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This is great for a cold winter night. I have also used turkey sausage in the dish. It is relatively easy to put together and it can cook, while you finished up your holiday baking, decorating and gift wrapping. We had our family Christmas yesterday and there were absolutely no leftovers from any of the main dishes or sides. I did have enough dessert left to send a care package home with each of our sons.
Robbie IN

Crockpot Smoked Sausages With Potatoes and Cabbage

2 pounds red-skinned potatoes, unpeeled or peeled, sliced about 1/4-inch thick

1 tablespoon butter, melted- can also use olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 small cabbage, coarsely chopped or shredded

6 to 8 links of smoked sausage, such as andouille, chicken and apple, or your favorite flavor

1/2 cup apple juice
2 teaspoons cider vinegar

Arrange sliced potatoes in the bottom of a 4-to 7-quart slow cooker. Drizzle with the butter and sprinkle with about half of the salt, pepper, and thyme.

Toss to coat then add the cabbage and onions. Sprinkle with remaining seasonings and top with the sausages.

Pour the apple cider over all and then drizzle with vinegar. Cover and cook for 6 to 8 hours on LOW or 3 to 4 hours on HIGH.
Serves 4 to 6.
Robbie IN
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I was trying to help someone find a
gingerbread spice mix and to my surprise - Penzey's didn't have it. I did seem to discover that it is seasonal.

Does anyone have an idea of where it could be purchased. As a last resort I told her she could make her own, but apparently there are many, many recipes with differing ingredients.

She is German and was hoping to find something similar to what she used to get in Germany.
Thank you in advance.

Burmese Meatballs

1 lb Beef, Ground
3 cloves Garlic, Chopped
1 cup Onions, Chopped
1/2 cup Oil
1 lg Egg
1/4 tsp Garam Masala
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/4 tsp Turmeric
1/4 cup Flour
1 Tbsp Paprika
1/2 cup Water Or Broth

[Note: I make these like sloppy joes so I don't have to roll meatballs and then break them up over rice. The ingredients are for meatballs and the directions are for loose meat.]

Put a small amount of oil in a large skillet. While meat is partially cooked, add garlic and onions. When cooked, add salt, Garam Masala, pepper, turmeric, a little flour, paprika. Cook spices a few minutes then add water. If I add tomatoes, it's a small amount. Cook until thickened and serve over rice.

Was watching a show on Burma when they did these meatballs and I couldn't write fast enough. Just barely got the ingredients.
Denise in the Villages, FL
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Making all my fudge the old fashioned way, I was a
skeptic reading about the two ingredient fudge but decided to make it the other day using peanut butter chips and milk chocolate frosting. It turned out beautifully and we loved it.

So today I decided to make it again only using the Pampered Chef 8 cup microwave saucepan; big mistake!! I had smoke rolling out of my microwave at a little less than 1 minute and the morsels were all black in the center so of course they had to be disposed of. I was afraid maybe something was wrong with my microwave so I tried boiling a cup of water and the oven was OK... so I started over again, only this time I used what I used the first time, my 1 1/2 quart Pyrex casserole. It came out perfect. Don’t ask my why the Pampered Chef pan did that but I certainly won’t use it again for this. I just wanted to warn anyone who was thinking of using it because these morsels are not cheap.
Pam from Maine

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I need some help. Made a pot of Chili and it turned out too spicy. I was going to freeze it for when my sister come after Christmas but I know she wouldn't like it. Does anyone know who I can fix it or do I just say forget it and make another batch?
Thanks, Anita in Camarillo.

To Shelley in Ontario, Canada in response to her question on how many Ritz crackers in a sleeve. I have an new box and I counted 35 crackers to a sleeve so you will need 70 for the recipe. I hope your candy is successful. Nova Scotia candy (Dec. 13th) is a new one to me.
Nana in SE Ohio

In the December 14th Newsletter, Shelly from Ontario, Canada asked how many Ritz crackers are in a sleeve. Currently, I don't have any on hand to count. However, I went to a couple different sites and both stated that there are 35 crackers (and 1-1/2 cups crushed) in one sleeve of Ritz crackers. I hope that this helps.

Pennsylvania Dutch Potato and Bread Filling

6 large potatoes, cut in pieces
2 med. onions, chopped
6 stalks, celery, chopped small
Enough vegetable oil for sauté
8 - 10 pieces of old bread, broken into bite-size pieces
1/4 c. - 1/2 c. milk
4 raw eggs, beaten
Salt & pepper
4-5 T. fresh parsley, chopped fine
1-2 T. poultry seasoning
Stock from the giblets & neck
1/2 stick of butter, cut into pieces

Boil potatoes in salted water. Sauté onion & celery in oil. Add salt & pepper to taste. Boil giblets & neck in salted water to make stock.

Moisten bread w/milk. Smash potatoes in large bowl. Add all other ingredients including all spices & oil from sauté. When adding eggs, add a little of the hot mixture to the eggs first & beat well, so as to not scramble them when they go into the whole mix.

Mix thoroughly. If it needs more moisture, add stock, a little at a time. Taste to make sure enough spices are added. Add more salt & pepper and poultry seasoning, if needed.

Bake at 350 in greased casserole dish or roasting pan until very hot & browned, usually one hour. Dot the top w/pats of butter before putting into oven. Chopped giblets can be added, if desired.

Athena in DE (Source: Susan Faurl of Macungie, PA)
( This is her exact recipe, but my family has been making this for generations)
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My sister-in-law just sent me this recipe and it sounds great. Hope you enjoy it as much as I'm going to.

C and H Velvet-Smooth Cream Pies

3/4 cup C and H Granulated Sugar
3/8 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs

2 cups milk
1 Tbs. butter or margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
1 baked and cooled 9-inch pastry shell

Microwave: Combine sugar, flour and salt in deep 2-quart glass mixing bowl. Add eggs and milk. Beat with whisk until smooth. Microwave at full power 8 minutes, stirring 3 times. Add butter and vanilla after removing from microwave.

Coconut Cream: Add 1 cup flaked coconut to filling and top with meringue and coconut. Brown.

Chocolate Cream: Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup chocolate chips to hot filling until melted. I definitely use a cup.. or so..til it looks as chocolate as we like.

I cool filling a little before putting in baked shell.. Top with meringue and brown in oven..or top with cool whip..whichever you like.

You can make cherry cream with canned pie filling cherries on bottom and then basic filling on top..my brother loves this kind.

enjoy! I know microwaves vary..but filling will be thick when done..if too thick can thin with a little milk..
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Potato Bacon Soup

6-7 large potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
2 can(s) chicken broth
1 can(s) cream of chicken soup
1 can(s) cream of celery soup
8 oz cream cheese, softened & cubed
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 stick unsalted butter
salt & pepper, to taste
1/2 cup milk (for thinning, but I didn’t use it. I like thick soup!)
1 pkg real bacon bits or cooked crumbled bacon (use the amount you like)
cheddar cheese, shredded
green onions

Cook potatoes & onion in chicken broth along with just enough water to cover potatoes & onions. Cook until tender. (Once tender, I used a potato masher to mash a few to make the soup kinda thick. Don't mash ALL the potatoes because you still want chunks of potato in the soup!). Add cubes of Cream Cheese. Remove from heat until cheese is melted.

Return to low/medium heat. Add half the bacon, soups, butter, & spices. Cook for another 10 or so minutes.

Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese & bacon pieces. I also used a little green onion to garnish

** I added a small handful of shredded cheddar cheese to the soup when adding the bacon, soups, butter & spices.

I halved the recipe which eliminate the cream of celery soup. Again I used Nancyland's cream soup substitute and added a can of mushroom pieces. I used 4 slices of bacon and will use 6 next time.
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Here are a few snack mixes that we have enjoyed over the years.
Robbie IN

Sweet Chex Mix

6 c. Chex cereal
1 c. pretzels
1 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. corn syrup
1 c. nuts
1/2 c. butter or margarine
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Combine cereal, nuts and pretzels in large bowl. In medium pan combine butter, sugar, salt and corn syrup. Bring to boil and remove from heat. Add baking soda and stir well. Pour over cereal mixture and stir to coat. Spread on large flat pan and bake 10 minutes at 250°. Spread on waxed paper to cool.
Robbie IN
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White Chocolate Party Mix

1 pkg. (10 oz.) mini pretzels
5 cups Cheerios
5 cups Corn Chex
2 cups salted peanuts
1 lb. M & M candies
3 tbsp. cooking oil
2 pkgs. (11 oz. each) white chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine first five ingredients. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat chips and oil for approximately 2 minutes on High, stirring once at 1 minute. If chips are not completely melted, continue micro waving in 10 second increments, stirring each time you check the mixture. Pour over cereal mixture and mix well. Spread onto waxed paper; cool completely and break apart. Store in airtight container. Have also made this adding 1 cup of raisins and have used chocolate chips instead of white for the chocolate lovers.
Robbie IN
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This is to die for! I had someone tell me that it taste like something from the Cheesecake Factory.

Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

1 package Pillsbury Traditional Fudge, Brownies
3(8 oz) package Cream Cheese, Softened
1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened, Condensed Milk
3 large Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup Mini Chocolate Chips

[Note: I used Pillsbury Chewy Brownies]

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease bottom only of 9" springform pan.

Prepare brownie mix as package directors for chewy Brownies. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake 35 minutes or until set. In large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Flour first and stir in chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan. Reduce oven temperature to 300°. Bake 50 minutes or until set. Cool. Chill thoroughly.

Remove side of spring form pan. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.
Mommy's Kitchen
Denise in the Villages, FL
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