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January 5, 2016  | Everyday Recipes
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Today's Recipes - Christmas Dried Fruit Fruitcake Recipes (2) | Mexican Restaurant Rice Recipe | Chinese Style Country Ribs Recipe | Ham and Bean Salad Recipe | Crock Pot Spinach Casserole Recipe | Carrot Pecan Cake with Orange Glaze Recipe | Crock Pot Orange Chicken Recipe | Frozen Orange Juice Pound Cake Recipe | Mary's Chili Recipe | Orange Bread Recipe | Egg Drop Soup Recipe | Crock Pot King Ranch Chicken Recipe

Other - Still looking for the secret to making thick cookies | sautéed mushrooms question | old fashioned pudding cake recipes | need recipes for TNT low sodium recipe for bouillon cubes, Worcestershire Sauce and soy sauce | wondering if I could sauté fresh mushrooms then freeze them
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Christmas Dried Fruitcake Recipes
Nancy, surprise I'm back to contribute to the newsletter.

In the January 3 newsletter Anita in Camarillo was wanting a recipe for fruitcake made with dried, not candied, fruit. I have found a site that I have had good luck with recipes from and it is

Christmas Dried Fruitcake

1 cup butter or same amount margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons orange zest
1 cup finely chopped mixed dried fruit, pruns, apricots, pears, apples and etc
1 tablespoon flour

Dust the fruit with the 1 tablespoon of flour to make it easier to combine with the cake better. Cream the butter/margarine with the sugar until light and lemon colored. add the eggs and beat until thick.sift in the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix into batter, and then stir in the orange peel and the dried fruit. Turn into a well-greased loaf pan, 5"x9". Bake in 350 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until cake test comes out clean.

Dried Fruit Fruitcake

2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups water
1 cup brandy or use an equal amount of apple juice or cider
2 cups dates, pitted & quartered
2 cups golden raisins
2 cups dried cherries
1 1/2 cups dried apricots, quartered
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups slivered almonds
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon almond extract

In a large saucepan, combine the first 9 ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then reduce to low and cook, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F, then grease and flour a 12 cup bundt pan. In a large bowl, combine the next 6 ingredients which are dry, then stir in the lightly beaten eggs, the almond extract, and the cooled fruit mixture and combine well. Spoon batter into the prepared Bundt pan and bake for at least 2 hours and 20 minutes. Toothpick in the center should come out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes, then unmold onto a serving plate and cool completely.

Also in the January 3 newsletter Barbara asked for ideas for a bake sale. These are what I thought of for the bake sale Crockpot Christmas Crack (is a candy to die for), homemade cheese cracker, cupcake, cheesecake cupcakes, cheese bread, banana bread, blueberry bread, brownies, coffee cakes and sugared pecan or mixed nuts. When our oldest granddaughter graduated from high school she didn't want a cake so I made white and chocolate cupcakes and the white cupcakes had chocolate icing and the chocolate ones had cream cheese icing. Also I made the cheesecake cupcake and had cherry or blueberry pie fillings for them. If you have something that you make that you think would be fine than make it and I know they will be happy to have it.

Everyone have a great day. Nancy and 4 legged associates stay safe and stay warm. Also Nancy I'm sorry this ended up being so long.
Susie Indy
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Still looking for the secret to making thick cookies. My new mixer has arrived and I would like some TNT cookie recipes. Thanks, Carol in Sunny Florida

Mexican Restaurant Rice Recipe

1-1/2 cups long grain rice
2 tbsp. cooking oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove, garlic, minced
3-3/4 cups chicken broth
salt & pepper, to taste
1/4 cup tomato sauce

Cook raw rice, onion and garlic in the oil until rice is wheat-colored. Add chicken broth, tomato sauce and salt & pepper. Cover tightly and simmer over very low heat for about 25 to 30 minutes, until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.
Note: I use an electric skillet for this. Is a wonderful side dish.
Judy (in Alaska)
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I like sautéed mushrooms I see at the Golden Coral. Is there a way to cook them and then package them in frozen single servings. And most basic of all how do you cook them and what varieties to use.
Linda NM

I am looking for old fashioned pudding cake recipes, the kind you mixed up and dumped into a casserole dish. After baking you had a thick layer of pudding on the bottom with a good layer of cake on top. Can someone help me with a their favorite recipe for this.


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Chinese Style Country Ribs Recipepan>

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup orange marmalade
2 tablespoons catsup
1 clove crushed garlic
3 - 4 pounds spareribs

Combine soy sauce, orange marmalade, catsup and garlic. Brush on both sides of ribs. Place in slow cooker. Pour remaining sauce over all. Cover and cook on low for 8 - 10 hours.
Enjoy. Jackie
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Ham and Bean Salad Recipe

33 cups Cooked rice, cooled to room temperature
2 cups Canned black beans, - rinsed and drainedbr>1 medium Red onion, chopped
1 cup Cubed jicama, - (cut into 1/8-inch
1/2 cup Sliced black olives
1/2 cup Diced red pepper
1/2 cup Diced green pepper
1/4 cup Olive oil, divided
4 ounces Cubed cooked ham
3 tablespoons Red wine vinegar
1 Garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon Ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon Chili powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Ground black pepper

Combine rice, onion, jicama, olives, and peppers in large bowl; set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add ham; cook 2 to 3 minutes stirring constantly. Add to rice mixture. Combine remaining oil, vinegar, garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper in small jar with lid. Shake to blend. Drizzle dressing over salad. Source: Viva Arroz! Reprinted with permission from USA Rice Council.
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Crock Pot Spinach Casserole Recipe

2 pkgs. frozen spinach pieces, thawed
2 c. cooked noodles
1 c. shredded cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 c. onion, chopped
1/4 c. butter or margarine

Combine all ingredients in Crockpot. Cover and cook 4-6 hours on low. Serves 8.
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Carrot Pecan Cake with Orange Glaze Recipe

1 c. salad oil
2 c. granulated sugar
2 c. sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
4 eggs
3 c. grated raw carrots
1 c. finely chopped pecans

Combine oil and sugar, mix well. Sift together remaining dry ingredients. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add carrots and mix well, then mix in pecans. Pour into lightly oiled 10 inch tube pan or flat pan that has been sprayed with Pam or similar product. Bake in slow oven (325 degrees) for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. After cooling in pan remove and frost with Orange Glaze.

Orange Glaze
1/4 c. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. grated orange peel
1 c. fresh orange juice
1 c. granulated sugar
2 tbsp. butter

Combine sugar and cornstarch in saucepan. Add juices slowly and stir until smooth. Add remaining ingredients. Cook over low heat until thick and glossy. Cool and spread on cake.
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Could someone please send in a TNT low sodium recipe for bouillon cubes, Worcestershire Sauce and soy sauce??
Thanks in advance, Sue

Crock Pot Orange Chicken Recipe

2 lb boneless, skinless breasts
2-12 oz cans orange sodas
1 c soy sauce
4 green onions-cut in 1" pieces
dash of black pepper
dash of garlic powder
Hot cooked rice

Mix chicken with all other ingredients except rice in a crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, but check after 6 hours (my crock pot cooks faster). Cook rice the last 20 minutes of cooking time. Serve chicken and sauce over hot rice.
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Frozen Orange Juice Pound Cake Recipe

2 c. sugar
1 stick butter
1/2 c. Crisco
5 eggs
5 tbsp. orange juice
2 c. plain flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. vanilla extract

Mix and bake in Bundt pan, at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes.
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Orange Bread Recipe

1/4 c. margarine
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 c. orange marmalade
3 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. orange extract
3/4 c. milk

PrePreheat to 350 degrees. (I did it all in food processor.) Cream margarine and sugar. Add egg. Beat well. Stir in marmalade. Add flour, baking powder, salt alternately with milk. Add extract. Pour into 2 loaf pans (8 1/2 x 4 1/2) which are greased and floured. It's a limber batter. Bake 30-35 minutes. Use toothpick/straw to test for doneness.
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I have been wondering if I could sauté fresh mushrooms then freeze them or if there was a way to freeze fresh sliced mushrooms.

During the cold weather chili is always a winner at our house. Here is what I made last week. When it states small amount of spaghetti, I use about 1/4 of a cup of uncooked spagetti broken up into small pieces.
Mary A

Mary's Chili Recipe

1 to 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 (16 oz.) can kidney beans
4 to 5 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
1 med. size onion chopped
1/4 c. ketchup
2 tsp. chili powder, more if you want
Small amount of uncooked spaghetti

Brown ground beef and onions in large skillet and drain. Add beans, tomato sauce, ketchup and chili powder. Let cook at least 1 hour or more. Add broken up uncooked spaghetti and cook till done. Serve with crackers or corn bread.
Mary A
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Here is my Egg Drop Soup Recipe
Karen L

Egg Drop Soup Recipe

3 cups chicken stock
2 eggs, beaten well
salt and white pepper to taste

Put chicken stock in a saucepan. Cook over medium high heat until it boils. Dribble egg slowly into boiling stock while stirring constantly with a spoon. Heat thoroughly. Serve hot. Season with salt and white pepper.
Karen L
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This is one of my family's favorite chicken crock pot recipe.

Crock Pot King Ranch Chicken Recipe

3-4 c. cooked, diced chicken
1 pkg. (10-12) flour tortillas
1 med. onion, chopped
2 (10 oz.) cans cream of chicken soup
1 can (1 c.) tomatoes & chilies
4 tbsp. quick cooking tapioca
4 c. grated Cheddar cheese

In a large bowl mix chicken, soup, tomatoes, chilies and tapioca. Rip 2 to 3 tortillas into pieces and line the bottom of a 5 quart Crockpot. Add 1/3 of the chicken mixture; top with 1/3 of the onion and cheese. Repeat layers of tortillas, chicken mixture, onion and cheese two more times. Cover; cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3 hours. For a smaller 3 quart Crockpot makes 1/2 recipe. This is a good take-in dish or potluck.
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For Frances who asked about treatment for ringing in the ear, which is Tinnitus There is no current cure. My husband was advised to significantly reduce his salt intake, as well as caffeine. He also takes a prescribed medication, which is Maxide. He had to have his other medications adjusted once he started on it, as his blood pressure was too low as was his potassium level. reducing the salt and caffeine immediately made a huge impact in decreasing the ringing. He now reads all labels at the grocery and studies menus before ordering. He can tell quickly if he has eaten something that has a lot of salt in it because the ringing returns at a high level. Milk has an amazing amount of salt, and he loves milk. I highly recommend that you see an ear specialist and/or discuss this with your family doctor. All of us could benefit from less salt in our diets, so there is likely no health risk for you reducing this on your own. Many of us could also decrease our caffeine intake without health risks.
Robbie IN

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