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March 21, 2016  | Everyday Recipes
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What Happened on this Day

March 21
1788 Fire destroyed 856 buildings in New Orleans LA
1790 Thomas Jefferson reports to President Washington in New York as Secretary of State
1851 Yosemite Valley discovered in California
1866 Congress authorizes national soldiers' homes
1874 US Grant's daughter Nellie marries in the White House
1935 Persia officially renamed Iran
1947 President Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States
1972 US Supreme Court rules states can't require 1-year residency to vote
1980 On TV show Dallas, JR is shot

March 22
1457 Gutenberg Bible became the 1st printed book
1621 Massasoit & Pilgrims agree on league of friendship (Plymouth)
1733 Joseph Priestly invents carbonated water (seltzer)
1765 Stamp Act passed: 1st direct British tax on colonists
1790 Thomas Jefferson becomes the 1st US Secretary of State
1841 Cornstarch patented (Orlando Jones)
1935 Blood tests authorized as evidence in court cases (New York)
1960 1st patent for lasers, granted to Arthur Schawlow & Charles Townes

Thought for the Day
Life is a continuous process of getting used to things we hadn't expected.


This is a spectacular and dramatic looking dessert, and so light and yummy.

Strawberry Angel Food Dessert Recipe

1 pkg. (3 oz.) strawberry Jello
1 pkg. (10 oz.) sliced frozen sweetened strawberries (thawed)
1 tbsp. sugar
Pinch salt
1/2 of a 10" baked angel food cake, torn into pieces
1 cup whipping cream whipped

Fresh strawberry halves (optional)

Dissolve Jello in 1-1/4 cups boiling water. Stir in thawed berries, sugar and salt. Cool until it begins to thicken. Fold in the whipped cream. the bottom of 9 inch square dish, or pan with half the torn cake; pour over half the strawberry-whipped
cream mixture; repeat layer of cake and remaining strawberry cream mixture.

Refrigerate 4 to 5 hours before serving. Can garnish with fresh strawberry halves, if desired.
Judy (in Alaska)
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The meat has such a delicious flavor cooked in this mixture!
I use my electric fry pan for this and works great. I like to serve this with cooked noodles.

Chuck Bourguigonne Recipe

2-1/2 lb. boned chuck roast, about 2 inches thick
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (reserve drippings)
salt and pepper, to taste
1 can Campbell's beef broth
1-1/4 cups water
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 large bay leaf
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lb. (8) small whole white onions
4 medium carrots, cut in half
1/2 lb. (2 cups) sliced fresh mushrooms
2 tbsp. flour

Trim fat from roast and cut into 1-1/2" cubes. In large heavy pan, brown cubes in bacon drippings; drain. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add bacon, beef broth, 1 cup water, wine, garlic and bay leaf. Cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring now
and then. Add onions, carrots and mushrooms; cover and simmer 1 hour, or until tender.

Remove bay leaf. To thicken, gradually blend 1/4 cup water into flour. Put meat and vegetables to one side and slowly stir in the flour mixture into sauce. Cook, stirring, until thickened.
Makes 4 servings.
Judy (in Alaska)
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Easter Recipes

This scrumptious pie is light and tart with just so few ingredients.

Lemony Delight Pie Recipe

1 (6 oz.) ready made graham cracker pie crust (or make your own)
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp. grated lemon rind
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla
Whipped cream

In large electric mixer bowl, beat cream cheese and mayonnaise on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add sugar. Beat in eggs, ring, lemon juice and vanilla. Pour
into pie crust. Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes, or until set. Cool and chill well before serving. Garnish with dollops of whipped cream.
Judy (in Alaska)
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Nancy, I have a question that is not food related. I guess I was spoiled at our house because it had a
water softener and the place we are living now did have one but the other owner took it. So my question is how or what do I use on the glass door to the shower. The water is so hard that I can clean it and with in a week or 2 that you can't see out of the shower. What would be good to use? I don't want to clean it every week but if I have to then I will. I read some place that you mix water, didn't say hot or cold, and rubbing alcohol. I want a solution that doesn"t leave a film or make the floor
slippery I know that what solutions that come in are tested and do work. Thank you in advance.

Everyone have a great day. Nancy and 4 legged associates stay safe, stay warm and comfortable.
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Hello Nancy & all
My sisters and I are
planning a bridal shower for our niece. We are having small sandwiches of ham & chicken salad, deviled eggs, fruit salad, chips and of course some type of dessert. Do you have any other suggestions of what we could serve? Do we need a hot dish? Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated. The shower will be held in late April.
Thanks so much,
Bea in IL

This makes a nice Easter Dessert

Mix 1 (14 ounce) can condensed milk (not evaporated) and 1/4 cup lemon juice.

Stir in 1 cup crushed pineapple,undrained. Line an 8x8 baking dish with a layer of vanilla wafers.

Pour the pineapple mixture over and cover with another layer of vanilla wafers.

Cover with a thawed 8 ounce container of cool whip or your own fresh whipped cream.

Sprinkle with coconut. It is nice to tint it for Easter but not necessary. Trim with maraschino cherries or mandarin orange sections if desired. I tried jelly beans but they bled color and was not attractive. Refrigerate about eight hours.
Nana in SE Ohio
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Last night I had a delicious square at a church function. Someone told me they thought they were
chocolate macaroon squares. The bottom was graham wafer, filling had coconut and I think sweetened condensed milk. There seemed to be marshmallow layer and then some sort of chocolate melted over the top. Does anyone have a recipe like this?


I might be a late on the sticky rice subject and I am a long way from being a rice expert, but I do know that some rice is just sticky. In fact there are sticky rice grown to be sticky. Some methods produce sticky rice. I have good luck with plain old long grain rice, rinsed and cooked in the microwave in a large microwave proof bowl using 2 cups rice, just under 4 cups salted water and a big dab of butter on high for 15 minutes. If it's not done, it might need a few more minutes since all microwaves are different.
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I am anxious to find an "old timely" recipe for East Texas blackberry cobbler like my mother made. No,I didn't watch carefully as she made them and regrettably she didn't have a written copy. She did cook the berries, water, sugar on stovetop first. She layered the berry/ water/sugar mixture first,pastry/ berries/ water/sugar and more pastry. The first pastry layer became dumplingy and top was crispy. My duplication is not the same! I will be grateful for your recipes,suggestions. ( I am not interested in the batter cobber recipe.)Thanks!
Marvis in Texas

Banana Cream Cake With Strawberry Cream Filling

3 c Sifted flour
1 tb Baking powder
1 ts Salt
1/2 ts Almond extract
1-1/2 ts Vanilla
1/2 ts Banana extract
1-1/2 c Sugar
2 c Heavy cream

Simple Syrup
1/3 c Sugar 1/3 c Water 4 tb Creme de banana

Strawberry Filling
1-1/2 c Whipping cream
3/4 c Mashed fresh strawberries
1 ts Grand Marnier
3 tb Powdered sugar
1 lg Banana, sliced

Cake: Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. Beat eggs until light and foamy. Add flavorings. Add sugar gradually. Add flour mixture alternately with cream, beating after each addition until just smooth.

Pour batter into two 9" greased round cake pans and bake in a
preheated 350 degree oven 40 minutes or until done. Cool on racks and then brush with Simple Syrup.

Simple Syrup: Combine sugar and water in a heavy small saucepan. Bring to a boil over moderate heat, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved.

Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Stir in creme de banana.

Strawberry Frosting:
Whip cream in large chilled bowl on low speed until soft peaks form. Add Grand Marnier and sugar and beat on high speed until spreading consistency.

Fold in mashed strawberries. Spread this mixture
between layers and add sliced banana on top of bottom layer. Add remaining mixture on top and sides of cake.
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Anna in Sweden
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Easy Cucumber Cups Recipe

2 large cucumbers, cut into 1-inch slices
1 cup cubed cooked ham
3 hard-boiled eggs
1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup dill pickle relish, drained
1/2 cup chopped scallion (with 1 tablespoon reserved for garnish)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Partially scoop out the center of the cucumber slices, making sure to leave the bottom of each slice intact.

Place ham and eggs in a food processor and process until finely chopped; place in a medium bowl.

Place remaining ingredients in food processor and pulse until smooth. Add to ham and egg mixture and mix until well combined.

Fill cucumber cups with ham mixture and top with reserved scallions. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Sherry (in Indiana)
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Easter Braid Loaf Recipe

1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup warm 2% milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup golden raisins
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons sliced almonds

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, sugar, butter, the 3 eggs, salt, and 3 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in remaining flour to form a soft dough. Stir in raisins and almond extract.

Turn dough onto floured surface; knead about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place about 1-1/2 hours, or until doubled.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 6 portions and shape each into a 12-inch rope. Place 3 ropes on prepared baking sheet and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with remaining ropes. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with almonds.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.
Sherry (in Indiana)
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Apple Butter Glazed Ham Recipe

1 6-10 lb. bone in smoked ham
3/4 cup apple butter
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar-free maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Score the ham with a paring knife through the skin and fat in a tight crosshatch pattern. Place the ham, fat side up, in a large roasting pan. Bake 1 hour.

Whisk the apple butter, mustard, brown sugar, syrup and cloves in a bowl until smooth. Brush the ham with half the glaze and bake for 15 more minutes.

Brush remaining glaze over ham and bake another 15 minutes or until ham is heated through.

Let rest for 15 minutes before carving.
Sherry (in Indiana)
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Hi Nancy, I am wondering if anyone out there has a great cake recipe that does not use sugar. I have heard of replacing sugar and oil with applesauce, but haven't found a great recipe for this. My son's first birthday is coming up in April and I want to make a "healthier" cake for him. Any suggestions for frosting too would be fantastic.
Thank you! Brandi


Pineapple Rice Recipe

1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple
1 cup (or less) sugar
1 stick butter or margarine
3 cups cooked rice (not instant)
brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350°. Mix pineapple, sugar, and butter in saucepan and simmer until well mixed. Butter a 2-quart casserole dish and layer rice and pineapple mixture. Make sure pineapple mixture ends up on top. Sprinkle with brown sugar if desired. Bake for 1 hour. Serves 8-10
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Could you please help me find a recipe. It was called 3 min fudge made with Eagle Brand and was made in the microwave.

Favorite Lemon Pie Recipe

1 (4 serving size (0.8 oz)) Sugar Free COOK & SERVE vanilla pudding
1 (4 serving size (0.3 oz)) Sugar Free Lemon jello
2 cups water

Add pudding to water and bring to a boil. Take off heat and add jello. Chill. Top with Cool Whip Free. Variation: Chocolate Cook & Serve Pudding with cherry jello.
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Hamburger Stroganoff Recipe

1-1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
2/3 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbs. butter or oleo
2 Tbs. flour
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1 can (4 oz.) mushroom pieces and stems, drained
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 cup (8 oz.) sour cream

In large skillet cook beef and onion in butter until the beef is brown and onion is tender. Stir in flour, salt, garlic, pepper and mushrooms. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in soup, bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat, simmer uncovered about 5 minutes, stir occasionally. Let cool a few minutes and stir in sour cream, heat through but do not boil.

Serve over rice or noodles.

Pickled Eggs
I want to pickle 2 dozen eggs for Easter. I want to use the pickled beets in jars at the supermarket. I need guidance, how far ahead do I need to start? What do I need to put the eggs in with the beets and juice to get a good color? Must the container be clear in color? Also, the best way to hard boil the 2 dozen eggs?

Easter Bunny Cake
Mix up any cake mix you like. Pour batter in an 8" pan and a cup cake paper. You can make 2 bunnies (put batter in 2 8" pans and 2 cupcakes) or use the other half of the batter to make just cupcakes.

After cake is baked and out of the pan, cut the 8" cake in half. Place icing on half of round. Place the 2 rounds together on a plate with the humped side up. Place the cupcake in the front for the head. Ice with white frosting and cover with coconut. For the tail add a small mound of icing covered with coconut. Use jellybeans for eyes and nose. You will need to make ears from white and pink craft paper.
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Bunny Cake

Make any cake mix in 2 8" round pans.
Leave one for the head.
Cut one into 2 ears and a bow tie (2 outside edges are ears. Leftover in middle is bow tie)
Frost and cover with coconut
Use licorice for whiskers and jelly beans for face.
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Texas Hash Recipe

2 cups onion, minced
3 tbls. shortening
1 lb. ground beef
1 cup green pepper, diced
1 qt. canned tomatoes
3⁄4 cup uncooked rice
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1⁄4 tsp. pepper

Brown onion in shortening. Add ground beef and stir constantly until browned. Add green pepper, tomatoes, washed rice, and seasonings. Cook until rice is tender (about 30 to 45 minutes).
Yields 6 to 8 servings.
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Does anyone have a TNT recipe for a chocolate chip cheesecake? I tried one but it was not very rich and smooth. Thanks in advance!

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