of tough yellow lining out. Then, I dredge about half of them in flour, to which I have added the herbs and spices that sound good to me that day. I then brown and drain all of the gizzards (those that have been dredged in flour and those that have not). Finally, they go into the crock pot with a small amount of water (maybe 1/2 cup) and cook on low for 6-8 hours. That's it! My son, also loves gizzards and makes his own some mornings before he leaves for work, so they are ready when he gets home -- not really a well rounded meal, but with a salad not too bad.
I hope your son enjoys them!
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Barb's Chicken Gizzards Recipe

This recipe is for Diane whose son likes chicken gizzards. I put the chicken gizzards in chicken broth along with celery and onions. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 1-1/2 hour - until gizzards are tender and done. Thicken with corn starch and server over buttered noodles or rice.
Enjoy., Barb
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Terry's Chicken Gizzards in Sauce Recipe

I also love chicken gizzards. My favorite way of cooking them is in a sauce. I sauté and chopped onion and some garlic in olive oil then I add the gizzards and brown them. Once browned I add a can of tomato puree something with no paste added. parsley salt and pepper stir and cook until gizzards are as tender as you like them. You can serve this sauce over spaghetti, or just eat it like it is with a nice hunk of Italian bread. Hope you like it.
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Mary's Chicken Gizzards Recipe

I use one package of taco seasoning and 1/2 cup of flour. Dredge the gizzards in the seasoning/flour mix and fry in oil or margarine in a fry pan or deep fryer until golden brown.
Hope this helps! Mary
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Recently I attended a luncheon and had bourbon pecan chicken. The chicken had a batter of pecans and a bourbon sauce on top of it. It was so good. Has anyone made this before and would you share your tried and tested recipe.
Thanks, Chris

I have been looking for a banana bread recipe that is moist. The banana bread recipes I have tried turn out dry. I would appreciate any and all recipes. Thank you!
Ginger, San Antonio, Texas


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