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Nana's Homemade Dumplings Recipe | Mayctlas's Chili Recipe | Tangy Sugar Peas Recipe | Meat Rolls Recipe | Thyme Roasted Sausage and Vegetables Recipe | Red Velvet Cookie from a Cake Mix Recipe | Snockers Boozy Cake Mix Cookies Recipe | Creamed Spinach Recipe | Green Rice Casserole Recipe | Tomato Stuffed Chicken Breasts | Lemon Ice Cream Pie Recipe | Sugar Free Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe | Bill's Family Mahogany Cake Recipe | Roasted Vegetables Recipe
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For Granny B. this is the recipe I use for a homemade dumpling. although I often just use the drop biscuit method on the Bisquick box.

Nana's Homemade Dumplings Recipe

1-1/4 cup unsifted flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup water. Stir together till moistened but not beaten.

Drop by a teaspoon amount into boiling chicken broth with boned chicken. Cover and boil three minutes.
Nana in SE Ohio
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Margaret might like to try this chili recipe. It is our favorite
recipe and it isn't too hot. My hubby doesn't care for real
spicy hot chili, so was happy when I found this recipe. He
really likes it.

Mayctlas's Chili Recipe

5 slices bacon
8 oz. Italian-style sausage links, sliced
1-1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1 small green pepper, copped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 to 1-1/2 tbsp. chili powder (adjust to your taste)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. oregano
2-1/2 cups water
1 can (12 oz.) tomato paste
1 can (16 oz.) pinto beans, drained
1 can (16 oz.) kidney beans, or small red beans, undrained

In large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp; drain and crumble. set aside. Brown sausage in same saucepan; drain, reserving 2 tbsp. drippings. Set sausage aside. In reserved drippings, brown ground beef, onion, green pepper and garlic. Add bacon, sausage, chili powder, salt and oregano. Stir in water and tomato paste. Bring to boiling; simmer, covered for 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Stir in beans. Simmer, covered for 30 minutes longer.
Suggested condiments to serve with cooked chili: chopped onion, shredded cheese and chopped jalapeno peppers. We like the chili as is.
Judy (in Alaska)
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For Margaret in the 3/10 newsletter, who has a batch of chili that is too spicy hot for her family, probably your best option is to make another batch without any of the spices and combine it with the one you have that is too hot spicy. Once combined you can freeze half of it for a later use, if you don't feel you can eat it all in a few days. Good Luck. With the price of food none of us want to throw any food away.
Robbie IN

If you are wanting a veggie with lots of flavor and texture, try sugar peas with this delicious glaze.

Tangy Sugar Peas Recipe

1 pound of fresh sugar peas, steamed
4 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tablespoon margarine or butter

Steam sugar peas until crisp tender. In small bowl mix glaze of sugar, cornstarch, vinegar.
Melt oleo in 10 inch skillet . Pour steamed peas into skillet. Sear lightly in melted margarine, stir gently. Pour the glaze over the seared peas and stir gently to coat thoroughly. Serve hot.

If cooking for two, I recommend preparing only 1/2 the recipe because the quality of the peas is much better cooked fresh. I have never tried the frozen sugar peas cooked by this method and cannot say that the texture would be the equivalent of the fresh ones.
Marvis in Texas
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This question is for Marvis in Texas in the N/L of re: Marvis’ Chocolate Batter Pudding Recipe. Under the Sauce ingredients is boiling water supposed to be 1 (one) cup boiling water? Please clarify. I would love to try this recipe.
Thanks Nancy for all you do for us Nancylanders.
Ditamac FL/MI

In the newsletter of March 9 Barb had a recipe for English Pea Salad. Are the 2 cans of peas to be drained? The recipe does not say. Thank you, and Thanks Nancy for the unselfish work you do for we readers.
Fae N C

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For Margaret in the 3/10 newsletter, who has a batch of chili that is too spicy hot for her family, probably your best option is to make another batch without any of the spices and combine it with the one you have that is too hot spicy. Once combined you can freeze half of it for a later use, if you don't feel you can eat it all in a few days. Good Luck. With the price of food none of us want to throw any food away.
Robbie IN


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No newsletter was posted online yesterday.  There were enough messages to post and I had a bad headache.  Allergies get to me once in a while and along with it comes a bad headache.  Today I am feeling better. 

I saw the request for Creamed Spinach. This brought back a memory from when I was very young.

I was at a Luau and there wasn’t much in the line of food that I really liked. I spotted this dish which I thought was creamed spinach only to find, after tasting it, that it was Octopus. After that I stuck to the fresh fruit.
Anita in Camarillo

Robbie, Thanks for the recipe for Green Chile Rice (3/10). It is not what I had but certainly looks like something I would like to try. The rice at the restaurant was similar to the standard Mexican style rice served, just green and much tastier.
Anita in Camarillo

This is really a good and different hamburger recipe. You have to plan ahead, as has to be chilled several hours or overnight before baking.

Miracle Meat Rolls Recipe

1-1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups mashed potatoes
2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1/3 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
2 tbsp. green onion slices
Salt & pepper, to taste

Combine beef, bread crumbs, 1 egg and 1/2 tsp. salt; mix well. Pat meat mixture into a 14 x 8 inch rectangle on foil or waxed paper. Combine mashed potatoes, hard cooked eggs, salad dressing, cheese, celery and onion and green onions, mixing lightly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Spread potato mixture over meat. Roll up jelly roll fashion, beginning at narrow end. Chill several hours or overnight. Slice meat roll into 6 servings. Bake on rack of broiler pan at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes. Can serve Creamy Sauce over meat slices, if desired.

Creamy Sauce (optional)
1 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing
1/3 cup milk
2 tbsp. green onion slices

Combine in saucepan; mix well. Heat over low heat and serve over meat rolls (I don't use).
Judy (in Alaska)
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For Robin in VA.
Good for fall/winter. When you multiply it you will need to roast it on a rimmed foil-covered cookie sheet.
If it needs to be all vegetable, just add a bit extra olive oil & skip the meat. Not quite as good, though.

Thyme Roasted Sausage and Vegetables Recipe

1 EACH sweet red apple & ripe pear (or 2 apples), quartered
2 EACH very small yellow & red potatoes, or 4 of whichever you have, cut in 1/2" thick wedges
2 leeks, white & light green parts only, halved crosswise & lengthwise
8 sprigs thyme leaves
2 T. plain olive oil
Plenty of fresh ground sea salt & fresh ground pepper
1 to 2 5-6" sausages, cut in 1-1 1/2" pieces, andouille, smoked, kielbasa, etc.

Heat oven to 425º & lightly spray a 9" x 13" pan. Add apple, pear, potatoes, leeks, thyme, oil, salt, & pepper; toss & roast for 15 minutes. Stir the vegetables & add the sausage, pushing the pieces down into vegetables; roast 20 minutes more, or till sausage is very hot & veggies are tender. Good with buttered rye bread. Serves 2 to 3, easy to double, but might need to roast for a few more minutes.

Roasted Italian Vegetables like Olive Garden served with Tilapia Dinner

Amount you need of yellow squash &/or zucchini, cut in 1/2" thick slices & halved

About 1/4 as much red bell pepper cut in strips as you needed squash

1 T. minced garlic per each 5 c. veggies
2 T. plain olive oil per each 5 c. veggies
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning per each 5 c. veggies
1/4 tsp. EACH salt, pepper, dried basil, dried oregano, dried marjoram, & dried thyme per each 5 c.
Coarse salt & pepper to taste, added later

Mix all but coarse seasonings well in a bowl; chill till needed.

Heat oven to 450º, & lay veggies out on foil-covered cookie sheets; grind salt & pepper on to taste.
Bake veggies for 14 - 16 minutes, till just done & lightly browned.
Marilyn in FL
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For Barb.

Red Velvet Cookie from a Cake Mix Recipe

1 box Red Velvet cake mix (2 layer)
2 eggs
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 c. white chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 T. sugar in a small bowl or saucer
Your own cream cheese frosting or decorator frosting for quicker set-up, OPT.

Combine all but chips and sugar; stir in chips. Roll into balls a little bigger than a walnut, or use a small meatball maker; place on parchment. These don't spread too much so you can get a good many on a sheet. With a glass dipped in the sugar, press down slightly. Bake at 350º till tops crackle, about 10 minutes. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container, or adding frosting if you like. If frosted, allow to cool about another 4 hours. These looked festive when we made them with red, white, & blue sprinkles on the frosting for the Armed Forces Recruiters Christmas Party, and they're pretty tasty, even without frosting.
Makes 6 - 6 1/2 dozen.
Marilyn in FL
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Snockers Boozy Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

1 fudge cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 c. vegetable oil
5/8 c. whiskey, brandy, or bourbon
1 c. EACH chopped pecans & butterscotch chips (can be semi-sweet chocolate too)

Mix all but nuts & chips; fold them in last. Drop by large teaspoonfuls onto parchment & bake at 350º for 10 minutes. Cool on a rack. About 5 -5 1/2 dozen. Not world-beaters but really EZ & fast.
Marilyn in FL
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For Anita in Camarillo.

Green Rice Recipe
for the rice cooker

1 c. jasmine rice or other long grain
1 5/8 c. water
1 c. frozen peas
1/2 c. EACH scallions & celery heart with leaves, sliced
1 tsp. minced garlic
2 stems EACH parsley& cilantro
1 c. torn fresh spinach (opt. but I usually have & use it)
1 jalapeno` or 2 Serrano` peppers, minced
1 strand EACH thyme & marjoram leaves (opt)
2 T. butter OR plenty of Molly McButter
6 - 8 grinds of black pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder or more to taste
Lime wedges

Start rice & water in cooker; when it shuts off, add rest of ingredients; let steam 10 minutes. & serve hot, with lime wedges on the side to squeeze over it. Serves 4 - 5. If you have any left over, add to hot broth next day & season to taste for a light soup.
Marilyn in FL
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For Barb.

New Fashioned Creamed Spinach Recipe

2 T. butter
1 small onion, sliced in rings
1/2 to 1 1/4 lb. fresh cleaned spinach
1 1/2 buds or tsp. minced garlic, divided
1/4 c. canned or 1/3 c. grated fresh parmesan cheese
1/4 c. dried crumbs from real bread, not from a can
1/2 rounded c. sour cream, lower fat is fine

Have everything ready before starting to cook. In a wok, sauté the onion & half the garlic in butter for a-
about 5 - 6 minutes on Medium heat; add rest of garlic, then spinach a little at a time, wilting it to fit into the pan; sauté
9 - 10 minutes more. Blend in cheese, crumbs, & sour cream; heat well but don't boil. If it must be held a little while, take off heat & cover. Serves up to 4. Nice accent is pickled banana pepper rings.
Marilyn in FL
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Margaret asked for help to
cool down her too hot chili. She could make the recipe again without adding chili seasonings, then add to the first hot recipe. Or, she could add a can of diced tomatoes, or sauce, then serve it over rice or pasta. Sour cream on top would cool the chili too.
Betty in ME.

I am looking for a
healthy granola bar recipe. With little, fat and calories. Does any one have such a recipe to share?
Thank you in advance,
Barb from Fla

Hi Nancy and all in Nancyland :) Anita was looking for a green rice recipe. I have been making one for over 30 years as it is my daughters favorite side dish. She requests it every birthday LOL Hope you like it if you try it.
Donna in KS

Green Rice Casserole Recipe

20 ounces frozen chopped broccoli
4 cups cooked rice
1 cup chopped white onion
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

Cook broccoli only slightly then drain. Sauté onions in butter. Combine all ingredients but save some cheese for top of casserole. Put in greased casserole dish and bake uncovered at 325 for 25 minutes.
Serves 4 nicely
Donna in KS
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Mozzarella, Mushroom and Tomato Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Serves 6

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
6 oz. mozzarella, sliced
1/2 (8 oz.) jar sun-dried tomato halves
1 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for filling
1 sprig rosemary, de-stemmed
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350º F and lightly grease a baking sheet with non-stick spray.

Cut chicken breasts in half horizontally (as though you were going to butterfly them, but slice all the way through), place between 2 layers of plastic wrap and pound chicken out to 1/4-inch thickness. Season all sides with salt and pepper.
Heat olive oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat and sauté mushrooms and rosemary until softened and browned. 5-7 minutes.

Transfer mushrooms, rosemary and cooking juices to food processor and add olives and 4-5 tomato halves. Pour in 2 teaspoons sun-dried tomato packing oil, oregano and basil.
Pulse mixture for 10 seconds, or until semi-smooth, but still grainy. Add more olive oil if mixture needs to be smoother.
Spoon 1/2-1 tablespoon tomato mixture onto each piece of chicken breast, top with 1 slice mozzarella (shredded into pieces) and roll chicken into a little log. Transfer chicken logs, seam side down, to baking sheet.

Top chicken with another slice of mozzarella, remaining sauce and 1 tomato half.

Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink.
Remove from oven and let rest 5-7 minutes before serving.
(From All Summer Recipes Exchange (Sue))
Source: 12 Tomatoes
Anna in Sweden
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I like to make this pie for Easter. It is tangy, light and refreshing.

Luscious Lemon Ice Cream Pie Recipe

1 prepared (8 inch) graham cracker pie shell
1 pkg. (3 oz.) lemon Jello
1-1/4 cups boiling water
1 pint (2 cups) vanilla ice cream
1 tsp. grated lemon rind

Dissolve Jello in boiling water. Add ice cream, by spoonfuls, stirring until melted and smooth. Add lemon rind. Pour into pie crust. Chill until firm, about 2 hours.

NOTE: I garnish the top with whipped cream around the edges and sprinkle additional grated lemon rind on the whipped cream.
Judy (in Alaska)
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This is a recipe for Sue in March 10th Kitchen Letter;
Mary Jo in MD

Fat Free Sugar Free Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

This is a good mix that has no fat or sugar. To make a cup of hot chocolate use 1/4 cup of mix and 1 cup hot water

3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup Splenda granular
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 (1 ounce) package fat and sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
Mix all ingredients together. Store in airtight container.
Mary Jo
Rose in Wi.sent in this recipe as well.
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Re: Please clarify the one quart pan size for Marvis's Chocolate Batter Pudding.

I make mine in an 8x4 pyrex dish or preferrably a 9x6 Pyrex dish. This dessert is a very moist pudding type with a little crusty top.
Marvis in Texas

Nancy, This recipe has been in my family for over 100 years. When I started in baking it myself, it was around 1946-7, in a wood burning cook stove, our old stove was all chrome and black iron, with a warming oven across the top, and water reservoir on the right side, oven in the middle. Water for the once a week bathing were also heated in, and on it.
And yes we did use a broom straw, to see if it was done.
I liked it when my Mom would make Burnt Sugar Frosting for it. I just used vanilla, a little milk, and powdered sugar, and put a lot of it on.
Both my Mother. and my Grandmother had baked it when they were young.
bill, Alb.

Bill's Family Mahogany Cake Recipe

2/3 Cup of Butter or Margarine
1-2/3 Cups of Sugar
2 eggs beaten
2 cups flour
1 tsp. fresh Baking Powder
1-1/3 cups of brewed coffee, see below on how they are divided, and reserved

2/3 Cups (BREWED) Coffee, make a large pot so you have plenty for a cup of coffee, with the finished cake. later

1 cup of Hot Brewed Coffee, with 1 Level TSP. of baking soda in it.
Combine, and bring to a boil (DON'T BURN IT) Reserve

1 cup of Hot Brewed Coffee
2/3 Cup of Cocoa, and Reserve.

Note Be careful when you boil the cup of coffee, with the chocolate in it, it will want to run over very easily.

Cream butter, sugar, eggs, add the cocoa/coffee mix. flour and baking powder.

Then Add the reserved coffee with soda.
Mix thoroughly.

Bake in a 350 degree oven with the large old metal cake pan, until DONE, TEST WITH A BROOM STRAW...
That's how WE tested it... Must come out clean, when stuck in the middle of the cake.

When baked, Turn the pan upside down on a large serving platter, or a foil covered cutting board, let cool, then frost with:
Chocolate, and confectioners sugar icing. Or Burnt Sugar icing with Shredded Coconut is fantastic.

Note: If you do the shredded coconut, put it back in the oven to brown a little bit...
Served with a large glass of ice cold milk... Priceless

ENJOY bill, Alb.
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Roasted Vegetables Recipe

1 lb. new potatoes
1 lb. Yams
1 Zucchini
2 Yellow Squash
3 lg. carrots
2 med. onions
2 tbsp. olive or vegetable oil
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. Oregano
Season Salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut potatoes into 1-inch pieces. Peel yams, cut into 1-inch pieces. Slice Zucchini and Squash into thick slices. Cut carrots into 1-inch pieces. Cut onions into 1/2-inch wedges. In roasting pan, toss vegetables with oil and herbs or use Italian salad dressing. Roast 1 hour until tender, stirring occasionally
Can also use green peppers, mushrooms.

I like to make a lot of these because they are so good left over.
Marion in Atlanta.
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I use
Bisquick for my Dumplings and they come out perfect everytime. I think the recipe is on the box. I also use it for Turkey during the holidays. I cook all the bones and clean them, and then add the turkey back to the broth. I add potatoes and peas and let it come to a boil then add the dumplings. The quantity of the potatoes and peas depends on how much turkey and broth you have left. I have been doing this for years and my family really likes it.
Marion in Atlanta.

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