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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

HOMEMADE VEGETABLE SOUP


Today is a foggy damp cool day here in the North East Ga mountains. And I find myself craving a bowl of homemade vegetable soup! So I decided to share the recipe while I'm making it.

Homemade Vegetable Soup

1 qt of green beans
1 16 oz bag of frozen peas
1 16 oz bag frozen lima beans
1 16 oz bag frozen corn
2 cups sliced carrots
2 cups diced pealed potatoes
1/2 cup chopped onion
8 oz beef broth
1 qt tomato juice (I use home canned)
1/2 to 1 qt water (depending on how thick you like it)
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Summer Savory spice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon sugar
1 medium size chuck roast

I usually bake my roast in the oven (using the method described for my pot roast recipe) the day before I make this, and then use a fork to separate it into bite sized pieces. (You can cube the roast and put it in raw). Use a large soup pot and put everything into it and bring to a boil, then turn down and simmer all day. This makes a large batch. I put it in Ziploc freezer containers and freeze it up. Makes wonderful gifts for sick friends!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

FRESH STRAWBERRY PIE

This is my favorite fresh strawberry pie recipe! You can use any fresh fruit my daughter-in-law makes it with fresh peaches. Yummy!

1 1/2 qt strawberries
2 cup water
1 3/4 cup sugar
5 tablespoons cornstarch
3 oz box strawberry jello
Cool Whip

Cook sugar, water, cornstarch until thickened ( I stir the cornstarch into about 1/2 cup of the water and then add to the rest, so you don't have any lumps). Add the box of dry jello and stir until well blended. Pour over washed and dried, halved strawberries placed in baked pie shells. (I use the pie crust that is in my recipe blog, just roll out and place in to pie pan and crimp edges and prick bottom and sides with a fork and bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes).
Cool in refrigerator and just before serving spread cool whip over the top.
This recipe makes 2 pies.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

ICED TEA


A great way to make iced tea. I have made my iced tea like this for the past 36 years, it is delicious!

Iced Tea

3 family sized Lipton tea bags
5 whole cloves

Place tea bags and cloves in a container , pour 1 qt. boiling water over them.

1 1/2 cups sugar

Squeeze tea bags and then put sugar into a 1 gallon pitcher and then pour hot tea mixture over the sugar. Stir well and then add cold water to fill container. Stir again and chill. (leave the whole cloves in the pitcher as the flavor just gets better over time). Pour over ice in a nice tall glass and enjoy!

Monday, November 24, 2008

LAZY DAISY CAKE


An easy to make cake with common (in the kitchen) ingredients. Great snack time cake! This is my husbands favorite cake!

Lazy Daisy Cake

2 well beaten eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup boiled milk
1 tablespoon butter

To well beaten eggs, add sugar slowly,(using your mixer). Then add flour, baking powder and vanilla and beat for 2 minutes. Add boiled milk into which the butter has been melted. Mix and pour into a 8 X 8 inch greased square glass baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Remove from oven and poke holes all over the top of the cake with a toothpick.

5 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons milk

Bring the above ingredients to a boil. Pour topping over the cake as soon as it is taken from the oven. Let cool and enjoy!

PICKLED EGGS AND RED BEETS






A great way to make your eggs at Christmas or any other time. My mom always kept these in a big jar in the refrigerator. They make a yummy snack or a wonderful addition to the dinner table. They are great at Easter also!

Pickled Eggs

1 cup sugar
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
3 Tablespoons red food coloring 1 teaspoon salt

Heat all the above ingredients on the stove in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil.
Pour over 1 dozen hard boiled (peeled) eggs. (I use a gallon glass jar, you can do more eggs if you have a big enough container to hold them).
Open one jar of red beets (or a can if you use store type) and pour off juice into the container and then lay the beets on top of the eggs to hold them down under the juice. Let set in refrigerator 24 hrs.
When serving I slice the eggs in half and put on a egg platter. And then dish the beets into a separate dish.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

CRUMB CAKE


A great cake to serve with coffee or tea. Quick to make! Yummy!

Crumb Cake

2 c. brown sugar
2 c. flour
1/2 c. butter
1 tsp. cinnamon
Mix in mixer all above ingredients. Take out 1 cup of crumbs and set aside. To whats left in mixer add:
1 egg
1 c. sour milk (1 tbsp. lemon juice, add milk to fill to 1 cup measure).
1 tsp. baking soda
Mix well and pour into a greased and lightly floured 9x13 glass baking dish. Sprinkle reserved crumbs over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

ALL DAY POT ROAST




A very good (all in one pot) meal! You can put it in the oven and forget about it. Tender and delicious! It can be frozen or thawed, makes no difference. I have good luck both ways. Just depends if I'm in a hurry.


All Day Pot Roast

3 lb. boneless chuck roast (any size depending on amount you need)
1 lb carrots (peeled and cut up) (amount can vary)
2 lb potatoes (peeled and quartered) (amount can vary)
salt and pepper and onion powder

Place roast in big roasting pan (one that has a lid).
Salt, pepper and sprinkle with onion powder. Run water into the pan and fill till it just comes over the top of the roast. Put the lid on. Place in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 9 hours.
About 1 and 1/2 hours before finishing, add the peeled potatoes and carrots. Salt and pepper them. Return to oven, and finish baking with the lid on.

When finished, turn oven off and dish potatoes and carrots into a serving dish and cover, place in the oven. Place the roast onto a platter and cover with foil and also place in warm oven. Put the roasting pan on a burner on the stove and add 2 cups water to the left over broth and bring to a boil. Mix in a small bowl 1/4 cup flour and 1/2 cup milk, whisk until smooth, add to broth. Bring this to a boil and then turn down and simmer until thick. This will serve as a gravy for over the potatoes and carrots. You can ladle this into a gravy boat.

Take everything out of the oven and serve.

GRANDMAS PUMPKIN PIE

Here is another recipe of my Moms. She always used squash instead of pumpkin. My dad grew these great big white crook necked squash, that were for baking pies. My dad would etch in my kid's names when the squash was tiny and then as it grew so would there names! We would cut the squash up and cook it and then freeze it up in containers for pies. Pumpkin works fine, instead of the squash.

Grandmas Pumpkin Pie

1 cup pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 can carnation milk (or half & half) and enough regular milk to fill up to 2 cups.
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all in a mixer. Pour into unbaked pie shells and bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 400 degrees.
To test if its finished baking slide a table knife into the center and if it comes out clean it is done.

Makes 2 (9 inch) pies.

GRANDMAS PIE CRUST

This is my Moms pie crust recipe that was handed down to her from her mother and she got it from hers! I have used it for the past 36 years and it is my favorite!

Grandmas Pie Crust

3 cups flour
1 cup Crisco
scant tsp. salt
2/3 cup ice water

I use my Kitchen-aid mixer with the flat paddle (but any mixer will do). Mix shortening and salt into flour until it crumbles into the size of a pea, then add the ice water. Let mix until dough clings to beater and pulls away from sides of mixer bowl. Flour a surface and roll out your pie crust. Place into pie pan and fill with desired filling and place rolled dough over top. Go around the edge with a table knife and trim excess off. Crimp edges.
If making a crust that needs to be baked before filling, bake at 400 degrees for the first 5 minutes and then 10 minutes at 350 degrees
This will make 5 pie shells or 2 covered pies and 1 shell.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

CHICKEN BREASTS SUPREME

This has great flavor and is a great dish for company and family!

Chicken Breasts Supreme

3 skinless chicken breasts, (halved)
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper
3 tablespoons butter

Mix the paprika and salt and pepper together in a small bowl.
Season the chicken with the salt, pepper and paprika mixture. In a large skillet melt the butter and brown the chicken. Place the chicken into a 9 x 13 glass baking dish.

1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 (4 oz.) can mushrooms (drained)
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons minced onion
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2/3 cup sour cream

In a saucepan combine everything above except the sour cream. Cook on low until the cheese melts. Remove from the heat and stir in the sour cream, blending well. Pour over the chicken and cover tightly with foil.
Bake in a 350 degrees oven for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 30 more minutes, basting occasionally with the sauce.
Serve with rice, using the sauce as a gravy.
Serves 4 to 6.

SNICKERDOODLES (COOKIES)

Here is a cookie that the kids and adults love!

Snickerdoodles

2 c. shortening
3 c. sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
5 1/2 c. flour
4 tsp. cream of tartar
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. sugar
4 tsp. cinnamon

Cream together with a mixer, the shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Sift together (in a separate bowl) the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture. Shape dough into balls and roll in the 4 Tbsp. sugar and 4 tsp. cinnamon (mixed together). Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

SUPREME TUNA CASSEROLE

This is a fast and easy dinner. It has great flavor, and is very filling. Great family or company dinner!

Supreme Tuna Casserole

1 (8 oz.) pkg egg noodles
1 cup frozen peas
2 Tablespoons butter
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 (7.06oz.) pkg tuna in water
1 (7 oz.) can sliced mushrooms (drained)
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3 cups milk
1 cup French's original french fried onions
salt
pepper

Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add peas and noodles and cook for 8 minutes. Drain and place into a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish. Stir in the 2 Tablespoons of butter while the noodles are still hot. Add the cream of chicken soup, tuna, mushrooms, 2 cups cheddar cheese and the milk, stir. Put the other cup of cheese over the top and sprinkle the French's onions and salt and pepper to taste.
Place in a 350 degrees oven and bake for 45 minutes.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

QUICK ALFREDO SAUCE

This really tastes good, and is fast and simple to make!

Quick Alfredo Sauce

1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese
3/4 c. Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. butter
3/4 c. milk

Warm over low heat until smooth, stirring constantly. Stir into 8 ounce's cooked fettuccine. Toss lightly and serve.

CORN CHIP SALAD

Here is a yummy salad! Great for company or family.

Corn Chip Salad

1 head lettuce
6 to 8 hard-boiled eggs (diced)
1 lb. bacon, fried and crumbled
1/2 to 3/4 lb. Colby or cheddar cheese, grated
4 to 6 c. corn chips, crushed (Frito corn chips)

Dressing:
1 c. Miracle Whip
1/8 c. vinegar
1/4 c. milk
1/4 c. white sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar

Toss lettuce, eggs, bacon and cheese. Add chips and dressing just before serving.

ONE PAN STROGANOFF

I thought I would add a recipe that my family loves. It's easy, fast and made all in one pan!

One Pan Stroganoff

1 lb hamburger 1/2 c. mushrooms
1/2 c. onion 4 to 6 oz. noodles, uncooked
1/2 tsp. garlic powder 3 to 3 1/2 c. water
1 tsp. salt 2 T. parsley flakes
1/2 tsp. pepper 1 c. sour cream
2 beef bouillon cubes 1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 T. lemon juice


Brown the hamburger and onion in a large skillet. Stir in the remaining ingredients, except parsley and sour cream and soup. Simmer 20 minutes or until noodles are soft and liquid is mostly absorbed. Stir in parsley, sour cream, and mushroom soup. Heat but don't boil.

Friday, November 14, 2008

BLACK BOTTOM CUPCAKES


This recipe can be used as cupcakes or a 9 x 13 cake. Either way its delicious!

Black Bottom Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa (Hershey's)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup water
1/2 cup oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the above ingredients together in mixer. Place in either a greased and lightly floured 9 x 13 glass baking pan or fill lined cupcake pans 1/2 full with batter.

1 8 oz. package cream cheese
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Mix in mixer the first four ingredients and then fold in the chocolate chips. If making the cake, drop by tablespoons full of mixture, 3 across and 5 down over the top of the batter. If making cupcakes put 1 tablespoon of mixture in each cup.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes for cupcakes. Makes 18 to 20 cupcakes.
For 9 x 13 cake bake 30 minutes.

GRANDMAS BAKED SPAGHETTI


My mom made her spaghetti this way and I kept the tradition up. We love this recipe.

Grandmas Baked Spaghetti

1 lb. spaghetti, cooked and drained (as per directions on the box)

1 lb. hamburger
1/2 cup chopped onion
Brown hamburger and onion in a large skillet. Add to the meat mixture the following:

1 qt. tomato juice (I use my home canned, but from the grocery is fine)
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. white sugar
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. Italian seasonings
1/2 tsp.salt
Simmer all this together for about 10 minutes.

Place the cooked spaghetti into a 9 X 13 glass baking pan and then ladle the sauce over the spaghetti, stir it in. Drizzle the top in a back and forth motion with ketchup and then sprinkle with pepper.

Place in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Serve with Parmesan cheese for those who wish to use it.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

HERB GARLIC BREAD STICKS

Great with spaghetti or lasagna. Very quick and easy, and yummy!

Herb Garlic Bread Sticks

2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Mix in a bowl and set aside.

1/4 oz. package active dry yeast
1 cup milk

Heat the milk to lukewarm and remove from heat and then sprinkle the yeast into the milk, stirring constantly until dissolved. Stir into flour mixture. I use my kitchen aide mixer for this using the dough hook. Letting it knead for a couple minutes.
Place on a floured surface and roll out to about 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 1 inch wide strips.

1 stick butter

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Place 1/2 stick in a 9 x 13 glass baking dish, repeat this step one more time so that you have two baking dishes ready. I melt the butter in the baking dish in the oven.

Place strips of dough into the melted butter in the 9 x 13, flip over so each strip is buttered on both sides. You may have to cut the strips in half to fit into baking dish. Place the strips real close together. Set aside and cover dishes with a towel and let raise for about 30 to 60 minutes.

Sprinkle the tops with oregano, garlic, and dill.

Place in oven and bake for 10 to 14 minutes. When you take these out they will pull apart with a fork. Serve warm. YUM!

HAM LOAF

A recipe that is out of this world. It is delicious!!! My kids loved this when they were all at home!!

Ham Loaf

1/2 lb. ham (chopped in a food processor, or you can have them do this at the deli)
3/4 to 1 lb. ground beef
1/4 lb. ground sausage
3/4 c. bread crumbs
1/2 c. milk
1 egg

Mix in a large bowl and place into a 9 x 13 glass pan and shape into a loaf.

1 c. light brown sugar
1/4 c. vinegar
1 Tablespoon dry mustard

Put into a sauce pan and boil 1 minute and then pour over the loaf in the 9 x 13 pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes. Sometimes I double the glaze recipe as my family likes to spoon it over their portion.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

CHEWY OATMEAL COOKIES



This is the best oatmeal cookies ever!!!

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Mix in mixer :
2 cups light brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs

Add:
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups quick oats

Drop by teaspoons into bowl of powdered sugar. Roll till covered with sugar. Place on cookie sheet. Press slightly with the palm of your hand. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Don't over bake. Makes about 3 dozen.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

CHILI SOUP

Here is a great old standby for those chilly days!!!!

Chili Soup

2 cans dark red kidney beans
1 can water
1 quart of tomato juice (I use my home canned, from the store works fine)
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 lb hamburger
1 small onion
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp white sugar
1 tsp chili powder

Brown hamburger, onion and salt in a large saucepan. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer and let cook for another 30 minutes or longer (it doesn't hurt to simmer a long time as it only makes it better). Sometimes my family likes me to stir in about 2 Tablespoons of dry barley and cook with the other ingredients.

We sometimes serve this with a little cheese or sour cream on the top. YUM!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

WILTED GREENS SALAD

This is a favorite for my hubby! It was his mom's recipe.

Wilted Greens Salad

4 slices bacon (cut up)
1/4 c. vinegar
2 tablespoon water
1 qt. shredded greens (I use spinach and bibb lettuce)
2 green onions chopped
dash of pepper
1 hard cooked egg (chopped)

Fry bacon until crisp. Add vinegar and water into frying pan, heat.

Combine greens, onions and seasoning's.

Pour hot mixture over greens and toss until wilted. Sprinkle egg over the top and serve.

Monday, October 27, 2008

ORANGE FLUFF

This is an old family recipe. It came from one of my Aunts in Ohio. And as always it is another family favorite!!!

ORANGE FLUFF

1 6oz box orange jello
1 small box jello tapioca pudding

Put both boxes into a bowl and add 3 cups of boiling water and stir until dissolved. Let set in refrigerator till the jello has begun to set up.

1 can of mandarin oranges, (drained)
1 small can of crushed pineapple, (drained)
1 small container cool whip

Fold all together and put into refrigerator.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

GRANDMA'S SALAD & DRESSING

This is the salad that my Mom always served, and it still is a favorite of ours.

SALAD

1 Head Bibb or Boston lettuce (turn into small pieces)
1 carrot, grated
1 very small onion, chopped
10 cherry tomatoes (cut into quarters)
4 hard boiled eggs (chopped)

Just before serving mix all the above in a bowl.

DRESSING

3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 to 1/2 cup half and half (just to make it the right thickness to be able to pour the dressing, be careful to not get it to thin).
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Mix the above ingredients and pour the desired amount over the salad, stir and serve. If you have any left it can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

SLOPPY JOES & HOMEMADE CHIP DIP

This is an all time favorite for our family. It's easy and all so fast for one of those meals you may need in a hurry! I'm also adding my chip dip recipe as we put a dollop of this this on our bun with the sloppy Joe meat. YUM! Once you've tried this you will never buy the canned stuff again!

Sloppy Joe

1 lb. ground hamburger
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
Brown the above ingredients in a skillet.

Add:
3/4 cup ketchup
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. mustard
Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.

We serve this on hamburger buns.


Chip Dip

1 package of Philadelphia cream cheese
1/2 cup of chopped onion
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp. salt

Put cream cheese into mixer and add onion and milk and salt. Mix till blended together. You may
need more or less of the milk to reach your desired consistency.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

OLD FASHIONED CARAMELS

This is a recipe that came from my aunt. We always make these at Christmas. They are the best ever!!! Great for Christmas gift boxes!!

Old Fashioned Caramels

1 c. brown sugar 1/2 lb. butter
1 c. white sugar 1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. light Karo

Stirring constantly, cook all the above in a heavy pan on medium heat. Bring to a rolling boil. Slowly add 1 can of Eagle Brand milk. Cook, stirring constantly, to soft ball stage (240 degrees). Add 2 tsp. vanilla and 1 c. black walnuts (if desired). Pour into a 9x13 pan. When cool, cut into squares and cut wax paper into squares and wrap each piece individually, twisting the ends of the wax paper.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

FRIENDSHIP SUGAR COOKIES


This is an old fashioned soft sugar cookie.
Once you try these you won't want any other kind!

1 c. white sugar 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. butter 1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 1/2 c. flour 1/2 c. milk
2 tsp. vanilla

Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg, blend well. Add milk alternately with flour (mixed with the rest of dry ingredients). Mix well and drop by spoonfuls into a bowl containing some powdered sugar. Roll around till covered and then place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees.

Monday, October 13, 2008

CORN CASSEROLE

This is a really good side dish. Our family loves it!

Corn Casserole

2 eggs, beaten 1 (8 oz.) can cream-style corn
1/2 c. butter, melted 1 (8 oz.) sour cream
1 (8 oz.) can whole kernel corn 1 (8 oz.) Jiffy corn muffin mix

Stir all the above together and put into a greased 1 1/2 qt casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

SUNDAY NIGHT SUGAR POPCORN






Sunday Night Sugar Popcorn

You need a stir crazy popcorn popper (you can tell the one in the picture gets used a lot) to make the best popcorn, but if you don't have one you can use a heavy pan on the stove.

Place about 3 tablespoons of bacon grease or any kind of oil in the popcorn popper and add 1/2 cup of popcorn and 1/4 cup of white sugar over the top. Place lid on and then turn on popcorn popper.
When done popping pour out into large bowl and lightly salt.
If you use a heavy pan on the stove you really need to shake it well, while popping.

This is so good! We eat it every Sunday night!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

TACO SOUP

This is a great soup for the cooler evenings we are starting to have, plus it is just plain delicious!

TACO SOUP

1 lb. hamburger
1 tsp. onion powder
2 cans tomato juice (quart size)
1 package taco seasoning
1Tablespoon chili powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 can kidney beans
1 small can pitted black olives (already sliced)
1 15 ounce can corn
Frito's
Cheddar cheese (grated)

Put your hamburger in a large soup pan and brown, stir in onion powder, add tomato juice, taco seasoning and chili powder, salt & pepper, olives and corn. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 30 to 45 min. When dishing into bowls have the Frito's and cheese out so each person can put in as much as they want.

POOR MAN'S STEAK

This is great for a family dinner or all the way to a dinner for company! It is very good and requires basic ingredients that you would normally have in your kitchen.

POOR MAN'S STEAK

1 to 1 1/2 lb. hamburger
1 1/2 c. bread crumbs
1 c. milk
1/2 tsp pepper
1 to 1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 can mushroom soup

Mix all ingredients except soup. Pat on cookie sheet with edges. Cover with plastic wrap. Let set overnight in refrigerator.
Cut into squares (around 2 or 3 inch in size). Flour and brown in a skillet with a little oil in it. Convert into a 9x 13 inch glass baking pan, then cover with soup and bake 1 1/2 to 2 hours at 250 degrees.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Raspberry Pretzel Dessert

This is one of the desserts that our family has every Christmas Eve. It is a favorite!

Raspberry Pretzel Dessert

3/4 cup melted butter
3 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 cups pretzel, crumbled coarsely (not the stick kind) I put them in a Ziploc bag and run my rolling pin over them.
Mix the pretzels, melted butter, and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Press into a greased 13 X 9 inch glass pan. Bake in a 375 degrees oven for 10 min. Let cool.

1 cup sugar
1 8 ounce package cream cheese
1 package Dream Whip
Mix the cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar with an electric mixer, set aside. Prepare the Dream Whip according to the package directions, and fold into the cream cheese mixture. Spread onto the cooled crust.

2 3 ounce packages raspberry gelatin
2 cups boiling water
2 10 ounce packages frozen raspberries
Whipped cream for topping
Dissolve the raspberry gelatin in boiling water. Add the frozen raspberries and stir until thawed, being careful to preserve the whole berries. It should be thickened (from the frozen berries), spread over the cream cheese mixture and refrigerate until set. Serve with whipped topping.
Serves 12

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Best Taco Salad Ever

This blog is going to be a new recipe everyday. I have cooked for my family for 36 years, and friends and family has always told me I should open a restaurant! I have decided to share these recipes in a blog. I hope you all enjoy them!

Taco Salad

1 lb hamburger browned add 1 tbs taco sauce to the meat. Drain and then stir in the following :

1 pkg taco seasoning
16 oz thousand island dressing
1/2 c. sugar
1 can of dark red kidney beans

Cool the above once you have it all combined.

1 head of lettuce
4 med tomatoes
1 med onion
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 14 oz bag of corn chips ( I use plain Doritos )

Chop the lettuce, dice the tomatoes and onion.

Just before serving mix the meat mixture and all the salad ingredients and the cheese and then toss in the chips ( I squeeze the bag to break them up a little ).

This is a great dish for a picnic, you can put each ingredient into it's own Ziploc bag and then toss it all together into a large bowl just before serving. I even do this at home if I want to make it up early and hold it in the refrigerator till I'm ready for it.