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April 11, 2016  | Everyday Recipes
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Today's Recipes
German Chocolate Coconut Crunch Cookies Recipe | Caramel Chocolate Squares Recipe | Veggie Trio on Sweet Mash Recipe | Fruity Spicy Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe | Take-Out Rangoons Recipe | Turkey Cutlets Recipe | Oven-Baked Egg Rolls Recipe | Caramel Apple Toffee Blondies | Speedy Salmon Croquettes Recipe

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I know I got the second recipe from a magazine advertising Betty Crocker cake mixes, but am not sure about the first recipe. Although both recipes call for German Chocolate mixes, I believe you could use any flavor that would match with the other ingredients.
Robbie IN

German Chocolate Coconut Crunch Cookies Recipe

1 pkg. German chocolate cake mix
1 c. butter, softened
2 eggs
1 c. coconut
1 c. chopped walnuts
1 c. crushed corn flakes or other cereal flakes
1 c. rolled oats
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 to 2 tbsp. sugar

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, combine cake mix, butter and eggs; mix well. Add coconut, walnuts, corn flakes, rolled oats and chocolate chips; mix well. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2-inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten with glass dipped in sugar. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet.
Robbie IN
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Caramel Chocolate Squares Recipe

1 pkg. (14 oz.) Kraft caramels
1 can (5 oz.) evaporated milk
1 pkg. Betty Crocker Super Moist German chocolate cake mix
2/3 c. butter, melted
3/4 c. coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
1 pkg. (6 oz.) chocolate chips, semi-sweet
1 c. flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat caramels and 1/4 cup of milk in saucepan, over medium heat, stirring constantly until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth. (Can do in microwave on medium.) Keep mixture warm over low heat, stirring occasionally.
Mix cake mix (dry), butter, remaining milk and the nuts. Spread half of dough (1 1/2 cups) in ungreased pan, 13 x 9 x 2 inches. Bake 6 minutes, remove from oven. Sprinkle chocolate chips and coconut over baked layer. Drizzle caramel mixture over chocolate chips and coconut. Drop remaining dough by teaspoons onto caramel layer, spreading evenly. Bake until cake portion is slightly dry to touch, 15 to 20 minutes; cool completely. Refrigerate until firm before cutting.
Robbie IN
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Most Sundays I take Little One and Ditto for a ride in my car to watch ducks or geese.  The past several weeks I haven't had any extra time to take the kitties for their duck watching.  Yesterday, Ditto was not going to leave me alone until we went on our weekly "duck watching" trip. I took a an audible book and away we went.  The cats sat on the dash of the car to watch the ducks for a couple of hours. They enjoyed the ducks and I enjoyed Jodi Thomas' book, Restless Moon.  We all came back refreshed.

I think I have to only cats in the US that can be calmed down by listening to an audible book.  Each night I set the timer for 30 minutes and listen to an audible book.  The kitties have the idea that audible book=nap or sleep time. The last two times I took them to Arizona with me they meowed and meowed all the way until I put my cell phone with an audible book playing in their cage with them.  Instant silence and I never heard from them again entire trip. It made for a nicer trip for everyone.     

Healthy recipes with veggies and beans are my current interest and last night I tried the following interesting and tasty recipe.

Veggie Trio on Sweet Mash Recipe

Add 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled & cut into 1 in chunks to large pot of salted ater. Cover partially; heat to boiling on hi. Reduce to med. Simmer 10 min. drain. Mash w/ 3 oz. Greek yogurt & 2 T. butter.

In another large pot, heat 1 T. olive oil on med.
Add 1 bunch kale, chopped
12 oz. mini sweet peppers, sliced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 t. salt. Cook 10 min., stirring.

Add 1 can ( 15 oz.) pinto beans, drained
1 T. lemon juice
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 t. black pepper. Cook 1 min.

Serve over mash; top w/ 1/4 c. sunflower seeds.
445 calories
Athena in DE
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Fruity Spicy Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe

15 oz can pure pumpkin, chilled
12 oz can lowfat evaporated milk, chilled
1 1/2 cups orange juice
1 sliced banana
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 dozen ice cubes
2 tsp cinnamon

Place pumpkin, milk, orange juice, banana, and brown sugar in blender. Blend until smooth. Pour over ice. Sprinkle with cinnamon. SERVE & ENJOY.
Makes 6 Servings
Anna in Sweden
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Take-Out Rangoons Recipe
Serves 15

1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups chopped imitation crab meat (about 3/4 pound)
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions
30 refrigerated wonton wrappers (1/2 pound)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese and garlic powder; mix well with an electric beater. Add crab meat and scallions, stirring until thoroughly mixed.

Place 1 teaspoon crab mixture in center of each wonton. Brush edges lightly with water, then fold in half (one point to an opposite point, like a turnover) over crab mixture, and press to seal. Place on baking sheet.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until crisp and golden, turning once halfway through baking.

Nutritional Data: Calories 107, Calories from Fat 24, Total Fat 2.7g, Saturated Fat 1.5g, Trans Fat 0.0g, Protein 5.1g, Cholesterol 16mg, Sodium 416mg, Total Carbohydrates 15g, Dietary Fiber 0.5g, Sugars 2.8g
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Turkey Cutlets Recipe

2 teaspoons paprika*
1 teaspoon crushed dried thyme*
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon onion powder*
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder*
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 (4-ounce) boneless, skinless turkey breast cutlets

In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients except the turkey; mix well. Rub the turkey cutlets well with the seasoning mixture.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat.

Add the turkey, and cook for 2 minutes per side, or until no pink remains. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Data: Calories 135, Calories from Fat 8.4, Total Fat 0.9g, Saturated Fat 0.3g%, Trans Fat 0.0g, Protein 28g, Cholesterol 70mg, Sodium 348mg, Total Carbohydrates 2.0g, Dietary Fiber 0.6g, Sugars 0.7g
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Oven-Baked Egg Rolls Recipe

1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon garlic powder
5 cups coleslaw mix
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 cup salad shrimp, chopped
10 egg roll wrappers
1 egg, lightly beaten
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and garlic powder; mix well. In a large bowl, combine coleslaw, scallions, and shrimp; mix well. Pour soy sauce mixture over coleslaw mixture, toss to evenly coat, and let stand 15 minutes. Place coleslaw mixture in a colander and squeeze to drain well.

Spoon about 1/3 cup coleslaw mixture evenly onto center of each egg roll wrapper. Lightly brush edges of egg roll with beaten egg. Fold one corner of each egg roll wrapper up over coleslaw mixture, then fold both sides over envelope fashion; roll up tightly. Place seam side down on prepared baking sheet; lightly coat with cooking spray.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned on bottom. Turn over and bake 4 to 5 additional minutes, or until golden brown.

Nutritional Data: Calories 138, Calories from Fat 11, Total Fat 1.2g, Saturated Fat 0.3g, Trans Fat 0.0g, Protein 7.5g, Cholesterol 48mg, Sodium 532mg, Total Carbohydrates 24g, Dietary Fiber 1.5g, Sugars 2.9g
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Speedy Salmon Croquettes Recipe
Serves 7

1 (14-3/4-ounce) can pink salmon, drained, bones removed, and flaked
1 egg
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup herb-seasoned stuffing mix
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup vegetable oil

In a large bowl, combine the salmon, egg, mustard, parsley, onion powder, and pepper; mix well. Stir in the stuffing mix, and form into 14 small patties.

Place the flour in a shallow dish. Add the salmon patties, turning to coat completely.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook in batches for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until golden. Serve immediately.

Nutional Data: Calories 209, Calories from Fat 106, Total Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 1.8g, Trans Fat 0.0g, Protein 16g, Cholesterol 76mg, Sodium 329mg, Total Carbohydrates 9.6g, Dietary Fiber 0.5g, Sugars 0.4g
Sherry (in Indiana)
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Caramel Apple Toffee Blondies
Yield: 24 bars

For the blondies
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 cups flour
2 cups apples, peeled, cored, and diced small
1 cup toffee bits

For the caramel (optional, but amazing)
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.

Cream brown sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Add baking powder, salt, and flour and mix.

Mix in the apples and toffee bits.

Press into prepared pan (dough is very wet and sticky, spray your hands with cooking spray to avoid it sticking to your hands). Bake for about 30-35 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the center just loses the wet look.

Cool bars completely before cutting.

Make the caramel: melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add the brown sugar and stir until the mixture boils. Boil for 1 minute without stirring. Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla and heavy cream. Transfer to a jar to cool.

Serve bars with a generous drizzle of caramel. Store bars in a covered container for up to 3 days.
Sherry (in Indiana)
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