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December 18, 2016  | Everyday Recipes
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Today's Recipes -  Spinach Meatball Soup Recipe | Santa's Favorite Cheesecake Recipe | Spinach Meatball Soup Recipe | Christmas Crock Pot Corn Recipe | Robbie's Tamale Pie Recipes | Santa's Muffin Hat Decoration | Easy Microwave Pralines Recipe |

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Thank you to all who sent many recipes in response to my requests. I forwarded the ones for Velveeta Cheese Fudge to my sister. I will be trying some of the others.
Merry Christmas, Anita in Camarillo

Spinach Meatball Soup Recipe

For the meatballs:
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
1/3 cup grated parmesan
10 oz frozen chopped spinach — thawed and squeezed very dry
For the soup:
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 celery, sliced
1 28-oz can whole peeled tomatoes
6 cups chicken broth
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 tsp dried oregano
2 bay leaves
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
salt - pepper to taste
1 parmesan rind, optional
1 medium turnip, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 large Yukon gold potato, cut into 1/2-inch dice

Make the meatballs: Add the eggs, milk, and breadcrumbs to a large bowl; stir to combine. Add the meat, garlic, salt, pepper, parmesan, and spinach. Use your hands to thoroughly, yet gently, combine ingredients. With slightly damp hands, roll into about 40 one-inch balls.
In a lg soup pot, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil over med heat. Add meatballs, and cook, turning occasionally to brown all sides, until cooked through, about 8 min. You may need to work in two batches. (Don't overcrowd the meatballs while cooking or they won't brown nicely.) Transfer the meatballs to a plate.
Heat the same soup pot, over medium-low heat; add the onion, and cook until translucent, about 7 min. Add the garlic, carrots, and celery, and cook for 2 to 3 min. Add the tomatoes with their juice. Roughly chop the tomatoes with kitchen shears. Add the chicken broth, whole sprigs of rosemary and thyme, chopped basil, oregano, crushed red pepper, salt, pepper, and the parmesan rind. Bring to a boil. Add the turnip, potato, and meatballs. Bring back to a boil, then lower heat to a brisk simmer. Simmer uncovered for 45 min to an hour, stirring occasionally (or even longer — just use lower heat to maintain a very gentle simmer at this point).
When ready to serve, remove the rosemary and thyme stems (the leaves will have detached into the soup), the bay leaves, and the parmesan rind. Serve topped generously with grated parmesan. ENJOY !!!!!!! It is soooo good
Source: Lieslicious
Judy in Montana
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This was featured in a recent Mr. Food posting and will grace our table at Christmas dinner.

Santa's Favorite Cheesecake Recipe

1 1/2 cups finely crushed chocolate graham crackers Coupons
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, divided
5 drops red food color
5 drops green food color

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, 1 tablespoon sugar, and butter; mix well. Press into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan to form a crust; set aside.
In a large bowl, with an electric beater on medium speed, beat cream cheese and remaining 1 cup sugar until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla extract; mix well.
Reserve 1/2 cup batter and pour remaining batter over prepared crust.
Divide 1/2 cup batter into 2 small bowls and add 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract to each bowl. Add red food color to one bowl and green food color to other bowl; mix each one well.
Spoon each colored batter onto white batter in dollops. Using a knife, swirl batters together to create a marbled effect.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until almost set in center. Allow to cool completely then cover and chill for at least 8 hours or overnight.
Complete the holiday theme by garnishing each slice of cheesecake with a blizzard of whipped cream and a miniature candy cane, if desired.
Sherry (in Indiana)
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This is a busy time of the year for everyone. Some newsletters may not have as many recipes, replies and tips.  I will send out the newsletter each day when there are at least three recipes, tips or suggestions. Some newsletters may be shorter than others because of this.

Robbie's Tamale Pie Recipes
Here are more tamale pie recipes for Anita. Each is a little different. I typically make the second recipe, but not everyone likes bans. I also like using the salsa in the recipe.
Robbie IN

Slow Cooker Tamale Pie Recipe

1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup yellow corn meal
1-1/2 cups milk
1 egg, beaten
1 pkg. chili seasoning mix
2 minced garlic cloves
Salt and pepper to taste
1 lb. can diced tomatoes
1 lb. whole kernel corn, drained
2-1/4 oz. sliced ripe olives, drained
1 cup Cheddar cheese, grated

Brown ground beef and onions. Drain grease. Stir together cornmeal, milk and egg.
Add rest of ingredients, except cheese. Spray slow cooker with non stick spray. Pour into slow cooker, cover, cook on high 3 to 4 hours.
Sprinkle cheese over top, cover and cook another five minutes or until cheese is melted.
Robbie In

Baked Tamale Pie Recipe

1 lb. ground beef, ground turkey or ground chicken browned
1/2 med. onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. oregano
1 cup mild salsa or 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce or Rotel tomatoes
1 can black beans or chili beans
1 tbsp. chili powder (or to taste

Brown meat and onions, drain, add tomato sauce, beans, chili powder, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper to taste. Add enough water so mixture is covered. Simmer 15-20 minutes. Pour into a 2 quart baking dish and top with cornbread batter.
Bake in 350 degree oven about 40 -45 minutes.

Corn Bread Batter
1/2 c. cornmeal
1/2 c. flour
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. milk
2 tbsp. oil
1 egg
2 tbsp. jalapeno peppers (optional)
1/3 c. cheddar cheese in 1/2-inch cubes

Combine all ingredients for Corn Bread Batter. Use in above recipe.
For a variation, rings of jalapeno peppers (or chopped peppers) and cubes of cheddar cheese may be added to the corn bread batter.
Robbie IN


Tamale Pie Recipe 2
Corn Meal Crust
5 c. water
2 tsp. salt - I use less than half
1 tsp. chili powder
2 1/2 c. corn meal

Combine cold water, salt, chili powder, and cornmeal in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until thickened approximately 12 - 15 minutes), stirring frequently. Line the sides and bottom of a buttered 2 quart casserole with 2/3 of the corn meal mixture.

Tamale Pie Filling
1 lb. ground beef - can use ground turkey or chicken
1 c. chopped onions
1/2 c. chopped celery- optional
1 c. sliced olives- optional
2 c. tomatoes
1 c. cream style corn
1 tbsp. chili powder
2 salt to taste
1 c. grated cheese

Brown the meat, add remaining ingredients, except cheese. Simmer about 20 minutes. Place in casserole, top with remaining crust. Sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake in oven 350 degrees about 40 -45 minutes.
Robbie IN
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I'm looking for a Raisin Bran Muffin recipe that I could use in aGift Jar. Could use the help ASAP as I want to get them made up for Christmas gifts. Thank you Nancy for the hard work that you put into the newsletter for us to enjoy.

Christmas Crock Pot Corn Recipe

3- pkgs. (10 ounce) frozen corn (I used Green Giant extra sweet niblets)
2- 8 oz pkgs cream cheese
1/4 cup butter - cubed
3 tablespoons of water (I didn't add)
3 tablespoons of milk (I used 1/2 & ˝ cream)
2 tablespoons of sugar

Combine all of the above in Crock Pot and cook on low for 4 hours. Stir occasionally. You can do it in 2-3 hours if you turn it up on high, but you have to watch that it doesn't burn.
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Santa's Muffin Hat Decoration
Take one round brownie (baked in a mini muffin pan and cooled). With a piping bag, pipe white store bought icing around the top edge of the brownie. Place a strawberry upside down on the center of the icing. Pipe a round ball of icing on the tip of the strawberry. It looks like a Santa's hat and tastes good too!
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Easy Microwave Pralines Recipe

Stir together 3/4 c. buttermilk, 2 c. sugar, 2 c. pecan halves, 1/8 t. salt and 2 T. butter in 4-5 qt. microwave dish. Cook 12 minutes on HIGH, stirring at 4 minute intervals. Then stir in 1 t. baking soda. This last step gives the pralines a caramel color. Beat mixture until tacky, about 1 minute. Drop by teaspoonful on a sheet of nostick foil. These are very easy to make. No watching for soft ball stage. They are delicious just like the expensive ones. Great for a cookie or candy sale at church. Unfortunately, right after I discovered this wonderful recipe, I found I had diabetes so I have not made them in years.
Merry Christmas to all.
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Hope someone can help. I had a recipe, not sure where it came from, but it started with a refrigerated sugar cookie dough. You added a flavoring, lemon I think and crumbled it up. Put half (I think) in pan and spread some kind of filling, fruit I think, over it and then crumbled the rest of the cookie dough over it. Does this sound like something anyone in Nancy Land has and if so, does anyone have the real recipe? I could try it without one and hope for the best, and will if it comes to that, but would like the real recipe and directions if possible.
Thanks, Sandra

Creamed Corn Recipe

2 (15 - 16 oz.) cans whole kernel yellow corn,drained or 1 (16 oz.) bag frozen corn
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup or 1 stick butter

Place corn into a medium sauce pan. Gently stir flour and sugar into the flour until it is mixed and without any lumps of flour. Add butter and milk. Cook on medium heat until the butter is melted and the mixture becomes desired thickness.
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The recipe I'm looking for is Peppermint Bark - it is candy. You can have a chocolate bottom, then white bottom and crushed peppermint on top. The chocolate and white are candy that you melt.

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