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May 15, 2017  | Everyday Recipes
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Everyday Recipes from Our Recipe Family.

Today's Recipes -  Pear Pineapple Butter Recipe | Lemon Quencher Recipe | Jam and Pistachio Layer Cake Recipe | Ground Beef Broccoli Potato Casserole Recipe | Cheeseburger Casserole Recipe | Diet Applesauce Cake Recipe | Diet Cheesecake Recipe | Diet Coke Salad Recipe | Diet Cherry Cola Salad Recipe | Diet Fruit Salad Recipe | Diet Spiced Tea Recipe | Diet Apple Salad Recipe | Diet Strawberry And Sour Cream Jello Recipe | Peanut Butter Chocolate Pudding Recipe | Diet Whipped Topping Recipe | Lisa's Fluffy Jello Salad Recipe | Mary J's Carrot Salad Recipe | Mary J's Chicken Waldorf Salad Recipe | Chinese Cabbage Salad Recipe | Mary J's Macaroni Salad Recipe

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Everyday Recipes from Our Recipe Family. Everyday recipes made from ingredients found in most pantries.


Many years ago my late mother made a salmon salad (chilled or room temperature) from canned salmon. I remember that she removed the skin and bones from the salmon and added diced onion and diced/chopped boiled eggs but that's as far as my memory takes me today. I don't know if there were other ingredients or what the dressing was that she used. Lately I've had a taste for several of mom's dishes and the salmon salad was toward the top of my 'want' list but I need the help of the Nancyland family to help me recreate it. If any Nancylander out there has a good TNT recipe for a chilled/room temperature salmon salad I'd appreciate it if you'd post it, and especially if it is similar to what I've tried to describe.
Drink - Lake Forest, CA

Pear Pineapple Butter Recipe

4 cups chopped pears (8-10 pears) peeled and cored
2 cups sugar or Splenda
2 3 inch cinnamon sticks
1 16 oz can crushed pineapple

Mix pears, sugar and cinnamon sticks in saucepan. Bring to boil and boil 5 minutes uncovered. Keep stirring so sugar does not stick and burn. Then add pineapple , keep stirring boil for 20 minutes more. Take off heat and fill clean glass jars. Put lids on and process in water bath for 20 minutes. yield 2 1/2 pints. ENJOY !!
Judy in Montana
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As I was coming back home todaty, I saw some praire dogs at a location here in Lubbock where I had not seen them before. I pulled over and watched them for about 15 minutes. It is amazing to me to watch how well they get along with each other. This lot was next to a restaurant and the praire dogs and they had been well fed. It is a mystery to me how critters can get along with each other so well and many people can't. I am going bring Ditto and Little One over one day to watch these prairie dogs. Each Sunday I take the cats out in my car to watch the ducks. They enjoy the outing. I take a book to listen to a book for several hours and we all enjoy the outing. I am not sure how Ditto and Little One know when it is Sunday but they do. They want out in the gargage and want me to follow. They put their paws on the car door to let me know they want to go for a ride. If I don't pay attention they sit on top of the car and thow a meow fit until I take them for their weekly outing. They have me trained well.

Lemon Quencher Recipe

Tart and refreshing, this minty-lemon drink is sweetened with just a touch of honey. It makes a lovely summer cooler any time of day

5 cups water, divided
10 fresh mint leaves
1 cup lemon juice
2/3 cup honey
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
Ice cubes
Mint sprigs and lemon peel strips

1. In a blender, combine 1 cup water and mint leaves; cover and process for 1 minute. Strain mixture into a pitcher, discarding mint. Add the lemon juice, honey, lemon peel and remaining water; stir until blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
2. Serve in chilled glasses over ice. Garnish with mint sprigs and lemon peel if desired.
Servings: 8

Cooking Times
Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Author: Clara Coulston, Washington Court House, Ohio
Source: Light & Tasty August/September 2007, p19
Web Page: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/lemon-quencher
Anna in Sweden
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I need help with making jello in a mold. It seems like most times when I make it in a mold the jello salad doesn't come easily. It there a trick to it?
Robert in Las Vegas


Jam and Pistachio Layer Cake Recipe
Makes 8 servings

2 cups flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp each baking soda and salt
4 egg whites
1 egg
3 tsp vanilla
10 tbs unsalted butter
1-1/2 cups each sugar and buttermilk

Filling and Frosting
3 pkgs 8 oz each cream cheese
6 tbs unsalted butter
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
2-1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup raspberry jam
2 cups toasted chopped unsalted pistachios

Heat oven to 35O°. Spray three 9" round cake pans with cooking spray. Sift flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a bowl. In a bowl, whisk egg whites, egg, and vanilla. In another bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add sugar, mix well. Add egg mixture, beat well. Beat in flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk. *Divide batter among cake pans. Bake 25 min. Let cakes cool in pans. In a bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until fluffy. Beat in powdered sugar, refrigerate 3O min. Place 1 cake layer on a plate. Spread with 1/2 cup jam. Top with second layer. Spread with remaining jam. Top with third layer. Spread frosting over top and sides of cake. Coat sides of cake with nuts. SERVE & ENJOY.
Anna in Sweden
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Just wanted to say thanks to Janis for the diet pie recipes. I'm diabetic and I love pie. Plan to try all of them!
Sharon in MO

Here are two recipes for Paula, who in the 5/12 newsletter, wanted ground beef casseroles with no tomatoes.
Robbie IN

Ground Beef Broccoli Potato Casserole Recipe

1 (32 oz.) bag frozen hash brown potatoes
2 lbs. Ground beef browned with 1 sm. onion
2 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen chopped broccoli
1 cup French fried onions
2 cans cream of mushroom, cheese or celery soup
2/3 c. milk
2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Place potatoes in the bottom and up sides of a 9x13 inch pan. Bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Place browned meat and chopped onion, broccoli and 1/2 cup French fried onions in potato shell.
Combine the soup, milk, 1 cup cheese and spices. Pour over the burger mixture and bake, covered, at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Top with remaining cheese and rest of French fried onions and bake, uncovered, 2 to 3 more minutes.
Robbie In
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Cheeseburger Casserole Recipe

1 can oven ready biscuits
1 lb. ground beef
1/4 c. chopped onion
salt and pepper to taste
1 (10 3/4 oz.) can cream of mushroom, celery, or cheese soup
1/3 cup milk

Combine beef and onion in skillet, cook until lightly browned. Drain, grease add salt and pepper. Stir in soup and . Heat thoroughly. Turn into an 8 inch square, or 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle cheese over mixture and mixture. Top with biscuits.
Bake at 425 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown. Serves 4.
Robbie IN
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My mother suggested I come to your site for easy recipes. I just got married and don't know how to cook anything. When I say I can't boil water, it is so true. I can even burn the pan when boiling water. Does anyone have some simple to make recipes to share. I need ones I can't burn easily. I would like to start taking my lunch to save money but am tired of yogurt. Any suggestions for lunch and lunch combinations would be appreciated as well.
Angie in Nevada

Janis sent me a lot of diet recipes.  I am adding a few in each newsletter.  Here are some more of her recipes.

Diet Applesauce Cake Recipe

1/2 c. diet margarine
4 tsp. brown sugar substitute
1 c. cold unsweetened applesauce
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp powdered cloves
1 c. raisins
1/4 c. chopped pecans

Cream margarine. Beat in brown sugar substitute gradually. Add applesauce. Add sifted flour with soda, salt and spices. Add raisins and nuts. Spread in a 9" pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray and floured. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
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Diet Cheesecake Recipe

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 c. skim milk
4 eggs (separated)
artificial sweetener to equal 1 cup sugar
1-1/2 T. lemon juice
2 tsp. grated lemon rind
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1-1/2 c cottage cheese (low-fat)
1/2 tsp. cream tartar
1 T. grated lemon rind & grated orange rind for garnish

Crust Recipe:
4 slices white bread toasted & crumbled
1/4 c. diet margarine
artificial sweetener to equal 1 tablespoon subar

In a sauce pan, sprinkle gelatin over milk to soften. Add yolks, mix, and stir over low heat until gelatin dissolves and mixture thickens slightly. Do not boil. Remove from heat. Add sweetener, juice, rend extract and salt. Process cheese in blender until smooth. Add gelatin mixture, cool stirring occasionally until mixture is almost set. Beat egg whites with cream tartar until stiff. Fold into cheese mixture . Spoon into cheese cake crust. Garnish with lemon & orange rind. Chill until set. Makes 4 servings.

Cheese cake crust recipe: Combine all ingredients and cover bottom of 9 inch spring form pan with mixture. Pat into thin crust. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool and pour cheese cake mixture into crust.
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I am still having problems with my left hand.  I need to have surgery on it but keep putting it off.  It is getting worse each week. I am left handed and don't want to give up using my left hand, even for a short time. Last time I had surgery on the other hand it took three different times to put me under to do the surgery.  Going thru this again is something I would rather put off as long as I can.  I need to go to the doctor and schedule the surgery but am such a chicken about it.
Miss Chicken (aka Nancy)

Diet Coke Salad Recipe

2 regular size pkg. sugar free cherry gelatin
1 (14 ounce) can Bing cherries, pitted whole
1 no. 303 can crushed pineapple, packed in its own juice
1 (8-oz.) pkg. fat free cream cheese, cut in small pieces
1/2 c. pecans, chopped
1 (12-oz.) Diet Coke

Drain juice from cherries and pineapple. Place in saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour over gelatin to dissolve. Chill mixture for 30
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Diet Cherry Cola Salad Recipe

3/4 c. water
1 can Lite Cherry Pie Filling
1 Tb. lemon juice
1/2 c. chopped nuts (optional)
Small container Free Cool Whip
1 6-oz. box sugar free Cherry Jello
1 smal can crushed pineapple, with juice
1 (12 ounce) can Diet Coke

Bring water to boil. Add pie filling and return to boiling.Remove from heat and add Jello.Add pineapple (undrained), lemon juice and Diet Coke.Place in a 9 x 13 inch pan and refrigerate.Top with Cool Whip before serving.
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Diet Fruit Salad Recipe

1 No. 2 can crushed pineapples
1 small can mandarin oranges
1 (3 oz.) pkg. dry sugar free orange gelatin
1 (9 oz.) pkg. diet Cool Whip
1 (12 oz) ctn. cottage cheese

Drain pineapple and oranges. Mix fruit together with gelatin. Add cottage cheese and Cool whip stir well. Chill. Keep in refrigerator.
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Diet Spiced Tea Recipe

1 (3.3 oz.) jar sugar - free caffeine - free iced tea mix with lemon
2 (1.8 oz.) pkgs. sugar - free orange breakfast drink mix
1 T. plus 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground cloves

Combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container or package into three (1 cup) gift pkgs. To serve, stir 1 1/2 tsp. mix into 1 c. hot water. Make 3 c. tea mix.
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Diet Apple Salad Recipe

1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, in own juice, drained
4 c. apples, chopped
1 c. roasted peanuts
1 c. miniature marshmallows
1 (8 oz.) fat free cool whip
1 pkg instant pudding, sugar free, white chocolate or vanilla

In a bowl add pineapple, apples, peanuts, marshmallows, cool whip and dry instant pudding ( do not make the pudding). Mix well and refrigerate Yield: 12 - 16 one half cup servings.
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Diet Strawberry And Sour Cream Jello Recipe

3 - 3 oz. pkg. sugar free strawberry Jello
2 - 10 oz. pkg. frozen strawberries (in sauce or whole berries)
1 - 16 oz. can crushed pineapple
3 mashed bananas (or sliced)
Sour cream (or sour half & half or fat free sour cream)

Dissolve Jello in 1 1/2 c. boiling water. Add frozen strawberries and stir until thawed. Add pineapple and bananas. Chill until syrupy. Pour half into mold and chill until set. Spread top with sour cream. Add remaining Jello and chill. I usually use low sugar and low fat ingredients and make 2/3 of a recipe. This is a good recipe for holidays, potlucks, funerals, etc.
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Pudding Recipe

2 cups cold skim milk, divided
2 Tbs. chunky peanut butter
1 cup lite whipped topping, divided
1 Pkg. Instant sugar free chocolate pudding mix

In a small bowl, mix 2 Tbs. milk and peanut butter until smooth. Fold in 3/4 cup whipped topping; set aside. In mixing bowl, beat pudding mix and remaining milk until blende, about 2 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Spoon half of the pudding into parfait glasses or bowls; top with peanut butter mixture, and then remaining pudding. Garnish with remaining whipped topping.
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In the past newsletter I was same diet recipes. It reminded me of some I had. Thought someone might like these recipes as well.
Lisa TX

Diet Whipped Topping Recipe

1/4 c. cold water
1/4 c. powdered milk
Any sugar substitute to equal 2 T.
1/2 tsp. lemon juice

Chill the bowl and beaters. Combine the water and powdered milk. Beat until mixture begins to stiffen. Add the sugar substitute and lemon juice. Continue to beat until stiff. Yields 1/2 cup. Each serving may exchanged for 1/2 nonfat milk.
Lisa TX
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Lisa's Fluffy Jello Salad Recipe

8 oz. Lite Cool Whip, defrosted
8 oz. low fat cottage cheese, small curd
1 (3 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained
3 oz. pkg. Sugar Free Jello, lime or your favorite flavor--use powder only

Mix all ingredients together in bowl, and refrigerate for several hours before serving. Serves 10 to 12. Tasty variations--orange jello with mandarin oranges, drained or strawberry jello with strawberries, cut up. Low calorie options--Lite Cool Whip, low fat cottage cheese, sugar free Jello. Options are just as good as the regular recipe--and what I use.
Lisa TX
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Diet Ambrosia Jello Recipe

1 can (8 oz.) crushed pineapple, drain & save juice
2 c. boiling water
1 can (11 oz.) mandarin orange segments, drained
4 oz. Lite Cool Whip
2 sm. or 1 lg. box orange sugar free jello
1 tsp. coconut extract

Stir boiling water into gelatin in large bowl for 2 minutes or until dissolved. Add enough cold water to pineapple juice to make 1 cup of liquid. Stir into jello. Refrigerate until slightly thickened. Use wire whisk to stir in Cool Whip. Refrigerate for a few minutes to re-thicken. Stir extract into pineapple. Stir all the fruit into jello and spoon into a mold. Refrigerate until firm. Unmold and decorate with fresh fruit as desired.
Lisa TX
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Mary J's Carrot Salad Recipe

3 lbs. carrots
1 large green pepper
3 medium onions, sliced
3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. oil
1 can tomato soup
salt and pepper to taste

Cook carrots until just tender. Chop green pepper and slice onions. Drain carrots.Heat sugar and oil until dissolved. Add tomato soup, salt and pepper. Pour over vegetables, refrigerate overnight.
Mary J.
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Mary J's Chicken Waldorf Salad Recipe

2 c. Chicken breasts, cooked and diced
2 large green apples, diced
1 c. celery, diced
1 c. chopped pecans
1/4 c. Miracle Whip
2 tsp. lime juice
2 tsp. honey
Salt and Pepper to taste
2-3 T. slivered almonds

Combine chicken, apples, celery and pecans in a medium bowl.combine Miracle Whipe, lime juice, honey, salt and pepper. Add Miracle Whip mixture to chicken and mix well. Top with slivered almonds.
Serves 6-8.
Mary J
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Chinese Cabbage Salad Recipe

1 lg. head Napa cabbage, chopped
6 green onions, chopped
1/2 C. butter
2 3 oz. each pkgs. Ramen noodles, uncooked
1/2 C.slivered almonds
1/2 C. sunflower seeds
1/2 C. sesame seeds

Combine cabbage, onions and set aside. Melt butter in skillet and crumble in noodles, eliminating the "seasoning" package. Cook, stirring until lightly browned. Add almonds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds. Toss until lightly toasted. Remove from stove and cool. Combine oil, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar and mix well. Refrigerate. Toss cooled noodle mixture with cabbage mixture and pour dressing over salad just before serving.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.
Mary J
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Mary J's Macaroni Salad Recipe

1 (10 oz.) pkg. shell macaroni
1 sm. onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1 lg. carrot, grated
1/4 C. celery, chopped
1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 C. cider vinegar
1 C. mayonnaise
1 tsp. sugar

Cook macaroni according to package directions, drain and rinse with cold water. Add onion, green pepper, carrot, and celery to macaroni. Combine mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and condensed milk. Pour over macaroni mixture and toss well. Chill several hours or overnight before serving.
Mary J


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