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May 5, 2016  | Everyday Recipes
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Today's Recipes
Black bean Salsa Recipe | Cassoulet Style Sausages and White Bean Recipe | Chicken Cashew Pasta Salad Recipe | Old Fashion Cream of Tomato Soup Recipe | Strawberry Balsamic Salsa Recipe | Tennessee Bread Pudding Recipe

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Little One is more calm today. He has not let me get more than a few inches away from him. It is a little awkward to try and work on the computer. He either has his head or his feet on the keyboard while I am trying to using it. I just worked around him today. Here are pictures of him after I gave him a bath to clean him up. Mainly he is bruised.  His front oaws have been hurt and he is having a hard time walking.  He is unable to jump on the bed so I put several quilts on the floor so I could sleep because it hurts him too much to be lifted to the bead. He doesn't want to be touched or petted.  All in all he is doing well.

Here are serveral pictures today. The light was not enough but enough to see how close he is to me as I work on the newsletter.

LIttle One - Spends time close to me Little One - 2 May 5, 2016

Black bean Salsa Recipe

1 can black beans drained and rinsed
1 can shoepeg corn drained
1 can Hunts tomatoes with oregano and basil
1 can Rotel tomatoes with chilies drained slightly
1 red onion chopped
1 yellow pepper chopped
1 cup Italian dressing
Few drops hot sauce

Mix and chill several hours. You can make lots of adjustments to this recipe, but I think its keeper. Use fat free dressing and it's a good diet dip.
Mary Ann from MN
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Cassoulet Style Sausages and White Bean Recipe

I made this last night and had forgotten how delicious this dish is . I think you Nancylanders will really enjoy it .
This recipe serves 8 , so I "halved" portions of it . The only part I used a little less was the sausage because I love a lot of sauce .

2 1/2 lbs sweet (mild) Italian Sausage links
3 pts cherry tomatoes ( I like a lot of tomatoes so used almost 3 pts)
1 large onion cut in 1 1/2 inch chunks ( I did not cut this in half )
4 large garlic cloves, sliced (did not cut in half)
3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil ( did not cut in half)
1 1/2 Tbs balsamic vinegar ( didn't half it )
salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tsp dried thyme
3 bay leaves
3 cans ( 15.5 half each ) white beans undrained ( I used cannellini beans - whatever you have on hand )

Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat to 425 F. Mix sausages, tomatoes, onion, garlic, oil, vinegar , thyme, bay leaves and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper in large heavy roasting pan ( I used dutch oven).

Roast until sausages are brown and tomatoes have reduced to thick sauce about 45-55 minutes. Remove from oven; stir in beans and continue to cook until casserole has heated through about 10-15 min. Serve with crusty Italian or French Bread. Enjoy!
Dee/ Fl & RI
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You ask if you could store bacon grease.
Your answer to the bacon grease, yes I do keep mine.. I put it in a plastic container and store in the refrigerator. I have never had a problem with it. It will go bad if you don't refrigerate it. You can use it for a number of things, such as put some in with green beans, coat lightly a skillet for flavor in frying eggs. Fry potatoes in bacon grease. Hope this helps you.
Gladys, IN

Chicken Cashew Pasta Salad Recipe
(4+ servings)

2 cups uncooked small pasta shells
1 cup cashews (add last)
1 cup celery
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 cups chopped, cooked chicken
Optional- Green Pepper, chives, parsley

Cook Pasta, add other ingredients, and mix with the following dressing:
1 cup real mayo
1/2 c. brown sugar (I used less)
1 tbsp Cider Vinegar
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt

Chill & Enjoy!
Thanks, SusieB in Mpls., MN (2007 Newsletter)
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Old Fashion Cream of Tomato Soup Recipe

32 oz canned diced tomatoes
9 oz chicken broth (undiluted)
1 oz butter
2 T sugar
1 T chopped onion
2 cups cream
1 pinch baking soda

Mix tomatoes, broth, butter, sugar, onions and soda. Simmer 1 hour. Heat cream in double boiler. Add cream to hot tomato mixture. Ready to serve and enjoy...It's delicious.
Nancy in Montana (2007 Newsletter)
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Strawberry Balsamic Salsa Recipe

1 Pint Strawberries diced
2 Pints cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes diced
1/2 cup sugar (I have used Splenda)
8 green onions chopped
1/2 cup cilantro chopped
6 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Table spoons white balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix diced tomatoes, strawberries, onions, and cilantro in bowl. Pour sugar over mixture and stir in. In small bowl wisk together olive oil, vinegar and salt. Pour over mixture and fold in til evenly coated.

Cover and chill at least an hour.
Christine in Arkansas (2008 Newsletter)
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Question: I am writing to ask if anyone has a TNT recipe for a "dryer" type of bread pudding. I love bread pudding, but I do not like the really moist/damp/wet kind that is the norm. I don't know how to decrease the amount of milk in the recipes that I see to make it dryer....more like a moist cake.

To make your bread pudding "dryer" start with reducing the milk maybe by 1/2 cup at a time. Also if it still seems to have more moisture than you would like, let it bake longer and that would help to "dry it out".
Here is one of my recipes for "Tennessee Bread pudding that is more like a pina colada and note that I have added 25 more minutes to the baking time.
Hope that helps.
Abby in Atlanta

Tennessee Bread Pudding Recipe

2 cups hot water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
4 large eggs
1-cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup crushed pineapple drained
1/2-cup raisins
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
9 slices white bread with crust, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

Bourbon Sauce
1-cup light corn syrup
4 Tbs. butter
1/4-cup bourbon
1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Combine the water and sugar in a large bowl and stir until sugar dissolves. Add in milk and eggs and continue beating until blended. Stir n the coconut, pineapple, raisins, butter, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. Add the bread and let stand for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pour into a 9X13 greased pan and bake about 45 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving with bourbon Sauce.

For the Sauce:
Bring the corn syrup to a boil In a small saucepan. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Whisk in the butter, bourbon and vanilla. Serve warm.

This was really good, but I baked it an additional 25 minutes.
Abby in Atlanta
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I made this casserole last night and it was a big hit with my husband. He had three helpings of it. I decided to mark it as a “keeper” and put it into the recipe book I am making for my granddaughter this fall. I got it from a Mr. Food newsletter. A person could use chicken instead of ground beef, any frozen vegetable thawed, any cream soup, any meltable shredded cheese, etc.
Sandy in Iowa

Two Boys Casserole Recipe
Serves 6

Angela, in Texas, has two boys with big appetites for casseroles, so she came up with this recipe for Two Boys Casserole. It combines all of their favorites into one meaty and hearty dish. We bet everyone at the table will be pleased to find the creamy, beefy goodness underneath that layer of crispy potato tots!

What You'll Need:
2 pounds ground beef
1 onion, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 (12-ounce) package frozen peas (I used a 16 oz. package)
1 (10-3/4-ounce) can cream of celery soup
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese, divided
1 (30-ounce) package frozen potato tots, thawed

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook beef, onion, salt, and pepper until meat is browned. Add peas and stir. Add soup, milk, sour cream, and 1 cup of cheese; stir to combine.

Place half the potato tots in baking dish, top with meat mixture, then remaining potato tops. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Bake 25 to 35 minutes, or until the potato tots are cooked through and golden.
Sandy in Iowa
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I have some simple recipes for Sandy in Iowa for her daughter who's going to college and will send them to you tomorrow.
Scarlett in FLA

To Sharon. These ideas may help you adjust the bread pudding consistency. Try making those you like in a larger pan; i.e., if the recipe calls for an 8" square pan, try it in a 7" x 11". Or try baking it slightly longer, adding in 5 minute increments & checking that it's not burning. If it starts to over-brown, tent with foil. Good luck.
Marilyn in FL


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