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March 17, 2016  | Everyday Recipes
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Lazy Man's Bread Pudding Recipe | Monster Cookies Recipe | Slow Cooker Frosted Cookie Bars Recipe | Bisquick Pudding Cookies Recipes | Cherry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe Black-Eyed Susan Cookies Recipe | Sweet Potato Ham Slices Recipe | Boston Cream Pie Recipe | Bavarian Whipped Cream Recipe | How to Make Muffin Tops | Creamy Crumbly Peach Pie Recipe | Bisquick Pudding Cookies Recipe  | Lemon Cream Cheese Tart Recipe | Lemon Cheesecake Bars Recipe | Chicken Teriyaki In Rice Cooker Recipe | Green Bean Potato and Beef Casserole Recipe | Pork Chop and Green Bean Casserole | Barbecue Ribs Recipe | Pear Salad for Two Recipe | Reduced Sugar Millionaire Pie Recipe | Oven Barbecued Chicken Recipe
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What Happened on this Day

March 17
1868 Postage stamp canceling machine patent issued
1905 Eleanor Roosevelt marries FDR in New York
1942 General Doug MacArthur arrives in Australia to become supreme commander
1973 Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge
1995 US approves 1st chicken pox vaccine, Varivax by Merck & Co

March 18
1543 Hernan de Soto observes 1st recorded flood in America (Mississippi River)
1673 Lord Berkley sells his half of New Jersey to the Quakers
1834 1st railroad tunnel in US completed, in Pennsylvania (275 meter long)
1850 Henry Wells & William Fargo forms American Express in Buffalo
1925 (8) 60-MPH tornadoes speed through Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, & Tennessee killing 689
1949 NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) ratified
1952 1st plastic lens for cataract patients fitted (Philadelphia)
1959 President Dwight D Eisenhower signs Hawaii statehood bill
1961 Poppin' Fresh Pillsbury Dough Boy introduced
1963 Supreme Court's Miranda Decision: defendants must have lawyers
1986 Treasury Department announces plans to alter paper money
1968 Congress repeals requirement for a gold reserve

March 19
1628 Massachusetts colony founded by Englishmen
1702 James II's daughter Anne Stuart becomes queen of England
1803 Johann von Schillers "Die Braut von Messina" premieres in Weimar
1822 Boston MA incorporated as a city
1895 Los Angeles Railway established to provide streetcar service
1917 US Supreme Court upheld 8-hour work day for railroad employees (Adamson Act)
1918 Congress authorizes time zones & approves daylight saving time
1931 Nevada legalizes gambling
1975 Pennsylvania is 1st state to allow girls to compete with boys in High School sports
1979 House of Representatives begins live TV broadcasts via C-SPAN
1981 2 workers killed in space shuttle Columbia accident

Thought for the Day
Cheerfulness is contagious, but don't wait to catch it from others -- be a carrier.

Lazy Man's Bread Pudding Recipe

1 pint vanilla ice cream, melted
3 cups stale bread (either challah,Italian,white,crossiant), cubed
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup drunken raisins, recipe follows
1/3 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans
1 Tbsp brown sugar

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt the ice cream in the microwave set to high, for about 1 minute. In a large bowl combine the bread cubes and melted ice cream. Let sit for at least 30 minutes until the bread is soaked. At the same time, put the raisins in a small bowl and submerge in rum.

After 30 minutes, mix the chocolate chips and raisins (not the rum) throughout the bread mixture and transfer to a buttered baking dish or individual ramekins and top with the nuts and brown sugar. Bake for 40 minutes until the crust is golden, but the middle still wobbles a little bit when you shake it. Let cool, and devour!

Note: If you only have fresh bread, first cube it then toast it in a 200 degree oven for 5-10 minutes until it loses a little moisture.
Sherry (in Indiana)
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For Ramona re: large cookies w/peanut butter

Monster Cookies Recipe

12 eggs
2 lbs. brown sugar
4 c. white sugar
1 T. vanilla
1 T. corn syrup
8 t. baking soda
1 lb. butter
3 lbs. crunchy peanut butter
18 cups dry oatmeal
1 lb. semi sweet chocolate chips
1 lb. regular M&M candies

Mix all together in order listed in large bowl. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto baking sheet. 6 per sheet & flatten. Bake in preheated 350 oven 12 min. DO NOT OVERBAKE! Makes many.
Freezes well. There is no flour in this recipe.
Athena in DE (clipped from a newspaper years ago)
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Slow Cooker Frosted Cookie Bars Recipe
Servings: 12

2 cups butter, softened
1 (14oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup white chocolate chips
1.75oz rainbow sprinkles (plus more for topping, if desired)

For frosting:
1 cup butter at room temperature
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2-4 tablespoons heavy cream
1-2 drops (or more) food coloring, if desired

In a large mixing bowl with handheld mixer beat softened butter for 2 minutes

Add condensed milk, baking powder, salt and vanilla

Slowly add flour while mixing at medium speed until fully incorporated

Using a spoon mix in white chocolate chips by hand

Add sprinkles and stir just enough to mix but don't over mix as they will bleed into batter

Pour into slow cooker that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray

Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours until edges are just lightly browned and middle appears set

Let cool completely (for a few hours at least) then frost

In a large mixing bowl with handheld mixer beat softened butter for 2 minutes

Add 3 cups of powdered sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons cream and continue to mix at medium high speed for 2-3 minutes. Add more sugar if too thin or more cream if too thick.

Add food coloring and mix until combined

Frost cookie bars and serve!

Note: I cooked these on high in my casserole crock for 3.5 hours
(Sherry (in Indiana)
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Bisquick Pudding Cookies Recipe

3/4 c. Bisquick
1 pkg. instant pudding mix, any flavor
1/4 c. oil
1 egg

Mix all of the above. Form into small balls and flatten with hand on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 minutes in 350 degree oven.
Makes 3 dozen.
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Black-Eyed Susan Cookies Recipe

1-1/2 c. bisquick
2 (3-4/8 or 3-3/4 oz.) pkgs. instant vanilla pudding mix
2 eggs
1/4 c. butter or margarine, melted
Milk chocolate candy stars

Combine biscuit and pudding mixes. Add eggs and butter; mix well. Drop from teaspoon on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Immediately press a candy star on top of each cookie.
Makes 3-1/2 dozen.
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Cherry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
3/4 cup dried cherries
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups oatmeal

Preheat oven to 350F. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and sugar. Mix well. Add shortening, egg, vanilla, and milk; blend well. Add oats; mix well. Add cherries; mix well. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 12 to 14 minutes. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container.
Makes about 2-1/2 dozen cookies.
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Sweet Potato Ham Slices Recipe

1-1/2 c. mashed, cooked sweet potatoes
1/2 c. applesauce
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2 center-cut ham slices, 1/2 inch thick
1/4 c. bottled lemon juice
1/2 c. brown sugar

Combine potatoes, applesauce and cinnamon. Spoon over 1 ham slices. Place remaining slice over potato mixture. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour. Combine lemon juice, sugar and 2 tablespoons pan drippings. Baste ham well. Bake for 15 minutes. Slice to serve.
Makes 4-6 servings.
Mary J
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Boston Cream Pie Recipe

1-1/3 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 c. shortening
2/3 c. milk
1 egg
1 tsp. Vanilla

1 (3-1/2 oz.) pkg. instant vanilla pudding
1 3/4 c. milk

2 (2 oz.) squares semi sweet or unsweetened chocolate
1/4 c. butter or margarine
3 tbsp. milk
2 c. confectioners' sugar
1/8 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. CAKE: Grease and flour 9" layer pan. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in large mixing bowl. Add shortening and milk. Blend well at low speed for 1 1/2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla extract; continue beating 1 1/2 minutes at low speed. Pour batter into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Split in half.

Follow directions on package for pudding decreasing milk to 1 3/4 cups. Let thicken slightly. Spread on bottom layer.

Melt chocolate. Blend in margarine and milk. Add sugar, salt and vanilla, blend until smooth. If necessary thin with a few drops of milk. Frost top with glaze, allowing to drip down sides.

Refrigerate until serving time. 6 servings.
Mary J
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Bavarian Whipped Cream Recipe

1 cup heavy cream
2 T. vanilla pudding mix
2 T. powdered sugar
1/2 t. vanilla extract

Beat all ingredients together in a mixing bowl til soft peaks are formed. This whipped topping can be made up to 1 day ahead. The pudding mix keeps the whipped cream from breaking down. Makes 2 cups.
Sherry (in Indiana)
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Muffin TopsHow to Make Muffin Tops

Everyone loves muffin tops! They’re the crunchy, best parts of the muffins. They’re not crusty or sweaty like the bottoms sometimes are. Once you start making muffin tops, you’ll never go back to standard muffins.

It takes a muffin top pan to make muffin tops. A muffin top pan comes with six over-sized cavities—about four inches in diameter. But the cavities are only 3/8-inch deep. If you load these cavities with a stiff batter, you will make high-topped, jumbo muffin tops. Six tops will equal twelve regular-sized muffins or six jumbo muffins.

Product Testing in Our Test Kitchen

We have a test kitchen at our facility in Rigby, Idaho, where we test products and develop mixes and recipes. We tested the nonstick muffin top pan from Norpro using both recipes and mixes, experimenting to learn what works and what doesn’t. Here are our findings along with a recipe that we enjoyed.

Everyone wants high-domed muffins. You can make high domes in a muffin top pan as well as in a standard pan. The techniques are the same. Many muffin recipes call for high heat at the beginning of the baking period to create the rise necessary for attractive domes. You can do the same with a muffin top pan but because the batter is above the pan, it is not as necessary. With stiff batter mounded high in the pan, you will bake high-domed muffin tops.
Because the batter is not as deep, it takes less time to bake muffin tops. Reduce the baking time by about a third. For most recipes and mixes, baking at 375 degrees for 15 to 16 minutes was about right.
With a thin batter, less can be put in a muffin top pan. The domes will not be as high and you’ll have more muffin tops.
If you are making high-domed muffin tops they will be larger than muffins. A 12-muffin mix or recipe yields six large, high-domed tops. A flatter muffin top is equal to a standard muffin.
Because you have shallow indentations on the pan, the muffins remove very easily. If they stick at all, let them sit for a couple minutes.

Banana Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin Tops

Everyone likes chocolate muffins. We modified our Banana Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe to make these muffin tops. They are very good.

This is sweet enough; it’s almost like a cake. In fact, you can serve it with whipped cream or ice cream and little fudge topping for a special treat.

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 brown sugar
2/3 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons milk
1 cup ripe bananas, mashed (about two smaller bananas)
1 teaspoon banana flavor
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl, mix the flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

In another bowl, mash the bananas. Whisk two large eggs and add those to the bananas. Add the oil, milk, flavor, brown sugar, and sour cream. Blend well. Stir in the nuts and chocolate chips.

With a spatula, mix the dry ingredients into the liquid mixture. Stir until just combined. Spoon the batter into greased muffin top tins.

Bake for 15 minutes. Let the muffins sit in the tins for a few minutes and then remove them to wire racks to cool. Makes 8 to 10 muffin tops.
Dennis, the Prepared Pantry 
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Recipes for One or Two  

Creamy Crumbly Peach Pie Recipe

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
3 T. butter
1 unbaked nine inch pie shell
8 peaches, peeled, sliced
1/2 cup sour cream

Mix sugar and flour in a bowl. Cut in butter til crumbly using a pastry blender. Pat half the mixture into the pie shell.

Mix peaches and sour cream in large bowl. Spoon over butter and flour mixture. Top with remaining butter and flour mixture. Bake at 325 for 40 to 45 minutes. Serves 6 to 8.
Sherry (in Indiana)
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Lemon Cream Cheese Tart Recipe

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
2 T. powdered sugar

Lemon filling:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1/3 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
2 t. grated lemon peel
Powdered sugar
Thin lemon slices

Preheat oven to 425. Mix the flour, butter and powdered sugar in a food processor bowl. Process til crumbly. Press over the bottom and up the side of a 9 inch tart or pie pan. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or til light brown.

For filling: reduce oven temperature to 350. Put cream cheese in food processor bowl. Process til creamy. Add eggs, lemon juice, sugar, and lemon peel. Spoon into crust. Bake for 20 minutes or til set.

Sprinkle powdered sugar over filling just before serving. Garnish with lemon slices. Serves 8
Sherry (in Indiana)
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These are always a huge hit when I serve them or take them to a gathering. I recommend you use real butter and real lemon juice and lemon peel/zest. Robbie IN

Lemon Cheesecake Bars Recipe

1 package cake mix, lemon
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 egg
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons lemon peel, grated
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 eggs

Blend dry cake mix, butter, and 1 egg. Press into ungreased 13x9x2 pan.

Beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually blend in powdered sugar. Stir in peel and lemon juice until smooth. Reserve 1/2 cup of the mixture ; refrigerate. Beat 2 eggs into remaining cheese mixture until blended.

Spread over cake mixture. Bake at 350°F until set, about 22 - 25 minutes; cool completely before cutting. Refrigerate leftovers. Spread with reserved cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate until firm.
Robbie IN
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Here is another recipe for Ann, who wanted recipes for her new rice cooker.
Robbie IN

Chicken Teriyaki In Rice Cooker Recipe

2 cups Rice
2 1/2 cups water
4 chicken tenders
3 cups broccoli
4 1/2 tblsp teriyaki sauce
4 tblsp green onions, thinly sliced

Add rice and water to the inner cooking pot. Place chicken tenders and broccoli in Steam Tray and add to the rice cooker. Close the lid and press White Rice. When cooking is complete mix with teriyaki sauce and green onions.
Robbie IN
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Jello Recipes

Crock Pot Spaghetti Recipe

2 (15 oz.) cans tomato sauce
3 tbsp. dry minced onion
3 tbsp. Italian seasoning
Pinch of garlic powder
1/2 c. pre-cooked ground beef
2 to 3 oz. dry spaghetti

In crock pot, mix first 5 ingredients. Cook on low for all day, high for half a day. (NOTE: Raw beef can be used, but sauce will be "fattier".) No more than an hour before serving, boil spaghetti according to package directions, drain and rinse. Mix into spaghetti sauce.

NOTE: The spaghetti will absorb the sauce and swell over time. It will still taste good!.
Serves 2-3 people.
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Green Bean Potato and Beef Casserole Recipe

2 cans green beans, drained
1 can Durkee's French fried onions
1/4 c. water
1 can condensed tomato soup
1 lb. ground meat
Grated Cheddar cheese (approx. 1 c.)
8 servings instant mashed potatoes
Salt & pepper

Brown ground meat and drain. In large casserole dish, combine ground beef, green beans, tomato soup, water, salt and pepper. Mix up the potatoes according to directions on the container and blend in 3/4 of the can of onion rings. Spread across top of green bean mixture. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Top with the rest of the onion rings and grated cheese. Bake until cheese is melted (about 2 minutes).
Makes 4 servings.
Lisa TX
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Pork Chop and Green Bean Casserole

6 rib or loin pork chops, 3/4" thick
2 (10 oz.) pkgs. frozen cut green beans, defrosted
2 cans cream of celery soup
1 c. milk
1/4 tsp. salt

Brown chops, season with salt and pepper. Mix together beans, soups, milk and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Pour mixture into a 2 quart baking dish. Arrange pork chops on top. Cover and bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until meat is done.
Lisa TX
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Barbecue Ribs Recipe

2-1/2 cans bartlett pear halves, drained
1 c. chili sauce
3 tbsp. vinegar
1/2 tsp. onion flakes or chopped
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 lbs. spareribs

Drain juice from pears. Combine juice, chili sauce, vinegar, onion, salt and pepper. Heat to boiling and pour in pears. Let sit for several hours. Drain sauce from pears. Place spareribs in shallow pan. Pour half of sauce over ribs and bake 350 degrees for 2 hours. Baste with remaining sauce. About 15 minutes before ribs are removed, lay pears over top and heat
Linda NM
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Pear Salad for Two Recipe

3 tbsp. carrots, shredded
3 tbsp. Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tbsp. French salad dressing
1 (8-1/2 oz.) pear halves, drained
Lettuce leaves

Combine first 3 ingredients; spoon into pear halves. Arrange on lettuce. Yields 2 servings.
Linda NM
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Reduced Sugar Millionaire Pie Recipe

1 lg. package sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
16 oz. low fat or fat free yogurt or sour cream
1 flat can-8 oz.- crushed pineapple-use juice and fruit
1 small carton Cool Whip-there is now a sugar free version
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1-9 in. baked pie shell

Mix DRY pudding mix and sour cream (or yogurt)-this will be stiff and lumpy. Add crushed pineapple and mix well. Spread in cooled pie crust shell. Mix pecans in Cool Whip and spread on top of pie. Chill 2-3 hours before serving.
Mary J
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Oven Barbecued Chicken Recipe

1 chicken, cut into serving pieces (or your choice of chicken pieces)
3 T. Worcestershire sauce
4 T. water
1 T. lemon juice
2 T. vinegar
2 T. soy sauce
3 T. brown sugar
1 t. mustard
1 t. salt
1 t. paprika

Place chicken in a shallow covered pan. Combine the remaining ingredients for the sauce; pour over the chicken. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 30 min.
Makes 6 servings.
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