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February 15, 2016  | Everyday Recipes
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Nancy I wish to thank Athena in DE for her Ambrosia recipe and also the information about the refrigerator. Thank you Abby in Atlanta for her Ambrosia recipe and the information about Lowe's. Then thank you for your Ambrosia Salad recipe. I'm going to try these 3 recipes very soon and again thank you for the recipes.

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

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)

Brownie Sundaes in Cone RecipePeanut Butter Brownie Sundaes in a Cone

Brownie Ice Cream cones
One of our readers wrote and asked if the peanut butter brownie cupcake recipe could be baked in an ice cream cone. Very nice idea. So we whipped up a batch. Worked perfectly. We think this would be a great idea for a birthday party or for the kids at the next family reunion. And this is such an easy recipe, you can whip up a batch of cones in no time.

Note: This recipe can be doubled.

2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
peanut butter
flat-bottomed ice cream cones
ice cream
cake decorations

Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream cones
Wrap a dozen ice cream cone cups in aluminum foil and place them in a muffin tin. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

1. In a medium bowl, melt the chocolate and butter together in the microwave, stirring as needed.
2. Stir the sugar into the chocolate mixture. Stir the eggs and vanilla into the mixture. Stir in the flour.
3. Fill the ice cream cone cups about three fourths full of batter. Put a teaspoon of peanut butter in the center of each.
4. Bake for 20 to 24 minutes depending on the size of the cone. A toothpick should still have gooey crumbs on it if tested.
5. When completely cooled, put a scoop of ice cream in the tops of the cups. Sprinkle the ice cream with cake decorations of your choice.
Dennis,The Prepared Pantry 
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WE have also had very good experiences with the appliances that we have purchased from Lowe's, as have our sons. We have also bought appliances from Sam's Club and never regretted a purchase. Neither store repairs the appliances that they sell, but that is the case with almost all stores in our area. Even with those that do provide service, they charge a high fee for travel based on where we live. The last washer we retired from Sam's Club lasted over ten years. The bottom had rusted and started to leak, so we decided to replace it. Our refrigerator that we purchased from Lowe's has been working perfectly for over five years. Also, at least in this area Lowe's offers a 10% discount for active and retired military all year round. I am not sure if this is the case in other states.
Robbie IN

This is for Susie and her questions on Loweís and refrigerators. My husband and I shop at Loweís a lot. Their appliances are priced well, but they donít stand behind the product. You have to work through Whirlpool if something goes wrong. Well, it did with my new Whirlpool refrigerator. They didnít have what we were looking for on the floor, so they found what they thought we wanted on the computer. We did not realize that the refrigerator and freezer were on one temperature control. We couldnít get the freezer cold enough to make ice cream solid and everything in the refrigerator was freezing. We complained right away, but had to work through Whirlpool. They kept telling us things to do for it, but we were throwing out a lot of frozen food in the refrigerator. Finally, they sent a repair man. They sent them three times, before finally agreeing with us that we got a lemon. It was over a year before we got our money back. We bought a Kenmore that was made by Whirlpool, but it was a much nicer product. I am really happy with this one. Loweís is okay if you donít have any trouble, but if you do, you are on your own working with the product maker. We have a lot of Sears appliances and they have always worked for us on their end to remedy any problems. Also, I bought a stainless steel refrigerator first and found out I didnít like it. I had to use a special product made for stainless steel, but I still didnít have enough elbow grease to remove the finger prints. I would recommend a textured front. Good luck in your purchase.
Sandy in Iowa

Does anyone remember the date or the exact title of a recipe Judy from Alaska sent in for Lemon Bars or Lemon Cake. It was a cake mixed according to the directions on the box then you added lemon pie filling by spoonfuls to the mix and the frosting was a can of lemon frosting and a tub of Cool Whip. I'm sure I saved it but now I can't find it. Any help would be appreciated.
Marge in So.CA

Seems odd that some wouldn't be getting the newsletter. I get it every evening, in fact, it's what makes the day complete. Be curious to see how much weight I gain from going to bed with lots of luscious recipes in mind.

I love this group - you're probably more my family than you realize and Nancy, am so glad you keep us in recipes, tips and kitty stories. Thank you all.
Sherry (in Indiana)

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.

Thank you, Nancy for your efforts and good work on the newsletter. I have enjoyed it for many years. I like your writings about your kitty cats! Special thanks to Judy in Alaska for her TNT recipe contributions. I have tried many of the recipes and found them to be keepers. I thank all contributors for helping to make the newsletter so successful during these years. Sincere thanks, Nancy, for your working to make it possible for us to receive Nancy's Kitchen Newsletter on a regular basis via email!
Marvis in Texas

Home Fries RecipeDiner Style Home Fries Recipe

It is possible to make home style fries just like your neighborhood diner. Hereís how.

2-1/2 pounds red potatoes, washed and 3/4-inch diced
1/2 cup butter
1 large onion, diced
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1. Place the potatoes and one tablespoon of the butter in a microwave safe bowl. Cover with plastic and cook for three to five minutes or until cooked but still firm. Shake the potatoes in the bowl with plastic on them to distribute the butter.
2. While the potatoes are cooking, cook the onion in the skillet in one tablespoon butter until the onion pieces are tender and cooked. Remove to a bowl and set aside.
3. Melt the remaining butter in the skillet over medium high heat. Distribute the potatoes (but not the onion) in the skillet. Add salt and pepper. Pack down with a spatula and let cook until crispy on one side, about five minutes. Turn the potatoes, turn down the heat, and repeat until the potatoes are crispy throughout. Add the garlic salt. Add more salt and pepper to taste if necessary. Stir in the onions and serve.

Bakerís note: We use a heavy, nonstick skillet. A well-seasoned cast iron skillet should work equally well.
Dennis,The Prepared Pantry 
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Hot Taco Rice Recipe

1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1-1/2 cups medium salsa
1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
1 chicken bouillon cube
1-1/2 cup Minute Rice

chopped tomatoes
sour cream
shredded Cheddar cheese
tortilla chips
sliced pitted ripe olives

Brown beef and onion in skillet. Add salsa, tomato sauce and bouillon cube. Bring to a full boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare rice as directed on package. Serve beef mixture over rice; top with garnishes. Makes 4 servings.
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Sweet and Sour Ground Beef Recipe

1 pound ground beef
16 ounce package frozen broccoli and carrots
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper
8 ounce can pineapple tidbits in its own juice, drained; reserve liquid
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
hot cooked rice

In large skillet, brown ground beef; drain. Stir in vegetables, brown sugar, ginger, garlic powder, pepper, reserved pineapple liquid, soy sauce and vinegar. Blend well. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover, simmer for 4 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are crisp tender. Stir in pineapple. In small bowl, combine cornstarch and water; blend until smooth. Gradually stir into hot mix in skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Serve over hot cooked rice.
Serves 4 to 6.
Mary J
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Sauerkraut Casserole Recipe

1 package wide egg noodles
2 pounds ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 can cream of celery soup, undiluted
1 can of milk
1 (16 ounce) can sauerkraut
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Boil egg noodles 3 minutes. Brown hamburger and onion; drain. Warm soups and milk. In 9 x 13 pan, layer 1/2 hamburger and onion, sauerkraut, 1/2 hamburger and onions, noodles, soups and milk. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes. Top with cheddar cheese. Bake another 30 minutes.
Serves 8 to 10.
Mary J
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Scalloped Potatoes and Mushrooms Recipe

1-1/3 pounds, 4 medium potatoes, cut into 1/8 inch slices
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 pound mushrooms. cut into 1/4 inch slices
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup lowfat milk
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Heat oven to 400F. In 2 quart saucepan over medium heat cook potatoes, covered, in 2 inches boiling water until almost tender, 6 to 8 minutes: drain. In large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add mushrooms: saute over high heat until tender and liquid has evaporated: set aside. In small bowl combine flour, salt and pepper. Coat shallow 1 1/2 quart baking dish with vegetable cooking spray and cover bottom with a layer of potatoes: sprinkle with a little of the flour mixture. Add a layer of mushrooms. Sprinkle with some of the cheese: dot with butter. Repeat layers until all ingredients are used, ending with butter: pour milk over. Bake 30 minutes until potatoes are tender and top is browned. Sprinkle with parsley.
Makes 4 Servings

Note: This is one of our favorite recipes at our home. It would work well adding 1 to 2 cups ham (or spam) chopped in bite sized pieces to this casserole.
Lisa TX
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Potato Latkes Recipe

3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated
3 medium onions, peeled and grated
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup peanut oil for frying

Combine grated potatoes and onions in a bowl. Mix gently but thoroughly. Transfer to a sieve placed over a large bowl. Press out the excess liquid with a wooden spoon. Transfer vegetables to another bowl. Discard the liquid from the first bowl, leaving behind the potato starch that settles at the bottom. Add the starch to the grated potatoes and onions. Stir eggs into the potato onion mixture. Then beat in just enough flour to make a light batter. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat 1/4 inch oil in a heavy nonstick skillet over medium high heat. For each pancake, drop about 2 tablespoons of batter into the oil and flatten with back of a wooden spoon. Fry about 2 minutes. Turn and fry 30 seconds or so on the other side. Do not crowd skillet. Transfer finished pancakes to drain on paper towels. Set aside cooked pancakes in a warm oven until finished.
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Sauteed Spinach and Peppers Recipe

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium red bell peppers, seeded and cut into strips
2 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
8 cups fresh rinsed spinach
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add bell peppers, garlic, and pepper flakes. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 4 minutes. Add rinsed, undried spinach to the skillet. Sprinkle with salt. Increase heat to medium high and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Mary Ann
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Cabbage au Gratin Recipe

1 medium cabbage, coarsely shredded
1 can cream of celery soup, undiluted
1/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded process American cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup fine, dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Cook cabbage in boiling water 5 to 7 minutes or until tender; drain well. Place cabbage in a lightly greased 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Combine soup, milk, cheese, salt, and pepper; mix well. Pour over cabbage. Combine bread crumbs and butter, stirring well; sprinkle over cabbage. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.
Makes 4 Servings
Mary Ann
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Creamed Peas Recipe

2 cups shelled peas or frozen peas, thawed
1 cup whole pearl onions
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 dash pepper
1 cup milk

In a covered saucepan cook fresh peas and onions in boiling salted water until tender, about 10 minutes. If using frozen peas, add onions only the last 5 minutes. Drain peas and onions well. Meanwhile, melt butter in saucepan over low heat. Blend in flour, salt and pepper. Add milk all at once; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Pour over hot vegetables; stir and coat vegetables. Serve hot.
Lisa TX
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