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February 14, 2016  | Everyday Recipes
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Happy Valentine's Day to everyone! I hope it is a very special day for all of you. The family will gather here later today, and the grandchildren will decorate the big heart-shaped sugar cookies I made. They are always so much more creative than I am when it comes to decorating.

I enjoyed Jan in Michigan's post in yesterday's newsletter. We live in Juneau, so down in the Southeastern part of Alaska, and Barrow is a long distance away from us. I have never been that far north in the state, but would like to see it sometime.
Judy (in Alaska)

This cake is amazingly easy and SO yummy!

Strawberry Marshmallow Cake Recipe

1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 white cake mix
2 pkgs. (10 oz. each) frozen strawberries, thawed
1 pkg. (3 oz.) strawberry Jell-O

Heat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13" pan. Put marshmallows in bottom of pan. Prepare white cake mix, as directed on package. Pour on top of marshmallows. Add dry Jell-O to strawberries (with juice) and pour over cake batter. Bake 35 to 40 minutes at 350. Cool before serving. Extra yummy served with whipped cream.
Judy (in Alaska)
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Sourdough Bread Machine MixHomemade Rustic Sourdough Bread Mix

Homemade Goodness Without the Work!
These mixes are simpler and easier than ever before--all you add is the water. We mixed the yeast right into the flour so you don't have to stop for that. And my, this is good bread--simple, homemade goodness in white, wheat, potato and sourdough.

This is a wonderful hearty stew that we sure enjoy so much.

Hamburger Stew Recipe

2 lbs. lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 carrots, sliced thin
4 potatoes, cubed
1 onion, diced
2 cans tomato soup (I use Campbell's Healthy Request)
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Seasoned salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

Brown beef with onions, celery and garlic; drain. Mix in remaining ingredients, and also 1 soup can water. Cover and simmer until veggies are tender, about 1 hour.
Judy (in Alaska)
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That’s a Wrap: How to Make a Sandwich Wrap

Back in my BHow to make sandwich wrapsoy Scout leader days, I would take tortillas rather than bread on backpacking trips. We could pack tortillas in a plastic container without mangling them and we could use them to wrap anything. We would do sandwich wraps, breakfast wraps, and dessert wraps. I still love wraps.

It’s easy to make sandwich wraps. Load them with meats, cheese, and veggies to suit. Spread them with mayonnaise or a sandwich spread or drizzle them with dressing.

For breakfast, you can fill them with scrambled eggs, grated cheese, and snipped bacon or crumbled sausage. Add salsa if you like for a Tex-Mex breakfast burrito.

You can buy tortillas in the grocery store or make them yourself with our easy tortilla mixes.

Here are four of our favorite wraps–great for a quick lunch or an easy dinner.


How to Wrap a Wrap

You can make an open-ended wrap or a closed one. And everyone seems to have their own best way to wrap a wrap. This is how we wrap a wrap.

Smear sandwich spread within an inch of the perimeter of the tortilla.

Lay sandwich goodies in a wide swath down the center of the tortilla and to within a couple inches of the left and right edges—kind of a rough rectangle.

To make a closed end wrap, fold both the right and the left edges over the goodies and roll from the bottom. To make an open-ended wrap, fold only one edge.

If we make a closed end wrap, we cut the wrap in two and eat half at a time.

If the tortilla is a little stiff and hard to wrap and keep closed, try microwaving the tortilla under a paper towel for 15 to 20 seconds. It will be more pliable.
About Sandwich Spreads

In our test kitchen, we made wraps both with mayonnaise and with sandwich spreads. Everyone much preferred the wraps made with spreads. The extra flavor and zest really made the wrap.

As of this writing, we have 14 different spreads—really good spreads. Please try the whipped mustard spreads. They’re incredibly good.


Grilled Chicken or Leftover Turkey Wrap

Grilled chicken or leftover turkey makes a wonderful wrap. Load it up as you like. Pick a sandwich spread or whipped mustard spread that gives your wraps some zip. The spinach tortillas can be purchased in the grocery store.

grilled chicken breast, seasoned and cut into 2-inch strips
provolone cheese
thinly sliced red bell pepper, each slice cut in half
romaine lettuce
slices of tomato
thinly sliced sweet yellow onions
sandwich spread
spinach tortillas

Spread the sandwich spread lightly on the tortilla.
Place romaine lettuce on top of the spread. Add the cheese and chicken. Add the remaining ingredients in your order of choice.

To fold the wrap, fold in the sides of the tortilla and then roll from the bottom up. Cut the wraps in half.


Zesty Italian Wrap Recipe

This Italian wrap gets its zest from the Italian dressing and pepper jack cheese. The pastrami and pepperoni give it a lot of flavor.

sliced olives
sliced tomatoes
grated pepper jack cheese
zesty Italian dressing
tomato basil tortillas

Spread Italian dressing on the tortilla.
Place pastrami and pepperoni slices over the dressing. Add the tomato slices and olives. Top with grated cheese and more dressing if you like.

To fold the wrap, fold in the sides of the tortilla and then roll from the bottom up. Cut the wraps in half.


Tuna Wrap Recipe

This is a great wrap for summer. It’s light and refreshing, healthy and flavorful. This is a great wrap for a picnic or a lunch in the shade at the park.

tuna packed in water, drained
diced celery
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
salt and pepper
provolone cheese, thinly sliced
cucumbers, thinly sliced
spinach tortilla

Mix the tuna, celery, onion powder, and mayonnaise together to make a tuna salad filling.
Spread the filling on the tortilla. Add a slice or two of provolone cheese. Layer with cucumbers and sprouts.
To fold the wrap, fold in the sides of the tortilla and then roll from the bottom up. Cut the wraps in half.


Chipotle Roast Beef Wrap

flour tortilla
roast beef
sandwich spread
romaine lettuce
Deli roast beef, thinly sliced
Pepper jack cheese
Thin tomato slices

(Note: If you heat the tortilla for ten to fifteen seconds in the microwave before making the wrap it will be much easier to work with and they will stay together better after the wrap is rolled.)

Spread the sandwich spread lightly on the tortilla. Place romaine lettuce on top of the spread. Add the beef and cheese. Add the tomato slices.
To fold the wrap, fold in the sides of the tortilla and then roll from the bottom up. Cut the wraps in half.
Dennis,The Prepared Pantry 
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For Susie re: Athena's Ambrosia Recipe

2-3 bananas ( sliced)
1 grapefruit
5-6 oranges (cubed)
2 apples ( diced)
1 cup pineapple, tidbits or chunks, drained
2-1/2 lb. grapes, halved & seeded
1/2 lb. seedless raisins
1 small can coconut
1 stalk celery - sliced finely
1/2 cup broken pecans ( sweetened w/sugar)

Let juices of oranges & grapefruit drip into bowl, then
cut & combine them w/remaining ingredients. Add
juice from pineapple.
For “extra zip”, add 1 T. grape wine.
Athena in DE
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For Susie re: Refrigerator
Last April I purchased a Whirlpool refrigerator. It is not nearly as good a product as the GE I was replacing. I also hate replacing an expensive water filter every few months. I did not purchase at Lowe’s because I found out when I had water heater problems that they do not service the item they installed, but you have to go through a national service. I will only now purchase through a local business that will also service the equipment. Sometimes it’s worth it to pay more.
Athena in DE

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This was served at a recent gathering I attended and it was a huge hit. You can use other flavors of pie filling and omit the raisins.
Robbie In

Apple Cinnamon Rice Crisp Recipe

1 cup Minute White or Brown Rice
non-stick cooking spray
1 can (20 oz.) apple pie filling
1 cup brown sugar, divided
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 1/2 cups uncooked rolled oats
2 tablespoons butter

Prepare rice according to package directions.
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Combine rice, pie filling, 1/2 cup brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins and walnuts in medium bowl. Pour into prepared dish. In same bowl combine remaining brown sugar and rolled oats. Blend in butter, mixing well until mixture is moist. Sprinkle over rice mixture. Bake 20 minutes. Serves 8.
Robbie IN
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Hey there,
One of your readers had requested a recipe for sourdough starter, and another requested a City Chicken recipe.

I found this recipe many years ago for Alaskan Sourdough Starter - don't remember on what site though, and have no idea what Alaska has to do with it (Judy in Alaska may know, though). Don't know if this is what your reader was looking for, but it's the only one I found when I was looking for one. Hopefully, it may be a workable one for your reader.

Alaskan Sourdough Starter Recipe

Amish Bread Recipe
Amish bread is a sourdough starter mix used to make sweet dough-type bread. The bread is usually fed with 1 cup each of flour, milk and sugar. The usual directions say that the starter should not be refrigerated for 10 days. According to the University of Illinois Extension Foods Specialists, THIS IS NOT CONSIDERED FOOD SAFE. Salmonella, clostridium perfringens and other illness-causing organism can grow rapidly in the unrefrigerated mix.

To ensure the safety of the starter mix, we recommend refrigerating the culture. It may take longer before it is ready to use in a recipe, but it will be safe. If at any time the starter has mold growth on it or becomes slimy or foul smelling, throw it out.

A starter recipe which doesn't contain milk or eggs and is considered safe by the University of Illinois:

Alaskan Sourdough Starter Recipe

1 package active dry yeast
2 cups warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
2 cups sifted flour
1 tablespoon sugar

Soften yeast in warm water in large glass bowl. Stir in
flour and sugar, beating until smooth. Let stand in a warm place (85 degrees F) for about 36 hours, stirring occasionally. The starter can be refrigerated immediately after preparing it . However, the time required for fermentation before it can be used will be about 72 hours. Stir well just before using. Pour out the amount of starter needed. Replenish remaining starter by adding 1 cup each flour and warm water, beating well. Let stand in warm place until bubbly. Place in covered jar and refrigerate for later use. Use in bread recipes in the following proportions: 1 cup starter per 6 cups of flour per 2 cups of water.
Elaine F
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The City Chicken recipe came from a lady I knew from Chillicothe, Ohio many moons ago, but it was delicious. The recipe says beef can also be used, but she never made it that way, and it was always tender and succulent. I've always liked using the Butter Flavored Crisco for frying, as I just like the added flavor it lends to the dish.

City Chicken Recipe

1-1/2 lbs. veal and pork, cut in 1" pieces
1 c. cracker crumbs
1 egg, beaten
2 T. water
oil for frying
1 t. salt
1 t. paprika

Thread veal and pork alternately on wood or metal skewers. Dip meat in crumbs, then in egg mixed with 2 T. water, then again in crumbs. Shake on salt and paprika. Fry on both sides in hot oil until brown. Place skewers upright in a pot with 2" of water. Cover and cook until tender, about 40-50 minutes. NOTE: Cubed beef may also be used.
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"Hi" to the kittykids for me; my two are much lazier than yours, but delightful nonetheless. It's a really cold day here in NC, here's hoping y'all are warm & cozy!
Elaine F

On the subject of omelets:
I just prepared an omelet for myself and thought I would pass along this quick and easy hint. In the freezer section, Birds Eye has a Recipe Ready Breakfast blend of red & green peppers, potatoes and onions. All you do is heat the blend until softened, add 2-3 eggs (for one) and cook until eggs are not runny. Add shredded Cheddar ( if desired), flip and Voila! an omelet in a few minutes. ( I’m all for quick and easy). I use just a portion of the Blend for just one omelet ( don’t measure, just guess). For a larger family, use the whole bag. I’ve done about 6 omelets for one so far using just 1 bag. Healthy protein for school breakfasts! Quick! Easy!
P.S. Omelet instructions are on the bag.
Athena in DE

Here is my recipe for Ambrosia. The good thing about it is you can add almost any fruit you want. I don't typically use bananas unless I plan to use it all in one day as they tend to get mushyl. I do love grapes ,green and purple, apples, and pecans .

Abby's Ambrosia Recipe

1 can bakers coconut
1 can pineapple chunks (drained)
1pt sour cream
1 can mandarin oranges
2 cups mini marshmallows
other fruit & nuts (grapes) as desired

Mix all ingredients and chill and serve.
Abby in Atlanta
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Re: Refrigerator
I can't speak to the model of the refrigerator but I can tell you about our experience with the refrigerator we bought from Lowes. It too was a Dutch door refrigerator, but had 2 ice makers, one of which was in the bottom in the freezer section. The second day we went to open the freezer door and all we heard was ice crackling when we opened the drawer. Seems when it was assembled in some foreign county it wasn't put together properly and the water meant to go into the ice maker was instead dripping down the back of the drawer and freezing, hence the ice cracking when opening the drawer. Also the refrigerator was not holding to the proper temp. WE called Lowe's and they replaced it the next day.

After talking to a repairman, he said that no matter what make or model you buy a lot of them are built shoddily. I would say you can't go wrong at Lowe's though because they were really good at taking things back. Also since so much of the new refrigerators are electronic buy the warranty. We've had ours about a year now and it is working fine. Also get a thermometer and test the temp. Don't rely on what it says on the door.
Abby in Atlanta

Poppy Seed Recipes
For Patsy in Waco. These are not TNT, altho I plan to try them now that I know about them. they come from a cookbook put out by people who run marathons in Orlando FL, so I imagine they are pretty healthy even if not "light".

Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe #1

1/3 c. EACH olive oil, apple cider vinegar, & sugar
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. poppy seed

Shake together well & use about 4-6 T. per salad.


Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe #2

3/4 c. light mayonnaise
1/4 c. milk
2 T. raspberry vinegar
1/3 c. sugar
2 T. poppy seeds

Whisk together in a small bowl.

Since I don't use any artificial ingredients I'd make the last one with Hellman's Real Mayonnaise, so it wouldn't be as "light". I hope that if Patsy tries one or both, she'll let us know what she thinks about them.
Marilyn in FL
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Scalloped Potatoes and Ham Recipes
For someone looking for scalloped potatoes with Spam, 2 old stand-bys.

Scalloped Mushrooms Ham or Spam and Potatoes Recipe

3 large or 6 medium potatoes, peeled & sliced thin
1/2 to 1 c. diced, minced, chopped or chunked ham or spam
1 medium onion, minced
Coarse black pepper & Seasoned Pepper
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 soup can of milk, lower fat is fine
4 oz. canned mushroom bits & pieces, drained

(OPT)1 stem snipped parsley

In a buttered 2 qt. casserole put 1/3 of potatoes, half the onion, & half the ham. Repeat, then top with last 1/3 of potatoes. Scatter mushrooms over all. Wisk together soup, milk, & a good dash of coarse  pepper; pour this over everything. Top with parsley & a little dusting of seasoned pepper. Bake at 350º for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, covered for at least the first 45 minutes. Casserole should be golden brown
over the top, with well browned edges. & tender potatoes. Serves 4 - 6. Tomato-Basil bread is good with this.


Celery and Spam or Ham Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

4 T. butter, divided
1/2 heaping c. sliced celery
1 small onion, chopped
1 c. diced spam
6 - 8 medium potatoes, peeled & sliced thin
1 can cream of celery soup
1/2 c. milk
1/2 tsp. EACH salt, coarse pepper, & dry savory
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

OPT. 1 or 2 loosely packed c. baby spinach, torn small

In a 10" skillet cook celery & onion in 2 T. of butter till onion is golden. Take off heat. Layer potatoes & ham alternately into a buttered 2 qt. casserole, making 2 layers of each. Mix soup, milk, & seasonings into celery in skillet; add spinach if using it; pour over potatoes & ham. Top with cheese, dot with last 2 T. butter, dust with paprika. Bake at 350º, covered, 45 minutes; uncover & bake 15 minutes more. Serves 6 - 8.
Marilyn in FL
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Re: Refrigerator
We have been buying appliances from Lowe's for the last 15 years, when we moved out to the sticks. I have been completely satisfied with everything I have bought. They carry name brands, deliver quickly and remove the old appliance. Their prices have always been good also.
Colleen G

Looking for recipes with smart points for Weight Watchers.
Marlene Fl.

Although this newsletter can not print copyrighted recipes from Weight Watchers it can print recipes with smart points calculated with a Weight Watchers Calculator.

Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

1 box chocolate graham crackers
2 - 8oz cool whip thawed
2 boxes 3.3 oz instant white chocolate pudding mix
2 1/2 cups milk
chocolate candy bar for chocolate curls for garnish

Layer chocolate graham crackers in a 9x13 pan. Mix pudding mix and milk. Fold in 1 - 8oz. cool whip put half of this on top of crackers in pan. Add another layer of crackers on top. Spread rest of pudding mixture on top of crackers. Add another layer of crackers. Spread 8 0z cool whip over top and chill overnight. Put shaved chocolate curls on top before serving.
This looks like a torte and is very good!
Sharon from Iowa
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To Susie Indy
She asked for an Ambrosia salads recipe.

Harvey's Ambrosia Salad Recipe

2 (20 oz. Ea.) cans pineapple chunks, drained
2 (15 oz. Ea.) cans mandarin oranges, drained
2 (10 oz. Ea.) jars maraschino cherries, drained
1 (14 oz.) bag coconut flakes
5 oz. (1/2 bag) mini marshmallows
4 oz. Sour cream
16 oz. Cool Whip

Combine sour cream and Cool Whip. Fold in all other ingredients. Chill covered for at least 2 hours.
Harvey in Central Pa.
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