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January 11, 2016  | Everyday Recipes
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Replies, Requests - Substitute for minced garlic | substitute for salt pork in a recipe | need some recipes for breakfast casseroles | make baked beans from scratch without using any pork or bacon | TNT recipe for a Ladyfinger Cake

Today's Recipes - Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe | Alfredo Sauce Recipe | Banana Pudding Recipe | Cream of Wheat Cornbread Recipe | Caramel Corn Recipe | Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe | Cake Mix Snickerdoddles Recipe | Diana's Caramel Corn Recipe | Shrley's Zucchini Apple Crisp Recipe | Daddy's Netherlands Pea Soup Recipe | Green Pepper Dressing Recipe | Apple Dressing or Stuffing Recipe | Real Alfredo Recipe |

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Nancy Rogers  

Nancy in 1/10 newsletter "Drink" - Lake Forest, CA was asking for a good batch of split pea soup will you guess it that is what we are having for dinner tonight. I get another recipe newsletter from and she has some recipe that I use but not as many as from your site.

Saturday night our temperature the teens with a wind sending it to around 0 or lower a long with a wind. Soup time in our house. The one I'm making today is the Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup and it smells very good.

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup Recipe

1, 16 oz, pkg dried green split peas, rinsed
1 meaty ham bone or 2 cups diced ham, had to use up some Christmas ham
2 to 3 cups peeled potatoes peeled and diced
2 cups sliced carrots
1 cup chopped yellow onion
2 to 3 ribs celery
2 cloves garlic, minced, didn't have any fresh garlic so used a teaspoon of garlic powder
1 medium to larger bay leaf all I had was two small so used that
6 cups chicken stock
salt and pepper

Layer ingredients in slow cooker in the order given, adding the stock last. Cover and cook on high 4 to 5 hours or on low 8 to 10 hours until peas are very soft and ham falls of the bone. Stir. Season with a little salt and pepper if needed.

Then for Faye that what to learn how to make Alfredo Sauce. I have a 3 ingredient recipe that is easy to make.
Susie from freezing Indy
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Alfredo Sauce Recipe

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
3/4 cup heavy cream

Melt butter in saucepan; add cream and cheese. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly. DO NOT BOIL! Serve over hot fettuccine noodles. Serves 4.

Everyone have a great day. Nancy and 4 legged associates to stay safe, take care and be comfortable.
Susie from freezing Indy
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Re: Mug Recipes
There is a good book on Amazon entitled “Mug Meals: Delicious Microwave Recipes” by Dina Cheney in addition to other books
Athena in DE

Banana Pudding Recipe

3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups 2% milk
3 large eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 ounces vanilla wafers (about 60 cookies), divided
4 large ripe bananas, cut into 1/4-inch slices

In a large saucepan, mix sugar, flour and salt. Whisk in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat.

In a small bowl, whisk eggs. Whisk a small amount of hot mixture into eggs; return all to pan, whisking constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Cool 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In an ungreased 8-in. square baking dish, layer 25 vanilla wafers, half of the banana slices and half of the pudding. Repeat layers.

Press plastic wrap onto surface of pudding. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Just before serving, crush remaining wafers and sprinkle over top. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Banana Pudding in Taste of Home June/July 2013
Linda H
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This may be the recipe Sharon requested in the 1/10 newsletter for her neighbor. She can adjust the amount of sugar she uses in the recipe to her taste.
Robbie IN

Cream of Wheat Cornbread Recipe

1 c. Cream of Wheat (regular not instant)
1 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar or to taste
2 eggs
1 c. milk
4 tsp. baking powder
4 tbsp. cooking oil

Grease or spray with non stick spray a 9-inch square or round pan. Mix all together and bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
Robbie IN, and Emma
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This recipe is for Marvis in TX. Our family made this numerous times in the 70's also before the kids left the nest. I haven't tried it with microwave popcorn but I don't think it would work as microwaved corn is too soft or full of air. Sorry about the "pinch" and the "dash", but that is what the recipe states, plus I've not tried the recipe with real butter.
Jacquie in KS

Caramel Corn Recipe

8 quart popped corn
2 cups light brown sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
1 pinch cream of tartar
2 sticks oleo
1/2 teaspoon soda
1 dash salt

Place popped corn in a large buttered pan. Mix sugar, syrup, and oleo. Bring mixture to a boil, cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add soda, cream of tartar and salt. Pour over popcorn. Bake 200° for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Can be frozen.
Several sent in similar recipes for Caramel Corn
Jacquie in KS and Rodney E. in Chatsworth, IL and Nana in SE Ohio
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This recipe is for Marvis in Texas who asked for a recipe for Caramel Corn. Well, this one is not the old fashion kind, but it makes really good caramel corn. The hardest part of this recipe is finding a large paper grocery bag. So many stores no longer carry them.

Microwave Caramel Corn Recipe

3 bags microwave popcorn
1 large clean paper grocery bag

1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
pinch of salt

1 teaspoon baking soda (this MUST be fresh)

Optional add-ins:
1 cup Spanish peanuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut

Prepare microwave popcorn as you normally would. Remove all unpopped kernels. Place popcorn into the paper bag.

In a microwave-proof container with DEEP sides, combine butter, brown sugar, salt and syrup. Cook in microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir in the baking soda. (The mixture will foam up.)

Pour the "caramel" over the popcorn in the paper bag. Add the peanuts or coconut at this time, if desired. Using a long handled spoon, stir the popcorn as well as possible to get the "caramel" distributed into the popcorn.

Fold the top edge of the bag down until snug. Place the bag in the microwave. Cook on high for 1 minute. Take the bag out and shake really well. Place the bag back in the microwave and cook an additional 1 minute. Remove the bag and shake well again. Stir if necessary to make sure all popcorn is coated.

Serve in an extra large bowl. Store any leftovers in a ziplock bag.
Merry from MN in SC
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I went to the Post Office today to replace the stamps Ditto pealed off..  The stamps are in a secret place where Ditto can't find them.(hopefully.)  Ditto is such a sweet cat but he does have his weaknesses.  One is he enjoys pealing off labels from paper.  He started when I had a dot matrix printer a long time ago.  When Ihad labels loaded in the dot matrix printer he would peal them off before I had a chance to print them. When I made a mistake printing labels I gave them to Ditto.  He would spend hours pealing off the labels on the page so it didn't really surprise me when he pealed off my stamps.  It was a bit costly and I won't leave any more stamps out again. I meant to take a picture of Ditto with postage stamps all over his fur but couldn't find my cell phone or camera quick enough to get one.

Linda wanted to know how much minced garlic would equal one garlic clove. Some say 1/2 teaspoon and many others say it is one teaspoon. I would suggest using 1/2 teaspoon if you don't want a heavy garlic taste. You can always add more minced garlic to the dish, but it is virtually impossible to tone down the garlic, if you feel it is too strong.
Robbie IN

In response to the request for Snickerdoddles made with cake mix, here it is. Fast, easy, delish! Have made Snickerdoddles the old from scratch way and cake mix. Always choose the cake mix method now!

Cake Mix Snickerdoddles Recipe

1 box White cake mix (2 layer)
1 stick margarine, melted
1 egg
2 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix cake mix, margarine, egg in bowl with spoon. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Mix sugar/ cinnamon. Roll balls into cinnamon/ sugar mixture. Place about 2 inches
apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set at 350 degrees. Yield about 3-1/2 dozen.
Marvin's in Texas and Nana in SE Ohio
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Hi, Nancy:
I hope your holidays were good. In the Jan. 10, 2016 newsletter, Mavis from Texas requested an old Caramelcorn recipe. This sounds like the one she’s looking for:

Diana's Caramel Corn Recipe

1 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1-1/2 cups unpopped corn

Pop corn. Melt butter, add brown sugar , corn syrup and salt. Boil, stirring constantly, stop stirring , let boil 5 minutes. Take off heat, add baking soda and vanilla. Stir. Pour over corn in shallow pans.

Bake in 250° oven for 1 hour, stirring every 5 minutes. ENJOY!
Diana Mattydale, NY
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This is a response from one Janis to another Janis in your 1/10/2016 newsletter. My opinion is there is no good substitute for salt pork in a recipe. I do have one suggestion however. When buying salt pork never buy the one that is sliced. Buy the whole salt pork. I use that in my pinto bean recipe. If you buy the whole then it is very easy after cooking to remove the whole salt pork and get rid of all of the fat. That is not possible with the sliced. Trust me I learned by buying the sliced. Also if there is any bit of fat left in the dish put in the refrigerator and the rest of the fat if any can be easily taken off. You will get rid of mostly all fat but still get the wonderful taste.
Janis in Texas

Hello Nancy,
This is a tried and true recipe for a dessert made from zucchini. It tastes like
apple crisp.

Shirley's Zucchini Apple Crisp Recipe

1 large zucchini
3/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
2/3 cup butter, softened

Peel zucchini; remove seeds. Slice to look like apple pieces. Use approximately
8 cups zucchini. Put zucchini and lemon juice into a large saucepan. Cover; cook over medium heat, stirring
occasionally until tender, about 15 minutes. Add nutmeg, sugar and cinnamon; blend until sugar dissolves.
Remove from heat. Pour into greased 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan.

Mix together brown sugar, flour, oats and butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over zucchini. Bake at 375 deg.F. for 45 to 50 minutes. or until topping is golden brown. Serve warm with whipped cream if desired. Serves 12 to 16.

Note: I slice the zucchini lengthwise, remove the seeds, and slice the zucchini crosswise to give the appearance of apple slices.
Shirley in Yorkton, SK, Canada
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For Drink: Since this one takes a bit of effort I will send my slow cooker yellow pea later; it's easy.
Also for M L, as this recipe is very old.

Daddy's Netherlands Pea Soup Recipe

2 - 3 slices bacon, diced (We've always used lower fat, but from pork.)
8 c. chicken broth
12 oz. green split peas
1 small onion, stuck with 2 whole cloves
1 bay leaf
Ham bone &/or scraps, fat trimmed
1 medium onion, chopped
3 large carrots, diced
4 ribs celery, with leaves, thinly sliced
2 buds garlic, slivered
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1 good-sized potato, cut in large cubes
2 T EACH butter & flour
Salt & pepper to taste

Slivered smoked browned sausage slices
Chopped ripe tomato
I add: snipped parsley
Fresh rolls or bread

In a 4 qt. or larger pot, heat broth & cook peas, whole onion, bay leaf, & ham at a simmer. Start bacon cooking in a fry pan. When bacon is brown, lift out & reserve. In the fat, soften the diced onion, carrot, celery, & garlic; stir in sugar & thyme. Add this mixture to the peas. When soup has simmered about 1 hour, remove the whole onion, bay leaf, & any bones; discard. Add bacon & any loose ham back to soup. Put in the potato & continue to simmer. When potato is almost tender, in a small pan, melt butter; stir in flour, salt, & pepper slowly & smoothly; stir in about 1/2 c. of the soup & cook, stirring, till very hot.

Stir gently about 5 - 10 minutes more. Soup will hold now till ready to serve. Then re-heat to very hot without boiling; top with sausage, tomato, & parsley. Serve rolls, bread, or croutons on the side.

Freezes well, too. Winter comfort food. My dad was a great cook; this is his recipe.
Marilyn in FL
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For M L:

Green Pepper Dressing Recipe

2 c. milk
2 eggs (works best with 2 small)
6 slices soft bread, broken up
1 large green bell pepper, diced quite small
1/2 c. diced onion
3/4 c. left-over cooked ham (or pork)

Sweat vegetables till tender in a small skillet till they give up their liquid. Break up bread. Wisk eggs in milk & add a good dash of salt if you use it; pour this over bread. Stir in vegetables & meat. Pour into a buttered 8" x 12" or 9" x 9" baking dish, & bake at 350º till puffy, browned, and set in the center, and a knife or toothpick comes out clean. Time varies widely on this as moisture content of the vegetables can be very different; check at 45 minutes, but it can take up to 65. It's good to have this with a meat that can stand, like a roast chicken, or a stove-top meat like hamburger steaks. It should be more like a set pudding than a dry dressing. Serves 4 to 8. Good with chicken, fish, any meat.

Came from my Daddy's side of the family through my grandmother who died at 92 approximately 1950.
Marilyn in FL
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For ML:

Apple Dressing or Stuffing Recipe

4 T. butter, bacon drippings, or margarine
1/4 c. diced onion
1/3 c. diced celery
2 c. unpeeled chopped apple
5 slices bread, broken up
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

In fat saute onion & celery 2 minutes,stirring; add apples & cook on Medium heat, stirring, till tender. Stir
in bread, salt, & pepper, tossing till all fat is absorbed. If it's too dry, add a T. of water. Makes enough to dress 2 chops or chicken breasts; double for a small chicken. Especially good with pork or rabbit, or if baked on the side, with sausages or ham. This from Gladys Tabor's Stillmeadow Cookbook. She wrote a column in a woman's magazine in the 30's-40's.
Marilyn in FL
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For Faye.

Real Alfredo Recipe

3 T. butter (don't substitute) + 1 tsp. for pasta, to toss with it after draining if sauce is not ready
1 c. canned grated parmesan cheese
1/2 c. heavy cream
8 oz. hot cooked fettuccine or other pasta
Dash EACH white pepper & nutmeg & snipped fresh parsley
Plenty of grated fresh parmesan cheese

Prepare pasta; keep warm. In small pan melt butter, stir in canned cheese & cream till blended; pour it onto drained pasta & toss till coated. Divide into bowls. Give them a light dusting of pepper, parsley, & fresh parm, plus
an even lighter dash of nutmeg. Serve at once with fresh parm on the side. Serves 2 as a Main Dish or
4 or 5 as a side. Can be doubled. Rich, rich, rich. but Good.
Marilyn in FL
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Hello Everyone,
I was wondering if it is possible to make baked beans from scratch without using any pork or bacon and still have a lot of flavor. If so, would any one have a tried and true recipe.
Thank you, Linda S

I need some recipes for breakfast casseroles. I have to take a dish to church next Sunday and I have ran out of thoughts of what to make. I hope someone can help me with this..
Thank you for all your hard work.

A neighbor invited me over for coffee and cake. She called it Ladyfinger Cake. Anybody have a TNT recipe for a Ladyfinger Cake?

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