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Nana's Sweet Potato Balls Recipe | Pickled Eggs Recipe | Geri's Crock Pot Chicken Recipe | Nana's Crockpot Chicken Recipe | Nana's Flat Dumplings Recipe | Robbie's Main Dish Recipes with Cream Cheese Recipe | Mint Swirl Brownies Recipe | Garden Toss Salad Recipe
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These make a wonderful appetizer. I always prepared these after Easter with the left over hard boiled eggs, or when I boiled up the eggs to color for Easter, I would boil extras, so could make these.

Pickled Eggs Recipe

2 cups white vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp. prepared mustard
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp. EACH salt, celery seed & mustard seed
6 whole cloves
2 onions, sliced
12 hard cooked eggs, shelled

Slowly blend vinegar and mustard. Add all but eggs and onions; simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally; Cool. Pour over eggs and sliced onions in a tall glass container; cover and refrigerate overnight.
Judy (in Alaska)
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Geri's Crock Pot Chicken Recipe

Place chicken breasts (or whatever parts you like) in a crock pot. Add a jar of salsa and cook for several hours until chicken is done. add cream cheese and cook until melted. (you can also use sour cream instead of cream cheese).
Sometimes I add black beans and corn.
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For Shirley who asked for a main dish recipe that used cream cheese.

Nana's Crockpot Chicken Recipe

Place four boneless skinless chicken breasts in the bottom of the crockpot.

In a bowl mix:
8 oz. softened cream cheese
1 can cream of chicken or mushroom condensed soup, undiluted.
1 tablespoon dry Italian seasoning

Pour over the chicken and cook on low 6 hours or till chicken is done as the pots tend to vary with their temps & cooking times.
Serve over rice or pasta.
Nana in SE Ohio

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Cheryl requested a recipe for sweet potato balls. I make mine without much of a recipe (more of an assembly method) and they are baked , not fried , but are a family favorite especially with the grandchildren.

Nana's Sweet Potato Balls Recipe

Cook and mash sweet potatoes. I usually plan on having at least three cups of the potatoes but amount can be adjusted up or down depending on number of servings desired.

Season the potato mash with salt and pepper and if you like it can add nutmeg or cinnamon. Mix in a generous amount of soft butter, at least a half stick and an egg. I sometimes add a little brown sugar, but I really think the marshmallow provides enough sweetness. Roll the mixture around a whole marshmallow making sure the marshmallow is sealed within the potato mixture. Roll the balls in crushed cornflake crumbs and place in a buttered baking dish or muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Nana in SE Ohio
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For JoAnn who asked for a flat dumpling. I am generally of the camp that considers a biscuit type dough dropped into chicken broth to be a chicken dumpling, but my daughter-in-law makes the flat type as follows and it is the Cracker Barrel style.

Nana's Flat Dumplings Recipe

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Cut in 3 tbsp, solid shortening like Crisco ) I use same amount of butter which I like better).

Stir in 3/4 cup buttermilk or the same amount of milk that has been soured with 1tbsp. vinegar.

Stir gently till a dough forms. Roll on a floured board to thickness you like. Thinner is better. Cut into squares with a knife or a pizza cutter.

Drop into boiling chicken broth with shredded cooked chicken. Reduce heat, cover the pan, and let simmer approx. 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste. You can use self rising flour in the same amount and omit the salt and baking powder. Nana in SE Ohio
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In the 3-5 newsletter Joann ask for the recipe for Cracker Barrel's Dumpling recipe. There is a recipe here for a copy cat.

My mother used to make dumplings called slickums. I make them now. They are just milk or water and flour with a pinch of salt. Some people use shortening or butter. I don't. Make a workable dough that is not to sticky. Roll out on floured board to desired thickness and cut in size or shape you like. Place in boiling broth, then turn down to simmer. Cook until done. No time I just taste after 10 or 15 minutes.
Pat SoCal


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Robbie's Main Dish Recipes with Cream Cheese Recipe
Here are 2 recipes for Shirley, who wanted main dish recipes in the 3/5 newsletter that would use up a small amount of cream cheese that she has. With the first recipe I have browned ground beef, chopped red pepper and onion to add to the dish. The second recipe lists 8 ounces cream cheese, but I typically only use 4 ounces, as my husband prefers the dish made with less.
Robbie IN

Robbie's Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

8 oz. macaroni, uncooked
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1, (3 oz.) pkg. cream cheese at room temperature
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, optional
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 lb. American cheese cubed, can use sharp or white cheese
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 tablespoon unsalted margarine

Preheat oven to 350º. Cook the macaroni according to package directions to just short by 2 to 1 minutes. In a large sauce pan totally melt margarine, then add the flour. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth and bubbly about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. You want the flour taste to cook out. Then add milk and salt. Continue cooking, stirring often, until it has thickened. Stir in macaroni, cream cheese mustard and cubed cheese. Pour into 2 quart greased casserole dish. Mix the crumbs with margarine sprinkling on top of casserole dish. Bake for 20 - 30 minutes.
Robbie IN

Company Casserole Recipe

1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
8 oz. pasta of your choice, macaroni, rigatoni, or other pasta
8 oz. cream cheese (lite is ok) softened
8 oz. cottage cheese ( 1% is ok)
1/4 cup sour cream (lite is ok)
2 14 or 16 oz. can tomato sauce.
2 green pepper chopped
2 large onion, chopped
garlic cloves or powder to taste
grated cheddar cheese (optional)

Cook noodles until almost done. While they are cooking, sauté chopped beef with garlic, peppers, and onions in large frying pan. Drain. Add tomato sauce. Simmer for about 10 minutes to blend flavors. Drain pasta . Put back in pan you cooked them in and add the cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, and chopped green onions or garlic chives, as much as you want. Stir to melt and blend cheeses with the noodles.

Assemble in a 9x13 inch pan that has been sprayed with Pam. Put layer of 1/2 noodle mixture, then 1/2 meat mixture, then rest of noodle mixture, and end with meat sauce on top. I sometimes sprinkle grated cheddar cheese on both meat mixture layers. I use 2% Kraft cheese and grate about a cup.

Bake in a 350 degree oven until bubbly, about 30 to 40 minutes, covered.

I often sprinkle different grated cheeses on top for added flavor. Use the ones you like.
Robbie IN

Variations: Don't put in layers. Just mix all together, put in casserole and bake.
Robbie IN
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These are a perfect sweet treat to make and serve for St. Patrick's Day, but will make any day special.

Mint Swirl Brownies Recipe

1 pkg. (3 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup chopped nuts
1 (1 oz.) square unsweetened chocolate, melted & cooled
1/2 tsp. peppermint flavoring
Several drops green food coloring

Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar together; beat in eggs; add dry ingredients and mix well. Put half of the batter in another bowl and add chocolate and nuts, mix well. Drop chocolate batter checkerboard fashion in a greased and floured
9 inch square baking pan. In the other half batter, mix the food coloring and flavoring and mix well. Spoon this batter in between the the chocolate; swirl gently with table knife to marble. Do NOT over mix! Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes.

Cool before cutting into squares. You can put a glaze on top, if desired, but we like
them best plain.
Judy (in Alaska)
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Question: Does anyone have an exceptionally good
recipe that uses edible flowers?
I have 2 cookbooks with edible flower recipes so I am looking for an exceptional tried and true recipe - not dessert!
Thanks! Athena in DE=

This is a nice tangy salad that I'm sure you will enjoy.
Is a good way to use up left-over ham.

Garden Toss Salad Recipe

2 cups dry elbow macaroni
2 cups diced cooked ham
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 cucumber, diced
1 cup Cheddar cheese, diced
1-1/2 cup sliced ripe black olives
1/4 cup green onions, sliced
2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
2/3 cup bottled Italian dressing
Pepper, to taste

Prepare macaroni according to directions on package; drain. Combine all ingredients. Chill for 2 hours. 6 to 8 servings.
Judy (in Alaska)
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