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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.