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January 4, 2016  | Everyday Recipes
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Everyday Recipes from Our Recipe Family.

Today's Recipes - Judy's Tangy Meat Loaf Recipe | Blueberry Bread Pudding Recipe | Oven Barbecue Ribs Recipe | Sunny Fish Bake Recipe | Fruitcake Recipe | Sue's Homemade Vegetable Soup Recipe | Doris' Mandarin Salad Recipe | Lisa's Tuna Biscuit Casserole Recipe |

Other - Substitution for Minced Garlic | Ditto and Little One are picky eaters | Need recipe for "light" bread made with a bread machine | need recipe for Chinese style egg drop soup |

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Nancy Rogers   

I am very picky about meat loaf, but I really do like this one.
It's moist and full of good flavors!

Judy's Tangy Meat Loaf Recipe

2 beaten eggs
1 cup crushed saltine crackers (20 crackers)
1 cup dairy onion chip dip
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup shredded carrot
Salt & pepper, to taste
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 lb. ground pork (not pork sausage)

Combine eggs, cracker crumbs, onion dip, celery, crackers, salt and pepper; add ground meat and mix thoroughly. Turn into a 9x5" loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 1-1/4 hours. Let stand a few minutes before serving. Drain off excess fat. Serves 8.
Judy (in Alaska)
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I really do like bread pudding and this one is one of my most favorites, as can use fresh or frozen berries.
Blueberry Bread Pudding Recipe

12 slices white bread, cut into cubes (about 6 cups)
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
3 eggs, beaten
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1-1/2 cups warm water
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

In large bowl, toss together the bread cubes and blueberries. Put into a greased 9" square pan and set aside. Add remaining ingredients to beaten eggs; mix well. Pour evenly over blueberries and bread, completely moistening bread. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes, until knife in center, comes out clean. Serve warm, or chilled, with, or without whipped cream. Makes 8 servings. Refrigerate leftovers.
Judy (in Alaska)
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To Carol in Central Florida.
in the Oct. 8, 2011 newsletter, Judy (in Alaska) sent in a recipe for Chop Soupy. Do a search and it should come up. Also if you do a google search for Chop Soupy several variations will also come up.
Barb from San Diego, now in Texas

There seems to be a lot of interest in BBQ ribs so here is my recipe. I like the taste and texture of ribs but dislike serving them to guests because it is so messy. My solution is to use strips of pork loin roast which can be eaten with a knife and fork. They can be made any size you like and cooked the same as the ribs. To make it even nicer, it is less expensive more meat and no bone to pay for.

Oven Barbecue Ribs Recipe

2 lb. country style pork back ribs (I use pork loin cut into strips)
1 tsp. salt in water to cover
1 Tbsp. margarine
1 clove garlic (opt.)
1/2 cup catsup
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. chili powder
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. chopped onion
1 Tbsp. prepared yellow mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
3 thin lemon slices or 1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Simmer the ribs, covered, in enough salted water to cover until nearly tender, about 1 hour.

To prepare sauce, melt margarine in a saucepan; add optional garlic, if used, and cook 4 to 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.

Drain ribs and place in a shallow pan. Pour boiling sauce over the ribs.

Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes at 350 F., basting often with the sauce. Serves 4 to 6.

The sauce is great on mashed potatoes or biscuits, too.
MartyS in TN
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I didn't realize until day-before-yesterday how spoiled Ditto and Little One were. I got them cat food at the grocery. I didn't notice on the bag it said, "new improved flavor." When I opened it looked the same but my cats would not eat it. The next morning they had dumped it out of their bowls and covered it with a napkin. Yesterday I went all over Lubbock to find a bag of cat food that did not say, new and improved. Some of the streets still had some snow and ice on them and after four different places, did find 5 large bags that were not new and improved. Both Ditto and Little One are now eating again. Not sure if they are worth it or not. Guess they are because I found what they wanted. It is hard to realize they were both outside cats and ate anything put in front of them before they came to live with me. Now they are picky eaters.

Fish baked this way is so VERY good. We like it with halibut fillets, but any fish will do.

Sunny Fish Bake Recipe

1 lb. fresh or frozen fish fillets
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/3 cup butter + 2 tbsp.
1 cup milk
2 egg yolks, beaten
1/2 cup minced onion
Dash pepper
1/2 cup shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese

Cut fish in serving size portions; dry on paper towel Roll in 1/4 cup flour mixed with 1/2 tsp. salt. Brown in hot butter. Put in greased shallow baking dish. Melt 2 tbsp. butter in small saucepan; blend in 2 tbsp. flour with 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper. Add milk and cook until it comes to a boil. Add beaten egg yolks and onion. Pour over fillets. Sprinkle with cheese; Bake at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes, until the fish flakes easily. Delicious!
Judy (in Alaska)
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Here is a recipe for fruitcake that has dried fruit in it. I unfortunately have not made it yet. I am an avid recipe collector and found this one, but haven't had a chance to make it yet. I don't like the candied fruit either and that's why I thought I 'd try this one.
Abby in now getting colder in Atlanta

Fruitcake Recipe

1/3 cup chopped dried cherries
2/3 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup currants
cup plus 2 Tbs. light rum
2 cups all-purpose flour
tsp. baking powder
tsp. salt
tsp. ground cinnamon
8 Tbs. butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 Tbs. milk
cup un-sulfured molasses
2/3 cup chocolate chips or chopped pecans

In a plastic container or zip-lock bag, soak the dried fruit in cup of the rum for at least a day, covered tightly and at room temperature.
Then preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter and line a 6-inch round pan or 4 x 8 inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy and add the eggs, one at a time. Add the flour in three batches, alternating with the milk and molasses. Stir in the fruit/rum mixture and chocolate and/or nuts.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour. Let cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then sprinkle with 2 Tbs. of rum.

Place a piece of parchment paper, large enough to wrap entire cake, on a flat surface. Moisten a piece of cheesecloth, large enough to wrap the cake, with 1-Tbs. rum. Place the cheesecloth on top of the parchment paper, and unmold the cake on top of it. Sprinkle the top and sides of the cake with the remaining rum. Wrap the cake, pressing the cheesecloth closely to the surface of the cake. Place the cake in an airtight tin (or plastic container, and let age for at least 4 weeks. If storing longer, douse with additional rum for every 4 weeks of storage.
Abby in Atlanta
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Items for a bake sale could include, cakes, either whole or slices depending on what they want to sell, Rice Krispie treat squares, homemade marshmallows, cheesecake bars, any kind of bar cookies, pies, Brownies, and of course Cookies. Sometimes people have pastries, I imagine if you can bake it you can sell it. To be honest, things that are homemade from scratch go first and sell better, than things that are made from a box or package.
Abby in Atlanta

Even More Recipes Using Garlic
For Dianne wanting recipes with lots of garlic. If you enjoy shrimp, these may work for you. Almost all our shrimp dishes use 2 to 3 tsp. minced garlic, but these are the ones that use a really hefty dose. We love it.

Grilled Skewered Shrimp and Garlic Buds

20 - 25 whole buds garlic, + 3 buds or tsp. minced
1 lb. cleaned large shrimp
1/3 c. olive oil
1/4 c. tomato sauce
Soaked skewers
2 T. red wine vinegar
2 T. torn fresh basil
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

Drop whole buds into boiling water for 3 minutes; drain & set aside. Mix oil, tomato sauce, vinegar, basil, minced garlic, salt & pepper; add shrimp. Toss, cover, & chill 30 minutes, turning once or twice. Lift shrimp from marinade, reserving it for later use. Thread shrimp & garlic alternately onto skewers, bending each shrimp into a horseshoe shape & skewering it twice, through upper body & tail, with a garlic bud in the U. Add any extra garlic buds at the ends of skewers. Grill over direct Medium High heat or hot coals for 8 to 12 minutes. Or you can do in the broiler if you like. Turn frequently & brush 2 or 3 times with the reserved marinade. Shrimp are done when pink with small browned spots on them. Serves 2 to 4; can be multiplied. Garlic can be prepared & marinade mixed early in the day if desired; hold in refrigerator. This is my husband's, Walt in FL, recipe.
Marilyn in FL


Sapphire Valley Shrimp Recipe

For each 1 lb. of cleaned shrimp (we think small-mediums are most tasty):

Big dash EACH allspice, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, dill seed, fennel seed, celery seed, dried red peppers, whole black peppercorns, and whole mixed peppercorns
3 - 4 bay leaves
1 lemon, halved
Enough water to well cover shrimp

7 T. EACH butter and margarine
10 - 12 tsp. minced garlic
3 large shallots, thinly sliced

Cuban, Greek, or other Old World bread for dipping

Melt fats; add garlic & shallots and simmer; when tender, set aside but keep just warm. Bring water to a boil with all spices, herbs, and lemon. Pre-heat oven to 400.

Add shrimp to water; when it boils again, cook 3 minutes for small to medium shrimp or 4 minutes if large.

Drain well, shaking collander, and remove lemon halves, bay leaves, and seeds, but leave some of the peppercorns on the shrimp.

Divide into individual baking dishes, then divide the set-aside butter sauce evenly over the shrimp.

Bake till bubbly, 6 - 9 minutes, and serve at once with the bread, sliced, to dip up shrimp and sauce.

Serves as needed; 1 lb. makes 2-3 entrees. This also makes a GREAT decadent sauce for broiled fish or steak.
Thanks to the Chef at the Fairfield Inn at Panama City.
Marilyn in FL
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Substitution for Minced Garlic
Hello everyone,
I use the minced garlic all of the time. tsp = 1 clove of garlic.

Does anyone know the secret to or have a recipe for "light" bread made with a bread machine? My bread machine makes nice loaves and they taste good, but they're very heavy.
Mary A

Here is one of my favorite recipes for this time of the year.

Sue's Homemade Vegetable Soup Recipe

soup bone meat
1 can tomato soup
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. sugar
1 bay leaf
1/4 head cabbage
2 small onions
4 to 5 stalks celery
4 to 5 carrots
2 large potatoes

Cook soup bone with meat until done. Add tomato soup, salt, pepper, sugar and bay leaf. Chop and add to the soup, the cabbage, onions, celery, carrots and potatoes. Cook until vegetables are tender. If I'm going to freeze this soup, I omit the cabbage and add a package of frozen mixed vegetables. Cabbage and noodles may be added later.

(I cook this in a crockpot all day long and add cooked noodles the last couple of minutes.)
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Lisa's Hamburger Steak Recipe

1-1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 egg
1 pkg. crackers, crushed fine

Add chopped onion to ground beef Next add egg. Add enough crushed crackers to hamburger to make it stick together well. Make hamburger patties; place patties in remainder of cracker crumbs and apply to both sides. Fry until golden brown on both sides. For gravy I make brown gravy in a package. Another quick economical meal.
Makes 4 Servings
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I like Chinese style egg drop soup. Does anyone have a good recipe for it.
Thank you, Missy

This recipe is from a newsletter about 5 or 6 years ago. It is one that I like a lot and fix often.

Doris' Mandarin Salad Recipe

1/2 C almond slices
3 T sugar
1 Bag of romaine lettuce or any greens you prefer
1 C chopped celery
2 whole green onions, chopped
1 can (11 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained

Put almonds and sugar in a small saucepan and over medium heat, stir constantly until almonds are coated and sugar dissolved. Watch carefully as they burn easily. Cool and store in an airtight container. Mix greens, celery and onions in salad bowl.

1/4 C vegetable oil
2 T vinegar
1 T sugar
1 T parsley
1/2 t salt
dash of Tabasco, optional

Mix all ingredients and chill. Just before serving add the sugared almonds and oranges. Toss with the chilled dressing. Serves 4 to 6.
Doris, S. Indiana

Here is a recipe for the newly wed member. It is an easy frugal recipe to make.

Lisa's Tuna Biscuit Casserole Recipe

1 (7-1/2 ounce) tube Pillsbury biscuits
1 small can tuna
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/3 cup milk
8 ounce Cheddar cheese, grated

Place biscuits in 8 x 8-inch square pan. Drain tuna and place on top of biscuits. Mix soup and milk together and pour over tuna and biscuits. Add cheese. Bake at 350 degrees until biscuits are golden brown (approximately 35 minutes).

Does everyone know there is a product Imodium Instants that you can only get in England which stops IBS symptoms instantaneously? It is available on Amazon but may take awhile to arrive because it comes from England and is not available
in the U.S.
Athena in DE

Has any one know of a cure for ringing of the ears Thank you

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