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January 2, 2016  | Everyday Recipes
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Everyday Recipes from Our Recipe Family.

Today's Recipes - Shish Kabob Shamrock Style Recipe  | Skillet Barbecue Recipe | Sopapilla Cheesecake Recipe | Cream Cheese and Pecan Danish Recipe | Roasted Vegetables Recipe | Roasted Vegetables Recipe | Creamed Spinach Recipe | Spiced Tea Recipe | Stir Fry Chicken and Cashews Recipe | Spiced Tea Recipe | Mexican Style Crock Pot Chicken Recipe | Poorman's Goulash Recipe

Other - Crock Pot Tips and Suggestions | Need substitute for bourbon |  need TNT recipe for honey cake | need recipe for  Creamy Tomato Basil Soup served at Panera's | need recipes using a lot of garlic | Need recipe for TNT White Russian Dressing | need recipe for Chop Soupy | need recipe for pearl onion gravy | question about minced garlic instead of the cloves

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Crock Pot Tips and Suggestions
For all who are looking for crockpot-slow cooker recipes, suggestions and tips, I highly recommend I think Diane WI was the one who originally shared this great site. The site has hundreds of recipes, many of which have reviews and information about how others added or left out specific ingredients. the new programmable crockpots-slow cookers are wonderful; since the newer versions cook at a higher temperature and food is often done in six - eight hours, when many who are away from home during the work day are gone nine to ten or more hours. Before they had programmable units, I relied on our sons to turn the unit on before they left for school; of course this often required at least one phone call to insure that it got done.

I hope everyone had a great New Year's Eve. We spent the evening celebrating having our electricity fully restored. We had to have the breaker box at the electrical pole replaced.
Robbie IN

Re: Lamb I am a huge “lamb fan”. I was introduced to lamb chops when I was a child and my family would vacation in Ocean City, NJ and a restaurant served lamb chops and eggs for breakfast. Then when I was in college, I had a boyfriend who lived in Philadelphia and every Sunday he mother would make a leg of lamb with garlic slivers inserted.

My son was allergic to eggs and wheat so his high school breakfast was lamb chops ( for the protein). I think I previously sent in “Helen Hayes’ Leg of Lamb” recipe. Here’s another one:

Shish Kabob Shamrock Style Recipe

2 lbs. lean lamb
2 c. olive oil
1/2 c. tarragon vinegar
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. white pepper
1/2 t. curry powder
2 bay leaves
1/2 t. lemon juice
Dash Tabasco Sauce
12 mushroom caps
12 thick slices tomato
12 slices bacon
2 green peppers
1 large onion

Cut lamb into 1 inch cubes. Combine oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper & curry powder, bay leaf, lemon juice & Tabasco. Marinate meat in this mixture 24 hours. Remove meat from marinade. Cut onion & green pepper in 1 inch square & sauté in butter, but do not brown. Remove from fire & cool. Place on skewer in order: mushroom cap, tomato slice, bacon, lamb cube, bacon, lamb cube, green pepper, onion, bacon, lamb cube, tomato slice & mushroom cap. Complete 6 portions in this manner. May be broiled (my way) or cooked in hot oven or over outdoor charcoal fire.
Serve w/rice pilaf.
6 portions.
(Source: Shamrock Cliff Motor Hotel, Rhode Island)
Athena in DE
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I'm not sure what Kathy in LA wants in the fillings for small cakes. I have filled cupcakes before and used things like Raspberry jam or Strawberry jam. You could make a Bavarian cream. Almost anything that you would fill a doughnut or cupcake with should work as long as it's kind of thick. Pie fillings such as cherry or blueberry or even apple should work.
Abby in still to warm Atlanta

I was told I have IBS. Need help understanding it. What should I eat, what should I avoid. any help would be appreciated.
Rita in Tulsa

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Skillet Barbecue Recipe

1/2 cup chopped Onions
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 (12 oz.) can Spam cut in julienne strips
Cook onion in butter until tender. Add other ingredients. Simmer uncovered 15 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns. Makes 6 servings.

Sauce also good with leftover ham and used as a barbecue sauce for chicken.
Mary J
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You didn't say how long you baked the banana bread or at what temperature or what size pan you were using. All of those make a difference. I don't know what your recipe called for but changing any one of those would make a difference in the time you baked it. The tried and true method (no matter what the directions say) is to stick a toothpick in the center, if it comes out clean it should be done. Check your over temperature with a thermometer too. Each oven bakes differently. I find that most of my recipes need about 10 minutes longer than what most recipes call for, but that would depend on your recipe.
Abby in still warm in Atlanta


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Nancy and friends I wish to thank Patti in NM in newsletter around 12/30 about a substitute for Molasses and that would be the only recipe that I would use Molasses in. Also we try to watch our sugar in take, yes even at Christmas time, so that we don't run in to health problems. I appreciate what she had to say.

Around 12/31 Mary wanted a recipe for spare ribs. First we have in the past, I mean many years ago, we ate spare ribs but we have gone to eating country ribs. The reason we switched was more meat on the country ribs compared to the spare ribs. Mary I stilled fixed the country ribs the same as spare ribs and that was in the Crock Pot. It is real simple put a thin layer of BBQ sauce in the bottom of crock the a layer of ribs then more BBQ sauce and continue to layer until you have used all the ribs and have topped the layer with BBQ sauce. Cook them about 6 to 8 hours on low. About every 2 to 3 hours I remove as much sauce as possible so the ribs get semi dark the way they look when done on the grill.

I'm going to try a recipe for onion soup this week and will let you know if it is good or not.

Sitting at my computer looking out a window with the sun out, rear site, a slit breeze and temperature of 30 degree the highest in a few days. We had a dusting of snow on New Years eve but nothing big yet.

Everyone have a great day. Nancy and 4 legged associates take care, stay safe and stay comfortable.
Susie Indy

Sopapilla Cheesecake Recipe

3 - 8oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
2 pkgs. crescent roll dough
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

Press one package crescent roll dough into a lightly greased 9x13" pan, sealing all seams. Mix cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and vanilla. Spread over crescent rolls.

Press second package of crescent roll dough together on table and carefully transfer to cover cream cheese filling, close any gaps in seams. Pour melted butter over dough.

Mix 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle all over top. Bake at 350 for 25 - 30 minutes. Do not overbake! Let cool for 1- 2 hours. Serve or store in refrigerator.
Lisa in TX
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Would you please send me a TNT recipe for honey cake? Thank you

Cream Cheese and Pecan Danish Recipe

1 sheet frozen Puff Pastry, thawed
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup chopped pecans
2 (3 oz.) packages Cream Cheese, softened
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

Creamy Glaze:
1 (3 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 tbsp. milk
3/4 c. powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unfold pastry; roll to 15x10 inch rectangle. Place in 15x10x1 inch jelly roll pan. Beat 6 ounces cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, egg and vanilla in small mixing bowl at medium speed with electric mixer until well blended. Stir in 1/2 cup pecans.

Spread cream cheese mixture over pastry to within 3 inches from outer edges. Make 2-inch cuts at 1-inch intervals in long sides of pastry. Crisscross strips over filling. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool.

Mix the glaze ingredients together well. Drizzle with Creamy Glaze. Sprinkle with remaining pecans.
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I have a recipe that calls for bourbon. What can I substitute for bourbon?
Thank you, Judy

Roasted Vegetables Recipe

6 cups 1-inch chunks small red potatoes and/or other vegetables (Parsnips,
carrots, and squash work especially well.)
1/4 cup pure olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (not necessary but helps stop burning and helps cleanup). Put vegetable chucks on pan, sprinkle with olive oil, and toss. Roast until tender; about 10 to 15 minutes. Insert fork or sharp knife to test for doneness. Add salt and pepper.
Yield: 6 servings

Nutrition Information: 155 calories, 9.22 g fat, 1.52 g protein, 18.8 g
carbohydrate, 3.25 fiber, 0.0 mg cholesterol, 656 mg sodium
Source: Eat Right for Your Metabolism by Felicia Drury
Linda NM
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Hi to everyone --
Does anyone have a CopyCat recipe or any recipe that is close to the Creamy Tomato Basil Soup served at Panera's? It is just so wonderful. Of course, I'd like it not to have cream or anything really "bad" in it, but I'm sure that's not the case. Hope someone out there can help me. Happy New Year to you, Nancy -- and to everyone who reads this wonderful
Linda NM

Request: I would appreciate any healthy recipes using a lot of garlic, but not Italian dishes.

This recipe for creamed spinach is from a cookbook from the Berghoff family in Chicago. They had a very famous restaurant(gentleman's club actually) I ate there once and this is the best spinach I have ever tasted. I hope you enjoy it.

Creamed Spinach Recipe

2 cups half and half
1 cup milk
1 1/2 t. chicken base or 1 cube chicken bouillon
1/2 t. Tabasco sauce
1/2 t. ground nutmeg
1/4 t. granulated garlic
1/8 t. celery salt
4 T. unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 ( 10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry (2 1/2 cups)
salt and ground white pepper, if desired
ground nutmeg for garnish
crisp ,cooked, crumbled bacon, for garnish

In a medium size saucepan, heat the half and half , milk, chicken base, Tabasco, and seasonings to a simmer. Remove from the heat and keep warm.

In another medium size saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk well to combine. Cook this mixture for 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Slowly whisk the heated milk mixture into the butter mixture a little at a time ,whisking constantly until smooth. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until it thickens. The sauce will be very thick.
Stir in the spinach and simmer for 5 minutes. Adjust seasonings. Serve while hot.

To serve: Place the hot creamed spinach in a bowl, sprinkled with and extra touch of ground nutmeg on top. Top each serving with 1 T. of crisp cooked, crumbled bacon.

From the Berghoff Family Cookbook, page 170 Andrews McMeel Publishing
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I've got a recipe request for you...does anyone have a good TNT White Russian Dressing that they would share??

Thank you for all the recipes sent in for liver and onions.

Hi Nancy and Happy New Year!
I was wondering if anyone might have a TNT recipe that is called "Chop Soupy". I believe it is a Campbell's Soup recipe. My mother used to make it and I have lost the recipe. I would really appreciate it if someone out there might have the recipe and would share it. I think my family would really enjoy this recipe. Thanks in advance and thank you, Nancy for a wonderful newsletter!
Karen in Central FL

Stir Fry Chicken and Cashews Recipe

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in thin strips
2 tbsps. soy sauce
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 small cabbage, shredded (about 4 cups)
2 tbsps. oil
1 tsp. sugar
6 oz. pkg. cashews
1 small onion chopped
1 tsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 lb. mushrooms
2 tbs. oil
3 oz. Chinese noodles or rice

In bowl, place chicken with 2 tbs. soy sauce and 1 tbs. cornstarch. Blend well. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Heat 2 tbs. oil in wok or skillet on high. Add chicken, stir fry until white and firm. Add onion and mushrooms, stir fry until tender and soft. Place in heated bowl. Add 2 tbs. oil to wok. Stir in cabbage and sugar. Stir fry 3-4 minutes, until cabbage is tender crisp. Return chicken and vegetable mixture to wok. Add nuts. Toss to combine. Add 1 tbsp. cornstarch to 1/4 cup soy sauce. Add to wok. Stir Cover and steam for 1 minute. Uncover, stir until thickens. Serve over noodles or rice.
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Enjoy your site very much and have started printing out recipes to try as they all sound good. thanks so much. I am not sure how to ask questions. 

Does anyone know or have a recipe for pearl onion gravy? I had one once and lost it.

This recipe was posted by Zelda several years ago. I got it out today to make for this winter. Thanks Zelda for sending it in.

Spiced Tea Recipe

2 cups Tang
3/4 cup instant tea
1 large pkg. lemonade
1/2 cup sugar substitute (I use Splenda)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 pkg. red hots (optional)

Mix thoroughly. Store in jar. Add 2 heaping teaspoons in a cup of boiling water.
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Mexican Style Crock Pot Chicken Recipe

In a large crock pot put - 1 cup, washed, dry pinto beans, 1 1/2 cups of a good chunky salsa, 2 Tbl of chopped chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, 2 Tbl flour, 8 to 10 boneless skinless chicken thighs, 1 onion chopped, 1 large red bell pepper chopped, or a green one, and some salt and pepper. Add 2 cups of water or chicken broth. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours. Serve topped with sour cream and chopped scallions and if you really want some heat as I do, some chopped jalapeno peppers and be sure to have some hot corn bread on the side!
Enjoy Billie
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Poorman's Goulash Recipe

2 lbs. hamburger meat
1 bell pepper chopped
1 small pkg. of taco seasoning
garlic salt, salt pepper to taste
1/4 cup dried onions
1 can whole kernel corn (drained)
2 cans chopped tomatoes
2 cans tomato soup
6 cups cooked elbow macaroni

Brown hamburger meat and bell pepper, drain, add taco seasonings and dried onions, add corn, garlic salt, salt and pepper.... add chopped tomatoes & tomato soup. simmer until hot. add cooked macaroni to hamburger mixture and mix well & serve (I divide the recipe in half. )
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If you use minced garlic instead of the cloves of garlic what would be the measurement
that would equal I clove?


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